Craving Chinese takeout? There’s no need to wait for your order. In fact, when I tell my family I’m going to make my fried rice recipe for dinner, they buzz around near the kitchen inhaling the aromas. It smells so good and tastes even better. Oh, and it takes such little time to throw together you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it yourself before!
Best Fried Rice Recipe
Give your local Chinese spot a run for its money with the best fried rice recipe around. You’ll see with just 8 ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen that you can have this one-dish main that will please the whole family.
What are the Ingredients for Fried Rice?
- Cooked rice – preferably chilled! Using cold rice will avoid you ending up with soggy rice. If you have leftover rice from last night’s dinner, that is perfect!If you have leftover rice from last night’s dinner, that is perfect!
- Eggs – that gives your fried rice the proper texture and delicious flavor.
- Peas, carrots, and onions – these are the veggies that add all that color and taste in your fried rice.
- Soy sauce – the secret to that caramel color!
- Sesame oil – it gives your fried rice that restaurant-quality taste.
- Green onions – the best garnish to finish it all off!
*Note – Oyster Sauce is optional in this recipe for those that may or may not eat seafood. It adds a delicious dynamic to this recipe if you are a seafood lover!
Easy Fried Rice Recipe
It’s funny how cuisine from other cultures can seem so intimidating. But don’t worry! Fried rice is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make. It’s quick and easy, even when you’ve had a crazy day.
Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.
How to Make Fried Rice
If you have a wok, now is the time to trot it out to make fried rice. But without one, you can still make this dish. You just need a skillet, preferably a deeper one. Make sure you coat it well in sesame oil and cook the veggies, eggs, and then rice in that order. Keep stirring everything around so it all cooks evenly and mixes together and you’ll have delicious fried rice, just like from your favorite Chinese restaurant!
How to Cook Fried Rice
It’s so simple to cook fried rice. Just a few easy steps:
- Preheat the wok
- Coat it with oil
- Cook your veggies
- Add beaten eggs and scramble
- Mix the veggies, eggs, and rice together with sauces
What is the Secret to Good Fried Rice?
Fried rice is a pain to make if you have to wait for your rice to cook. When meal-planning for my family, I will always make fried rice the day after I use rice for dinner. I’ll make extra and then put it in the fridge. Then the next night when I make fried rice, it’s ready to go.
Aside from that though, the rice needs to be a bit cold and dried out. The heat from your wok and adding all those ingredients will bring it back to life for a flavorful dish you’ll want to serve every week!
What type of rice is best to use?
Basmati rice, long grain rice, jasmine rice, and brown rice can all be used. Remember, they must all be cooked in advance before using in this fried rice recipe.
Do I cook fried rice before frying it?
Yes, your rice needs to be cooked first. It should be cool too, preferably chilled, so that you get the best results. Fresh rice not only takes longer but also has the tendency to turn out soggy.
What can I add to fried rice for flavor?
Add whatever you like, especially if you’re trying to use an array of leftovers. Any stir fry friendly vegetables chopped into small pieces are always a great addition. As for protein, if you have any cooked chicken, pork, or beef, you can always throw that in too. Shrimp and tofu can be cooked up fresh with it for an even more filling meal.
Why is my fried rice soggy/mushy?
If you cooked your rice right before trying to fry it, you’ll always have mushy rice. Another reason for soggy rice is adding too many ingredients at once. You want to add them in separately to keep the wok temperature hot enough to fry.
How to Store Fried Rice
Fried rice should be stored in your refrigerator after it cools, assuming you have any leftovers! It can stay fresh between 5 and 7 days when you keep it in airtight containers.
How to Reheat Fried Rice
In a hurry? You can microwave your fried rice to reheat it. Add a little water to it and heat for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how much you have. You can also warm it up on the stove. Don’t forget adding a little liquid to revitalize it first. After about 10 minutes, it will be ready to enjoy.
Classic Fried Rice Recipe
- 3 cups cooked basmati rice (or other white rice)
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 small white onion chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots thawed
- 3 tbsp soy sauce (Low sodium soy sauce can be substituted)
- 2 eggs beaten
- 3 tbsp green onions chopped
- 2 tsp oyster sauce optional
- Preheat a wok to medium high heat.
- Pour in the canola oil and make sure the wok is evenly coated. Pour the sesame oil into the bottom and add the onions, peas and carrots. Fry until tender.
- Slide the veggies to the side and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side of the wok. Scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetables.
- Add the rice to the egg and veggie mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the mixture until heated through and thoroughly combined.
- Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
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