Fried Rice

This restaurant-style fried rice recipe is the absolute BEST.  It’s quick and easy to make, customizable with any of your favorite mix-ins, and so irresistibly delicious.  My kind of comfort food!  (This post contains affiliate links.)

The BEST homemade fried rice recipe!! It only takes 15 minutes to make, it's easy to customize with your favorite add-ins (like chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, and/or vegetables), and it is SO flavorful and delicious! Way better than any Chinese takeout I've ever tried. ;) |

Hey guys!  I’m digging back into the blog archives today to share one of my all-time favorite recipes with you again.

And I really do mean all-time.  

Because fried rice and I go wayyyy back.  😍

Like specifically, back to my picky-eating days that lasted — oh — until college, when I was totally “that girl” who refused to even look at anything else on the menu at a Chinese restaurant besides fried rice and my trusty egg drop soup.  Guys, I was crazy about my fried rice.  And this was thanks in large part to our amazing little neighborhood Chinese restaurant that knew how to fry up a mean batch of rice, and set the bar high for what I expected fried rice to be.  I mean, back then, I just assumed that all fried rice was perfectly stir-fried and full of big flavors and irresistibly delicious!  Little did I know about the painfully bland, boring, and tasteless stuff that I would encounter at too many other Chinese restaurants once I ventured out of the nest.  Even today, I still can’t believe it when I stumble across a bad batch.  Such a missed opportunity!

Anyway, I figured out pretty quickly once I left for college (in a small town with zero good fried rice) that this was a problem I was going to have to remedy in my own kitchen.  So over many years and literally dozens of test batches, I finally landed on my favorite recipe back in 2014 that has been my go-to ever since.  It’s surprisingly speedy to make, easy to customize with your favorite add-ins, and more flavorful and amazing than any take-out I’ve ever ordered.  And it’s all thanks to a few simple tips that hundreds of readers have agreed totally work.

Let’s make some homemade fried rice!  💛

Fried Rice Recipe Video (1 Minute)

The BEST fried rice recipe!! It only takes 15 minutes to make, it's easy to customize with your favorite add-ins (like chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, and/or vegetables), and it is SO flavorful and delicious! Way better than any Chinese takeout I've ever tried. ;) |

Ok, let’s get right to it.  Here are the important things I have learned over the years about making excellent fried rice.

1) Use cold rice: You’ve gotta plan ahead and use thoroughly-chilled cooked rice.  A fresh batch of warm (or even lukewarm) rice will not fry well when it hits the hot pan, and will result in soggy and sticky clumps — no good.  So leftover refrigerated rice is ideal!  Or, if you are in a hurry (or have an impulse craving for fried rice, which I completely understand 😉), just cook up a fresh batch of rice.  Then spread it out on a baking sheet or another large flat pan, drape the rice with a layer of plastic wrap, then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes (or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes) until it is thoroughly chilled (not frozen).

2) Use butter: Yes, butter.  I have made many a batch of fried rice using various oils, and I’m now convinced there’s a reason why Japanese steak houses use that big ol’ slab of butter when they’re making fried rice.  It just tastes so much better, and also makes everything brown up perfectly.  (Although don’t be scared — we only use 3 tablespoons for a very large batch of rice!)

3) Use veggies: This is one of my big pet peeves with lame take-out fried rice — not enough veggies!  In addition to adding some nice spots of color, veggies go a long way in adding some flavor and freshness to fried rice.  Our local Chinese restaurant always added both white and green onions, too, which I included in this recipe.  But feel free to modernize this recipe with some other delicious stir-fried veggies as well!

4)  Use toasted sesame oil and oyster sauce: If you do not eat seafood, you can leave out the oyster sauce and your fried rice will still be great.  But this ingredient makes such a difference in good fried rice, and a little goes a long way.  So even if you’re not into oysters, don’t be scared of oyster sauce!  Toasted sesame oil, on the other hand, is 100% non-negotiable.  It is my favorite smelling ingredient in my kitchen, and tastes wonderful in fried rice.  (Also note that sesame oil is meant as a finishing oil, not a cooking oil, so remove the pan from the heat and then stir it in.)

5) Use high heat: This will help fry and brown the rice and veggies well, and will also help prevent the rice from steaming in the pan and sticking together too much.

6) Don’t be afraid to add in some extra soy sauce at the end: I know that everyone has different sensitivities to salt, and different brands of soy sauce also contain pretty dramatically different levels of sodium.  So I went a little light on soy sauce in the recipe below.  But please add more at the end if this tastes good to you.  I almost always stir an extra drizzle into my portion and love it.

The BEST fried rice recipe!! It only takes 15 minutes to make, it's easy to customize with your favorite add-ins (like chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, and/or vegetables), and it is SO flavorful and delicious! Way better than any Chinese takeout I've ever tried. ;) |

To make homemade fried rice, simply scramble some eggs in a large sauté pan.  Transfer them to a separate plate, and set aside.

How To Make Fried Rice |

Then sauté some onions, carrots, peas and garlic until they are nice and soft and cooked through.

How To Make Fried Rice |

Then add in the rice, soy sauce, and oyster sauce (if using), and stir until combined.  Continue sautéing the rice, stirring every 15-20 seconds or so for 3 minutes, or until you notice the rice and veggies starting to brown just a tiny bit.

How To Make Fried Rice |

Then remove the pan from the heat.  Stir in your green onions, sesame oil, and scrambled eggs.  Then give it a taste, and add any additional pepper and/or soy sauce if needed.

Of course, feel free to add in any cooked chicken, shrimp, beef, pork, or other proteins (and/or veggies) if you’d like.  Nowadays, I like to add in leftover roasted vegetables to my rice.  But this classic base recipe will always be a favorite.

Oh yeah, and did I mention it only takes 15 minutes to make?  Take out, shmake out.  😉

Enjoy, everyone!

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Fried Rice

Learn how to make fried rice with this classic recipe. It only takes 15 minutes to make, it’s easy to customize with your favorite add-ins, and it’s SO flavorful and delicious!


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (I prefer short-grain white rice)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil


  1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until melted. Add egg, and cook until scrambled, stirring occasionally. Remove egg, and transfer to a separate plate.
  2. Add an additional 1 tablespoon butter to the pan and heat until melted. Add carrots, onion, peas and garlic, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onion and carrots are soft. Increase heat to high, add in the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, and stir until melted. Immediately add the rice, green onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce (if using), and stir until combined. Continue stirring for an additional 3 minutes to fry the rice. Then add in the eggs and stir to combine. Remove from heat, and stir in the sesame oil until combined.
  3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
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  1. Planning on making this tomorrow. At what point in the recipe would I cook/add chicken?

    • If you’re starting with raw chicken, I would recommend cooking it up beforehand. Then stirring it in at the very end. :) Enjoy!

  2. Best fried rice I’ve ever eaten ! I crumbled some crispy bacon into the butter and increased the amount of oyster sauce. Thanks for sharing this with us amateurs !!

    Rating: 5
  3. This is the best fried rice recipe ever. I would rather it this than any take out. You did a great job and all your effort was definitely rewarded.

    Rating: 5
  4. Wow! So much better than take out. I thought I would have lots of leftovers but not a bite left. Thanks for a great recipe.

    Rating: 5
  5. This reminds me of the curry rice recipes I always enjoy back in India. Thanks for sharing!!

    Rating: 5
  6. I feel like I cannot overstate how much I love this recipe. I have made it five times now and even with creative variations it still turnes out amazing! I probably annoy my firends with with how often I’m preaching the virtues of the amazing fried rice I found on Pinterest.

    Rating: 5
  7. This was very good, the best fried rice recipe I’ve tried yet! Thank you! :-)

    Rating: 4
  8. Best fried rice I’ve ever had!!!!!! Seriously, this tops every restaurant version I’ve had hands-down. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    Rating: 5
  9. SO DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to make this one again soon.

    Rating: 5
  10. This is the easiest end best fried rice recipe ever. Just made it and it’s delicious! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  11. Thank you looks like a great recipe.

  12. This was the best fried rice I ever made (and some of the best I’ve eaten)!! I did make a few changes – no white onion, added left over pork chop (which I diced and cooked just slightly again), used frozen peas and carrots and didn’t add the sesame oil at the end. Made long grain white rice and left it in the same pot in the fridge for a day or so. I just ate the leftovers of it and couldn’t stop eating it!

  13. Forgot to add the 5 stars – should be 10 stars anyway,

    Rating: 5

  15. I’ve made this fried rice several times and each time my husband and I eat the fried rice we are so pleased with the recipe. It is so delicious! We stopped eating fried rice takeout because nothing compares to this fried rice recipe. It truly is THE BEST FRIED RICE! Since making this we were inspied to make our own orange chicken and general tso to go with the rice. All has been fantastic and easy. Thank you for sharing this recipe. You have a great recipe for fried rice.
    Thank you!

    Rating: 5
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  17. This recipe has become a staple in our house. My kids actually prefer it over take out fried rice, as do I. I do not use oyster sauce, but I use everything else. And I like to also add mushrooms towards the end. My choice of protein is shrimp and this is such a fast meal that I can whip together on a weeknight and using rice that otherwise would be thrown out. I honestly think this is my favorite Pinterest recipe find ever. Thanks!!!

    Rating: 5
  18. This is my go to fried rice recipe. We don’t eat any thing else when we do stir fry, Chinese night, etc. My husband and kids love it and I love how easy/cheap it is to make! As good if not better thanks takeout rice!! Thanks so much, I use this so recipe at least monthly!! Love it!! Having it tonight 😉

    Rating: 5
  19. Ali,
    Do you ever include nutritional info with your recipes?

    Rating: 5
  20. I made this last night and it was absolutely perfect! The only thing i changed was swapping peas for broccoli! Thanks for another winner!!!!!

    Rating: 5
  21. THis is truly the best recipe for fried rice! It’s much better than take out. I️ added cooked shrimp and chicken.

    Rating: 5
  22. mmm… Fried rice is the best! I’ve always used coconut oil for it before but… butter… yum. Definitely going to try that next time for an extra-special treat!

  23. This was too easy. Thanks for the recipe! I love toasty sesame, so I added a little more ;)

    Rating: 5
  24. This is a great recipe! kids love it too- quick, easy and delicious!

  25. This recipe is the BEST!!!

    Rating: 5
  26. Made this fried rice to go with sweet and sour chicken. YUM! I didn’t have oyster sauce but did have the sesame oil and added a bit more soy sauce. I’ll definitely be making it again!!

    Rating: 5
  27. Best recipe for shrimp fried rice I have found or eaten. This is easy and very good.
    Thank you

  28. I enjoyed this recipe but my husband was NOT a fan! I believe it needed more spice like hot peppers…

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  30. Ps I meant to give this recipe 5 stars but it only 4 showed up when I posted.

    Rating: 5
  31. This has been our fried rice recipe for years. Always amazing…never fails! Thought I should finally come and comment. ☺️

    Rating: 5
  32. Just made it for my family. My 6yr old takes some time eating, but not today. I substituted a few things peas with French beans(had some left over) dint have white onion so I used red, and used red and yellow bell peppers at the spring onions too. So yummy. And my son has asked for second helping

    Rating: 5
  33. I love this recipe. Use it all the time. But I lost my printed copy that I use when cooking. When I went to print recipe again the video is there ,which uses a lot of ink and not necessarily. Is there a recipe card to print

    Rating: 5
  34. I LOVE this recipe!!!! Thank you so much for posting it! We make it all the time! My husband loves it! In fact, I’m making it for dinner tonight. It’s his birthday and this was what we wanted to it. I sometimes use brown rice and coconut aminos to make it a little healthier. It’s delicious either way!

    Rating: 5
  35. Jus awesome 😍😍😍

    Rating: 4
  36. This is the best fried rice ever!!

    Rating: 5
  37. It is a great recipe. Easy and delicious. I didn’t change a thing.

    Rating: 5
  38. LOVE IT!

    Rating: 5
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