Fried Rice

This Chinese 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.

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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!  💛

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Tips For Making The Best Fried Rice:

Ok, let’s get right to it.  Here are the important things I have learned over the years about how to make the best 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.

Homemade Fried Rice Recipe

Homemade Fried Rice Ingredients:

Alright, so let’s talk ingredients.  To make this fried rice recipe, you will need (affiliate links included):

  • Cooked, chilled rice: Any kind of white or brown rice will do.  Just be sure that it is cooked (I always cook mine in this rice cooker, which works like a charm) and thoroughly chilled (in a sealed container in the refrigerator) before adding it to your hot skillet.  Again, freshly-cooked rice will not work well in this recipe.
  • Eggs: Which add great flavor, texture and protein.
  • Carrots, onions, green onions and peas: This is the base mix of veggies that I always use for fried rice, but feel free to add in other stir-fry veggies you love (see ideas below).
  • Garlic: Freshly-minced.
  • Soy sauce: I created this recipe using low-sodium soy sauce.  So add less if you’re using traditional soy sauce.
  • Oyster sauce: This is a major flavor booster in fried rice and (don’t worry) doesn’t taste like oysters.  You can find it in the Asian section of grocery stores, or order it on Amazon. 
  • Toasted sesame oil: The finishing touch in this recipe, which is a must.  You can also find it in the Asian section of grocery stores, or order it on Amazon.
  • Butter: My favorite way to stir fry rice.

How To Make Fried Rice | Sauté onions, carrots and peas

How To Make Fried Rice | Be sure to start with cold rice

How To Make Stir Fried Rice

How To Make Fried Rice:

To make fried rice, simply:

  1. Scramble your eggs: Using a small pat of butter, scramble some eggs in a large sauté pan, breaking them into small pieces as you go.  Then transfer the eggs to a separate plate, and set aside.
  2. Sauté your veggies and garlic: Return your sauté pan to the heat, and sauté the onions, carrots, peas and garlic until soft and cooked through.
  3. Stir fry rice: Then turn the burner to high heat.  Scooch the veggies over to one side of the pan, melt the remaining butter in the other half, and add the chilled rice, soy sauce, and oyster sauce (if using).  Then stir to combine with the veggies and 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 slightly.
  4. Remove pan from heat. And stir in your green onions, sesame oil, and scrambled eggs.
  5. Taste and season.  Give the rice a taste, and season with salt and pepper, plus any extra soy sauce or sesame oil if needed.
  6. Serve!  Then dish it up and serve nice and warm!

The BEST Fried Rice Recipe | Feel free to add chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or extra vegetables

Easy Fried Rice Variations:

The sky’s the limit when it comes to homemade fried rice variations, so feel free to get creative and use up other leftover ingredients you may happen to have on hand.  That said, here are some classic add-ins:

  • Chicken Fried Rice: You can either sauté some chicken in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice.  Then shred or dice and add to your fried rice.  Or for a shortcut, I like to shred a rotisserie chicken.  Or even better, shred leftovers from my favorite baked chicken breasts recipe.
  • Pork Fried Rice: Sauté a boneless pork chop in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice.  Then dice and add to your rice.
  • Beef Fried Rice: Sauté steak or brown ground beef in a separate sauté pan while making your fried rice.  Then crumble or dice and add to your rice.
  • Shrimp Fried Rice: Sauté half a pound of peeled, raw shrimp in separate sauté pan while making your fried rice.  Then add the shrimp to your rice.
  • Vegetable Fried Rice: Any stir-fry friendly veggies would be great in fried rice!  Just sauté at the same time that you cook the onions, carrots, peas and garlic.  Then stir to combine with the fried rice.
  • Kimchi Fried Rice: Fresh kimchi adds a major flavor boost to fried rice.  Just chop and stir it in to make kimchi fried rice.
  • Pineapple Fried Rice: Fresh pineapple can be traditional in Chinese or Thai fried rice.  Just chop and stir it in to combine.

Also, in lieu of using traditional white rice in this recipe, feel free to make:

  • Fried Brown Rice: For a healthier twist, feel free to use cooked brown rice in this recipe instead of white rice.
  • Quinoa Fried Rice: Here is my favorite recipe.
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The BEST 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large sauté 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. Delicious! I used what I had in refrigerator..celery, bok choy, mushrooms, red pepper & onions. I also used brown rice and added shrimp. We loved it and will definitely make again.

    Rating: 5
  2. I love it, my husband loves it, his co-workers love it (although I didn’t make it for them. .. he was just bragging and let them taste it). And you’re right, DO use fresh garlic, it makes the biggest difference. My next adventure is the egg drop soup.
    Thanks so much!
    LynnS.

    Rating: 5
  3. this was great! I happend to have leftover cooked brown rice I had made for a stir fry that didn’t happen. We also had all the cut up vegetables (peppers, broccoli, yellow & zucchini squash, mushrooms, white onions) so I just roasted the vegetables for 15 minutes on 400 & then stirred them in at the end. I added a dash of siracha sauce as well. The texture was great. Thanks for the tips about cold rice & butter!

    Rating: 5
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  5. Wondering can I use fish sauce instead of oyster sauce? Thought I had the oyster and just realized its called fish sauce instead?!!? OOPS!

  6. Love the way you’ve set up your page/site. Simple, the way the writing (and cooking) should be. I think I actually visited your site before lol. Anyway I’ve bookmarked you and will try other recipes.
    As to my take on this fried rice recipe, I went crazy on mushrooms: not only on types but on quantity! I liked it. The vegetarians liked it. Kept adding more broth and adjusting salt and pepper for the next few days. But I think I’ll make it today with just shitake mushrooms, and will copy your recipe straight up. Thank you and take care. Tony

  7. Great recipe! I use slightly less rice, as I haven’t a pan big enough to fry 4 cups.

    Rating: 5
  8. Great recipe. Followed directions exactly. My veggies took a bit longer to soften but I had doubled the recipe for a family dinner (and leftovers). Definitely will make again. Leftovers reheated two days later in a skillet stirring frequently. I would recommend you go easy on added salt until tasting the finished product. I added precooked shredded chicken.

    Rating: 5
  9. My family of 6 said hands down “it was the BEST fried rice we’d ever had!! ” Thank you for doing all the hard work to create the perfect recipe we can ALL enjoy and thank you for sharing your talents to bless others !

    Rating: 5
  10. Well add me to the list! Just made this tonight and I’m joining the ranks of everyone who said it’s the best. I’ve tried a few fried rice recipes and I’m done looking. This is the one I’ll be using. I did add an extra egg because my hubby loves eggs. And I used a bit more sesame oil (1/2 tbls) and included the oyster sauce. I also added shrimp but both my husband and I said it had too much shrimp because the rice was so dang good. Not greasy at all. Made the rice (basmati) in the morning so it refrigerated all day. Used 1 2/3 cups of frozen veggies (carrots, peas, and corn). Followed the steps exactly and it was terrific! So glad I tried it!

    Rating: 5
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  12. Made this this evening and everyone loved it! I didn’t have any green onion. I used shallots, red pepper, carrots, garlic and frozen peas. Beautiful colors and great tasting! Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
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  15. I have now made this 4 times in 4 weeks. and it is easier and better each time. This time I halved the recipe for three of us and tossed with big shrimps that I cooked first in garlic, oil and butter. YUM!

    The only change I made each time is at the end of cooking I make a hole in the middle of the rice mixture and scramble the egg right into the pan, then incorporate it with the rice.

    Rating: 5
  16. This is the BEST fried rice. Even better than a chinese restaurant. I had a big family get together and received raves from everyone. Will definitely be making it again.

    Rating: 5
  17. Could this be made with fresh cauliflower rice?

  18. Yum, yum, yum! Even my picky eaters loved this!

    Rating: 5
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  20. Can I use regular sesame oil rather than toasted? Or can I cook the regular sesame oil for a few minute to give it a toasted flavor?? Thank you!

  21. Made this tonight for my husband and I. He said it was better than our fav Chinese restaurant Big hit.. and easy. Browned some ground chicken and added it. Delish!

    Rating: 5
  22. Made this tonight we absolutely loved it

    Rating: 5
  23. Best fried rice recipe ever! I didn’t add salt or oyster sauce but added cut up leftover rotisserie chicken! This will be a favorite to make again and again.

    Rating: 5
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  25. Ahhh this was legit! I didn’t have the typical veggies so I used spinach, carrots, onions, and tomatoes. I added some sriracha and left over grilled salmon – boom! On fire! This is bookmarked forever!

    Rating: 5
  26. These are great. Love them. But one thing that I have been looking for, with no luck, is how to easily make egg foo yung. Can’t find it anywhere. Found it in a Chinese cook book one time but it was so complicated it didn’t work. And it tasted awful. There must be a better way. This is my favorite go to Chinese food.

    Rating: 5
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