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. ;) | gimmesomeoven.com

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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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. ;) | gimmesomeoven.com

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. ;) | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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

How To Make Fried Rice | gimmesomeoven.com

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 | gimmesomeoven.com

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!

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 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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849 comments on “Fried Rice”

  1. This is my favorite fried rice recipe! It’s so easy and so delicious. I make extra rice now whenever I make it with another meal, and I always have some pulled rotisserie chicken in the fridge that I can add to it to make it a full meal. Definitely on the short list of my go-to simple meals.

    Rating: 5
  2. Do i make 4 cups of rice the night before? That seems like a lot of rice!

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  4. Omg so good I just made it and I don’t think I will be able to wait for anybody else to eat lol thank you for this awesome recipe. I will cook fried rice more often now. 😉

    Rating: 5
  5. Only thing I added to my taste was slivered ginger. About 2-3 tsp. Just another note to enjoy.

    Rating: 4
  6. Amazing Recipe! Kids loved it! Will continue making it

    Rating: 5
  7. Ok, I just stumbled upon this recipe from a google search, but I have a problem…. part of the reason I’m looking for recipes for Chinese food is because I have some allergies that make takeout kinda dicey, including, peanuts, nuts, and…. sesame seeds. Do you know of any decent substitutes for sesame oil? Will it suffer that much without it?

  8. This is sooo yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  9. Great recipe! Made with Cauliflower, and chicken, it was better than with rice!

    Rating: 5
  10. Easy to prpare recipe, great with farm fresh vegetables. Definitely the best go-to simple meal as noted by Katrina in another post to you. Thank you so much for sharing your details and your story. I have several cousins in Germany that cook and enjoy rice and vegetables.

    Rating: 5
  11. This has become my go to fried rice recipe!! Everyone in our family loves it! It is so quick and easy to make!! Thank you :)

    Rating: 5
  12. OMDelicious!!! First time making fried rice ever. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  13. After many years of cooking I have tried and made some great fried rice and some recipes get very complicated this one is simple ,I often have family and friends ask for recipes , and I have to adjust so they are easy for them, if it does not turn out right they blame my complicated recipe yours is a fool prove one in fact I am going to make it for a pot luck family reunion Sunday holiday weekend. Thanks I’ll let you about all the compliments I get. I think the oyster sauce is the key many recipes only ask for soy sauce, by the way you have a great blog.
    Chef Ernie
    https://bloggingwitchefernie.com/wp

  14. Your Cooking advice at the beginning was fantastic! I only use Brown Rice, I used Indian Basmati Brown Rice.
    I already knew about only using cold rice. In cooking rice, I use about 6 cups
    of water per cup of rice. then I drain rice, and spread out rice on large plate, and put it in fridge the day before preparing the recipe. It makes perfect fluffy rice every time. I added Water Chestnuts, Red Bell Peppers, 2 TBL Garlic (We love Garlic). I also added Shrimp tossed in Corn Starch, cooked separately.
    It was fantastic! filled with loads of Veggies and extras, not found in, as you stated, ‘Lame Takeout Fried Rice’. The Cooking advice you included will be applied to any Future Recipe . I chuckle when I see a bad review posted alongside a ton of excellent reviews. Math must not be their strong point!
    Not that I can see you getting a bad review. ha ha

    Rating: 5
  15. Turned out really good and was super easy! Saving this recipe for sure.

    Rating: 5
  16. I made this meal tonight after finding it on Pinterest and reading all the reviews. Friends, let me tell you, my husband and 2 teenage sons raved about this meal!! I added rotisserie chicken and used pre chopped garlic from the jar. I know fresh is best but I’m a busy working mom and if I can get a meal on the table and everyone to sit together then I have scored!!! This will be a staple in our dinner recipe rotation.

    Rating: 5
  17. My husband said this is the best fried rice he’s ever had.

    Rating: 5
  18. Made this for my family….delicious .Kids really enjoyed. it. Has a lot of flavour!!

    Rating: 5
  19. Used this recipe to make fried rice for the first time ever. It was super easy and it came out so delicious!!! It will now be made regularly in our home!

    Rating: 5
  20. Girlfriend, this recipe was good. I used all the ingredients plus added some diced chicken thighs I didn’t follow the exact measurements but it turned out awesome. I come from learning how to cook without measuring so we just eyeball and taste. Thanks so much for this and the recommendation to use cold rice. It really makes alot of sense! I love your blog as also tried your pepper steak recipe. My boyfriend said it was the best he’d ever had. May God continue to bless you and your gift to share great food.

    Rating: 5
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  22. The fucking best! I shoveled this rice down my throat!

    Rating: 5
  23. I made this exactly as the recipe read except I have a commercial grill and I grilled it. YUM!

  24. I absolutely loved it!!! Especially all the hints with using butter – the sesame oil – extra soy sauce. – etc! I added. Extra egg- – so good and so quick!

    Rating: 5
  25. It was spectacular! I added chicken

  26. It was incredible! So easy! So delicious!! Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  27. This rice is delicious! And super easy for me to make fast…which is great since I’m a nursing student and have little time. I was wondering what the best way to reheat this is though so it isn’t dried out???

    Rating: 5
  28. Awesome recipe and easy to follow!

  29. Made this receipe Friday night and is so good I’m making again Tuesday upon special request.

  30. I made this just like the recipe called for, except I added some chicken. Very good and easy. My husband really liked it. He told me “Don’t lose that recipe!”
    Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  31. I just made this (Chicken for my wife and kids and Shrimp for myself). I will never buy takeout fried Rice again!!!

    Rating: 5
  32. I made the recipe last night. It was excellent! I did not use the oyster sauce, but I will try it next time.
    I just beat the eggs and added them to the end when frying. Worked great!
    I used leftover smoked beef tenderloin meat in my rice.
    I also served the leftover rice the next day for lunch. Also, great!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Best fried rice EVER!!! Threw some left over pork tenderloin in to make it a meal and everyone licked their plates clean! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!! You’re awesome :)

    Rating: 5
  34. The BEST Fried Rice I’ve ever had!
    I added chicken and shrimp, used the oyster sauce-made huge difference for the better.
    My family , friends and I love it.

    Rating: 5
  35. Hey! Thanks for sharing, excited to make it this weekend but a really silly question…..do you use salted or unsalted butter?

    Thank you.

    • You’re welcome to use either! I usually use unsalted, then you can control the amount of salt (or soy sauce) that you’d like to add.

  36. Best fried recipe ever!!! Seriously, my kids request this one at least once a week.

    Rating: 5
  37. I have made lots of fried rice dishes before and they turned me off for a long time cause they never came out as expected, although they were good. But when I delved to try this recipe I was totally pleased! It is just as i anticipated although I opted out for the oyster sauce this time. This will always be my go to recipe from here on cause I simply love it!! Thank you SOOOO much,!!🤗

  38. I have made many fried rice recipes before and for a long time I never made any until now. They completely turned me off although they were good but they never came out as I expected. But when I tried this one I was completely amazed because it came out exactly as I anticipated. Thank you so very much for giving me my new go to fried rice recipe from here on. Lovely dish!🤗

    Rating: 5
  39. I have tried A LOT of different fried rice recipes from different bloggers and cook apps over the years, the results were always so disastrous that I ultimately gave up on trying for a while, thank God for my recent random desire for the old favorite (never eat Chinese takeout) it led me here, needless to say this was the easiest and best tasting fried rice recipe that i have EVER attempted, and believe me, I’ve attempted quite a bit. So easy to follow and understand, and the rice refrigeration method, priceless, always wondered why the mushy rice result, lol. Anyway, thanks soooooo much #newstaple

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  41. I don’t usually comment on these but I have to say that I made this tonight and it was delicious! (I eyeballed all the measurements as I’m not keen on that) I added some chicken and a giant blob of homemade kimchi on the side to eat with it. As if the recipe wasn’t already awesome, the kimchi brought it to a whole new level!

    Rating: 5
  42. I made this recipe and yesterday and I couldn’t keep my hands out of it. The only thing I did differently is i halfed all the ingredients, but i forgot to use half the amount of butter. Weeeelllll, needless to say this dish made my tongue slap my brain out trying to get some more!!!!! I didn’t use the seceme oil becuase I think i have some in the cupboard, but I’m not sure if it is the right kind. I may try it next time. One question though: do you know the caloric intake? If so, can you post it please. I scrolled down a bit but didn’t see it anywhere.

    Rating: 5
  43. This is our favorite Fried Rice. Usually add chicken, which we love, but, today, I added chunks of fried salmon. Absolutely delicious!

  44. I didn’t even make it the right way and it was still almost as or just about as good as the rice I had while in Beijing this year. Running to the store now to get short grain rice and sesame oil to taste the difference :-D

    Rating: 5
  45. so delicious! I sadly didn’t have garlic but it was such a great way to use up some leftover produce and take-out brown rice. I’ll have to grab some oyster sauce next time.

  46. I have tried a few recipes for stir fried rice and have been pretty much pleased with each of them… this one however is a keeper. Great flavor and quite easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
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  48. I love to add cabbage and celery to the veggies since i don’t like peas. I am excited about trying it with butter and oyster sauce

  49. 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!