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.

The BEST Fried Rice Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

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.
Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry to go with the BEST Fried Rice

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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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964 comments on “Fried Rice”

  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
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  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. This recipe is delicious. We had a ton of white rice leftover from ordering Chinese the night before so I decided to make fried rice rather than throw it away like I usually do. I used whatever I had in the fridge and freezer- ham, peas,onions, lima beans, corn, leftover scrambled eggs. Very good! I will deff make again for the fam!

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

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

    Rating: 5
  33. 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 end..no spring onions too. So yummy. And my son has asked for second helping

    Rating: 5
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Jus awesome 😍😍😍

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

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

    Rating: 5
  39. I made this tonight with leftover pork chops. This was a hit in my home with my three children! I can even say that its better than slot if Chinese places. I did not add the oyster sauce because I fun st think my kids would like it but I do want to try it with it! Awesome recipe!!!

    Rating: 5
  40. LOVE this recipe! Have used it many times now. Sometimes we add chicken or steak…super easy to adapt. FANTASTIC!

    Rating: 5
  41. It’s the best I made thus far. Didn’t use oyster sauce.

    Rating: 5
  42. Made this tonight and it was 1. Yummy 2. Easy and 3. Healthy and 4. Yummy! Thank you so much for your great recipes. All the non-cooks in the world, like me, appreciate the talented food creators, like you, that share their great creations with us!!! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  43. I made this recipe for the 2nd time and I agree that it’s as good if not better than take out. Instead of meat, I added cashews. YUmmy.

    Rating: 5
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  45. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. My mom had an old recipe for fried rice that was equally good, but she lost it a while ago and we’ve been searching ever since for anything that compares and wow we found it. You can pretty much add any kind of meat/seafood/vegetable to this and it still works. Thank you for posting!

    Rating: 5
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  48. This is amazing. I now have to make a full recpie to send Back to college with my son every time he comes home. I have started using frozen diced carrots to speed things up. Like to add leftover cooked chicken or pork – even added chopped up brats once. Great every time!

    Rating: 5
  49. This is an awesome fried rice recipe ! One thing I did NOT know… to use the rice cold…THIS. made all the difference, seriously!! I have been using a similar fried rice recipe for years , always yummy but never quite like you get it at a restaurant that does it well , so when I stumbled upon this recipe the only differences were using the rice cold and the sesame oil ..THAT’S what has been missing!! Thank you so much for sharing this I just made it and before I even got it to the table half is gone !!! Totally deserves a 10 star rating if we could give it !!

    Rating: 5
  50. LOVE IT!

    Rating: 5