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.
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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  5. Thank you for this recipe, Ali! I don’t know why I’ve been intimidated to make fried rice for so long. I made it last night and added some fresh spinach when serving. So good! I’m so glad we had leftovers for today. This is a staple recipe for me now!

    Rating: 5
  6. This was so simple to make and absolutely delicious. I added 1/2 c frozen corn and omitted green onions (I didn’t have any on hand… This was a spontaneous craving.) I used basmati rice and 3 tbsp soy sauce which I found to be plenty. I already shared this recipe and will be making it again!

    Rating: 5
  7. This truly is the best fried recipe! Better than any restaurant version I’ve ever tried.

    Rating: 5
  8. This looks and sounds delicious! I do have a question though. I just started to be under a certain amount of calories daily, and just curious if you know an estimate on how many calories this would be for a half cup, maybe? I am definitely going to try out this recipe this week.

  9. The fried rice was sooooooo good l really loved the flavor 👍🏾

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  11. Wow. I LOVE me some fried rice…and I can’t believe I now can made a recipe as delicious as this at home myself!!! I substituted quinoa & brown rice instead of white, added some more veggies…DELICIOUS!!! I’m sharing this with friends, and will most definitely make this again myself – FREQUENTLY! Well done. :)

    Rating: 5
  12. This fried rice is the BEST! Easy to make and flavorful. Will definitely make it again – thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  13. I’ve made this recipe several times now and my husband LOVES it. I add a meat (shrimp, steak, chicken), water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and baby corn.

    Rating: 5
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  15. Question: When the recipe calls for 4 cups of rice, does that mean to cook 4 cups of dry rice or should you have yielded 4 cups of cooked rice AFTER cooking?

  16. Just made this! Super easy. The tip about reserving the last beaten egg is the magic touch. No more soggy fried rice.

    Rating: 5
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  18. t was SO good!! Your pictures are absolutely stunning and I am so jealous!

    Rating: 5
  19. Just made this for probably the 10th time. Still delivers. Great recipe and pretty easy.

    Rating: 4
  20. Made this tonight for dinner, and it was awesome. I like this so much better than take out fried rice. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Rating: 5
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  22. Made this with leftover balsamic marinated grilled chicken and red, yellow and orange pepper kabobs. Also used brown rice instead of white- delishous! Will definitely use this again.

    Rating: 5
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  25. It’s good but not great. Fried rice is not fried rice without ginger. I added it of course. Makes a huge difference. Even a tiny bit. Delish!

    Rating: 4
  26. Oh and I definitely agree about the butter!

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  28. I am having a bridal shower and looking for a rice recipe that could withstand a buffet. do you think this would work and can you make it ahead

  29. Until I added the toasted sesame oil I thought it tasted delicious. Its crazy to me because it was only 1/2 tsp. I think I may be one in a million that thinks it completely takes over the whole dish with all of the great reviews. It’s all I can smell and taste. My husband said it was good. I just can’t get over it. Like I said before that was added it was really tasty so I can’t knock down. I will try again omitting it.

  30. Seasame oil

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  32. So tasty :D

    Rating: 5
  33. I signed up for your newsletters years ago (it seems) and I have just loved following you on your journey. Anytime I am thinking of cooking something you’re my go-to! Making this NOW! Made my rice last night :)

  34. Like seriously better than the restaurant!

    Rating: 5
  35. If I make this recipe ahead of time, what is the best way to reheat. I also will need to double the recipe, do I just double?

  36. 🙌🙌🙌 Fantastic!😘😍🔥🔥 My first time ever cooking with sesame oil! I was very nervous lol. *Gasps and goes to heaven after the first bite and adds a tad bit more 😂 I also had to substitute fish sauce for oyster sauce. I don’t know the difference since I’ve never cooked with either lol. Thanks for the spectacular recipe😊

    Rating: 5
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  38. Really good and easy. Followed pretty close the recipe. Cooked shrimp in butter on the side and added at the end. I will make this again! Thanks

  39. We are trying to do low carb. I made this with cauliflower rice and it is amazing! The cauliflower takes a little more time to cook but so worth it.

    Rating: 5
  40. Delicious and easy to make. It will be one of my go to recipes for sure.

    Rating: 5
  41. I made this last weekend and it was fantastic! Had most of the ingredients on hand. I had bbq’d some pork chops with Ah So sauce a few days prior and had some leftovers, which I cubed and added at the end. Didn’t have oyster sauce; I combined some fish sauce and store-brand bold-n-spicy bbq sauce in the same amount as the oyster sauce and it was great. Family loved it.

  42. This recipe is THE BEST! So much flavor!!

    Rating: 5
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  44. Delicious! So much flavor and you are right about the butter.

    Rating: 5
  45. Absolutely love this recipe. Easy to follow, fast and super delicious fried rice! Definitely dealt with that craving. Thanks for sharing 🙏

    Rating: 5
  46. Easy to follow directions. Quick easy meal that tasted fantastic! I added ground chicken.

    Rating: 5
  47. Fried rice is the best way to use our leftovers xD and it’s also my favourite dishes all the time.
    I have cooked almost the same as you did. It’s so good!

    Rating: 4
  48. Thank you for this great recipe. It was a hit. It was so easy to make. So versatile when adding different protiens.

    Rating: 5
  49. Yummy- will make it again

    Rating: 5
  50. I have made this so many times that I’ve lost count. Easy and delicious! I follow the recipe and add chicken.

    Rating: 5