Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
Chinese fried rice is an iconic Chinese recipe that you can find in many Chinese restaurants all over the world.
Traditional Chinese fried rice recipe calls for Chinese sausage or lap cheong (腊肠), vegetables, eggs, overnight rice and soy sauce.
The ingredients are cooked over intense high heat in a Chinese wok, with the iconic aromas from the wok hei（镬气）or breathe of wok.
The end result a delicious and filling rice dish, which makes a wholesome meal for both lunch and dinner.
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How to Make Chinese Fried Rice?
Real and authentic recipe calls for the following ingredients:
- Chinese sausage, or lap cheong
- Mixed vegetables
- Steamed rice
- Soy sauce
- Ground white pepper
First, make sure you cook your rice using an electronic rice cooker. Electronic rice cooker produces soft, fluffy and perfectly steamed rice. Chill the rice overnight in the fridge.
The next day, heat up a wok or skillet on high heat. Add cooking oil and stir fry the garlic, follow by the Chinese sausage.
Next, add the mixed vegetables and rice to the wok. Stir and toss all the ingredients around before adding the soy sauce and pepper.
Traditionally, you cook the rice by pushing the rice to one side of the wok, and then add some oil to cook the eggs. When the eggs are set, break them up, combine, and toss well with the rice. For this recipe, I have simplified the steps by cooking the eggs first.
Cook’s Tips for the Best Chinese Fried Rice
- DO NOT use fresh steamed rice because the rice will be too wet with too much moisture content. Keep the steamed rice in the fridge overnight.
- Break up the rice so there are no lumps. You may use a spatula to break up the lumps while cooking or you can separate the rice before cooking.
- Wok hei or breath of wok from intensely hot Chinese wok is the secret to the best result. If you don’t have a wok, you may use a skillet or pan on high heat.
- For extra flavors or umami taste, use a combination of soy sauce and oyster sauce or soy sauce and fish sauce as seasonings.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Rice Do Chinese Restaurants Use?
For Chinese restaurant style result, use long grain rice for this recipe.
Short grain rice or Japanese rice is not ideal. I recommend Jasmine rice for fried rice.
Can I Use Fresh Steamed Rice?
Allow the steamed rice to dry out before cooking. You may leave the rice out on room temperature for an hour to dry out the moisture content.
Make sure you don’t add too much water while cooking the rice.
For the best result, chill the fresh steamed rice in the fridge overnight.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is 641 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with Chinese Fried Rice?
This dish is best served with other Chinese recipes. For a wholesome Chinese meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Chinese Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 Chinese lap cheong sausage (cut into small pieces)
- 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetable (thawed)
- 4 cups overnight steamed rice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (or)
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 3 dashes ground white pepper (or black pepper)
- Salt (to taste)
- Heat up a wok or skillet on high heat. Add the cooking oil and sauté the garlic until aromatic. Add the Chinese lap cheong sausage, stir and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add the beaten eggs, let cook, and break the eggs into pieces using a spatula. Add the mixed vegetables and stir well. Add in the rice, stir to combine well with all the ingredients.
- Add the soy sauce, fish sauce (or oyster sauce), ground pepper, salt and continue to stir-fry for a minute or two. As soon as the rice becomes toasty, dish out and serve immediately.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Can I make this ahead of time and reheat it? What would you suggest? I’m doing a Chinese new year party here in the US and have a lot to cook. We lived in Penang Dalat School for 22 years and miss the wonderful food!
Can we use ‘Bak Kwa’ instead of Chinese sausage? Thanks
Yes you can but it’s unusual.
What can I substitute for the sausage as I can’t find it where I live?
Are you supposed to peel and cook the sausage meat beforehand? Thanks.
It’s already cooked. You’re just basically reheating it as you cook with it. So just dice and add to the pan. It’s so good! :)
Make sure that you read the package. The Chinese sausage that I used (made in the U.S.) says that it must be cooked before consuming. I’m guessing that different brands vary.
authentic tasting which is what we want
Have made it loads of times, easy and soooo delicious ?!
Awesome, good to know that you love my Chinese fried rice.
My favorite food.. easy to cook & delicious..thanks for great newsletter & posting..its insipring
Just made it for the dinner in a short while. Very yummy!!
Do you use a commercial brand of Chinese sausage or do you buy the ones that hang in pairs in the meat section of Asian markets. The sausage looks so fresh!
I used the ones already packaged.
Frozen vegetables? Peas ok, but otherwise go with fresh, sautéed mushrooms, onions, etc.
Frozen mixed vegetables were what I used. You don’t want to put mushroom and onions in fried rice as they have too much moisture in them and will make the fried rice soggy.