How to Make Fried Rice?
Fried rice is one of the most popular Chinese food ever.
Imagine hot-off-the-wok fluffy stir fried rice with ingredients such as chicken, shrimp, egg, pork, mixed vegetables with fried rice seasoning of soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce. It’s delicious!
In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to make easy fried rice with simple ingredients, just like Chinese restaurants. My fried rice recipe is the best in the world!
I will also teach you how to use up leftover steamed rice and make it into an appetizing, cheap, and flavorful meal for the entire family!
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Fried Rice Ingredients
You can customize the ingredients based on what you have in the fridge.
- Leftover steamed rice.
- Minced garlic.
- Protein: chicken, pork, shrimp, egg. You can use either one, or you can use a combination of any of them. It’s totally up to you and what you like.
- Frozen mixed vegetables: carrots, green beans and corns.
- Seasonings: soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, ground white pepper and salt.
- Do not use fresh steamed rice as the rice grains have too much moisture content and too starchy for stir fry. The rice will clump and stick together in lumps.
- Use leftover steamed rice, or “overnight” rice. It means rice that had been left overnight in the refrigerator as the rain grains are drier and have lost the moisture content.
- The next time you dine out at Chinese restaurants or takeout restaurants, ask for an extra serving of steamed white rice. Bring it home and keep in the refrigerator. The next day, you have the perfect “overnight” or leftover rice which is great for making this recipe.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 457 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served alone or with a soup or appetizer. For a wholesome Chinese restaurant style meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 4 oz. shrimp, peeled, shelled and deveined
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (thawed)
- 12 oz. leftover steamed white rice
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
- salt to taste
- Heat up a wok or pan with the oil. Add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic, follow by the chicken, shrimp, and mixed vegetables. Stir-fry until the chicken and shrimp are half cooked.
- Add in the rice and stir well with the ingredients. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper and continue to stir the fried rice for a couple of minutes.
- Using the spatula, push the rice to the side of the wok and make a "well" in the middle of the fried rice. Pour the beaten eggs in the "well." Wait for 30 seconds and then cover the eggs with the fried rice.
- Leave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute and continue to stir-fry, so the eggs form into small pieces and mix well with the fried rice. Add salt to taste and do some quick stirs, dish out and serve hot.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
This is the best fried rice recipe online. Look no further. Tastes just like Chinese restaurants. Most recipes you find online ask you to use fresh steamed rice which turn into a wet, lumpy mess. This recipe produces fluffy, dry fried rice. Love this site, it has the best recipes online!
Thanks Sara, I am happy that you find my fried rice recipe to be the best. I am a best-selling Chinese cookbook author, my cookbook is the #1 Chinese recipes cookbook on Amazon. Please check out all my Chinese food and recipes here: https://rasamalaysia.com/chinese-food-recipes-chinese-recipes/
Very tasty recipe! My fried rice seems to be a bit hit or miss but this was very tasty! Thank you so much.
Thank you for the recipe :)
looks very nice
thankyou for sharing this recipe, it useful for me
Your fried rice looks so good, wrote down 2 recipes to try…..I have tried so many and was disappointed in them all…..hoping this is the one I have been looking for…..I don’t have a wok, I assume a skillet will do :) I know some mentioned ginger in the recipe, but do not see it in yours’, ! so it isn’t necessary to use it eh ? I don’t cook with a lot of ginger anyways…..thanks for posting them…..
Just follow my recipe and you will have the best fried rice. :)
Tried this recipe exactly. Good for beginners/people who have never eaten high quality fried rice. Not good for me. Much prefer the kitchen tigress’s fried rice recipe. That lady has got it down to a science which I’m sure will be ripped off by amateur cooks soon enough.
Steven – this fried rice recipe is catered for Americans, as I am based here in the US and most of my readers are Americans. Fried rice can be made in so many different ways so it’s up to me how fancy and how “delicious” I wanted it to be but this recipe is for beginners who want to learn how to make an easy fried rice that taste good! :)
It’s about your technique. Not about how fancy or delicious you want it to be. Does your fried really look like that one in the picture? :)
Hi Steven – my site is about easy Asian recipes for (mostly) American readers. I am a food blogger, not a chef and this website is not about cooking techniques. If you want techniques, you can check out my cookbook Easy Chinese Recipes. I wrote about some Chinese cooking techniques in that book. Kudos to Kitchen Tigress for her wonderful techniques and recipes, bravo to her for having fans such as yourself who adore her work. :)
PS: Of course my fried rice looks like the ones in the pictures, I cook, style, and then shoot.
Steven, you are about the rudest person on earth. This lady is trying to help people like myself how to make Chinese food and you criticize her cooking? Didi your parents ever teach you if have nothing good to say to someone just keep your mouth zip? Unbelievable!!!
Thanks Alma. :)
I tried this fried rice recipe and it turned out great. Except for chicken I used pork cut into very small pieces and cooked them separately in sesame oil. It was easier than I could have ever imagined. Family enjoyed it as well!!! Give it a try…
Hi there. How long did you take to prepare this dish?
Less than 30 minutes.
Hi. I was wondering how many people this recipe serves?