This Easy Fried Rice recipe is so simple and quick to prepare! Leftover cooked rice is tossed with green onions, a simple 5-ingredient sauce and cooked with egg for excellent restaurant quality fried rice.
I become a bottomless pit when it comes to eating fried rice.
It’s like my full-meter is temporarily shut off and I somehow can find room for one more bite, or seven.
We moved a few years ago and the only thing I really miss about our old town (besides being 5 minutes away from a grocery store) is China Jade. I basically grew up on their almond chicken and fried rice and now that we live in the country, there isn’t a single decent Chinese restaurant near us.
So it should be no surprised that I’m pretty pumped about this recipe. For the past few years I’ve put my mind to mastering a fried rice recipe that comes close to the one served at our favorite Chinese restaurant. Many failed attempts later and I finally feel like this rice holds a candle to our beloved restaurants version.
Late last week I socked away the remaining rice from our stir-fry dinner in the fridge with plans on making fried rice to curb my cravings for my favorite restaurant’s fried rice. Shortly after making a wok-full of fried rice, my oldest daughter and I scarfed it down forkful after forkful. #bestdayever
To Make This Easy Fried Rice You Will Need:
- leftover (day old) cooked rice
- green onions
- dark soy sauce (I purchase mine on amazon)
- light soy sauce (which is what you commonly find in all grocery stores)
- oyster sauce
- oyster sause
- extra light olive oil
In a mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh garlic, 2 teaspoons oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon sriracha with 2 tablespoons both dark and light soy sauce. Set this off to the side for a moment.
Crack 2 eggs into a shallow dish and beat it up with a whisk or fork, then set it off to the side.
In a large bowl, add the 4 cups of cooked leftover rice into a mixing bowl with the light parts of the green onion.
Add the sauce to the rice and onions.
Toss well to combine.
Add 1 teaspoon extra light olive oil to a large skillet or wok. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat, once hot, add in the rice mixture. It should sizzle.
Spread the rice in an even layer and let it cook for a few minutes or until crispy and brown in spots, stir occasionally.
Once the rice has browned, make a well and pour in the beaten egg. Instantly the egg will start to cook, have a wooden spatula handy to scramble the egg, mixing it in with the rice. If you have cooked chicken, pork or leftover shrimp even, you could add it here and heat through over medium to medium-low heat.
Serve in bowls and top your easy fried rice with the reserved green onions.
This fried rice recipe is a ridiculously easy and incredibly delicious! What I love most is that it can be ready in well under twenty minutes, which is half the time it would take me to drive to and from our favorite Chinese restaurant.
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Easy Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh garlic
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha or Sambal Oelek
- 4 cups leftover, day old cooked white rice
- 5 green onions, sliced (light and dark green parts separated)
- 1 teaspoon extra light olive oil
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- In a medium bowl, combien both light and dark soy sauce, with garlic, oyster sauce and sriracha. Stir to combine and set off to the side,.
- Next, in a large bowl, combine the rice with the light green parts of the green onion. Pour in the sauce and toss to combine.
- heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Once hot add in the rice mixture. Stir and cook until the rice starts to brown in spots.
- Make a well in teh middle of the pan, add the beaten eggs and use a wooden spatula to scramble the eggs. Mix the scramble eggs into the rice. Alternatively, you could scramble the eggs prior to adding the rice. Whichever you prefer.
- Serve the rice with the dark green parts of the onion and with extra srirach if desired.
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Ooooo! This is the perfect pair for the veggie stir-fry I make every week. Much better than plain old rice. And it looks super easy. Thanks!
I love all forms of fried rice but especially a veggie version! Yum!!
Sounds perfect! I will make it today. Thanks for Not loading it with peas and carrots! Most other recipes for homemade throw them in but that isn’t authentic.
I make a side dish called Confetti Rice. Diced onion, a little garlic, carrots, and red bell pepper are cooked with the rice; frozen peas are added at the end of the cooking time. Leftovers make a great start for fried rice.
Your recipe for fried rice looks easy and tasty. I’ll try it.
I love fried rice so much and this recipe looks perfect!!
Now, this is something I need in my life!! I am terrible at making rice, but this recipe sounds like something I could definitely make! LOVE!
Lauren so am I!! Buy a rice cooker and it will change your life. Promise 😉 xo
I learned to make fried rice from a Taiwanese lady friend. She added the beaten RAW egg where you have added the fried egg. She just drizzles it in and it gives more ribbon like egg pieces. Try it and see what you think – it would save 1 step.
Oh and I love mine with left over ham cubes.
Love your step by step photos!!!!
Oooh I’ll try that next time! Thanks for the tip
I’ve been searching for a good fried rice recipe! Can’t wait to try yours!
Ugh. I am like that with fried rice too! Just can’t stop eating it. This looks so good – the egg looks perfect!
This looks great. Is there anything I can substitute for the oyster sauce. I don’t like anything fishy tasting.
Hi Michelle! I’m actually not sure. But I don’t find that it has a fishy taste at all
Thank you, thank you! I feel like you just gave me a gift. Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with fried rice. My family always had to order extra fried rice because I was fixated. And leftover cold fried rice? 10 times better than leftover pizza, and that says a lot for me. Can you imagine how much damage you, your daughter, and I could do at a Chinese restaurant? We’d eat them fresh out of rice 😉
Thanks for the excellent recipe! I can’t wait to try this out!
HAHAHA! Yes! I think we should totally do it! As a kid I was obsessed with leftover rice too… white or fried, gimme ALL of it!
this fried rice almost looks like spanish rice, which I am loving!!! so simple but looks so delish, I’d totally eat 8 bowls of this 🙂
like with peas, carrots & ham…..also try to use brown rice….yum
Fried rice is one of my favorite things ever. The end.
THIS is one of many reasons why we are friends. <3
Fried rice is my idea dinner! Quick and easy, but so delicious! Love the step by step photos- very clear!
Ohhhh> I am loving the addition of the oyster sauce!
Mmmmm. I love the addition of the sambal in there. Now I’m feeling fixated on fried rice!
Ohhh YEAAA..cannot wait to try this..I’ve made fried rice before but it was always lacking that little something,,,,sambal AND the oyster sauce should do it for sure….now …I’ll have to do is find the sweet/sour sauce that our China Jade includes..I’m on the hunt…think it’s ‘Panda” brand.
If you crack the code please do share
This recipe is yummo! In the final frying stage I also add: previously fried finely diced European wieners, previously softened diced red peppers and mushrooms. Oh and I put a can of corn in the rice rice after I cook it. Anyway, thanks Laurie for sharing. No idea oyster sauce was so good!
So glad you gave this a whirl, E! Love your additions too!
Hi I love your blog!! I love the step by step with great images!!
Faithful and easy. I like it not as every day with a bit change and adding unususal ingridients. Anyone tried to do it with orange? Try, if you use multicooker such as Redmond 4502 or another you’ll see the difference – be sure!
Oyster sauce took it to just the right next level!!!
I’m so glad you liked it, Janet! 🙂
Oyster sauce made it perfect!
Opps!! ignore this last one^^^
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Wow, this recipe is easy to understand. I will try to make it at home.