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Easy restaurant style fried rice that you can make at home in 20 minutes! The perfect way to use up leftover rice sitting in the fridge.

We love fried rice! Other favorites include the sweeter taste of this pineapple fried rice recipe or this savory ham fried rice.

Cooking fried rice in a skillet.
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Favorite Easy Fried Rice

One of my favorite ways to use up leftover rice is to make this classic Chinese fried rice. It’s super easy, flavorful and comes together in just 20 minutes. Plus my entire family loves it and can’t get enough! My kids always go back for seconds.

This easy fried recipe is super versatile. Feel free to throw in more vegetables if you’d like. Mushrooms, chopped broccoli or bell peppers make a great addition. We love to make it into a main dish by adding in cooked protein like diced chicken, steak or shrimp.

We love to serve this along side of Kung Pao chicken or sweet and sour chicken with homemade egg rolls. It seriously tastes like takeout from a Chinese restaurant, but is better for you, less expensive and can be made in the comfort of your own home.

Key Ingredients

Fried rice ingredients on a marble countertop.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • White rice: Be sure to use cold rice. I prefer a long grain rice like jasmine rice. It prevents it from getting mushy and lumping together in the pan. I typically use leftover rice.
  • Butter: Don’t forget the butter. It makes this fried rice taste so good. There’s a reason those Japanese steak houses use a big slab of butter on their hot skillets.
  • Eggs: For this fried rice I like to use 2 eggs. It’s the perfect amount.
  • Veggies: I’m using onion, peas and carrots. You can use a mixed bag to make it easier. Feel free to add more veggies like mushrooms, chopped broccoli and/or bell peppers. I like to add in whatever I have on hand. This recipe is versatile.
  • Soy Sauce: This is what adds the traditional flavor of fried rice and brings all the flavors together. I prefer to use a low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Sesame oil: Although it’s optional, I love the added flavor that sesame oil gives the dish. It gives it more of that restaurant quality taste.


  • Protein. You can add in cooked protein like diced chicken, beef, pork, steak or Kung pao shrimp to make it a meal.
  • Pineapple. Diced pineapple adds a wonderful sweet flavor. Just mix it in right before serving.
  • Spice. For some heat, you can mix some sriracha into the fried rice.
  • Kimchi. You can chop some and toss it in to add a major flavor boost.

How to Make Fried Rice

To start, make rice and then chill in the fridge. Add butter to a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add onion and carrots and cook for 2 minutes.

Butter with carrots and onion in a skillet.

Stir in garlic and peas.

Push veggies to one side and pour the eggs to the skillet. Scramble and then stir together. Then you’ll add in the rice.

Add egg and rice to the skillet.

Gently stir and then add soy sauce and toss to coat. S&P to taste. If desired, add a dash or two of sesame oil. You can top with green onions if you’d like.

Spoonful of fried rice in a skillet.

Tips for the Best Fried Rice

  • Cold rice. Using cold rice is key! It helps it get crispier in the skillet and prevent any mushiness. I love to make a big batch for a meal a couple of days before and save half for later. Use 1 1/4 cups uncooked rice to make 4 cups of cooked rice for this recipe.
  • Butter. If you have ever had hibachi at a Japanese steakhouse, you will notice they use butter as it adds the best flavor.
  • Clumpy rice. Break up the clumps with your hand or a fork to ensure each grain is fried.
  • Use both sesame oil and oyster sauce. Oyster sauce does not taste fishy but does add amazing taste! Add at the end not during cooking.


Any leftovers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container with a lid. It will also keep in the freezer for up to 1 month. Let thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat on the stove or in the microwave until warm.

Fried rice in a white bowl.

Love rice? You’ll also love my Mexican rice, cilantro lime rice and coconut rice.

Favorite Dishes to Serve with Fried Rice

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Spoonful of fried rice in a skillet.

Fried Rice Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Easy restaurant style fried rice that you can make at home in 20 minutes! The perfect way to use up leftover rice sitting in the fridge.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 4 cups cooked rice , long or short grain
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs , whisked
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons lite soy sauce , more if desired
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil , or oyster sauce
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste


  • Place the cooked rice in the refrigerator to chill until ready to use.
  • Place butter in a large skillet or wok. Add onion and carrots. Cook for 2 minutes. Then stir in garlic and peas. Push to one side and add the eggs to the skillet. Scramble and then stir together. Gently stir in cooked rice.
  • Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve while warm.


  • Can add more veggies like mushrooms, chopped broccoli and/or bell peppers.
  • To make a meal, add in cooked protein like diced chicken, pork, steak or shrimp.
Storage: Store in an airtight container and keep in fridge for up to 3 days or in freezer for up to 1 month.
Note: 1 1/4 cups of uncooked rice makes 4 cups of cooked rice.
Adapted from All Recipes


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2012IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese

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