Homemade fried rice is actually pretty simple to make. I'll show you how to make fried rice at home with this super easy fried rice recipe makes! Who needs Chinese take-out when you can make it yourself.
Homemade Fried Rice
Homemade fried rice is the perfect way to ensure you get the veggies and seasonings you prefer, and is the best way to go, if you have family members with severe food allergies. I don't have any major allergies myself, but do get a headache after eating take-out on occasion, so homemade food is a strong preference of mine. Making your own simple vegetable fried rice is also a great money saver, since you can use up leftover white rice. Even if you don't have leftovers it is still an inexpensive dish to make. This recipe is really budget friendly, and I'm going to show you how to make your own.
How to Make Fried Rice Recipe
Here is a quick visual walk through of making this easy fried rice. Full recipe below.
This is a basic template for making your own fried rice at home. You can swap out brown rice, quinoa or bulgur. I usually add bean sprouts rather than peas, but that is mostly due to a "pea hater" in the house.
This fried rice would go great with my Pork Katsu, Chicken Chop Suey or Citrus Glazed Chicken Stir Fry Recipe for a full homemade Asian dinner. Try a little Japanese Yum Yum sauce on the rice too!
- Toss in a handful of thinly sliced fresh green onions right before serving the rice. This is common with Japanese style fried rice.
- Celery, sweet red bell pepper, bean sprouts or water chestnuts are also great veggies to stir fry in with the rice.
- Ketchup is added by some to mimic the katsu sauce or oyster sauce sometimes added to give a richer color to the rice. If you chose to do this go very sparingly. Just a ½ teaspoon should be enough.
- Toss in leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, chopped up to make Chicken fried rice.
Easy Fried Rice Recipe
- 3 ½ cups leftover rice If you don't have leftover cooked rice, cook per package directions, then spread on a cookie sheet cover loosely a few hours prior to making recipe
- ½ cup onion finely chopped
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil older rice needs more oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- In a bowl whisk together eggs, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, pepper, white pepper and garlic (if using fresh garlic add with onion in next step). Set aside
- In a wok or pan heat vegetable oil over medium high until shimmery
- Add onion let cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add rice, stirring occasionally so onions do not burn
- When onions start to brown, reduce heat to med low
- Make a well in the middle of the rice, add egg mixture
- Scramble eggs in the well until about half way set,then mix with the rest of the rice
- Add peas and carrots until warmed through. Mix in the sesame oil.
- Taste and add additional ponzu/soy sauce and pepper to taste
- Serve warm
I have a child that would live on fried rice if I let him. With this easy recipe, I actually could! I bet I could do a big batch and freeze some too!
April Decheine says
Great recipe, I love, love fried rice!
Crystal Green says
I love making homemade fried rice. I make it a bit differently than you do, but your's looks good too. My family loves it when I make mine.
Robin Gagnon says
This is actually a contributor recipe. I make mine a little different too. I like that this doesn't require any special ingredients, so it is easy for most people who don't have a well stocked Asian pantry.
Kathleen B says
I've always wondered how to make fried rice, this recipe may be a very bad thing for me. I don't know if I can keep from making it all the time.
That looks amazing! I loved fried rice. 🙂
Rachel @ Following In My Shoes says
Fried Rice is SUCH a comfort food for me!
This looks delicious!!
Your recipe is very similar to mine except I use green onions and cabbage instead of peas and carrots. I'll definitely have to try it this way, thanks!
TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs says
Fun to see how others make fried rice. I also do the 'well' and scramble the eggs but generally add the soy sauce/temari and seasonings after mixing the eggs all in 🙂
Shell Feis says
Sounds delicious! I love rice, but I've never made fried rice. I'll have to try this!
YUM! I'd definitely add bean sprouts, they make a fried rice!
Thank you for linking up with Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-up last week! 🙂 Your fried rice recipes looks so delicious, I love fried rice but am often leery of eating take out because of food allergies, I have always wanted to learn to make my own fried rice, I am definitely pinning this recipe to try. 🙂 I hope you join my linky party again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-2.html
I don't know why, but it has never even occurred to me to make my own fried rice. I'll definitely be trying this. 🙂
Paula @ Frosted Fingers says
I make homemade fried rice every time I make sweet and sour chicken. It's one of my family's favorites!
Liz Mays says
My boyfriend is going to be so happy when I make some of this for him. He is mad for fried rice!
I love fried rice. This recipe looks delicious!
Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews says
We just had Chinese last week. I was suppose to make it all by scratch but too much happened and we splurged and ordered out. I love fried rice. Though I make ours with more soy sauce so it's darker in color and I add egg.
Penelope Guzman (NY Blogger) says
That looks much healthier than the fried rice from my local take out place (theirs is tasty, but this looks great!)
I remember that fried rice was the only thing I would ever eat at a Chinese restaurant. 🙂 I eat a lot more things at a Chinese restaurant today, but fried rice is always a fave.
Lucero @We Are Earthformed says
We usually have a lot of rice around here but I've never prepare it this way. I love getting fried rice when we go out, but I have to be careful for my daughter because most soy sauces contain wheat starch that she can't have. We learned that the hard way when I made stir fry with Kikkoman soy sauce and she broke out in hives :(. We have to use Tamari now. I like the recipe :).