Easy Fried Rice Recipe

If you love eating fried rice at Chinese restaurants and want to try making it at home, you're in luck — it's super easy to do and you only need a couple of ingredients. The great thing about cooking your own fried rice is that you get to control the quality of ingredients you use. And the best part? You can sneak in lots of vegetables, so even the pickiest eaters in your house will get a serving of veg with their rice!

This easy veggie fried rice recipe, from Alexandra Shytsman of the recipe blog, The New Baguette, features fluffy white rice studded with chopped veggies and frozen peas. Bits of scrambled egg flavored with soy sauce are key to replicating this restaurant favorite. Once you master the technique, you'll be making it constantly. And, while this recipe keeps things vegetarian, there's nothing stopping you from adding in your favorite meat of choice, or pairing this rice with some orange chicken or sesame beef.

Gather the ingredients for easy fried rice

To make this easy fried rice recipe, you'll need pre-cooked white rice, diced onions and carrots, chopped broccoli, frozen peas, sesame oil, soy sauce, and an egg. Some other vegetables you can toss in are green beans, cauliflower, frozen corn, and/or bean sprouts.

Use pre-cooked rice

For this recipe, you'll need to start with pre-cooked rice that's been chilling in the fridge. Chilled rice is a little dry, meaning it won't get mushy when you fry it, which is ideal for fried rice. This is also a great way to use up leftover takeout rice! If you don't have enough advance notice, cook your rice, spread it on a sheet pan, and chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to dry it out a bit before making fried rice.

Cook the vegetables

Heat some canola oil in a large non-stick skillet (or a wok, if you have one), and add the carrots, onions, and broccoli. Cook them just until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the rice to the skillet

Next, add the rice and sesame oil. Stir to combine, and cook until the rice is warmed through and starting to crisp up on the bottom. Resist the urge to stir the rice too much, since prolonged contact with the hot pan will result in those signature crispy pieces.

Add in the egg

While the rice is crisping up, beat the egg with a tablespoon of soy sauce. Push the contents of the skillet to one side and pour the egg mixture into the empty space. Immediately start stirring the egg with a spatula until small curdles form. This technique allows the egg bits to brown and stay separate from the rice.

Season the rice

Lastly, stir in the peas and more soy sauce into the mixture and cook for another minute or so, until the peas are bright green. Garnish with scallions before serving, if you'd like. If you want to keep things vegetarian, you could pair this fried rice with tofu, or you could venture out and add in chicken, beef, shrimp — the possibilities are endless!

Easy Fried Rice Recipe
5 from 48 ratings
This easy fried rice recipe comes together in a breeze and makes it easy to load up on vegetables.
Prep Time
Cook Time
vegetable fried rice
Total time: 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups cooked white rice, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas
Optional Ingredients
  • scallions, for serving
  1. Heat the canola oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and broccoli, and cook until they're starting to soften, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the rice and sesame oil. Cook for about 4 minutes, until the rice is heated through and starting to get crispy, resisting the urge to stir more than once or twice.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce.
  4. Push the contents of the skillet to one side and pour the egg mixture into the empty space. Immediately start stirring the egg with a spatula on that side of the skillet until small curdles form. Then combine the rice with the egg.
  5. Add the remaining tablespoon of soy sauce to the skillet, along with the peas, and stir to incorporate. Cook for 1 more minute, just until the peas are bright green.
  6. Garnish with scallions before serving, if desired.
Calories per Serving 270
Total Fat 10.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 40.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
Total Sugars 3.7 g
Sodium 511.5 mg
Protein 7.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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