Fried Rice

This egg Fried Rice Recipe is easy to make, affordable and delicious! It's great meatless, or add shrimp and chicken. Ready for dinner in 20 minutes!

fried rice on a blue plate with chopsticks.

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Fried Rice in a pan with a wooden spoon.

This recipe was photographed and updated 2/2024.

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If you're looking for a meatless main dish or a side for your favorite protein, this recipe is for you!

This simple fried rice is fast to make and such a family favorite! My oldest daughter requests this often. It's a great base recipe and you can add or switch out the vegetables, sauce, seasonings and make it a little different every time. 

It's a wonderful way to use leftover rice. I always make extra rice, just to have some leftover for this or rice pudding!

This fried rice is so amazing served with this Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken or Baked Teriyaki Chicken Wings!

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a white bowl with sliced green onions.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • add chicken breast
  • use fresh basil or cilantro for garnish instead of green onions
  • add shrimp
  • use half soy sauce and half teriyaki sauce
  • add more or use less eggs
  • add chopped fresh mushrooms
  • use brown rice instead of white
  • add cubed ham
  • add grated fresh ginger
  • add crushed red pepper

Recipe tips:

  • Make sure to only use cold, leftover rice. Warm rice will become sticky and clump together. Cold rice will become nice and crispy! If you have freshly cooked rice, refrigerate for 15 minutes before using.
  • Make sure to have your skillet HOT before adding the veggies! This makes the best fried rice.
  • I use a non-stick skillet to make this since that's what I have. Feel free to use a wok or your favorite skillet. This recipe also works great on a Blackstone!

Fried Rice
Yield 4 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
10 Min
Total time
20 Min

Fried Rice


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 cups leftover cold rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sliced green onion for garnish, optional


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the onion and mixed veggies, cook stirring often to prevent burning, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and garlic, cook for 2 minutes, then add the soy sauce. Mix to combine, then reduce heat to medium and push rice to the sides of the skillet leaving a hole in the middle.
  3. Add the eggs to the middle of the skillet, then scramble until set. Increase heat back to high, then mix to combine and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, garnish with green onion and serve.

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Fried Rice on a blue plate.

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  1. Thanks for also linking this recipe to Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes! I have a shrimp fried rice recipe that we recently tried and love, will have to give yours a try too!

    1. Thanks! I really need to make this with shrimp, that sounds so good!

  2. I love fried rice - and I love simple & delicious recipes too. I'm printing this and will make it soon...thanks so much for sharing. How wonderful the country cook featured you at FB! F.U.N! =)

    1. I love it too and this is a great recipe! That was so nice of her to share this on FB! Thanks and so glad you stopped by!! :)

  3. This sounds a tasty easy way to prepare rice, thanks for sharing :)

  4. Hi Sheena,
    This looks like a great Fried Rice recipe that we will really enjoy! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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