Breakfast Fried Brown Rice


This quick and easy, one-pot recipe will make your next breakfast feng shui by shifting variety and flavor into overdrive for your morning meal.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 cups


  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, divided, or more as needed

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup diced fully cooked ham

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat a wok or skillet on high heat for 1 minute.

  2. Coat wok thoroughly with 2 tablespoons peanut oil; reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir onion until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.

  3. Crack eggs directly into the wok. Stir quickly to scramble until eggs begin to set but are still fluid, about 1 1/2 minutes.

  4. Stir ham into the wok and cook just until warmed through, about 1 minute.

  5. Stir butter and remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut oil into the wok; let warm for 10 seconds. Add rice and stir constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, adding more oil if rice begins to stick.

  6. Season fried rice with salt and pepper; top with Cheddar cheese.

Cook's Notes:

Ensure your stir-fry is properly worked over the "hot spot" in your wok. Do this by flipping and stirring repeatedly, moving the bottom of the mixture to the top. If rice sticks to the wok, add a light amount of oil to help keep it moving.

Its important not to add to the serving size too much because of the limited amount of "hot spot" in your wok.

For more flavor, add a tablespoon of oyster sauce and a tablespoon of soy sauce. To clean out the fridge, substitute ham with yesterday's meat leftovers. To be more traditional, add frozen peas with the meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
31g Fat
37g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 700mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 311mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.