Baked "Fried" Rice


This easy oven method for baked "fried" rice produces something very similar to classic fried rice, but you don't need leftover rice to make it. Just like rice pilaf, the grains of rice get coated in fat before absorbing the cooking liquid, ensuring plump, tender, separate grains with no sticky clumps. If using a different kind of rice or pan size, just adjust the cooking time. Garnish with green onions and serve with a runny poached egg on top if desired.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, or to taste

  • 1 cup diced ham

  • ½ cup sliced green onions

  • ½ cup diced red bell peppers

  • ½ cup diced carrots

  • ½ cup green peas

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons chile paste (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Place rice in an 8x12-inch baking dish. Drizzle in canola and sesame oils, then toss rice until completely coated. Add ham, green onions, bell peppers, carrots, peas, garlic, and salt. Stir until well combined.

  3. Bring chicken broth, soy sauce, and chile paste to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Pour broth over rice and stir briefly. Cover the baking dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 32 minutes. Remove and let stand for 10 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  5. Carefully remove the foil and fluff rice with a fork. Taste and adjust seasoning. Return to the oven and cook until rice is browned and crusty on top, about 10 minutes.

    close up view of Baked "Fried" Rice in a baking dish
    Chef John

Chef's Notes:

This recipe will work no matter what vegetables you substitute, as long as everything is chopped finely enough to cook through. You can broil the rice for a few minutes instead of baking in Step 5.

Be careful! Some sesame oils are strong and can overpower the dish.

Use Chinese barbecue pork instead of ham if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

361 Calories
10g Fat
57g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1351mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 21mg 105%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 258mg 5%

* 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.

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