Easy Fried Rice


A quick fried rice recipe like you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Leftover rice, plus a couple of eggs, baby carrots, peas, and soy sauce is all you need. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 servings

Fried rice is the ultimate family-friendly dish that yields maximum flavor without fuss. Loaded with tender sauteed veggies and delicious bits of scrambled egg, this top-rated recipe makes it easy to recreate a takeout favorite from home in just 20 minutes.

Over a thousand home cooks agree — this simple, savory recipe is a winner. But what if you don't have a wok on hand? Learn the best methods for making fried rice at home, from a griddle to Instant Pot preparation.

Fried Rice Restaurant Style

What Is Fried Rice?

Fried rice is a traditional Chinese preparation of cooked rice, vegetables, protein, soy sauce, and aromatics. The ingredients are stir-fried in a large pan or wok for even flavor distribution. An ideal use for leftovers, fried rice is quick, customizable, and incredibly simple to put together with whatever is in your fridge.

How to Make Fried Rice

Making fried rice is a breeze with the recipe you'll find below. The process is simple — preheat your pan before swirling in oil and aromatics, then add uncooked proteins if applicable. Add in rice and vegetables, vigorously tossing ingredients for that toasty, golden-brown color that signals big flavor.

Best Methods for Cooking Fried Rice


This ancient cooking vessel is the most commonly used (and convenient) method for cooking fried rice. The large, high-walled pan allows for rice and other components to be tossed and combined with seasonings at high heat. Preheat your wok until a bead of water evaporates after contact, then add oil and coat the surface by swirling.

Standard Pan

A basic frying pan or skillet can also produce tasty fried rice in a pinch. Approach this method the same way you would a wok — high heat is key. Use the largest pan at your disposal to prevent food from flying out of the pan during the stir-fry process.


Using a griddle to make fried rice is an ingenious way to cook different elements all at the same time. Start by sauteing the vegetables and aromatics, then add cooked rice and eggs to another part of the griddle's surface for a quick and satisfying meal.

Instant Pot

Day-old rice is transformed into a deeply savory delight in a pressure cooker. Use the Instant Pot's saute mode to get the garlic to a golden-brown color, then stir in rice, veggies, and eggs. Mix well and serve piping hot.

Variations of Fried Rice

One of the best things about this top-rated dish is how easy it is to customize. Whatever you have on hand goes — chicken, shrimp, salmon, and kimchi all make mouthwatering additions to fried rice. Play and create one-of-a-kind fried rice dishes whether you're a vegetarian or meat lover.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great way to use up a bunch of leftover white rice from our Chinese take-out order," shares home cook heidird. "I just added shredded carrots and the frozen peas to the rice mixture. Scrambled up the eggs first, then added a bit of oil and rice and fried it for several minutes."

"Easy and simple recipe!" raves Erika."I wish I had taken a picture of how my fried rice turned out but my husband and I ate it all!"

"Fried rice is so easy and versatile — you can add or delete ingredients as needed to suit your taste," says Steve.

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • cup chopped baby carrots

  • ½ cup frozen green peas

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or to taste (Optional)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 cups leftover cooked white rice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, or to taste


  1. Place carrots in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a low boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in peas, then immediately drain in a colander.

  2. Heat a wok over high heat. Pour in vegetable oil, then stir in carrots, peas, and garlic; cook for about 30 seconds. Add eggs; stir quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables.

  3. Stir in cooked rice. Add soy sauce and toss rice to coat. Drizzle with sesame oil and toss again.

    an overhead view of a large plate of easy fried rice
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studio

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have any leftover cooked rice, here's how to make it: Combine 4 cups water and 2 cups white rice in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. For the best fried rice results, cover and refrigerate the rice, 8 hours to overnight, before using in this recipe.

Editor's Notes:

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Some reviewers have added minced garlic for more flavor while stir-frying the carrots and peas in Step 2.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
7g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* 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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