Easy Chinese Fried Rice
Get ready for a super easy and intensely delicious dinner recipe with my Easy Chinese Fried rice! The real magic of this recipe is how versatile it is. Throw pretty much anything you like in it to make it suit your flavor needs. With just three fundamental elements:
Rice + Veggies + Sauce
you have a delicious meal in no time at all! Low effort, big on flavor!
My version is loaded with yummy veggies, has a deliciously easy to make sauce and some creamy scrambled egg to make it an all-round tasty and balanced dinner option that everyone will enjoy. Make it as a side or scale it up to feed an army! Once you’ve made your Easy Steamed Rice, you’re on your way to a dinner winner! This is going to be your go-to recipe for when you need something quick to whip up.
Follow this easy formula to make this your own recipe!
An amazing Chinese Fried rice is easy to make but is made of three basic elements.
Rice – obvis. Here’s the thing, some people will say to make your rice the day before, but we don’t all have the luxury of hindsight and we just need an easy dinner idea tonight! Steam your rice using my easy-to-follow recipe before you begin anything and then measure out your remaining ingredients while the rice is steaming. It takes just 12 minutes; you don’t need any special appliances or equipment just a pot with a lid. Also, it really doesn’t matter what type of rice you use, but I used medium grain rice for this recipe.
Veggies – typical veggies include frozen peas and corn and some grated carrot which is what I’ve gone for here. But you can add any type of veggies you like! Snap frozen peas and corn are a great economical option. Opt in for the better-quality ones when shopping than the no-name brand if you can do that.
Sauce – my sauce is simple to make and uses ingredients you most likely have but again, the beauty if you can adjust it to suit your own flavors.
Protein (BONUS) – optional but adds flavor and texture. People typically use bacon, I’m not a fan of it so I used prosciutto instead which adds crisp and salty. There’s also egg in this recipe which adds an element of creaminess. Optional, but highly recommend.
Ingredients You Need To Make Chinese Fried Rice
Note: the whole recipe, including the ingredient quantities, can be found at the bottom of this page – just scroll down to the bottom, or click the ‘Jump to Recipe’ button at the top of this post.
- Rice – I used medium grain rice, you can also use long grain rice. For more info on how to cook the steamed rice check out my recipe post here! It’s so easy and it only takes 12 minutes! Also, some recipes say to use day old rice, in my experience and in making this recipe this makes only a small difference. Freshly cooked rice will also work for this recipe.
- Vegetable oil – can also use canola oil but most people swear by using butter because it provides loads of flavor. I’m ok with using Olive oil.
- Garlic – freshly minced!
- Onion – finely sliced.
- Bacon – I’m not a fan of bacon so I used prosciutto instead. The addition of bacon helps add flavor and texture. You can leave this out to make it a vegan or vegetarian version.
- Corn and peas – I used frozen corn and left the peas out because we have fussy eaters in our house.
- Carrots – grated or finely cubed.
- Eggs – whisk this before you start your recipe!
- Spring onion – finely sliced.
- Sesame oil – adds so much flavor. I love sesame oil. If you don’t use vegetable oil.
- Chinese cooking wine – or Mirin.
- Oyster sauce – can also use vegetarian oyster sauce.
- Soy sauce – make sure you use light soy sauce. Dark soy sauce can also be used but it will make your rice darker.
- Ginger paste – or freshly grated ginger.
How to make Chinese Fried Rice!
To make this recipe you’ll need to make some steamed rice. It takes 12 minutes and is really easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment, just a pot with a lid! To learn how to make it, check the recipe card at the bottom of this post. For more information including tips and tricks, check out the full post on How To Make Steamed Rice here!
- To make the sauce combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Add the garlic and onion to a large frypan or wok and sauté for 60 seconds.
- Add the prosciutto or bacon and sauté until slightly browned.
- Next, add the corn, peas and carrot and sauté.
- Add the rice and stir
- Add the sauce and stir though.
- Shovel the rice to one side of the pan and add the whisked eggs. Stir until cooked.
- Mix everything together, add the spring onion and serve!
Tips and Tricks For Recipe Success!
- Steam your rice before you start anything.
- Add heat by adding some chili paste into the sauce!
- Looking for alternatives to rice? Use cauliflower rice, quinoa, or broccoli rice for a low carb twist!
- Add your favorite minced meat in with the garlic and onion and cook before adding veggies.
- Be careful with the amount of soy sauce you use otherwise it will overpower the overall dish. A little goes a long way!
How do I store Chinese Fried Rice?
Chinese fried rice can be made ahead of time. Allow to cool before placing in an aright container and storing in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on a frypan.
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Easy Chinese Fried Rice
- 1 1/2 cups (300 g) medium or long grain rice
- 2 1/4 cups (565 ml) boiling water
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove minced (fresh)
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 4-5 slices (100 g) bacon or prosciutto chopped
- 1 cup (145 g) frozen corn
- 1 cup (145 g) frozen peas
- 2 medium carrots peeled and grated
- 4 eggs whisked
- 3 sprigs spring onion sliced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar optional if you want a touch of sweetness
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- Add the rice to a large pot that has a lid. Turn the heat to high and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the boiling water and stir. Cover with a lid and turn to low heat. Allow to cook for exactly 12 minutes, then set aside with the lid on top for 5 minutes to finish steaming. Do not take the lid off at any point during the cooking process.
- Add all the ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
Let’s put it together!
- Heat a large wok or deep sided frypan on medium-high heat and add vegetable oil, garlic, and onion. Stir for 1 minute before adding the chopped ham or prosciutto. You want to get that prosciutto nice and crispy without it burning.
- Add the rice, frozen peas and corn and mix until well combined, about 3 minutes.
- Shovel the rice to one side of the frypan and add the whisked eggs. Stir until cooked, the mix it all together again until well combined. Add the sauce and most of the spring onion and mix one final time.
- Serve with a sprinkling of spring onion.