Better than Take Out Fried Rice

Make this simple one-pan Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice recipe for a delicious side dish to go with a range of meals.
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  1. Homemade Fried Rice Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Homemade Fried Rice Recipe 
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
  5. FAQ:

Look no further for a Fried Rice recipe because this easy homemade version is even tastier than the restaurant classic we all know and love. This simple recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a tasty side dish. The fragrance of Jasmine rice blended with sauteed onion will fill your kitchen with heavenly aromas that will have the family asking when dinner’s ready.

Homemade Fried Rice Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Green onions

Substitutions and Additions

JASMINE RICE: Try other types of long-grain rice, like Basmati. They will cook up light and fluffy and work just as well.

MEAT: Adding meats like beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp is a simple way to create a hearty weeknight meal and an easy way to use up leftovers. 

SAUCES: Try other sauces like oyster sauce or hoisin for a different taste. A little goes a long way so add in small amounts at a time until it tastes just right.

How to Make This Homemade Fried Rice Recipe 

STEP ONE: Prepare the rice as directed on the package and set it aside.

PRO TIP: To save time you can prepare your rice the day before so it’s well cooled and ready to use.

STEP TWO: Add oil to a large skillet or a wok, cook your onion and garlic over medium heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until soft, stirring to prevent burning. Add the peas and carrots and cook until partially thawed. Fresh veggies will require extra time.

PRO TIP: Soften fresh vegetables in the microwave before adding to the pan to speed up cook time.

STEP THREE: Adjust your heat to medium-high and stir in the cooked rice. Stir For 2-3 minutes until the rice is hot and beginning to brown.

STEP FOUR: Reduce the heat and make a well in the center of the pan by pushing the rice to the sides. Crack the eggs into the bottom of the pan.

STEP FIVE: Scramble the eggs in the middle of the pan. Once the eggs are cooked, stir the rice and eggs together.

STEP SIX: Mix the soy sauce and the sesame oil together and pour over the rice. Stir until the rice is evenly coated.

STEP SEVEN: Top with chopped green onion to serve. You could use cilantro and toasted sesame seeds as additional toppings.

How To Serve

Serve as a yummy side dish or as a base for a delicious stir fry with all your favorite vegetables. Enjoy it alongside meats like honey garlic ribs or sweet and sour chicken. Add pre-cooked meat to the rice to make a complete meal all on its own.


IN THE FRIDGE: Homemade Fried Rice will keep up to 5 days in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container.

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze leftovers in lunch-sized portions to take out and enjoy another time. Rice keeps well in a ziplock bag or an airtight container. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: Reheat in a skillet or microwave over medium heat.

This is the simplest, best-tasting homemade fried rice recipe you can make at home and save yourself the wait for takeout! Filling and delicious, you can make this in just a few minutes and serve up a side dish the family will love.


Q: What vegetables can I use in Fried Rice?

A: Any veggies work well in this recipe. Use broccoli, onions, or any of your favorites to add variety. Prepackaged frozen vegetables save prep time and work well.

Q: Can I add meat to homemade fried rice?

A: Chicken, pork, beef, or even shrimp make this a meal all on its own. Just prepare the recipe and add in your favorite pre-cooked protein.

Q: What’s the secret to using a wok?

A: Have all your ingredients prepared and get your pan nice and hot before you begin. This helps prevent your rice from sticking to the pan.

Fried Rice

Make this simple one-pan Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice recipe for a delicious side dish to go with a range of meals.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sdie
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3 cups jasmine rice cooked
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ large Vidalia onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup peas and carrots frozen
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • green onions
  • cilantro optional


  • In a large skillet or wok, preheat vegetable oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the garlic from burning.
  • Add peas and carrots and cook until partially thawed, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Turn the heat up to medium-high and add cooked rice. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until rice is nice and hot and starts to brown. Reduce heat and push rice to the sides of the pan, making a hole for the eggs.
  • Crack the eggs into the middle of the pan and scramble. Once eggs are cooked, stir them into the rice.
  • Mix soy sauce and sesame oil together and pour over rice. Stir until rice is evenly coated with sauce.
  • Top with chopped green onions and/or cilantro, optional.
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