Basic Recipe for Fried Rice

Basic Recipe for Fried Rice

 The Spruce

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

This is a basic recipe for fried rice that you can add to as desired. Serve it as a side with leftover vegetables mixed in, or serve it as a main dish with barbecued pork, chicken, and/or shrimp. Once you have this basic recipe mastered, you can feel free to adjust to suite your needs. We do recommend, though, that you increase the number of eggs from 2 to 3 if you do add more ingredients, just to make sure that the ratio of egg-to-rice mixture is well-balanced.


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  • 1 to 2 green onions (as desired)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons oil (for stir-frying, or as needed)
  • 4 cups rice (cooked and cold)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (or oyster sauce, as desired)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Basic Recipe for Fried Rice
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  2. Wash and finely chop the green onion. Lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a wok or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the eggs. Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled but not too dry. Remove the eggs and clean out the pan.

    Basic Recipe for Fried Rice
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  4. Add 2 tablespoons oil. Add the rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes, using chopsticks or a wooden spoon to break it apart. Stir in the soy sauce or oyster sauce as desired.

    Basic Recipe for Fried Rice
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  5. When the rice is heated through, add the scrambled egg back into the pan. Mix thoroughly. Stir in the green onion. Serve hot.

    Basic Recipe for Fried Rice
     The Spruce

Recipe Variations

  • Traditionally, the Chinese do not add soy sauce to rice. If you like, you can serve the dish plain, without the soy or oyster sauce.
  • Another option is to add a small amount (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) of XO sauce or thick soy sauce, or to use 2 to 3 teaspoons of dark soy sauce—these will give the rice a darker color.