Chinese-Style Beef Fried Rice

Chinese-Style Beef Fried Rice

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
460 Calories
17g Fat
52g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 460
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 402mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Now you can put your tasty leftovers to good use to make this beef fried recipe or you can start from square one with uncooked ingredients. Either way, you must use cold leftover cooked rice, otherwise, freshly prepared rice will create a gloppy mess.

Flank steak, a tough cut of meat, is traditionally cooked low and slow for many hours using a technique called braising to break down the connective tissue. But in this recipe, it will only get a few minutes of cooking. Marinating will help to tenderize it but it needs to be sliced thinly so it can cook quickly and not toughen up further. In order to do this easily, freeze the steak until it is semi-solid and slice across the grain.


  • 8 ounces flank steak, cut into thin strips

For the Marinade:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark soy sauce

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

  • 1 pinch white pepper

  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch

For the Rice:

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil, or vegetable oil, for stir-frying

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 cups cooked rice, cold, leftover

  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen and thawed, or fresh peas

  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot

  • 1 1/2 to 2 green onions, also known as scallions or spring onions, finely chopped

Steps to Make It

Make the Marinade

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    marinade ingredients

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  2. In a large bowl, mix together dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, white pepper, and cornstarch until well combined.

    marinade ingredients in a bowl

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  3. Add the beef, tossing it in the marinade to make sure all sides of the meat are covered. Let stand at room temperature while preparing the rest of the recipe (at least 10 minutes).

    beef and marinade in a bowl

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Make the Rice

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chinese-Style Beef Fried Rice ingredients

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  2. Lightly beat the egg with the salt and set aside.

    beat egg in a bowl

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  3. Heat a wok on high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut or vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. Stir-fry for a few seconds until aromatic.

    garlic in a pan

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  4. Then add the onion. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until it starts to brown and soften.

    onions and garlic cooking in a pan

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  5. Add the beef and let brown briefly, then stir-fry until it changes color.

    beef cooking in a pan

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  6. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut or vegetable oil in the wok. Reduce the heat to medium.

    beef cooking in a pan

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  7. Add the rice, stirring and turning it over with a spatula to heat through and break up any clumps.

    rice and beef cooking in a pan

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  8. Add the peas and shredded carrot, stirring to combine.

    add carrots and peas to the beef and rice mixture

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  9. Make room in one corner of the wok and pour in the beaten egg.

    add egg to the beef and rice mixture

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  10. Scramble the egg and then combine with the fried rice.

    fried rice cooking in a pan

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  11. Stir in the chopped green onion. Do a taste test and add a bit more salt and/or pepper if desired.

    Chinese-Style Beef Fried Rice in a pan

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Recipe Variations

There are so many ways to prepare fried rice, they are limited only by your imagination.

  • Consider using chicken, pork, shrimp, crab, or scallops in place of beef.
  • Cooked meats and vegetables can be added at the end and just warmed up a bit so they don't become overcooked.
  • Asian vegetables like pea pods, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts make crunchy and tasty additions to fried rice.


  • Serve this fried recipe as a main course or as just one of a multi-dish feast including, perhaps, egg foo yung, sweet-and-sour shrimp, and homemade fortune or almond cookies for dessert.