Fried rice no matter what it contains is one of the most popular dishes in Chinese cuisine. It’s an ultimate comfort food and almost everyone I know, whether they are from the East or West, absolutely loves fried rice.
There are many different ways to prepare this delicious and comforting dish but generally it is prepared with leftover or cold rice. I believe the texture of fried rice tastes a lot better it it’s prepare with leftover rice so the fried rice tastes a little bit al-dente. But of course you can also cook the rice early in the day and leave it to cool down completely then make fried rice out of it.
I like to use Thai long grain rice to make fried rice because Thai long grain rice really improves the texture of fried rice. You can also use short grain rice but when you cook the rice you might need to reduce the amount of water you use otherwise it will be too sticky and mushy to make fried rice.
You can put many different kinds of ingredients in the fried rice such as peas, sweetcorn, carrots, cabbage, bok choy, mushrooms, different colours of peppers, edamame beans, cashews, smoked haddock, salmon, chicken, beef, pork, shrimp and many more. You can replace any ingredients in the recipes to suit your personal preference.
Below is a collection of fried rice recipes that I hope you like.
Edited by Liv Wan
This is a basic recipe for fried rice that you can add to as desired. If adding other ingredients, increase the number of eggs to 3.
Need a bit of help? Here are step by step photo instructions showing how to make basic fried rice.
Yangzhou Fried Rice
Yanghou fried rice is one of the most popular fried rice dishes in the world. There are many different version of Yangzhou fried rice and here is a simple version of Yangzhou fried rice.
Chicken fried rice is a great way to use leftovers. Like all fried rice dishes, chicken fried rice tastes best when using leftover cooked rice.
This recipe for egg fried rice is submitted by a reader. Serves 4-5 people as a side dish.
Fried rice is perfect for busy weeknights, or when you’re looking for a creative way to serve leftovers. Cooked chicken or turkey can be used in place of ham. Serves 4-6 people.
Fried Rice with Chicken and Prawn
This recipe was submitted by reader Maddy. Serves 2 to 4 people.
Char Siu barbecued pork is a great choice for fried rice dishes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
An easy dish for busy weeknights. Serves 2 as a main dish, or 4-6 as a side dish.
Shrimp fried rice is a great recipe for nights when you’re looking for a quick way to use up leftovers. Feel free to experiment with by using fresh mushrooms or other vegetables in place of the peas, and to double up on the ham if you don’t have frozen or fresh shrimps.
Tuna Fried Rice:
This recipe is submitted by Stephen, who writes "This one came about accidently while I was eating in a restaurant just outside of Taipei. A friend and I had ordered a whole fish that was cooked with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chilli peppers and soy beans (beautiful). As well as this we ordered a serving of plain old rice that I threw some of the fish sauce onto and it was delicious. So the next time I cooked fried rice I made a similar sauce for it."
Yummy cashews add a load of health benefits to this simple recipe for vegetable fried rice.
What makes this fried rice distinct from Cantonese fried rice is that the individual grains of rice are cooked in the egg, and soy sauce, oyster sauce or other seasonings are not added. Cooked ham can be used in place of the roast pork. Serves 4 to 6 people.