Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice

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If you need a fabulous and easy recipe for Fried Rice that is better than take-out, than this is it! This is the best ever homemade version that takes about 30 minutes.

Fried Rice

If you follow me on twitter, then you will have seen my latest update about me *thinking about* starting a kickstarter project all about installing seat warmers into everything.

It’s a just cause that needs attention.

There are thunderous upper thighs, large cabooses and lower backs that need to be warmed, people!

When we purchased our new van in the summer, I never really understood the value of the humble seat warmer. That is until November rolled around and proved to add quite the chill to the leather interior of my vehicle. Now, I’m in a full blown love affair and always have my seat warmer on. ALWAYS.

If loving my seat warmer is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

So, the addiction rages on into this kickstarter idea. Don’t you think the world would be a better place with seat warmers in couches? In office chairs? Beds? Certain parts of the carpet where you could just lie down? What about stitched into pants or shirts? YOU GUYS. The possibilities are endless.

Besides this blog and my kids, these are the types of things I  think about.

If most people on this plant think like me, society may or may not be doomed.

At least we’ll all be fat and happy. #priorities

Fried Rice

In other news, I spent more than 10 minutes on a dinner last night. Shocking, I know.

I made some breaded sweet chile shrimp and this fried rice.

I quite enjoy fried rice. Sometimes I add in meat, sometimes I add in more veggies, but more times than not, this is my go-to recipe. I’ve posted some other fried rice recipes to go with other main courses, but this is a great stand alone dish. It doesn’t take a ton of time and it’s super flavorful….much better than take-out versions! Plus, I pump up the dish with garlic, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.

Bland rice no more!

If you need the perfect recipe for an asian inspired meal {or just have a wicked craving for take-out}, this is the recipe pour vous!

Give it a try this week and let me know what you think 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Printable recipe below.

Fried Rice

5 from 1 vote

The Best Fried Rice Ever

If you need a fabulous and easy recipe for Fried Rice that is better than take-out, than this is it! This is the best ever homemade version that takes about 30 minutes.
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives optional
  • pinch red pepper flakes optional


  • In medium saucepan, measure and pour rice, chicken broth and salt. Cover and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Saute onion, garlic, peas and corn for about 5 minutes or until onions start to become tender.
  • Push veggies over to one side, crack eggs into pan and scramble.
  • Pour in cooked rice, sesame oil, soy sauce and red pepper flakes and dried chives. Stir to heat through and serve warm.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1281mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Fried Rice
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  1. Newbyfor

    Fried rice was a favorite one din meal for us with meat because I add half a head of napa cabbage at the end and put the lid on briefly to wilt the napa.

    Even here in Florida I love my heated seats and I love my heated steering wheel even more! I always have thought heated floors are heavenly. We loved our electric mattress pad when we lived in the cold, cold north!

  2. Stacy

    I am going to try your recipe, looks terrific! I need to chime in on seat warmers….they DO belong everywhere! I use mine all the time. In my last vehicle, my seat warmer quit working at the beginning of November…by the beginning of Feb, I had a new car. MN winters just can’t be managed without them!

  3. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    I would heat EVERYTHING. I’m cold almost all year long…..depends on the summer we have here in Oregon. Toilet seats….seriously….that would be awesome 🙂 If I had heated seats in my car I would probably do everything from my car.

    As for fried rice, we love it. It is easy and pretty inexpensive. I’ll add the BBQ pork that Costco sells , leftover rotisserie chicken or shrimp.

  4. Connie

    Growing up, fried rice was a staple! Sometimes it was breakfast. My dad always liked fresh cooked rice for dinner (and as Chinese folks, there was rice at every dinner), so leftover rice can accumulate. Making fried rice was mom’s way of clearing the fridge of random leftover bits–it was important to the budget to not waste anything so even if there was one piece of chicken or 2 broccoli florets, it was eaten. Every couple days, there would be fried rice, and each time it was different–anything goes. My favorite combo includes scrambled egg, frozen mixed veggies and Chinese barbecue pork (especially if it was Grandma’s homemade), minced green onions.

    I wouldn’t really say I am for the seat warmer everything–it isn’t really necessary where I live except cold mornings and you have leather interiors in your car.

  5. Maria

    I noticed that you make the rice then fry it, I always heard day old rice is the best to fry because then it’s not clumpy and sticky.

  6. Lauren

    my in-law’s neighbor (originally from Japan) taught me her recipe of Japanese fried rice. It is sooo good and very similar. the only differences are that there is no garlic, no sesame oil, no chives, no red pepper flakes. she uses chopped green onions instead of regular, and crumbled bacon. She also adds cubed ham. It is sooo good!!! I love your recipes..this one is going in my collection!

  7. Nancy

    I have been following your blog for quite a long time and have made several of your recipes to which I have been very satisfied…however, I need to ask you to please ‘review’ your entries before submitting. Due to some health issues for the last couple years, some medications that I had to use really packed on some unwanted weight. Now that I am able to leave that chapter of life behind me I am finding that loosing that weight most frustrating, depressing, and HARD..
    To have you, who posts that she is buying size XS from Stitch Fix, post bout thunderous upper thighs and large cabooses is tacky. We can tell from your pictures that you post that your are a petite person…so those of us who ARE struggling with thunderous thighs and large cabooses please don’t rub it in.
    I don’t intend for this to be a slam against your site…I do love your recipes…I am really struggling with the body images (which I know is my problem) but sometimes its helps to not have to read such negative descriptions.

    1. Lauren

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for reading my posts and trying my recipes. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems…hope you are getting more better than worse.
      In regards to your concerns, yes I get small and extra small shirts because my top half is small. My bottom half however is on the larger side. My whole family has skinny waists and larger bottoms…quite literally. We are all ‘pears’. Although there is some truth to me not having completely HUGE ‘thunder thighs’, they still are definitely on the larger side. Compared to how thin I used to be back in the day, things on my body are much different post kids and I compare myself to myself. Please don’t try to compare yourself to me. We are all in different walks of life and at different stages. I’m not trying to rub anything in or make anyone feel bad. Most of the commentary I write is in jest and I don’t mean to offend anyone ever. Thanks for reading!

  8. Lynn

    Guess what I’m having for dinner! I’ll have to subtract the red pepper flakes (being severely allergic to bell pepper in any form really stinks!) and add in a whole lot of extra veggies.

    If I had a seat warmer on everything, well I’d be fat, happy AND warm!!!

  9. Lisa

    Is that toasted sesame oil or plain? I can’t eat garlic and onions, so toasted sesame is probably a good idea for more flavor.
    We have just about every heated item available. I could have used them growing up in Chicago! Now in NJ, our car seats do have heat. When we remodeled, we changed our fireplace to gas, so you just turn the flame on and off. Then we installed under floor heat in the bathroom, kitchen, and front hall. We actually did get a heated toilet seat in the master bath! We also purchased a heated mattress pad, which is totally amazing if you turn it on a bit before you go to bed.

  10. Shannon

    Is the recipe for the breaded sweet chile shrimp that you made along with this posted somewhere? I did a search on this site and it didn’t come up, but I may have missed something.

  11. Mary Frances

    This looks great! Why bother with greasy takeout when you can make something ten times better (and healthier) in your own kitchen!

  12. Natalie | Paper & Birch

    Ok, you let me know when you start your kickstarter – I am SOOO behind that idea!
    I love fried rice! can’t wait to try this 🙂

  13. Melissa

    Great recipe! Perfect for a quick meal or to make in a large batch and freeze some for later. I love that it is so customizable too!

  14. Shirley

    We love fried rice – I have never made it because for some reason it intimidates me. I read all the recipes and they don’t look hard . My biggest problem is the rice. I know it’s supposed to be better with day old rice but when I try to make rice it gets gummy so usually that’s where it stops. Can you make it with day old Minute rice?

  15. Christine M

    I have made this 3 or 4 times lately. It’s SO good. Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s going to be in the rotation long-term! The only thing I changed is that when I have it, I use Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce that’s part Soy Sauce and part Teriyaki to give it a tinge of sweetness.

  16. Kailey

    I vote yes to seat warmers in all things especially leather couches. I love them. I just got my first seat warmers in my new ride… p.s. also have to try your recipe big fan of fried rice ?

  17. Amy Druecker

    Love this easy recipe! The only thing I do differently is double the peas as my husband wasn’t a fan of corn in his fried rice.

  18. Angel McCollum

    5 stars
    Hi! I love fried rice, but have never made my own. Do you start with uncooked rice, putting that into the pan, adding broth, etc? OR do you begin with cooked rice?

    I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  19. Gisele

    Hey Lauren! I have done this recipe so many times since you posted it and you saved my dinner each time! Have even tried a couple of lazy versions with whatever leftover I had on my fridge haha Thank you so much for sharing! XOXO, from Brazil 🇧🇷❤️

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