Easy Fried Rice Recipe

5 from 13 votes

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This easy Fried Rice Recipe is healthy and quick! 10-minutes and you’ll believe in miracles! SO SO delicious and good for you!

My friend from college (Hi Jessie!) told me about this quick and healthy way that she makes Fried Rice. So, I gave it a whirl with what I had on hand and believe it or not, this was a 10-minute miracle dinner that my entire family gobbled up. Even Eddie (11 months) was screaming and reaching for more! I couldn’t give that boy bites fast enough!! Needless to say, it was a hit.

Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice Recipe

I like to take hints from the store by using pre-cooked bacon, frozen rice, and frozen Asian veggies, but that is the beauty of this recipe and why I like it so much. It’s a 10-minute dinner {and sanity} saver!! Feel free to use this recipe as a base and add or subtract ingredients as you like. Here’s what you’ll need for Fried Rice:

  • Olive Oil – the oil used to stir fry everything.
  • Onion and Garlic – any good recipe starts out with these two. They are packed with flavor!
  • Bacon – I’d highly recommend not skipping the bacon because that’s how I had it in Maui and I’m converted. I will never go back and you can’t make me.
  • Mushrooms – If you don’t like mushrooms, don’t add them in. No big deal 🙂
  • Frozen Brown Rice – see here for my how-to on frozen brown rice.
  • Frozen Asian Vegetables and Edamame – a great shortcut is to use frozen veggies like this edamame.
  • Egg Whites – alternatively you could use whole eggs. But this is a healthier fried rice recipe.
  • Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil – for umami flavor and seasoning.
  • Pepper – season to taste.

Of course, you could take a few extra minutes and cook up some chicken too, but that would turn this into a 15-minute dinner and I didn’t want to commit to the extra 5 minutes in the kitchen if I didn’t have to. Priorities, people.

How to Make Fried Rice

Be sure to watch the video in the recipe card if you’re confused about this process at all. It’s a super good How-To on making Fried Rice.

  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Saute onion, bacon, and mushrooms 2 minutes or until onions start becoming tender. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant; about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour in frozen brown rice, frozen vegetables, and edamame. Increase heat to high and stir fry until completely warmed through. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Push rice mixture to one side of the pan and scramble the egg whites on the empty side of the pan. Once they are scrambled to your liking, stir into the rice and toss with soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper. Stir briefly and serve hot.
Fried Rice

Leftovers

Any leftover fried rice can be refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 4 days!

Tips and Tricks for the BEST Fried Rice

  • Cold Rice. Day-old rice (cold refrigerated rice) fries up so much better in fried rice recipes. This is because the rice is a little dried out, and thus less sticky. That means all of the flavorful juices produced by the veggies and sauces can be soaked up by each individual rice grain! So make sure to plan ahead of time.
  • High Heat. Stir-frying is where you quickly fry your dish over high heat. So because this is stir-fried rice, use high heat. You are going to reduce the heat to medium for the eggs at the end.
  • Veggies. Vegetables are our best friends when it comes to fried rice recipes. They provide so much flavor and freshness. Plus a mix of textures to keep things interesting.
  • Cooking the Eggs Separate. Be sure to scoot your rice mixture to the side before cooking your eggs. This ensures that the egg is fully cooked.

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Be sure to save this easy fried rice recipe for a busy weeknight! It’s amazing and miraculous and you’ll never be the same again.

Have a wonderful day!

5 from 13 votes

Easy Fried Rice Recipe

This easy Fried Rice Recipe is healthy and quick! 10-minutes and you'll believe in miracles! SO SO delicious and good for you!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced
  • 5 slices pre-cooked bacon chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms optional
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 oz. frozen brown rice
  • 10.8 oz. frozen Asian vegetables I use steam fresh
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Saute onion, bacon, and mushrooms 2 minutes or until onions start becoming tender. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant; about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in frozen brown rice, frozen vegetables, and edamame. Increase heat to high and stir fry until completely warmed through. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Push rice mixture to one side of the pan and scramble the egg whites on the empty side of the pan. Once they are scrambled to your liking, stir into the rice and toss with soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper. Stir briefly and serve hot.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1073mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3885IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Fried Rice, fried rice recipe, how to make fried rice

 

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22 Responses
  1. Marilyn Brennan

    Intriguing. I have had a hard time finding frozen edamame though. I’ll have to look harder. Thank you! This looks like a great option for me.M

  2. Erica McNair

    5 stars
    This is great!! I have a son with a severe dairy intolerance who is also incredibly picky. I think I could actually get him to eat this and my husband would love it! I need more healthy, hearty, and easy options like this! Thank you for sharing!

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    5 stars
    This is fantastic! I use Ready Rice brown basmati. When I have time I serve with boneless chicken breast cooked in Soy Vay in the pressure cooker.

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    5 stars
    I enjoy your fried rice recipes. I love food and do most of the cooking at home. I cook various cuisines, but mostly Chinese. I have a recipe that I have never seen anywhere in cookbooks.

  8. Debbie G

    5 stars
    I make dinner for my family in the morning before I go to work because I get home too late to even eat with them. On days when we are all rushed and even they only have time to reheat something to eat this recipe have been a lifesaver. I add some chicken for protein and it can be a quick homemade meal! Thank you Lauren!

  9. Heather Coleman

    This fried rice looks delish! I may try using cauliflower rice but using this recipe. Always love your blogs. I’ve followed you for years and my kids have always enjoyed your recipes. Happy 10 years!❤️