Chinese Fried Rice

Fried rice is usually served as an accompaniment and is a great way of using up left-over rice and other items. This quick and easy recipe explains how to make plain egg fried rice, and goes on to suggest variations.

  • 800g Cold, cooked rice
  • 2 Large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Sprigs spring onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dark soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start by putting 1 tbsp of the oil into a heated wok, followed by the beaten eggs. Cook the egg gently until it has mostly solidified. There is no need to break it up at this point. It is important to keep it on a low-medium heat and not to cook it too long as otherwise the egg will turn out dry and rubbery.
  2. Remove the nearly-cooked egg from the pan. This will be returned to the pan later.
  3. Add the remaining oil to the wok and turn up to medium-high heat.
  4. Add the cold, cooked rice. Start working the rice by breaking it up by pushing the back of spatula onto any lumps. Add a little water if required - this will make the rice more pliable and less separated. Cook for approximately 1 minute.
  5. Once the rice has been heated through and is mostly seperated, add the dark soy sauce and the light soy sauce and season to taste. The dark soy is used for colour, whilst the light soy is used for flavour. Mix the rice well to ensure the soy sauces are well distributed throughout.
  6. [Add extra ingredients here]
  7. Add the pre scrambled egg and break up in the pan using the spatula. Stir frying for an additional 30 seconds.
  8. Finally, add the chopped spring onions, stir briefly and serve.

We told you it was easy, didn't we?

Now that you have mastered the basic egg fried rice, why not try one of these variations? All you need to do is add these extra ingredients at step 6, ensuring that they are sufficiently heated through before proceeding onto step 7.

These are just suggested recipes, so if you find you want more of one thing, or less of another, it's easy to change!

Chicken Fried Rice

  1. 2 medium-sized chicken breast fillets, pre-cooked and diced/roughly shredded
  2. 75 g peas
  3. 75 g sweetcorn
  4. Garnish with a small drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds

Special Fried Rice

This differs from kitchen to kitchen, but here is our version:
  1. 50 g char siu barbecue pork, diced
  2. 50 g cooked chicken breast fillet, diced
  3. 50 g small prawns, pre-cooked
  4. 75 g peas
  5. 75 g diced carrot

Your very own "Special Fried Rice"!

We hope that you have been inspired by our fried rice recipes, but remember; most of the time, you do not need a recipe for fried rice - just use up whatever leftovers you have, or any ingredients that you feel like eating.

Additional Information:
Number of Portions:
Very easy
Cooking Time:
<20 Min