Homemade Fried Rice

Skip the takeout and try making fried rice at home! This rice is flavored with sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce mixed with peas, carrots, and eggs.

Fried rice is a staple side dish when making Asian food, and this recipe is quick, easy and delicious. Serve it up with some Teriyaki Chicken or Moo Goo Gai Pan, and it will be a delicious dinner menu!

Homemade Fried Rice in a bowl

Who loves asian food?

My family loves Asian food! I mean – who doesn’t?! My family makes it all the time, and we have so many favorites at this point. including Sesame Chicken and General Tso’s.

We also like to make all the sides that are common with Asian food, including egg rolls, and cream cheese wontons (how could you not like these fried foods?), which happen to be the hubby’s favorites.

One of the recipes my little sister makes for family gatherings is fried rice. It is a favorite of ours, and I finally tried making it recently only to find out how easy and delicious it is. It tastes like it came straight from the restaurant and yet it’s SO simple.

White rice in cup

Brown or White Rice

What I love is, this fried rice can be made with white rice or brown rice, but we think the brown rice tastes just as good and has added health benefits.

STIR FRY. To make, you will heat your oil in a large skillet, or wok, on medium high heat. From there, add the garlic, peas, and carrots. Stir fry until tender (about 5 minutes).

EGGS. Lower the heat to medium low and push the veggie mixture off to one side. Then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled.

MIX. Next, add the rice and soy sauce and mix all together. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!


Fresh, properly cooked rice is sticky and should clump together. This is especially helpful when using chopsticks! However, when frying rice, you want the rice grains to be separate so it fries evenly.

What’s the secret for this recipe? Using cold rice, because when you use cold rice it instantly begins to fry when it hits the hot pan leaving it with a crisp outside and a warm inside, whereas freshly cooked rice can become soggy when fried.

Since cold rice is best for this recipe, I would suggest making a double batch of rice whenever possible and storing some in the fridge or freezer to use for this delicious fried rice recipe.

Fried rice with peas, carrots and eggs in a green bowl

Additional Tips:

Additions and substitutions: As always, I love the recipes that I post as they are. However, I do like sharing little changes you might like to make it your own. 😉 

  • Add shrimp, tofu, chicken, pork, or bacon
  • Use cauliflower rice for a low carb substitute
  • Add your favorite veggies: They give a beautiful color to the dish and is an easy way to change up the flavor to keep things fresh and delicious.
  • Try using butter instead of oil
  • Stir in toasted sesame oil and oyster sauce after the dish has been fried, but before serving.

Storing. Leftover fried rice can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Reheat in the microwave or stove top.

Asian entrees to serve with rice:

Homemade Fried Rice Recipe

4.72 from 28 votes
Homemade Fried Rice recipe - tastes just like the restaurant! This rice is flavored with sesame oil, garlic, and soy sauce mixed with peas, carrots, and eggs.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 211 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 3 cups brown rice cooked (white works too, but brown tastes just as good and is better for you!)
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots chopped
  • (or 1 cup frozen peas/carrots combo, thawed)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce


  • Heat your oil in a large skillet or wok on medium high heat.
  • Add the garlic, peas and carrots mix. Stir fry until tender (8-10 minutes).
  • Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side.
  • Pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and stir fry until scrambled. Next add the rice and soy sauce and mix all together. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!


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  1. 4 stars
    I added about ½ cup of green bell peppers and a cup of onion to the rest of the vegetables. Then I did as Amy recommended and added the oyster sauce and seseame oil at the end. Next time I’ll add some minced ginger to the vegetables as well.

  2. 4 stars
    Look very delicious! I like it! The instructions in your post very useful with me! Thanks your post!

  3. Thanks for sharing.I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post, very thankful and hopeful that you will write many more posts like this one.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m actually making this tonight! I like to add a little Oyster Sauce and just a touch of Sesame oil to my rice @ the end. I’ll have to try it with brown rice, I’ve always just done white.

  5. 5 stars
    This is my go-to side with any Chinese food. Love being able to make it at home! So light & fluffy!

  6. 5 stars
    I think the homemade version is better than anywhere else and it really does taste great using brown rice.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this fried rice recipe! Really tasty and very easy to make! This is my new favorite!

  8. 5 stars
    I prefer Homemade Fried Rice over the restaurant version. I know exactly whats in it. We also like to throw in some chicken to make it a hearty meal.

    1. Agreed! I love knowing what ingredients are in my food. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I love this!!! As an Asian american, the lack of authenticity is asian food in the U.S. bothers me. This reminds me of my moms! tysm!!

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