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Better Than Take Out Fried Rice

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This quick and easy fried rice recipe is better than take out!

I’m craving real, authentic, homemade stir fry rice lately. It’s a go-to comfort food for me.

The simple stir fried rice recipe I’m sharing with you today hits the spot — I bet you’ll love it as much as I do.

It’s restaurant style, but created at home with easy ingredients you’ll have on hand. It comes together so fast and it’s so filling.

Better Than Take Out Egg Fried Rice

Part of the reason I’m craving it is I’ve been busier than ever lately.

I’m juggling raising my precious Sam, spending time with Mike and running multiple online businesses.

And traveling for work… so. much.

I love what I do, every part of it.

But you could say I’ve been feeling a little frazzled.

There is a lot going on.

In the middle of all this, I’ve realized that I have sacrificed some self care practices that I know make a big difference for me.

Why is self care always the first to go when we get overwhelmed? It’s so counterproductive!

In an effort to not completely lose my mind as I juggle all this, I’m getting back to basics.

I’m going for more walks. I’m drinking more water. I’m eating more wholesome food. And I’m working on getting more rest.

Do you skip sleep to try and be more productive? I always burn the midnight oil when I have a lot going on.

Which in the end, doesn’t work because I just end up so exhausted.

Another big stress reliever for me?

Time in the kitchen.

I love to cook. I like to prepare something delicious to enjoy with my family.

This fried rice makes my belly oh-so-happy. Let’s talk about it.

 

Chinese Fried Rice

What’s in Fried Rice?

This Chinese-style egg fried rice recipe is packed with great ingredients. It’s rice, veggies, eggs and can also be served with meat.

I love that it’s so versatile. It’s the best!

You can pick what vegetables you love. You can make it with egg. You can serve it with meat or without.

It’s a great quick dinner option, yet very filling and also great to serve guests.

The seasoning is so simple, making it takes no time at all.

All the colors combined from the veggies make it visually appealing too. We eat with our eyes first after all!

Copycat Takeout Fried Rice

Ingredients for Easy Fried Rice

For today’s recipe, we’re using jasmine rice. You could also use brown rice. I almost always have both on hand.

If you haven’t tried jasmine rice, I highly recommend it. Very delicious!

You’ll also need a chopped Vidalia onion, minced garlic, peas and carrots, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions and eggs.

You can use fresh veggies or frozen. I’m using frozen today because that’s what I had on hand.

During the summer, I love picking up fresh at the farmer market and being able to incorporate that in my meal.

You can also use regular eggs or liquid eggs. I had liquid eggs on hand for this recipe.

This Chinese fried rice calls for 1/2 cup of liquid eggs. If you’re using whole eggs, that’s two eggs.

Easy Rice Recipe

Other Ideas for Fried Rice

Now… the possibilities are limitless when it comes to this meal.

Some of my other favorite veggies to include are broccoli, sprouts, sweet corn, water chestnuts, green peppers and bell peppers.

You can also get creative with the meat and use chicken, beef or pork. I’ve also had it with shrimp.

You can’t go wrong!

Sam also likes this recipe because he can help decide what combo of ingredients go in… which makes him so much more likely to actually eat and enjoy it. 🙂

How to Make Fried Rice

First, prepare your rice according to package directions. Set aside.

This is a handy recipe if you happen to have rice leftover from another meal as well!

In a large skillet or wok, preheat oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 2-3 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to keep the garlic from burning.

Add peas and carrots and cook until partially thawed, 1-2 minutes. You’ll need to adjust this time if you use fresh.

Turn the heat up to medium high and add cooked rice. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until rice is nice and hot and starts to brown. Reduce heat and push rice to the sides of the pan, making a hole for the eggs.

Fried Rice with Egg

How to Scramble Eggs for Fried Rice

Crack the eggs into the middle of the pan and scramble in the center of the pan. Once eggs are cooked, stir them into the rice.

Mix soy sauce and sesame oil together and pour over rice. Stir until rice is evenly coated with sauce.

Top with chopped green onions. You could also use cilantro as an additional topping.

Easy Fried Rice

Can you Freeze Fried Rice?

You bet! Make sure to seal it in an airtight container or heavy duty freezer bags.

Stir Fry Rice

How to Reheat Fried Rice

It’s very easy to reheat your rice if you know how to do it right.

The secret is adding a little liquid!

A little liquid goes a long way and helps keep the rice flavorful and at the perfect consistency. Your leftovers will taste fresh and like they were just made by using this trick.

If you’re reheating in the microwave, add a few tablespoons of broth or water for each cup of rice you’re reheating.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or another bowl to create a steaming effect.

Be sure to stir before serving to help distribute the heat evenly.

If you’re reheating on the stove, grab your wok or large skillet again and apply the same principle of adding liquid.

Stir often to prevent any burning.

Egg Fried Rice

Even on a busy night, this is a simple meal to get on the table. It’s something everyone in our family loves to eat as well, making it a great choice.

I hope you’ll try this easy fried rice soon and enjoy it as much as I do!

Egg Fried Rice
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Better Than Take Out Fried Rice

If you're craving real, authentic, homemade stir fry rice lately, this simple stir fried rice recipe will hit the spot!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ large Vidalia onion chopped
  • 2 gloves of minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup of Egg Creations
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • green onions
  • cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet or wok, preheat oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the garlic from burning.
  2. Add peas and carrots and cook until partially thawed, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium high and add cooked rice. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until rice is nice and hot and starts to brown. Reduce heat and push rice to the sides of the pan, making a hole for the eggs.
  4. Crack the eggs into the middle of the pan and scramble. Once eggs are cooked, stir them into the rice.
  5. Mix soy sauce and sesame oil together and pour over rice. Stir until rice is evenly coated with sauce.
  6. Top with chopped green onions and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Better Than Take Out Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.

    5 Comments

    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      This really is better than takeout and my kids love it!

    2. Rae

      May 16, 2018 at 10:50 am

      I love homemade fried rice with chicken stir-fry

    3. Tin Lopez

      May 21, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Very delicious! I will recommend it to my friends!

    4. Vonnie

      May 22, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Does T equal teaspoon or tablespoon?

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