10 minute Egg Fried Rice. Delicious, simple fried rice seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil with eggs and green onions. Requires just 6 ingredients!
Great for dinner or lunch time if you have leftover cooked rice.
Quick & Simple
A fast and simple dish to make at home for a last minute complete meal. This also can be served as a side dish. I love this dish as it's one of those delicious meals that is quick to make with minimal ingredients.
A Classic in Chinese Food
There are many fried rice recipes online, but this easy egg fried rice is a total classic in Chinese cooking. The best part is that you can add any additional ingredients to elevate it even further. However, the simplicity of this dish is what makes it so approachable and accessible for many.
Funny enough it’s taken me years to post a recipe for egg fried rice so here you go! Now you can enjoy this egg fried rice at home and I hope you love it!
What You’ll Need
The below egg fried rice ingredients are required. ***Please scroll down to the below Recipe card for full measurements***
- leftover cold rice, specifically jasmine rice
- green onions
- regular soy sauce
- sesame oil
- beaten eggs
- avocado oil, or sub with vegetable oil
How to Cook Egg Fried Rice
Below are brief steps with visuals to show you how to make egg fried rice. ***Please scroll down to the recipe card below to find full instructions and details***
Below are tips on making the best egg fried rice recipe:
Use day-old rice.
Leftover long grain white rice won't contain as much moisture as same day cooked rice. This creates fluffy separated rice grains versus using same day warm rice which creams rice clumps.
Source fresh vibrant spring onions
Fresh green onions offer the most flavour.
Use fresh local free run eggs with omega 3s
If you want those gorgeous yellow egg yolks, opt for local free run eggs with omega 3s. That's what I use
Use a steel wok for that smoky flavour!
Fried rice is especially tasty when you stir fry in a hot carbon steel wok or aluminum wok due to the smoke from the oil.
Important: do not smoke your non-stick pan over high heat. This will melt the non-stick coating off into your food.
Do not overcook the eggs
Once the eggs look like scrambled egg but are still moist, push to the side of the pan to prevent overcooking.
Keep flame on medium high to medium high heat
While keeping the heat on medium to medium-high heat, this actually prevents your rice from sticking to the wok.
Fry the green onions in oil
This helps to release more flavour and fragrance into the rice
Do not overmix when frying rice
Be swift when tossing the rice and do not over mix. This can overcook the rice, the rice will stick and clump together.
Below are frequently asked questions about this Chinese egg fried rice:
How long does this dish last for?
It lasts 4-5 days in an airtight container stored in the fridge.
What kind rice should I use for this recipe?
Leftover day old cold jasmine rice is recommended for this 10 minute egg fried rice! You can also use brown rice.
I wouldn't recommend basmati rice, short grain rice or fresh rice. These rice variations can create clumpy fried rice instead of individual grains of rice.
Does rice have to be cold for fried rice?
I would recommend it especially if you’re cooking it in a hot wok. The heat from the wok will make the rice clump together or worse break down if you’re using same day warm rice. If you are using same day warm rice, I would recommend a non-stick pan.
How do you cook your rice?
Like most Asian households, I use a rice cooker. You can purchase a relatively affordable one online or in store. Rice cookers are the best way to steam rice without worry for over or undercooked rice.
Can I use same day cooked rice?
Sure, but I would just suggest to lay the hot rice on a baking sheet in a thin layer and pop it in the freezer for 1 hour. This will dry out the rice creating the effect of 'leftover rice'.
What is the secret to Chinese fried rice?
Grains that are well seasoned and fully separated after being cooked in that wok hei.
Do I need a large wok to make this dish?
No, you can also use a large skillet too.
What makes Chinese fried rice taste so good?
The aromatics, browning of the rice and the wok “hei” (aka breathe of wok) that gives fried rice that smoky flavour.
Is egg fried rice bad for you?
It depends on how much oil you use. If there’s a lot, then yes, it's not as healthy. However, if you reduce the amount of oil, it can be very healthy especially if you add veggies to the dish.
What are some good egg fried rice vegetables?
I purposely designed this egg fried rice without vegetables so that you can add any veggies you desire but here are some that I would recommend:
- Green beans
- Broccoli florets
- Snap peas
- Bell peppers
- Bean sprouts
Can I add black pepper or white pepper to this?
May I use peanut oil or olive oil?
Yes to peanut oil and no to olive oil. Olive oil contains a slight olive scent.
Can I use butter in this recipe?
Yes, go for it!
May I use low sodium soy sauce instead of regular soy sauce?
Yes, I would add to taste.
Can I add oyster sauce?
You may but the dish is pretty salty as it is.
Can I add sesame seeds or use that instead of sesame oil?
Sure! But the only thing is that the rice won't be as flavourful since toasted sesame oil is a great way to season rice?
May I add a fried egg on top?
Yes! Go for it!
Can I also add some more protein?
Feel free to add sliced chicken breast, pork, beef, shrimp or tofu to this dish for added protein.
Other Chinese recipe(s) you may like!
If you enjoyed this quick egg fried rice recipe, you may enjoy these other fried rice recipes:
I hope you give my 10 minute egg fried rice restaurant style a try and enjoy it!
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10 min. Egg Fried Rice (just 6 ingredients!)
- Over medium high heat in a steel wok, add 1 tbsp of cooking oil and allow it to smoke. Important: if using a non-stick pan, do NOT smoke oil and keep it on medium heat allowing the oil to get hot.
- Once oil begins to smoke, pour in whisked eggs and quickly stir to form shape. Once the eggs form shape but are still moist, quickly toss and mix in rice. If rice is clumped together, break apart in pan.
- Sweep everything to the side, add remaining oil into empty space with green onions. Quickly mix green onions into rice and eggs.
- Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix until grains are coloured brown and immediately remove off heat. Serve hot and enjoy!