Easy fried rice with beaten eggs and veggie chunks is a perfect basic fried rice recipe that is lovely next to chicken or honestly just eaten in a bowl on its own. Much like a stir fry rice or Chinese fried rice from your favorite restaurant, this is about the easiest way to make rice in mere minutes tonight. A no-fail basic easy fried rice recipe for sure!
One thing I love about making fried rice is that rice itself pairs with almost anything.
You can make it savory like this fried rice complete with green onions and soy or whip up Hawaiian Rice where its sweet and fresh.
No matter how you make it, rice is a side dish dream because it just so filling!
Easy Fried Rice Ingredients
- 1 cup white rice (check package on how long to cook rice, ours is 15-20 minutes)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 2 eggs, beaten well
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- chopped green onions
Once your rice is done, you can finish this out in a wok if you like for some more room.
Looking for something a bit healthier? Try Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice instead!
Easy Fried Rice Recipe
Add rice and chicken broth in a saucepan. Heat on medium-high until boiling.
Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is fork-tender.
Add oil, peas and carrots, and onions in a large skillet or wok.
Heat on medium-high until onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add cooked rice and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Make a well (circle) into the center of the rice and add beaten eggs.
Cook for 3 minutes until done, stirring them into the rice mixture.
Add soy sauce and mix well.
Serve with fresh-cut green onions if you like.
What is the best kind of rice to use?
The best rice for fried rice is cold and leftover rice. Make rice the day before and put it in the fridge. It will fry better and not be as sticky when you fry it in the pan.
What is better for fried rice – oil or butter?
There is actually a debate out there about whether oil or butter is better for fried rice. I personally used a little bit of oil and it worked perfectly.
However, butter can also be a really great choice. It will brown up the rice really well and give it a deeper flavor profile.
Sesame Oil For an Optional Finishing Touch
If you want to give it a little bit of kick, drizzle the rice with some toasted sesame oil at the end. You will really love how much it reminds you of Chinese takeout.
If you have picky kids or prefer a milder taste, you can skip this step.
What Protein Can You Put in the Rice?
This is a really fantastic base recipe. You can turn this into a main entrée pretty easily. Just fill it up with your favorite protein.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- General Tso’s Chicken (homemade)
- Shredded Pork
More Chinese Side Dishes
Here are some more of my favorite Chinese side dishes.