How to Make Delicious Fried Rice

Yangzhou Fried Rice


Fried rice is a versatile and flavorful dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or a satisfying side dish, homemade fried rice is always a great choice. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make delicious fried rice that’s sure to impress your family and friends.


  • 2 cups cooked rice (preferably day-old rice)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (such as peas, carrots, and corn)
  • 1/2 cup cooked protein (such as diced chicken, shrimp, or tofu)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions, sliced (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Rice:
    • If you’re using fresh rice, cook it according to package instructions and spread it out on a baking sheet to cool. For best results, use day-old rice that has been refrigerated overnight.
  2. Heat the Oil:
    • In a large skillet or wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Sauté the Aromatics:
    • Add the minced garlic and chopped onion to the hot oil. Cook until the onion is translucent and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Scramble the Eggs:
    • Push the sautéed garlic and onion to one side of the skillet, then pour the lightly beaten eggs into the empty space. Allow the eggs to cook undisturbed for a few seconds, then gently scramble them with a spatula until they are fully cooked. Mix the scrambled eggs with the garlic and onion.
  5. Add the Vegetables and Protein:
    • Stir in the mixed vegetables and cooked protein of your choice. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the protein is heated through.
  6. Incorporate the Rice:
    • Add the cooked rice to the skillet, breaking up any clumps with a spatula. Stir-fry the rice with the other ingredients until everything is well combined.
  7. Season the Fried Rice:
    • Drizzle the soy sauce and oyster sauce (if using) over the fried rice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to stir-fry the rice until it is evenly coated with the sauces and heated through.
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish the fried rice with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve hot as a main dish or side dish, and enjoy!


  • Use long-grain rice such as jasmine or basmati for the best texture in fried rice.
  • For added flavor, you can stir in a dash of sesame oil or sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Feel free to customize your fried rice with additional ingredients such as chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, or sliced sausage.
  • Leftover fried rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Now you know how to make delicious fried rice at home! Experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations to create your own signature version of this classic dish. Enjoy!