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Fried Rice

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Restaurant-style Hibachi Fried Rice is made with just a few simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make. Serve this better than takeout rice recipe with Hibachi steak and salmon, grilled vegetables, and yum yum sauce for the perfect steakhouse meal at home!

Rice mixed with soy sauce, scrambled eggs, peas, carrots, and green onions on a square plate.

Fried Rice ingredients:

  • light oil
  • green onions and garlic to flavor the oil.
  • large eggs beaten with sea salt and black pepper.
  • steamed rice – for the best texture it is best to use cold rice, but it is just delicious with hot rice when short on time.
  • frozen peas and carrots that have been cooked and drained.
  • soy sauce

Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year! 2014 is the Year of the Horse, one of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the horse have a contagious enthusiasm. They are happy and fun to be around, and usually have a lot of friends. They love meeting new people and exploring new places. They are big talkers….they love to tell a good story…and hopefully they love Fried Rice!

Curious about the Battle of Britain? Ask my dad…..go ahead…..I dare you!! He won’t stop talking until he has told you every detail. I received an A on my high school term paper, without ever even opening a book!

Characteristics of those born in the year of the horse:

The characteristics listed in The Book of the Zodiac fit my dad to a T! The positive characteristics – loyal, noble (he is British after all), cheerful, enthusiastic, enterprising (he can sell ice to an Eskimo), flexible (spent 4 years working in the Middle East, because that’s where the jobs were), sincere, frank, versatile (he is a building contractor, that talked his way into a job working for an oil company), talkative, gregarious, generous (he will literally give you the shirt off his back), unselfish, realist, energetic (his nickname is Tasmanian Devil!)

Now for the negative characteristics – unstable, temperamental*, impatient*, insecure, hot tempered*, irresponsible, ambitious, careless, vulnerable, (let’s just say ponzi scheme, and leave it at that), spendthrift (he is the King of $5 dress shirts), superficial, contradictory ( wears those $5 dress shirts while enjoying a $200 meal in a fancy restaurant), vain, easily panicked, anxious.

* I have to tell this story. We went on a cruise one year for Christmas when I was in high school. When we returned home, he could not find his house keys. There may have been some yelling, screaming, and cussing at the door that refused to magically open. His solution was to pick up a loose brick from the garden wall, and break the window in the front door so he could reach through and unlock the door! Our family motto is “anything can be fixed with a hammer…or a brick!”

A serving of fried rice on a square white plate with two wooden chopsticks laying across the top corner of the plate

I have mentioned several times before, that Chinese food is a staple in our house. Fried Rice is another one of those meals that come in handy, when I have no clue what to make! Most recipes will tell you to use cold steamed rice, I do not have time for that. Click here for my Steamed Rice recipe.

How to make Fried Rice:

I prepare my ingredients while the rice is cooking.

Soy sauce, peas and carrots, scrambled eggs in glass bowls, with chopped green onions and garlic on the side.

When your rice is almost finished cooking (about 5 minutes left), heat the oil, then add the green onions and garlic.

Oil, garlic, and green onions in a wok.

Do not worry if you do not have a wok, I have also make this rice in a large skillet. Season your eggs with salt and pepper, lightly beat them, and add them to the pan.

Raw scrambled eggs added to the green onions and garlic in a wok.

Once they are set, push them to the edges of the pan, add more oil.

Scrambled eggs pushed up the sides of a wok.

and add your cooked rice, and stir everything together.

Scrambled eggs mixed with white rice in a wok.

add the cooked peas and carrots, along with the soy sauce…..

Peas and carrots on top of the rice and egg mixture in the wok.

Stir together and cook until thoroughly heated and combined.

Rice and egg mixture tossed with soy sauce.

What to serve with fried rice:

Serve with Beef and Broccoli, Mongolian Beef, Teriyaki Salmon, Orange Chicken, Hibachi Steak and Salmon, or add Shrimp, cooked chicken, or tofu to the rice and make a complete meal.

Close up image of fried rice, carrots and peas on wooden chopsticks

Start to finish, this rice is done in 30 minutes!! 🙂 If that is not fast or easy enough, you can also make Instant Pot Fried Rice if you prefer.

Looking for Whole30/Paleo? Check out my Paleo Shrimp Fried Rice or Chicken Fried Rice.

Tools used to create this recipe:

  • Wok – mine is over 30 years old, this one is similar.
  • Wood Turners – you will need two to hold in each hand and toss your ingredients together.
  • Organic Tamari – non-GMO, gluten-free and low sodium

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Rice mixed with soy sauce, scrambled eggs, peas, carrots, and green onions on a square plate.

Fried Rice

Super easy traditional Fried Rice just like your favorite take-out, but much healthier!
5 from 3 votes
Print Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: restaurant style fried rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 2 tablespoons safflower or canola oil separated
  • 2 whole green onions sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups steamed rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas & carrots cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce / tamari


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok over high heat.
  • Add green onions and garlic. Stir and cook for one minute until fragrant.
  • Add beaten eggs and scramble until set.
  • Push eggs to outside edge of the wok, and 1 more tablespoon of oil.
  • Add the rice and stir-fry to combine with the eggs.
  • Add the peas and carrots and the soy sauce, continue to stir-fry until heated through.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 3475IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. This fried rice looks awesome Lisa! Great recipe and yay for the year of the horse – my husband is a horse too and he is definitely enthusiastic and likes to talk a lot lol. Have a great weekend!

  2. I love fried rice more than chocolate. Okay, I lie, but I DO love it! I’ve never been able to make it and have it come out tasty. Must give this one a shot. 🙂


  3. I have a ‘fried rice’ recipe that I like, but it doesn’t look or taste like what you get in the restaurants. Your recipe has almost the exact same ingredients (mine doesn’t have garlic), but the reparation steps are different. I’ll have to try it your way and she the difference. 🙂

    1. Garlic is not traditionally in Fried Rice, but it needed something extra…and I love garlic! I hope it works out for you Karen. My kids prefer mine over the restaurants. 🙂

  4. Found your recipe for this on someone’s blog, and she gave you the credit 🙂 but I have a question, I am on your blog and I see no where to sign up !!!! Would love to sign up for your blog…..
    Looking forward to making this fried rice…..I have tried so many recipes and have not found a good one yet….maybe this will be it…..thanks

    Trying to think of the blog that I found this on….I believe it’s something like The Weary Chef…….or something like that…..

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