Fried Rice Recipe

Fried Rice Recipe
Staff Writer
Simple Fried Rice

Will Budiaman

Simple Fried Rice

This quick and versatile recipe is a great, inexpensive way to use up leftover rice, as well as extra ingredients in your fridge. I used fish sauce as the main flavoring component here because it’s what I happened to have in the pantry, but feel free to experiment with different combinations — for example, you could try two parts kecap manis to one part sambal oelek for a sweet and spicy Indonesian-style fried rice, or just soy sauce and butter for a more traditional fried rice. For a healthier alternative, substitute some diced carrots and peas or blanched bean sprouts and tofu for the eggs.

Whatever you decide to do though, make sure to use day-old rice; freshly cooked rice has too much moisture and won’t fry well.

Total cost: $2.69

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In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a minute, stirring occasionally to make sure the garlic doesn’t burn.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl and season with salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste.

Add the onion to the pan and allow it to caramelize, approximately 5 minutes. Stir often.

Meanwhile, break up the rice with a wooden spatula. Once the onions have caramelized, increase the heat to medium-high and add the rice and fish sauce.

Cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring often. Break up any brown bits that form on the bottom and incorporate into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Fold in the eggs, and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Add the scallions, stir, and remove from heat. If desired, fold in some butter for a richer flavor.

Serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

242 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 19g 29%
  • Carbs 10g 3%
  • Saturated 3g 13%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Cholesterol 186mg 62%
  • Sodium 1,496mg 62%
  • Calcium 89mg 9%
  • Magnesium 54mg 13%
  • Potassium 334mg 10%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 136mg 19%
  • Vitamin A 99µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 20%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 17%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 16%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 66µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 9%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 78µg 98%
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