The Best Fried Rice

If you’re going to have fried rice, you might as well have The Best Fried Rice there is. That also happens to be homemade with this easy recipe. The combination of fresh veggies, such as carrots and green onions, with the soy and oyster sauces is deliciously flavorful, plus you can customize it with your favorite additions.

A bowl of rice with carrots, peas, and scrambled eggs.

This classic recipe is easy to make, and it makes a good quantity, too..

It serves 4 – 6 people, depending on how much each person wants, but it makes 8 cups overall. Nice for meal planning when you want to have leftovers the next day.

Ok, let’s get started.

Fried Rice with veggies and scrambled eggs in a bowl.

Making The Best Fried Rice

What actually takes the longest is the rice itself.

You need four cups of cooked, chilled rice, which means you need to make it early enough to let it cool.

Preferably, make it the night before as part of your dinner, knowing you need an extra four cups for the fried rice the next day.

When you’re ready to start cooking, dice and grate the veggies and set them aside. It’ll be like the cooks on TV where it looks like the recipe takes only 5 minutes, when it actually took an hour.

I like to have a bowl or plate set out so I can load it up with the carrots, white onion, frozen peas, and garlic. These go in at the same time anyway, so that works.

Also, I grate the carrots so that they’re thinner and cook faster, but you can chop or dice them if you prefer.

Next, thinly slice the green onion, and in a small bowl measure out the soy sauce and oyster sauce.

Ok, time to cook.

Chopped veggies and soy sauce ready to be cooked.

How to Cook Fried Rice

In a large wok, or sauté pan, add a tablespoon of butter to melt over medium heat. Add the 2 whisked eggs and cook them. Once scrambled, remove them from the pan to a separate plate and set aside.

Add your second tablespoon of butter to melt in the pan, then add the carrots, white onion, peas, and garlic. Sauté until onions turn soft, stirring often. This takes about 5 minutes, give or take.

Next, increase the heat to medium-high, stir in another tablespoon of butter to the mix. As soon as it’s melted, add the rice, green onions, and sauces. Also, season with some salt and pepper.

Stir this so that everything in combined and evenly coated. Once mixed, let the mixture rest between stirs so that some of the bits get crispy on the bottom.

Then, add the scrambled eggs back in and stir in the sesame oil. Cook for another three minutes as you taste and adjust seasoning as necessary, then it’s time to eat.

A large saute pan filled with cooked rice with veggies and sauce.

Serving and Customizing Fried Rice

Serve the rice with extra soy sauce on the side, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top. Both are optional, though. You could also sprinkle some additional sliced green onion on the top for that splash of color.

To customize, add your favorite add-ins, such as ginger or corn kernels. You can also stir in cooked proteins, like grilled shrimp or rotisserie chicken.

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The Best Fried Rice

An easy and classic rice recipe loaded with bold and delicious flavors. Serve as a side dish or as a main meal, and you can customize it by adding in your favorite add-ins.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: bold flavors, fresh veggies, rice, soy sauce
Servings: 6 (8 cups)
Calories: 566kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 3 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (such as long grain or jasmine)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil


  • In a large saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add eggs and cook, stirring occasionally until scrambled. Remove to a separate plate and set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan to melt. Add carrots, white onion, peas, and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and add remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir until melted, then add rice, green onions, soy and oyster sauces. Stir until evenly coated. Add salt and pepper, plus the scrambled eggs.
  • Continue to cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, but allow mixture to rest at times to create crispy bits from heat on bottom of pan.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. Garnish with optional sesame seeds. Enjoy!


Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3.844IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Peas, carrots, and green onion in a bowl with rice.

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  1. 5 stars
    I agree with the name of this recipe The Best Fried Rice. It is the best fried rice recipe with the most authentic flavor. It tastes like the rice at a good Chinese restaurant. I have tried to make fried rice before and it ends up tasting like rice with soy sauce. But this rice recipe has a very nice creaminess to it and a great balance of flavors that is layered and tastes authentic.