Learn how to make egg fried rice like Chinese takeaway at home using these easy and simple steps. This egg fried rice recipe is easy, simple, and delicious, fluffy fragrant jasmine rice, and scrambled egg, all stir-fried together in a delicious savory umami sauce. It is the perfect quick and easy meal for any night of the week! Serve with Chinese curry sauce, salt and pepper chicken, or cashew chicken.
How to make egg fried rice like Chinese takeaway
If you are looking for an easy and delicious rice recipe, this egg fried rice is it! This dish comes together quickly, 5 minutes and you are done, more importantly, it is made in one pan and packed with flavor.
When I order takeaway either Chinese or Indian, I never order rice because I can quickly whip it up while I wait for the rest of my takeaway. It is super easy to make at home and healthy too as you can control the ingredients that go into it. Once you learn to make this Chinese takeaway side dish recipe at home, you will find yourself making it over and over again.
I didn't use Chinese 5-spice for this recipe as it is the basic egg fried rice and the aim is that you should be able to make it yourself regardless of where you are reading this from. No doubt it adds extra flavor to the rice but it is not a deal breaker if you will be serving the rice with other Chinese dishes.
Chinese 5 spice is often used in traditional Chinese cuisine, so it pairs well with other dishes from the same culture. If you want to add it to your egg fried rice, keep in mind that a little goes a long way, too much and your food will be overpowered by the spices.
This recipe is vegetarian and can be made gluten-free if you swap the soy sauce for a gluten-free version. You can find this in the Asian aisle of your supermarket. Here in the UK, Kikkoman Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce is a popular option.
What you will need to make egg fried rice
You only need the following 5 ingredients to make this simple homemade egg fried rice. Please feel free to throw in as much veg as you like just make sure to cook accordingly so that you don't overcook the dish
Cold leftover cooked jasmine rice: this is day-old rice that was cooled and stored in the fridge until needed. Using day-old rice will guarantee that the fried rice is not mushy. You can substitute jasmine rice with long grain rice.
Spring onions, it is also known as green onions or scallions
Chinese 5 spice: this is optional and I don't always use it, especially when I am pairing the side with other Chinese dishes is made with the spice already.
Salt to taste: I only used a pinch to season the eggs, you can skip this if you prefer.
How to cook egg fried rice like Chinese Takeaway
Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with a pinch of salt, and lightly beat until combined. Set aside.
Heat up a wok or frying pan over high heat until hot, add oil and swirl to coat.
Add the beaten eggs to the hot oil and scramble until they are just set. Make sure to break the scrambled eggs into small pieces.
Add the cooked rice into the wok and stir to combine.
Stir in the soy sauce and Chinese 5-spice powder (if using)
Toss in the spring onions and give everything a final stir until heated through. Taste and add salt accordingly if need be. Serve immediately with your favorite Chinese dishes.
How to store leftover egg fried rice
This dish is best served fresh, however, if you have any leftovers, store it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days.
As I mentioned above, you can easily customize this recipe to suit your need or with whatever veggies you have in your fridge.
- Swap the eggs for shrimp, shredded beef, pork, or diced chicken.
- To make this dish spicy, stir fry with red chili pepper or red pepper flakes.
- For a low-carb option, swap rice for cauliflower rice, and make sure to follow the same procedure so that the cauliflower doesn't turn out soggy.
- If you don't have leftover rice, you can cook the rice as needed and cool it quickly using this method: spread the cooked rice on a baking tray, air dry for 15 minutes and place it in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes until cooled. Alternatively, use store-bought precooked rice if you can't be bothered to cook rice from scratch.
Easy Egg Fried Rice (How To Make Egg Fried Rice Like Chinese Takeaway)
- wok or frying pan
- 4 cups day old cooked jasmine rice
- 3 large eggs
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 spring onions (scallions) use both white and green parts
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce or as needed
- ½ teaspoon Chinese 5 spice optional
- Salt to taste
- Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with a pinch of salt, and lightly beat until combined. Set aside.
- Heat up a wok or frying pan over high heat until hot, add oil and swirl to coat.
- Add the beaten eggs to the hot oil and scramble until they are just set. Make sure to break the scrambled eggs into small pieces.
- Add the cooked rice into the wok and stir to combine.
- Stir in the soy sauce and Chinese 5-spice powder (if using)
- Toss in the spring onions and give everything a final stir until heated through. Taste and add salt accordingly if need be. Serve immediately with your favorite Chinese dishes. Enjoy!
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Can I make it without soy sauce
Yes, you can make this recipe without soy sauce however the end result will be a lot less flavorful. If you plan on leaving out the soy sauce, I would suggest upping the amount of salt used.
Do I have to use day-old rice
No, you don't have to use day-old rice but it is highly recommended if you want the best results. If you are short on time, cook the rice as needed and cool it quickly using this method: spread the cooked rice on a baking tray, air dry for 15 minutes and place it in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes until cooled.
Can you reheat egg fried rice
Yes, you can reheat this dish however it is best if you reheat it in a pan on the stove over low-medium heat. Add a splash of water (oil/butter/broth) to the rice to aid in the reheating process and stir frequently until heated through. If you are short on time, you can also reheat in the microwave or the air fryer using the same method. It is important that the rice is piping hot before eating it and only reheat it once to avoid food-borne illnesses.
Is egg fried rice gluten-free
Yes, this recipe is gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free soy sauce. You can also leave out the soy sauce altogether if you are Celiac or have a gluten intolerance.
How many calories are in egg-fried rice
This recipe is relatively low in calories, each serving is about 250 calories. This will vary depending on what type of rice you use and how much oil you use while cooking.
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