Any other fried rice fans out there? Fried rice is hands down one of my favorite things to order from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. But did you know it's also super easy to make at home?! This fried rice is loaded with vegetables, flavored with soy sauce and sesame oil, and is ready in no time!
Ingredients for fried rice
Alright, let's get cooking! Here's a list of everything you'll need to make fried rice at home.
• Prepared jasmine rice
• Vegetable oil
• Soy sauce
• Sesame oil
• Rice vinegar
• Diced carrots
• Diced onion
• Minced garlic
• Frozen peas
Preparing the rice
I love using Mahatma brand Long Grain and Jasmine rice blend for fried rice. Cook the rice according to the package. I usually make the whole bag at once, and keep leftovers in the fridge and use for other meals. You definitely don't have to do that-- just adjust the measurements and make only as much as you need.
A tip for the best fried rice
If possible, use day-old or cold rice! In making fried rice at home, I've found that using cooled, cold, or leftover rice yields the closest to restaurant quality. I've used fresh, warm rice before, and it tends to result in sticky or clumpy fried rice.
If you don't have leftover rice or need to make it the same day, you can still use freshly made rice. However, I would recommend letting it cool completely and chill in the fridge for a bit (if possible) before adding it to your dish.
Fresh or frozen veggies?
Either! I've made this fried rice before using fresh and frozen vegetables, and it turns out great either way! I would recommend using fresh yellow onion, but for the other veggies, either is fine. I have found that fresh carrots do take a little longer to cook than frozen ones, but you can just adjust the cooking time a few minutes. I've actually found bags of frozen carrot and pea medleys, which work great for this fried rice.
Serving up the fried rice
Once your rice is all assembled, you're ready to eat! If you want to jazz it up, you can top it with toasted sesame seeds, sriracha, green onions, or a protein like chicken or beef!