Easy Fried Rice in a skillet

Easy Fried Rice - Restaurant Style

Course: Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: fried rice recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 302kcal
Author: Jessica Formicola
Easy Fried Rice is the best restaurant style fried rice you'll ever make! Just 15 minutes and a great way to clean out the vegetable drawer.
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  • 3 cups cooked white rice , cold
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion , chopped
  • 6 ounces frozen vegetable mix , or fresh vegetables
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce*
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shrimp or Chinese sausage , optional


  • In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, soy sauce of choice and white pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cast iron pan or wok, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until opaque and soft. If you are adding raw vegetables or a cooked protien, add them at this step as well.
  • After onion has cooked, add frozen vegetables. Stir until defrosted, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cold rice, using a spatula to toss the rice with other ingredients. Do NOT stir, toss or flip to prevent the starch from making the rice too soggy.
  • Add lightly beaten eggs, continuing to flip until eggs are nearly cooked. 
  • Pour sesame oil mixture over top of rice, continuing to flip and toss until all grains are uniformly colored. If you do not use a dark soy sauce, yours might not be as dark as mine.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 



  • I prefer Mushroom flavored dark soy sauceĀ 


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2280IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.1mg