18 Fried Rice Recipes to Stir Up Your Leftovers Routine
Fried rice is a delicious, savory dish that the whole family will love. It's an especially great meal to prepare on weeknights because it's fast and makes excellent use of leftovers. While these recipes will put your leftover cooked rice to use, they're also great opportunities to use up leftover meat—such as a roast, extra pork chops, or shredded chicken—as well as basic vegetables—like carrots and peas. Add in fresh eggs, soy sauce, and sesame oil for a crowd-pleasing fried rice dinner. But they're not just vehicles for getting rid of leftovers—these recipes are downright delicious, too. The Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage that's pictured here is proof.
A popular ingredient for fried rice is juicy chicken. In our recipe for Japanese Fried Rice, a couple of tablespoons of sake—plus other classic ingredients such as soy sauce, garlic, and ginger—flavor the leftover rice and meat. You can also enjoy a Korean-take on fried rice with this recipe that has both kimchi and gochujang (Korean pepper paste) for fiery flavor.
We also have a couple of lighter, brighter versions that swap out rice in favor of other healthy ingredients. Cauliflower rice is a seamless substitute in many of these recipes. Make your own by pulsing cauliflower florets in two batches a food processor until finely chopped. Another option is to try quinoa, a protein-rich alternative to cooked rice, in our hearty vegetarian twist on fried rice. It also features shiitake mushrooms and kale for a hearty meal.
We're all for supporting local take-out spots but we're sure fried rice won't be part of your order once you try your hand at these easy, delicious recipes. Follow them exactly or use these recipes as inspiration for your own meals—either way, you'll be sitting down to a delicious, easy dinner in less time than it would take for delivery to arrive.
Ham Fried Rice with Snow Peas
Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage
Sure, Chinese-style sausage isn't as readily available as other varieties of sausage, but it's certainly worth tracking down from an Asian market or online ($16, walmart.com). Made with leftover rice and a few ingredients you likely already have on hand (such as carrots, scallions, ginger, and garlic). In short, it's the ultimate family-friendly meal.
Kimchi Fried Rice
The spicy tang of kimchi (sometimes spelled kimchee) gives a delicious Korean twist to fried rice. Top each bowl with a sesame oil-fried egg to make it a complete meal.
Japanese Fried Rice
The seductively savory combination of soy sauce, sake, butter, and garlic seasons this chicken-and-egg fried rice.
Quinoa Fried Rice
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Szechuan Fried Rice
Crisped Brown Rice with Beef, Vegetables, and Eggs
Black Rice Stir-Fry
Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas
Vegetable Fried Rice
Chicken Fried Rice with Bok Choy
Fried Black Rice with Ginger Tofu and Spinach
When topped with pan-fried tofu and steamed spinach, fried rice, especially black rice, is fancy enough for company.
Chinese Fried Rice
The kitchen-sink Chinese omelet is reimagined as a composed rice dish.
Pork Fried Rice
Go classic and crowd-pleasing with the combination of pork tenderloin and edamame.
Tofu Fried Rice with Flaxseed
Whole and ground flaxseed amp up the nutrients and infuse this dish with their mild, nutty flavor.
Ham-and-Egg Fried Rice
It's the golden rule of leftovers: Put an egg on it for a satisfying meal in a bowl.