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Easy egg fried rice: Chinese takeaway at home recipe

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Easy to make Chinese takeaway-style egg fried rice.

Kent, England, UK

208 people made this

IngredientsServes: 2

  • 140g (3/4 cup) long grain rice
  • groundnut oil for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pinch Chinese 5 spice powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 30g (1/4 cup) frozen petit pois
  • good splash soy sauce
  • 3 spring onions, sliced

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:12min ›Extra time:4hr chilling › Ready in:4hr27min

  1. Boil the rice until just cooked, drain under cold water. Blot in a clean tea towel and spread on a non-stick baking tray in an even layer. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours to dry out.
  2. When ready to cook, heat 1 tablespoon of the groundnut oil in a wok. Whisk the eggs together with 1 teaspoon sesame oil, Chinese 5 spice and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add to the wok and cook the eggs until just set, rolling over like an omelette. Remove with a slotted spoon onto kitchen paper.
  4. Heat a little more groundnut oil in the wok and add the rice, cook stirring constantly to prevent sticking for 5 to 7 minutes to heat through. (Add a little more oil if needed).
  5. Chop the omelette and add to the rice along with the peas. Mix well and stir fry for another 3 minutes. Add a splash of soy and really mix in well. Add the spring onions and 1 teaspoon sesame oil, mix for 2 minutes.
  6. Plate up and drizzle with remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Garnish with more sliced spring onions (optional). Enjoy.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(5)

Reviews in English (5)

Really good rice dish - To save time I put the cooked rice in the oven on a low heat for about 20 mins to dry out, seemed to do the trick and I still ended up with an authentic Chinese rice dish.-13 Dec 2013

Easy to make and very tastey, definately worth a go-17 Mar 2015

Brilliant, family loves it, diced some carrots with it and was perfect! I also didn't wait four hours for it to dry out, just drained it and rinsed then fry it alone until it's ready.-15 Nov 2014

Cheap Egg Fried Rice

Now everyone has their favourite Chinese takeaway with the perfect egg fried rice recipe. Have noticed though on the menu at the top of the rice dishes its always the most expensive dish. You have to go all the way to the bottom to find the egg fried rice, below that its plain boiled rice. Errghh that plain tasteless rice. I admit its good for soaking up those delicious Chinese sauces. Top of the menu is usually the special fried rice and don’t worry you can also make this at home.

The average price for takeaway egg fried rice is £2.50

Considering you can get basic long grain rice for around a £1 per kilo. Suddenly the average price of a takeaway egg fried rice doesn’t come that cheap at all. I hope to convince you that you to can make this tasty Chinese peasant dish in you own home.

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cheats keema rice . All it takes is two minutes in the microwave and its done. Well nearly done it just needs cooling and then tossing into a frying pan. As always its Cheap Dinner Ideas so the best long grain rice to get is the cheapest. Don’t get that rice from your Uncle as its way expensive. The cheapest I have found for microwave rice is Sainsburys home brand at 55p for 250g. Great to always have in the cupboards as a stand by. Stop the press, just found a bag in Aldi for 45p so will have to try that.

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How To Cook The Perfect Rice For Egg Fried Rice

Having grown up in the Philippines where rice is a staple diet, I have was taught from a young age how to make the perfect steamed rice in a pot. If you have a rice cooker then cooking the perfect rice is super easy, however, if you don’t own a rice cooker then add 2 cups of rice in a medium-size pot, add the same amount of water or using the first knuckle method.

The finger knuckle method?! I hear you ask! This is a well-known way in Asian culture to measure how much water you will need for your rice. You can do this by simply pouring the rice into your pot. Level out the rice and place your index finger so it’s touching the surface of the rice. Add water so that it comes up to your first knuckle. Yes, that’s all to it!

I know what you’re thinking, peoples index fingers come in different sizes and someones first knuckle is different compared to another’s. But believe me, this is a universal method that has been tried and tested so I can safely recommend it! I remember teaching my eldest this method and she was sceptical at first, but when she moved out and made her own rice, she texted me to say “Mum the knuckle method really works!” and now she makes perfect rice every time!

Egg fried rice recipe

The perfect accompaniment to any Chinese dish. You'll need rice, egg, petit pois and spring onions, plus plenty of soy sauce.


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 0.5 cups petit pois
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 dash light soy sauce
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 0.5 cups petit pois
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 dash light soy sauce
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 0.5 cups petit pois
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 dash light soy sauce
  • 1 dash sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste


  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Recipe Type: Side
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins
  • Serves: 2


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok on high heat.
  2. Crack the egg into the wok and fry. Once the egg is half cooked, break the yolk and cut into the white with your spatula.
  3. Now push the egg to one side of the wok to allow space for your rice.
  4. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the wok. Once smoking hot, add the rice to the wok and mix well, trying to separate rice so as to remove any large clumps.
  5. Once the rice is well mixed, add the peas and continue to stir-fry. Pour a substantial amount of light soy sauce over the rice and stir-fry.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Finally add a dash of sesame oil and stir.
  7. Serve in a large bowl with spring onion scattered on top.

Recipe from The School of Wok (follow them on Twitter - @schoolofwok)

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Ready? Let's cook!

Heat oil in a wok, on high heat until hot.

Add curry paste into oil and fry for 20 seconds.

Pour beaten egg into wok, stirring constantly. It doesn't matter if you mix with the curry paste. When egg has cooked a little into a scramble (about 30 seconds) add chicken, shrimp, roast pork, peas and stir for a minute.

Next add in the boiled rice into the wok and fry for three minutes. If it's cooled/cold rice, fry for 6 minutes and press out the lumps with the spatula.

Add salt, white pepper and soya sauce to taste and fry for another three minutes. Serve and garnish with spring onion and chilli slices.

Cooking Hints!

So&hellip How do we make special fried rice? Starting at the beginning we need rice!

That rice needs to be cooked and I find that this works better recipe if that rice is chilled.

I use basmati rice and cook some up the night before, you can use leftover rice if you have some.

If you want to cook and use the rice for this recipe you will need to allow about an hour to get the rice nicely chilled.

Cook the rice as you normally would. I&rsquom a big pan of salted water kinda guy when it comes to cooking rice, but if you struggle with that my friend has a handy guide to buying a rice cooker.

Then spread it out on a tray in a thin layer, as soon as it is cool enough to transfer to the fridge.

As for cooking rice, I&rsquom a heathen. Big pan of boiling water, throw in salt and rice, boil, drain job done.

Everyone I serve rice to asks my secret, the secret is that there is no secret!

Just keep checking the rice and remove it when it is cooked, cover for a couple of minutes when drained, then fluff it up.

Most importantly get everything ready before you start cooking!

Failing to plan for this recipe WILL result in a homemade fried rice that ain&rsquot very special!

Then you need heat lots of it, most stir fry recipes fail as a result of one of two things. Not enough heat in the wok or not enough prep!

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1. Cook some rice as per the packet instructions

2. Crack two eggs into a bowl

5. Add oil and chopped carrots to the Actifry and cook for 3 minutes

6. Pour in the egg mixture, and add the peppers and spring onions – cook for 4 minutes

7. Then, add the COOKED rice, soy sauce and peas

8. Cook for a final 4 minutes

10. Serve

What types of rice are suitable for fried rice?

Every cuisine has its many versions of fried rice. Savoury, light and fluffy fried rice is characteristic in Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisines.

Japanese and Korean fried rice dishes tend to be savoury sweet, as well as more sticky. So, what you enjoy about a dish of fried rice dish will likely depend on the texture of rice you’re accustomed to eating.

But first, why the differences in rice texture? Interestingly, it all has to do with the width and length of a rice grain.

  • Heat oil in a pan on medium flame and add the chopped garlic to it. Cook until light golden.
  • Now add a teaspoon of spring onion, ginger and red chilli. Saute for a minute.
  • Break an egg in the pan. Mix and cook until scrambled.
  • Then pour the cooked rice and combine well with the ingredients with light hands.
  • Add salt and black pepper powder and mix thoroughly pouring soya sauce over the rice.
  • Again add a teaspoon of spring onion to the rice and stir fry for a minute.
  • Transfer the tasty fried rice in a bowl and serve hot garnished with spring onions.

Recipe Notes

oil, garlic, spring onion , ginger, red chilli , Egg, cooked rice, salt, black pepper powder, soya sauce

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