How to Make Fried Rice that Tastes like Takeout

If you’re in the mood for fried rice but don’t want to leave the house, it’s pretty easy to make yourself. Since shrimp (or “yump,” as he calls it) is one of my son’s favorites, we went with shrimp fried rice. But you could just as easily substitute chicken or another alternative.

A fried rice finished 3

Ready? Let’s get started! This recipe serves 2-3. Since I love to cook less and eat leftovers, I usually double it.


  • 1 tbsp sunflower or sesame oil
  • 3 cups cooked & cooled brown rice (leftover is ideal)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped fine (if the pieces are too big, they’ll be too crunchy at the end)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 oz cooked shrimp, chicken, pork, tofu, or your favorite alternative
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to tasteA Fried Rice Ingred 1


  1. Break up rice so clumps are separated. Heat oil in large saucepan on medium heat and add rice, cooking until hot, about 5 minutes.
  2. Push rice to the edges and add onion, carrot, scallions, and garlic in the middle. Stir in soy sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Mix the veggies and rice, and push the mixture to edges. Scramble eggs in the middle of the saucepan. Once cooked thoroughly, mix egg in with the rice and veggies.A Fried Rice scrambling eggs
  4. Stir in shrimp or alternative, cook 3-5 minutes to heat through.
  5. Stir in peas with salt and pepper to taste. Fried rice is finished cooking when peas are heated through.

A fried rice finished 1

Did you try the recipe? Share your thoughts below!


  1. Key is the make sure your rice is completely cooled before turning it into fried rice or you’ll end up with mushy fried rice. ????

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