How To Make Fried Rice – An Easy Weeknight Meal

Are you fond of fried rice and struggling with making the perfect fried rice recipe? In this article, I am going to share about chicken fried rice and shrimps fried recipes. Let’s start with chicken fried rice.

Chicken Fried Rice is a take-out classic that can be made at home with just a few ingredients. It’s quick and easy to make on the stovetop, which makes it an ideal weeknight meal. Chicken, eggs, onions, carrots, peas, and rice are used in this Instant pot chicken fried rice. The instructions below will show you how to prepare this dish so you can enjoy take-out without even leaving your house!

How to Make Chicken Fried Rice?

Fried rice is a dish that is meant to repurpose leftover rice from a day or two before. The first time I tried cooking fried rice on my own, I made the mistake of using freshly cooked rice.

Because it was still so moist and soft, the resulting dish was far too gummy – nothing like what my mother cooked. I don’t even remember if I ate much of that batch of fried rice, but I certainly learned a big lesson!

If you don’t have any leftover rice from the night before, cook a batch of rice and spread it on a large baking sheet or several large plates. Let the rice dry out for about 1 to 2 hours before using it for fried rice.

Ingredients for Chicken Fried Rice:

Now, I make fried rice at home often, and this version with chicken is one of my favorites. I add onions, carrots, and peas to my rice, but you can throw in whatever vegetables you have. Diced bell peppers, zucchini or sliced cabbage work well, too.

I also add a bit of Chinese five-spice powder to flavor the rice, a habit I picked up from my mother who always used it in her cooking. This is a blend of star anise, peppercorns, cloves, fennel seed, and cinnamon, and it gives the dish a warm spiciness. Feel free to leave it out if you like.

Steps for Making Fried Rice:

  • This recipe is for chicken fried rice, but you could really use the technique for making fried rice with almost any protein, like shrimp, pork, or tofu.
  • Prep the ingredients: Making fried rice is fast, so have all of your ingredients ready and by the stove. Dice your chicken into small cubes and salt it, whisk the egg, make sure all the veggies are diced and ready to go.
  • Scramble the egg, then remove it from the pan. You want to cook the egg first so that it doesn’t end up overcooking and so that the egg stays in larger pieces.
  • Stir fry the chicken, then remove it from the pan, too. Make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
  • Cook the vegetables, but leave them IN the pan!
  • Add the rice, season it, then add the egg and chicken back to the pan.
  • Serve hot!

Shrimp cooked Rice:

Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe: Do you ever have leftover rice in the fridge? A good way to use it up is to make cooked rice! This dish works best with chilled leftover rice, truly. Recent rice will fry up a little mushy. However, leftover rice that had an opportunity to dry out a bit? Excellent for preparation.


  • 8 ounces little raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn flour
  • 3 tablespoons groundnut oil, canola oil, or rice bran oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 stalks scallion, minced
  • 4 cups leftover rice, grains separated well
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon condiment (use gluten-free condiment if you’re creating a gluten-free version), and additional to style
  • 1 teaspoon dark cooked oil


  • Toss shrimp with salt, pepper, cornstarch
  • Heat pan on high heat
  • Sear shrimp on either side
  • Cook overwhelmed eggs, slightly fluid
  • Sauté inexperienced onions, add rice
  • Add condiment, carrots, peas, shrimp, eggs, sesame oil

Fried Rice is an iconic Asian dish with roots in Chinese cuisine. It’s a great weeknight meal because it can be made quickly and easily, using ingredients that are often already on hand. The recipe for fried rice is simple to follow – you’ll need only five minutes of prep time before your pan goes into the oven! If you’re looking for more easy family recipes, check out our blog post “5 Easy Weeknight Dinners Kids Will Love.” You’re guaranteed to find something delicious there too.