This 5-Ingredient Fried Rice with Egg recipe is an easy lunch or dinner idea that is delicious as a main dish or a side dish. You will only need a few ingredients: cooked rice, frozen peas and carrots, egg, oil, and soy sauce.
Our teen son LOVES fried rice. He eats it so often that I have a feeling that I will affectionately call his teen years as the Years of the Fried Rice. Initially, it started with him ordering it at restaurants or as take-out. Then, he asked if I could help him learn to make it. Of all my kids, Mattie is the one who’s always been curious about cooking in the kitchen. I’ve taught him lots of things in the kitchen, I even posted back in 2013 about him learning to make an omelet.
There is no one way my son make his fried rice. Sometimes it has egg and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes he cuts up a carrot and adds green onion. Sometimes he uses other protein, like leftover pork roast or chicken, or even Spam (not my favorite, but the kid is a fan).
Making fried rice is easy. The main key is that you want cold, cooked rice. It’s a perfect dish to make with leftover rice, so if I’m making rice to go along with a dinner, I always make a bit extra so that fried rice can be made the next day or later in the week.
Don’t have leftover rice? You’ll want to plan ahead and make rice in advance of making this 5-Ingredient Fried Rice with Egg recipe. Make sure you make it early enough to allow enough time for it to cool. To make enough rice for this recipe, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in the 1 cup of uncooked rice. Reduce heat to low/medium, cover with a lid and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and water is absorbed. Allow for the rice to cool completely before using in the recipe.
Once you have your cold and cooked rice, you are ready to make this 5-Ingredient Fried Rice with Egg recipe.
First, beat 2 eggs in a small bowl and cook them over low-medium heat in a greased frying pan.
In a large frying pan, heat the oil and add in the frozen pea and carrot veggies and cook for a few minutes. Add the cold rice and scrambled eggs to the veggies, stirring to combine. Sprinkle in soy sauce to taste and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
5-Ingredient Fried Rice with Egg Recipe
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Easy 5-Ingredient Fried Rice with Egg Recipe
- Yield: About 4 cups
3 cups leftover rice (cooked and cold)
1 cup frozen peas & carrots
2 tablespoons oil
Soy sauce to taste
- Scramble the 2 eggs in a small frying pan and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large pan, add in the frozen veggies and cook for a few minutes. Add the rice and eggs, stirring to combine.
- Add in soy sauce to taste and cook until heated through.
—Don’t have leftover rice? Make rice in advance of making this recipe, allowing enough time for it to cool. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in the 1 cup of uncooked rice. Reduce heat to low/medium, cover with a lid and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and water is absorbed. Allow to cool completely before using in the recipe.
–TIP: Make extra rice with other meals, so you can make this recipe later.
–Serves 4 with about 1 cup per person. If using as a side dish, this recipe can serve up to 8 with 1/2 cup serving per person.
- Serving Size: 4