What could be better than a 30-minute meal? …This Easy Fried Rice only takes 20 minutes! That’s right, this is the answer for those busy evenings when you don’t have time to cook. When a recipe is this easy and this tasty, you’ll be pulling out the wok for sure! You do need to have some pre-cooked rice on hand, but other than that it’s smooth sailing. After you make this a couple of times, you won’t even need to refer to a recipe. It comes together in a flash. I often make a large batch so the troops can have it for their lunches.  Another great thing about this is it can easily be doctored up from a side dish to a main meal by just adding chicken (pictured) or add whatever you heart desires…maybe bacon, tofu or ham. I think you’ll agree this is a better than take our version of Chinese-style fried rice. 

Easy Fried Rice

A better than take out version of Chinese-style fried rice! Just a few simple ingredients pack a punch of flavor to the dinner table. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables or peas and carrots
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 green onions optional


  1. Add oil to a large wok or skillet and saute the onion and mixed vegetables for 3-4 minutes until cooked through. *(see note for even speedier process) Slide the veggies to the outer area of the wok. To the cleared area, pour the beaten eggs and cook for about 1 minute, until set.  With a spatula, scramble the eggs and mix it in with veggies.

  2. Add rice to pan. Pour the soy sauce over the rice and stir over medium heat for about 8 minutes until browned. Sprinkle with ginger and garlic powder and stir another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in green onions, if desired. (See note to make this a main dish.)

Recipe Notes

*To speed up the cooking time of the vegetables, microwave the mixed vegetables for 4 minutes before adding to the wok. Once adding to the wok, stir fry the mixed vegetables and onion for 2 minutes.

To make a main course meal, add cooked chicken (pictured) (bacon, tofu or ham) when adding the rice. 

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