Basic Fried Rice


Serves: 2

  • 1 cupRice
  • 16 ozWater
  • 1 cupPeas and carrots, diced and frozen
  • 1 bunchGreen onions, chopped
  • 8 ozMushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 ozSoy sauce
  • dashof Salt and pepper
  • dashof vegetable oil

Preparation method

Prep: 10 mins     | Cook: 30 mins | Extra time: 1 hour, cooling

  1. Cook rice by whatever method you prefer. Add peas and carrots and mix well. Add green onions and mix well. Add mushrooms and mix well. Refrigerate until cool. See Footnote 1.
  2. Put a little oil in a large skillet and get it hot enough that the oil is about to start smoking. Pour about half the rice mixture into the skillet and let it fry for a minute or so. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the rice and scrape the bottom of the skillet. Continue frying, stirring and sing occasionally, until golden brown flecks begin to develop in the rice. Add soy sauce and stir to coat. This will help deglaze the skillet a little, too. See Footnote 2.
  3. Serve immediately.


Once the rice is cooked, it’s important to cool it off so it stops cooking, otherwise it will turn to mush. This is the same reason you can’t fry the rice when it’s hot…it just keeps cooking and turns yucky. A bag of frozen peas and carrots is FAR better than fresh for several reasons, among them: the carrots are already cooked and they are frozen and that helps cool the rice quickly. Add each ingredient in turn, and mix well with a wooden spoon. The mixing serves two important purposes: it helps cool the rice, and it helps break the rice up into individual pieces. No matter what ingredients you use, stir between each one. Once the rice is below room temperature, it can be fried.


High heat is important…you want to fry the rice, not Sauté  it. There is no secret ingredient in fried rice…you just must develop the flavours. The flavours develop from frying…as the sugars in the rice caramelize, they turn golden brown and stick to the bottom of the pan. That’s what makes the rice yummy, so scrape all those little burned pieces into the rice.

Alternate method

This is just the base recipe. Everything can be substituted, except the rice of course, if the basic techniques are kept in mind. Diced or chopped chicken/beef/pork can be added as the last ingredient before cooling. A world of different veggies can be added at this point, too. To add egg, scramble first until just done, and then add them to the rice when it is about half done frying.