Classic Chinese Fried Rice

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Discover the simple yet flavorful magic of Classic Chinese Fried Rice. With the perfect blend of fresh vegetables, aromatic ginger and garlic, and fluffy rice, this dish is both quick and satisfying. Ideal for any meal, it’s a favorite that never disappoints. Ready in just 30 minutes, this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or a quick lunch.

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Classic Chinese Fried Rice

Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for 6 Servings

For the Fried Rice:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cm (0.8 inches) fresh ginger root
  • 2–3 garlic cloves
  • 4 stalks green onion
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce for serving

For the Fluffy Rice:

  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt


1. Cooking the Fluffy Rice:

In a large pot (at least 2.5 liters or 2.6 quarts), heat the oil over medium heat. Add the rice and salt, stirring thoroughly.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice
Pour in 3 cups of boiling water, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil over high heat.

Cook on high heat for 3 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes without lifting the lid.

Remove from heat, wrap the pot in a blanket, and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice

2. Preparing the Fried Rice:

Use fully cooled rice, preferably from the previous day. Dice the red bell pepper into very small cubes.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice
Peel and finely chop the ginger and garlic. Cut the green onions into 2 cm (0.8 inches) diagonal pieces.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice
In a wok or large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Add the ginger, garlic, bell pepper, and green onions, and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice
Add the rice and mix thoroughly.

Crack the eggs into the rice and stir vigorously with chopsticks. After 1–2 minutes, the eggs should be set.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice

Serve the fried rice immediately with soy sauce.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice

Cook’s Tip:

For the best fried rice, use leftover rice that has been refrigerated overnight. This helps achieve the perfect texture.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice

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