How to Make Fried Rice in a Wok

Making fried rice at home is not at difficult, but you do need to work on few techniques to achieve a restaurant like fragrance and flavour, with properly sautéed vegetables and separate grains. The most important thing to keep in mind when making fried rice is that you should never fill the pan too much. To make three cups of fried rice, use a large 11 to 12 inch frying pan. Also make sure you have all the ingredients prepared before you start cooking.

Prep time: 10 to 15 min
Cook time: 25 to 30 min
Total time: 40 to 45 min
Yield: 1 to 2 servings

Cooked plain rice: 1 to 1 1/2 cups
Chopped green onion: 1 cup
Chopped garlic: 1 tsp
Chopped vegetables of your choice: 1 cup
Chopped, precooked meat (chicken, turkey, shrimps etc): 1/2 to 1 cup
Eggs: 2 medium sized
Salt: to taste
Pepper (white or black both will do): to taste
Soy sauce: 2 tsp. to 1 tbsp.
Cooking oil: As required
Sesame oil: optional


  • 1

    Wash and chop all the vegetables you want to use in the recipe, and set aside.

  • 2

    Start by boiling the rice. Watch the rice for debris and stones and wash them thoroughly in a strainer under running water. Soak the rice in plain water for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • 3

    Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized cooking pot. Stir in salt to taste and add soaked rice.

  • 4

    Cook the rice uncovered over medium heat until al dente, remove from the heat. Transfer cooked rice to a flat plate or dish and let them cool.

  • 5

    Now sauté the vegetables. Start by sautéing aromatic vegetables, like onion, garlic and ginger. Heat oil in a large wok and sauté chopped onion and garlic in it, for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is transparent and garlic is fragrant.

  • 6

    Then add the non-aromatic vegetables to the pan, such as sweet bell pepper, zucchini, and carrots etc, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • 7

    Now add chopped, precooked meat to the wok, toss to combine and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in chopped green onions and cook for another couple of minutes.

  • 8

    Season your vegetables with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and then add warm rice to the wok.

  • 9

    Break up any clumps with a flat cooking spoon and allow the rice to sizzle for a few minutes. Add soy sauce and scrambled eggs, toss to combine and remove from heat.

  • 10

    Your fried rice is ready. Serve immediately with gravy or stew of your choice.

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