Same-Day Fried Rice

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Don't have leftover rice or day-old rice? No problem - use this method instead. A great way to use up little bits of leftovers.
Same Day Fried Rice
Same-Day Fried Rice
Same-Day Fried Rice

Can you use freshly cooked rice on the same day to make fried rice? No, you can’t. But, if you use this same-day fried rice method, you can cure your craving any day. You will be surprised at how easy this is.

What is the secret to good fried rice?

The secret to good fried rice is using rice that will absorb whatever flavors you have. The rice will take in the flavor from the oil you use to saute onions, ginger, etc.

No, you don’t. If you don’t have day-old rice, you can use packaged, prepared rice instead. Problem solved.

You can make this same-day fried rice with packaged prepared rice.  If you don’t already have leftover or day-old rice, this is the way to go.  It’s fast, easy, and a great way to use up little bits of leftovers you have in your refrigerator.

I love fried rice! Plain rice at the Chinese restaurant just doesn’t thrill me as much as fried rice, with all the goodies. If you get the Yang Chow fried rice, it comes with chicken, pork, beef, and sometimes, shrimp. It’s my favorite, and quite often, all I will get because it is a meal in itself. I usually make this Same-Day fried rice when I make Kung Pao Chicken – it’s a favorite in our house.

How to Make Good Fried Rice

The secret to good fried rice is using day-old rice.  The reason you have to use leftover rice is that the rice has dried out enough so that it will absorb all the flavors.  That is why if you have tried to make fried rice with just cooked rice, it just turned out flavorless. So you have to make extra rice if you want fried rice the next day. That means rice twice in a row, and either I don’t make enough, or I just don’t want it twice in a row. This is a problem, but I have found a solution.

The solution is to use pre-cooked rice that comes in a bag. Ben’s Original makes one, and it works perfectly. That way, you can have fried rice any time you want to, as long as you have the pre-cooked rice on hand, you’re good to go.

If you happen to have leftover Chinese pork roast, then you’ve got a real treat in store. I’ve even made this fried rice with leftover duck.

This is an equal opportunity dish – any leftovers have an equal opportunity to make a fantastic side dish, vegetables, protein, etc.

Same-Day Fried Rice

Same Day Fried Rice

Don't have leftover rice or day-old rice? No problem – use this method instead. A great way to use up little bits of leftovers.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Difficulty: Easy
Calories per serving: 232kcal



  • 1 package pre-cooked rice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 slivers candied ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water, stirred
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp sesame oil
    Put the oils in the bottom of a wok on high heat.
  • 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 slivers candied ginger
    Saute the onion and garlic, then add the ginger, and saute.
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
    Add the almonds and saute.
  • 1 package pre-cooked rice
    Add the rice and break up. A potato masher does a good job of this.
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
    Add the peas and saute.
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Add the soy sauce, saute and taste. Add more if necessary.
  • Push the rice aside to leave room to cook the egg.
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp water
    Put the egg in the wok, and cook, stirring constantly.
  • When the egg is done, break it up into the rice, and stir.
  • Serve and enjoy!



You could add chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp to make your own Yang Chow feast. You can add other vegetables, like carrots if you wish.  This is a great way to use up little bits of leftovers you have in your refrigerator.


Calories: 232kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 273mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

Same-Day Fried Rice Video Transcript

Good afternoon and welcome to the Good Plate’s kitchen. We’re making same-day fried rice. The first thing we put in here is a little oil. This is the peanut oil. It works. Wish you could smell this it smells so good. I’m going to add a little bit of ginger I like this because I don’t have to have ginger in my refrigerator Grated, it just comes out like toothpaste Very nice. And Two eggs, And we’re gonna stick them right here. This is the real test If they stick terribly, then we have a problem, but look! Fantastic! And green peas Frozen peas, that’s okay. Frozen peas are fine. Now This is the rice. Break it apart some more as it comes out of the package. There we go It’s out of the package now. Soy Sauce It’s going to add flavor. Sesame oil. great stuff, just a little dab’ll do you. And there you have the Same Day Fried Rice. And there you have are a beautiful same day fried rice. I’m going to have a little bite of it look so fluffy. Wonderful! Ooh! and we’ll see you next time on The Good Plate.

4 thoughts on “Same-Day Fried Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    What a great idea to use the packaged already cooked rice. How did you figure that out?

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