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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.

Last Updated on May 6, 2022

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.

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

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
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Difficulty: Easy
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Calories: 232kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  • 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!

Video

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 273mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
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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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