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Foodie fried rice is a healthful and flavorful dish that can be as exotic or as basic as you like. You can garnish it with so many optional extras that no two batches end up tasting the same. We like to start with a base of white or brown rice and load it up with caramelized onion, crispy carrot, peas, a bit of garlic, and ginger. Makes a quick lunch or dinner that pleases the whole family. So simple yet so good!

Makes 4 Servings - 95¢ per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 1 cup rice (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup oil (a mildly flavored one like canola or safflower)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup green peas (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup snow pea pods or corn
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Optional extras: 
  • * 2 tablespoons butter
  • * 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • * 1 tablespoon scallion, chopped
*Optional ingredients are not counted towards pricing

Prep Time: About 10 minutes
Cook Time: About 30 minutes

  1. Steam rice for 10-15 minutes until cooked (30-40 mins for brown rice).
  2. Meanwhile, cook the beaten eggs in a teaspoon of oil in a medium-size frying pan, chop them up with a spatula or knife, and set them aside.
  3. Sauté the onion in the remaining vegetable oil over medium heat until light golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add diced carrots and sauté until seared on the outside, but still crisp. Add frozen peas, snow peas or corn, rice, garlic, and ginger and sauté a few more minutes.
  4. Pour on soy sauce and stir the mixture until rice is coated with the sauce. Add the cooked egg and optional garnishes and serve hot.
  • Fried rice is very versatile, as you can add a variety of different veggies, depending on what you need to use up: green beans, bok choy, and broccoli are all good substitutes, and you can add cubed tofu, chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp if you're craving additional protein.
  • Adding some butter at the end makes for an extra rich, flavorful rice. Stir it in while the rice is still hot so it melts.

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Michael G. on 2/17/2018
I made this rice dish again...This time I added chicken sausage (sweet), without the casing...increased the garlic and it was terrific! Feel free to add what you like to this dish as it has a proper base from which you can create a special meal... A pad of butter added extra taste to the brown rice. This meal was delicious and a plus for leftovers.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thanks Michael! We are so glad you're enjoying our recipes and thanks for sharing.
Molly C. on 1/18/2018
Finally! Fried rice that’s super easy and flavorful. I’ve tried so many fried rice recipes over the years and I’ve never found one worthy of a second try. This one definitely is. With two kids at home, I’m usually on a time crunch for dinner so I cut some corners and bought many of the produce pre-chopped for this dish. Saved me a lot of prep time. Kids loved it, I loved it.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thanks, Molly! Yes it's a great dish for the whole family. So glad you liked it.
Michael G. on 1/17/2018
This was easy to make and of course delicious. A go-to side dish and even a go-to meal... I made extra rice so the meal would have extra leftovers.
Rating: 5