Easy Fried Rice {cheap eats}

Don’t throw away that leftover rice! Use it to make this delicious, easy fried rice. So simple you don’t even need a recipe.

Don't throw away that leftover rice! Easy Fried Rice is so much better for you than takeout and a lot tastier, too! | the wicked noodle | #dinner #asian #cheapeats

Easy fried rice is one of the simplest – and cheapest – meals you can make.

Here’s a secret: even if all you do is toss whatever leftover meats & veggies you have in your fridge into a skillet, add the rice and a little soy sauce, it’s going to be pretty darn tasty. You really don’t even need a recipe to make easy fried rice.

But I’m going to give you one anyway. Because if you’re throwing away your leftover rice and not turning it into something satisfyingly delicious, you’re seriously missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures.

I didn’t even have any leftover meat on hand this time and my easy fried rice still made for an awesome, easy lunch. Which makes it great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Don't throw away that leftover rice! Easy Fried Rice is so much better for you than takeout and a lot tastier, too! | the wicked noodle | #dinner #asian #cheapeats

Peas, carrots, red onion. A little soy sauce, a little oyster sauce – those are all the ingredients you’ll need to keep on hand to whip this up whenever the mood strikes. Then when leftover rice appears in your refrigerator, tomorrow night’s dinner is practically already done! And don’t worry about needing a wok. Although they come in handy and are super fun to cook with (I have this Carbon Steel Wok
and love it (although I also covet this one in Cast Iron), a skillet will do just fine.


  1. says

    I love making fried rice! So easy, and such a great way to clean out the refrigerator. I agree this is more a technique rather than recipe thing — once you know the basics, variations are endless. Good stuff — thanks.

  2. George Davis says

    Your recipes for Fried Rice and Asian Drumstick sound and like enjoyable. Looking forward to trying them and finding others. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Thanks so much, George! Those Asian Drumsticks are sooo good. I was just talking to a friend the other day, telling her that I need to make them again and come up with a new sauce. They’re just so quick and easy. Thanks for stopping by, cheers!

  3. Viola Perry says

    Never ever use Canola Oil, which stands for Canada Oil and it is being made from rasp plants, which do not digest easily. It is all about the cheapest ingredients not necessarily good for people!


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