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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.

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.

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

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Keep just a few ingredients on hand to make this easy fried rice anytime!


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (I use red but any will do)
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup leftover meat, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3-4 cups leftover rice (preferably medium or long-grain; can also cook your own rice, just refrigerate it for at least two hours)
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Dash of fish sauce (optional)
  • coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper


Preheat a wok or large skillet over medium heat.

Place the rice in a bowl and break up any large clumps.

Add the oil to wok and swirl it to coat the sides. Add the carrots, stir and cook for two minutes. Add the garlic and onion, cooking for another two minutes.

Move all the ingredients to one side of the wok. Break the eggs into the wok and stir until they’re almost cooked completely.

Add the chopped meat, peas and rice, stirring between each addition.

Stir in the oyster and soy sauces. Stir constantly until rice is coated with sauce and all ingredients are heated thoroughly, about 3 minutes or so (add more oil if the rice begins to stick to the wok).

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 818Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 887mgCarbohydrates: 145gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

Kristy Bernardo
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Viola Perry

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

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!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

Thanks for the suggestion, Viola, I'll keep it in mind :)

George Davis

Monday 10th of November 2014

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

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 10th of November 2014

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!

Garlic Snap Peas Recipe

Tuesday 29th of July 2014

[…] they’re so fun to cook with and make easy work of one-dish meals. I’ll be posting my easy fried rice recipe later this week which I make all the time with leftover rice; it just wouldn’t be the […]


Thursday 22nd of May 2014

This rice dish looks fabulous!! Yum! :)

the wicked noodle

Friday 23rd of May 2014

Thank you, Jocelyn :)


Friday 16th of May 2014

easy fried rice | #recipe #foodporn #cheapeats via @thewickednoodle

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