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15 Minute Fried Rice
Quick & Easy Fried Rice fakeaway!
Who doesn’t like fried rice! This quick and easy fried rice recipe takes just 15 minutes and is a delicious side dish for a stir fry or some roasted meat and is just as satisfying on its own. Day old rice, prawns, spring onion, peas, eggs, white pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil is all you need!
I would love to say its better than a takeaway but nothing beats an authentic special fried rice from your favourite Chinese am I right?! But seriously this rice is super delicious and the perfect recipe for the days when you can’t be bothered to cook but you want something super tasty! The ingredients used in this recipe keep the flavours super authentic and it will remind you of your takeaway fried rice!
My favourite Chinese restaurants in London are Royal China and Wing Tai. Check them out if you live nearby I have been eating at both restaurants all my life and the food is simply delicious and the support to those businesses is crucial during these times.
This recipe can be whatever you make it. If you have chicken or pork or any other veggies lying around throw them in! This rice is a great no waste recipe helping to clear the fridge of leftover meat or fish and vegetables. I hate wasting food which can be hard when you live alone, things go bad before you have the time or appetite to eat them! Try using some leftover roast chicken with bell peppers.
What Do I Need?
- Day old rice – Day old rice is crucial for Chinese style fried rice. You wont ever hear an Asian person advise you to use freshly cooked rice, it must be day old rice just ask Uncle Roger!
- Prawns – I like to use small prawns in my rice because I love prawns and always have a bag in the freezer somewhere. Lidl are currently selling 270g cooked and peeled north Atlantic prawns. Check them out it might not be too late!
- Spring onion – A key ingredient used in many Chinese dishes.
- Peas – Add some green to your rice with some petit pois. I always use frozen and again always have a bag in the freezer for occasions like these! Check out my What’s in my Pantry post!
- White pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil – Authentic Chinese flavours. If you want to keep this dish authentic and tasting as close to your favourite takeaway as possible you’ve got to use these 3 ingredients!
Tips & Tricks
- Use a wok! A good wok is a massive part of producing good fried rice. The shape is perfect for scrambling the egg and ensuring all the ingredients fry and distribute well throughout the pan.
- Get your wok nice and smoky hot before adding your ingredients.
- Chop some extra spring onion to put in at the end – this will freshen up the flavours and add some crunch.
- Double up the sesame seed oil for a more full on sesame flavour!
- I mentioned day old rice already but I will mention it again! THIS IS CRUCIAL…..please follow this tip it makes all the difference. Leaving you with perfectly cooked separate grains of beautiful tasty fried rice! Fresh rice will continue to cook and clump and become sticky.
Serving Suggestions –
This rice is delicious on its own or with a delicious chicken stir-fry on top. The possibilities are endless – Check out my other Rice recipes.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes mins
Cook Time 10 minutes mins
Total Time 15 minutes mins
- 2 cups pre cooked rice day old at least
- 1 cup small prawns
- ½ cup peas
- 1 spring onion
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
Measure out the peas and prawns and set aside in individual bowls. Wash and chop the spring onion and set aside. Measure out the spices and condiments at this stage too.
Put the wok on the stove on high and allow to heat for 5 minutes before adding the sunflower oil. Once oil is smoking crack the eggs into the oil and begin using the spatula to separate and cook the eggs. Do this for about 3 minutes or until the egg is cooked and separated enough.
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Now add the spring onion and peas and fry for 2 minutes before adding the prawns and half of the soy, sesame and white pepper. Distribute the condiments throughout the wok and then add the rice.
Use the spatula to combine the rice with the ingredients and flatten out any clumps of rice. Now add the remaining soy, sesame and white pepper and continue to mix the rice ensuring every part is getting fried and mixed with the other ingredients. Do this for the final 5 minutes and you are done!
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Delightful !! Thanks for this great recipe. I’ve tried it twice already and it’s super easy and quick to do. Love the blog 💕
Thank you Keita, I’m so glad you liked the recipe – check out our other rice recipes! x