The Best Fried Rice

The Best Fried Rice

16 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 94% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

The title is apt. Adapted from The Chinese Cookbook, by Craig Claiborne and Virginia Lee.


4 cups cold cooked rice; cooked at least one day in advance
1 cup shrimps; shelled deveined and split in half lengthwise
1 teaspoon Salt
4 tablespoons peanut oil
1 teaspoon garlic; minced
2/3 cup cooked ham; cubed
2 Eggs
1/2 cup green peas; cooked fresh or frozen
2 teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup scallions; chopped, green part included

Original recipe makes 8 Servings



1. Flake the rice so that the grains do not stick together. Set aside.

2. Combine the shrimps with the salt and let stand 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly in cold water and pat dry.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet until it is almost smoking and add the shrimp, if raw. Cook stirring quickly and turning them in the oil until they turn pink, about 3 seconds. Remove to a sieve.

4. Return the oil to the wok, and add garlic and ham. Cook just to heat through, stirring. Add the rice, stirring rapidly, and cook until thoroughly heated without browning.

5. Do the following quickly: make a well in the center of the rice and add the eggs, stirring constantly. When they have a soft-scrambled consistency, start incorporating the rice, stirring in a circular fashion.

6. Add the peas and the salt, stirring. Stir in the oyster sauce and the cooked shrimps, tossing the rice over and over to blend everything. Stir in the bean sprouts and cook stirring and tossing, about 30 seconds. Add the scallions and serve immediately.

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First off never leave the eggs out, that'd be non fried rice. Great recipe
Bigboyfargo 2y ago

I used pork tenderloin and marinated them like char siu. 1 -1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin, chopped in bite sized pieces 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon dry sherry 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder salt and pepper Directions: Mix ingredients pork in a large plastic bag, pour marinade over, refrigerate at least 3 hours, turning a few times.
sannerton 3y ago

Very tasty, I used a mixture of white and Jasmine rice which I cooked and refrigerated earlier. I also added sesame oil to the peanut oil.
mogriff1 3y ago

cmv013 3y ago

My results were ok, but I think it might have been more due to my rice type than the recipe itself. I omitted the shrimp because I'm not a fan of shellfish, so if you follow the recipe exactly and use white instead of brown rice, it might be better
danaellis 3y ago

Loved it--a little too salty!
duneoaks 3y ago

The kids really liked it, we used chicken instead of shrimp and added some canned corn. Lots of flavor!
marciedoyle 3y ago

Very Good
Vitat 3y ago

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