Egg fried rice recipe

(10 ratings)

This classic Chinese special egg fried rice is ready in minutes. Simple and easy to make, this dish would make the perfect side dish for a Chinese meal

Side: Egg fried rice
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  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories216 Kcal11%
Fat13 g19%
Saturated Fat3 g15%

This traditional egg fried rice serves up to six people and is much healthier than the takeaway version.

This delicious and quick to make egg fried rice is the perfect side dish for any Chinese banquet. It’s a classic recipe that has been triple-tested and only takes 15 mins to prepare and cook. Add in some cooked chicken or beef for an even meatier flavour and bite. Drizzle with soy sauce and serve in a large bowl so everyone can help themselves.


  • 2tbsps vegetable oil
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 350g cooked rice
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 100g mange tout or sugar-snap peas, finely shredded
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten




  1. Heat the oil in large wok. Add the bacon and cook until it starts to crisp. Add the rice and heat it through thoroughly, then add the spring onion and mange tout or sugar-snap peas. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil.
  2. Use a spatula to move the rice to the edges of the pan and pour the egg in the centre and gently fold it into the rice as it cooks, so there are some curds of egg in with the rice mixture. Serve the egg fried rice immediately.

Top tips for making egg fried rice

Frozen rice may be used in this recipe, but allow a little extra cooking time for it to heat through.

If you’re making this dish for vegetarians remove the bacon from the recipe and add more vegetables instead for a healthier option too. Using already cooked rice in this recipe speeds up the cooking process plus it’s a great way of using up leftovers.

Love Chinese food, we've got loads more delicious Chinese recipes right here. Find out everything you need to know about cooking rice with our how to cook rice guide including how to prepare rice, how much rice per person, and how to store leftovers too.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies