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Chinese-style Egg Fried RIce

Introduction & method

Egg-fried rice is an absolute must-have when you go to a Chinese restaurant, but this apparently simple dish can be a bit tricky to make. There are two tricky things, actually. Getting the rice texture right, and getting big blobs of egg into the dish.

Chinese-style Egg Fried RIce Recipe

Cook the Rice

If you have some pre-cooked leftover rice, you can skip this step. To cook the rice, stir it round in a knob of melted butter in a large saucepan, add the water and a pinch of salt - and maybe some turmeric if you want the rice to be yellow. Bring it to the boil, slam a lid on it, turn the heat down and cook it for 10 minutes. Leave it alone until it has cooled down to at least room temperature.

Make an Omelette

If you are using frozen peas, you need to pop them in a bowl and cover them with boiling water so they thaw.
The big blobs of egg are basically a simple omelette, so pour half of the beaten eggs into a small frying pan with a bit of butter on medium heat. Let them cook for a minute or two, and break the omelette up into chunks using a spatula. When the egg is fully cooked, take it off the heat and set aside.

Make the Egg-Fried RIce

Chop your spring onions into fine slices. Keep the end of them and chop those finely too for garnish at the end. In a large frying pan or wok, heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil - a mixture of mostly vegetable oil and a bit of sesame oil - until it's quite hot. Add the spring onions and cook for a minute or two. Add the rice and stir it around so it's all coated in oil. Now add the 5-spice powder and the remaining beaten egg. Keep everything moving. Add the peas, and finally the chunks of omelette you made earlier. Add a splash of soy sauce, tip the rice out into a bowl, and then tip it onto a plate. Garnish with the spring onion rings. Easy!


We frequently have this with shredded chicken, prawns and coriander. To make this variation, simply throw in your raw shredded chicken and peeled prawns (if you got them frozen, you'll need to thaw them first), into the frying pan when you sauté the spring onions. Throw in some chopped coriander as you are frying the rice, and sprinkle with more coriander as garnish at the end.

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Ingredients & Info

 170 grams jasmine or basmati rice
 450 ml water
 3 eggs
 2 spring onions
 2 tbsp frozen peas
 a splash of soy sauce
 1 tbsp sesame oil
 1 tsp turmeric
 1 tsp 5-spice powder

US Customary/Imperial

Serves 2 
Prep time: 5 minutes.
Cooking time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 20 minutes.