Fried Rice Recipes

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There is something about fried rice that makes me smile every time I make it. For one thing, Mark and I love the taste of any fried rice we make. The second thing is how easy it is to make. You basically use leftover white rice (my favorite) and add other leftovers you have in the refrigerator or veggies from the garden. We’ve all heard that statement, “Waste not, want not.”

White rice is a very good food storage item because you can make so many meals with it. Add some beans with some spices and you are good to go. Please pick up a few bags the next time you go to the grocery store if you are low on rice. You’ll be glad you have some stored. Please remember white rice lasts longer.

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How Do You Cook White Rice

I’m hoping to to teach the world to cook from scratch so we may as well start with white rice, right?

Basic White Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. I typically use 2 cups of dry rice to 3 cups of water. You can rinse your rice, if desired, and use a saucepan, rice cooker or pressure cooker. If you boil the rice, bring the water and rice to a boil. Cook with a lid on for 17 minutes. I like using my rice cooker because I just throw all the ingredients in the pan, put the lid on and push the button to turn it on. Then I go about doing my daily activities and serve it when the yellow light comes on. It keeps it warm, and that works for me.

Pork or Bacon Fried Rice

Fried Rice With Pork or Bacon by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas, uncooked
  • 1 cup chopped onions, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup leftover chopped pork or bacon
  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce (optional)
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the eggs in the butter until cooked thoroughly. Set aside. Cook the peas and onion until tender. Combine the rice, eggs, veggies, meat, and heat through. Add Soy Sauce and pepper. 

Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican Fried Rice by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 4-ounce can green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan with the onions and cook until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until heated through.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice by FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red or green bell peppers
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the eggs in the butter and set them aside. Cook the bell peppers, onions, and carrots in the olive oil until tender. Add the eggs, rice together and sprinkle the Soy Sauce over the ingredients in the frying pan. Serve when heated through.

Egg Fried Rice

Please look below for step by step directions for how I make fried rice. I do better with pictures, I hope they help you as much as they help me.

Egg Fried Rice by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed slightly
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the eggs in the butter and set them aside. Cook the peas and onions until tender. Combine the ingredients with heat thoroughly. Stir in the Soy Sauce and serve.

How Long Does White Rice Last

There are several different ways you can purchase white rice for storage. I have several cases of white rice in #10 cans for long term storage. I keep only two of my favorite bags of Jazmine white rice in my pantry in plastic containers. I buy the rice in yellow bags from Walmart. I do not use Mylar bags ever. It’s good from the store in the bags for 4 – 5 years.

Please keep in mind, we can’t store any food storage where the temperatures may get above 75 degrees or so for long-term. Although that would be my house in the summer, just giving you the heads up here. Our utilities are ridiculously high, because they are governed by the government and not offered for bid to save us money. Therefore I keep the air conditioning at 76 degrees.

White rice will last 25-30 years if purchased from a good source such as Thrive Life in #10 cans unopened. Thrive Life’s #10 cans are good for 5 years if opened.

Honeyville Grain states 10-15 years on their #10 cans. It doesn’t state how long it will last if opened.

How Long Does Brown Rice Last

Brown rice is supposed to be healthier for us, but it does have a high fat content that makes storing it for long term just doesn’t work. It will stay good for 6-12 months. Brown rice retains its bran and germ layers and is more nutritious than white rice. Yes, you can substitute brown rice with the white rice in each recipe above.

How Long Does Cooked Rice Last

White rice must be refrigerated within four hours of cooking if not eaten right away. It will be good for three days when stored in the refrigerator.

Why Is My Fried Rice Mushy?

Sometimes if the rice is too fresh it may make your fried rice too mushy. This is why I spread it out for about a half hour to let it cool. It’s not cold, but it is cool. If you happen to add too much sauce to your pan the fried rice may become mushy as well. And if the vegetables have too much moisture, they will make it mushy.

What Food Goes With Fried Rice?

You can make it a one-pan dish or add any meat, fish, or fresh fruit on the side. You can use just about any vegetable or meat to make your own fried rice recipes.

How To Make Egg Fried Rice

I like to fry the eggs separately. I used a little butter to fry the eggs in, no milk just 6 beaten eggs.

Fried Rice

Then, I cooked the frozen chopped onions with the frozen peas. You can use fresh veggies, I just happened to have some frozen ones. Plus, they taste sweeter to me.

Fried Rice

I cooked the white rice and spread it out on a cookie sheet to cool. If the rice is cool, it is less likely to make your fried rice mushy. This is why leftover rice is awesome. It’s in the refrigerator and is already cool.

Then you combine the rice, meat, and or veggies in one pan and add some Soy Sauce, if you like it. I have used Bragg sauce as well. I pepper everything out of habit. Here’s the finished product. I didn’t put any meat in it, but you can for sure.

Final Word

I hope you stock rice in your food storage stash. You can make fried rice and so many other recipes to fill the belly. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda

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10 thoughts on “Fried Rice Recipes

  • February 26, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    Yum! These look great! My hubby made spam fried rice a couple of weeks ago. It was surprisingly good!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • February 26, 2019 at 7:40 am
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      Hi Heidi, I love hearing your hubby made spam fried rice! Oh my gosh, I grew up on SPAM! Linda

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  • February 26, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Linda, I love fried rice but I am watching my carbs! So, I discovered that frozen cauliflower “rice” works well when I crave fried rice. Of course, there is no long term storage for cauliflower “rice”!

    I do have some long term storage rice, however and if things get bad, I will use that!

    One thing that I do with my fried rice is to add toasted sesame oil. I don’t know why but it gives my dish a little extra Asian flavor. I have also had home fried rice with fish sauce or oyster sauce but I don’t care for those particular flavors.

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    • February 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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      Hi Leanne, I’m so glad you mentioned toasted sesame oil. I have some of that!! I need to buy some cauliflower rice again!! I used to make pizza with it. Sometimes I get busy and forget about that yummy dish! Great tip! Linda

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  • February 26, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    Why do you never use mylar bags?

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    • February 26, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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      Hi John, the reason I don’t use Mylar bags is that I buy my long term food in #10 cans. I dry packed about $1200.00 worth of food at a local church processing center (they are now closed) and I was not told the correct amount of oxygen absorbers to use. The food was rancid after one year when we started opening the cans. We had to trash all of it. That was a learning curve for me. I then took a class on how to use the correct cc’s of oxygen absorbers and realized why I will never use Mylar bags. It’s just me, I would rather not waste my dollars again. That was an expensive learning curve. Linda

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  • February 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Linda,
    I have some 5-gallon buckets / pails of wheat in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers and it’s kept well for decades. In fact I had two 25 pound bags of wheat I had forgotten about and when we opened them after more than 10 years in storage, we fully expected to see things flying out; but, they were both surprisingly fine. Cool & dry storage evidently makes the difference.
    I am not a member of your church; but, have friends who are and the local Store house allows non-members to purchase and up to a few years ago, to dry pack #10 cans for personal use; but, that part has been eliminated for everyone, due I think to FDA or USDA involvement. In any case, the friends have convinced me that #10 cans are better than buckets; but, even these use O2 absorbers, except for packing sugar, so we have many cases of wheat, and grain, and rice, and sugar and the fruit drink mix that we lovingly call LDS Tang, since it mixes and tastes the same as the brand name.
    For fried rice, you can freeze dry or dehydrate it and it reconstitutes rather well; but, like anything with oil, long term requires refrigeration. We often do small batches of it when we’re doing Chinese using a wok, which come to think of it has been a while and makes me think I should get to it again later this week.

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    • February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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      Hi Ohio Prepper, I love hearing from you that your wheat is doing fine. Sugar and salt should never have O2 absorbers or you will be so sorry! BRICKS! LOL! It’s not funny, but people do not realize those two items do not need oxygen absorbers. Life is good with food storage! Linda

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  • February 28, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    I love Chinese food and stir fry dishes. I have made fried rice from left over rice and added in a can of peas and carrots and canned chicken or used frozen veggies. But instead of soy sauce, I use Kitchen Bouquet and a squirt of Worcester sauce to achieve the same taste or flavor without the high level of sodium in soy sauce.

    Fried rice makes for a nice light, late night meal.

    Question: What do you think about storing rice in soda bottles? This is popular with a lot of preppers. They fill the bottle to the top and cap them. Bad idea or okay?

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    • March 1, 2019 at 11:03 am
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      Hi Frank, I remember my mom used Kitchen Bouquet!! Great tip! I have seen the soda bottles filled with all different items. My only concern is how clean are they after washing them. The other is I fear they may crack eventually. I don’t like to be critical of how people store food. I’m glad they are storing it. I keep my rice (5-pound bags) in plastic containers to keep the critters away. I buy long-term rice in #10 cans. It’s just me, I do not like waste. It all depends on the budget of those stocking up. We have to do what works for our budget. I don’t drink soda so those bottles wouldn’t work for me. Linda

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