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8 Fried Rice Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals

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    You can never go wrong with a good old plate of wok charred fried rice! It doesn’t matter if it’s chicken, shrimp, kimchi, or tofu— it all holds equal potential. These 8 amazing fried rice recipes are exactly what you need. 

    collage of fried rice recipes

    Fried rice is the ultimate weeknight meal miracle. All you need is leftover rice, eggs, and whatever you already have on hand. Once you crank up the pan or wok, everything comes together in a flash! It’s simple and humble food, but it’s the details of the process that transforms everyday pantry ingredients into something incredible.

    Here is a collection of our delicious fried rice recipes that are perfect for an easy weeknight meal. They are family-friendly but satisfying enough to be served on its own. In each recipe, you’ll also find tips and techniques on how to cook perfect fried rice that is tastier than takeout. So don’t miss out on those.

    What’s more? Fried rice really can be great for dinner, lunch, or breakfast!

    8 Fried Rice Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals!

    1. Easy Fried Rice

    Fried rice with egg, ham, and green onion on a white plate.

    This basic fried rice is all about utilizing the pantry ingredients. You can rely on the flexible template and hustle up a satisfying meal that suits your needs.

    2. Japanese Garlic Fried Rice

    A blue and white plate containing garlic fried rice and skewered grilled shrimp.

    Garlicky and buttery, this Japanese Garlic Fried Rice topped with garlic chips is perfect even for a Friday date night! Serve it with succulent grilled shrimp, miso soup, and a glass of your favorite wine.

    3. Salmon Fried Rice

    Salmon Fried Rice on a white plate.

    If you have any salted salmon or baked salmon from leftover dinner, turn it into a delicious fried rice dish the next day! Plenty of flavor to a meal in under 30 minutes.

    4. Chashu Fried Rice

    Chashu fried rice on a white plate.

    Homemade chashu is what sets this luxurious fried rice apart from the others. You can taste the umami flavor and toothsome texture of chashu in every bite.

    5. Kimchi Fried Rice

    A white plate containing kimchi fried rice with a fried egg on top.

    When you crave for something easy yet spicy, reach for the jar of kimchi in the refrigerator and make this fabulous fried rice. Topped with a fried egg, sesame seeds, Korean seaweed, and scallion, you get a great dinner in no time!

    6. Shrimp Fried Rice

    Rice bowls containing shrimp fried rice.

    Wok charred fried rice with sweet succulent shrimp and fluffy egg. Need we say more?

    7. Japanese Fried Rice with Edamame, Tofu, and Hijiki Seaweed

    Japanese Fried Rice with Edamame, Tofu and Hijiki Seaweed on a white plate served with wooden utensils.

    This fried rice is a copycat recipe for Trader Joe’s popular Japanese Fried Rice with Edamame, Tofu, and Hijiki Seaweed. But dare we say the homemade version is so much better and healthier! You can cut down on the saltiness or the sweetness to suit your taste. It’s gluten free and vegetarian/vegan friendly too.

    8. Chicken Fried Rice – Inspired by Midnight Diner 

    Chicken fried rice served on a white plate, scooped on the spoon.

    Cooked with sweet and tangy ketchup-based sauce, this classic Chicken Fried Rice is a favorite among the children. It has all the right notes, and we know it will an instant hit with your family!

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