Make Take-Out Style Fried Rice at Home

Nov 25, 2020 | Recipes

Fried rice is a beloved Chinese takeout dish that is equally satisfying to make and eat at home. As a fan of this tasty dish, I have previously shared tips on making perfect fried rice at home and shared a recipe for pork fried rice in 30 minutes or less. However, I have never specifically addressed the question of how to achieve that delicious, restaurant-quality fried rice flavour in your own kitchen – until now. In this post, we will delve into the secrets of making homemade fried rice that tastes just like takeout. Get ready to elevate your fried rice game and enjoy restaurant-quality fried rice in the comfort of your own home.

The Rice

When it comes to choosing the best rice for fried rice, I highly recommend using sticky (sushi) rice. This type of rice is commonly used in many Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand, and is known for its sticky, glue-like consistency. This quality is particularly useful for fried rice, as it helps the grains stay separate and prevents them from clumping together. Additionally, sticky rice has a slightly sweet flavour that complements the savoury ingredients in fried rice. You can easily find sticky rice at most grocery stores, and it is simple to prepare according to the instructions on the package. For four servings of fried rice, I recommend cooking one cup of dried sticky rice. If you want to learn more about the benefits of using sticky rice for fried rice, you can check out my previous post on the subject: 5 Tips For Perfect Fried Rice At Home.

Fried Rice Vegetables

To recreate the classic flavour of takeout-style fried rice, you’ll want to stick with traditional vegetables such as onions, peas, and carrots. These vegetables provide a good balance of flavour and texture, and they are readily available at most grocery stores. To achieve the correct proportions, aim for about a half cup of onions and a quarter cup each of peas and carrots. This will give you a flavorful and well-rounded fried rice dish.

Of course, you can also feel free to add in other vegetables if you wish to vary the flavour or add additional nutrients. Some options might include bell peppers, green beans, corn, or sliced mushrooms. Just be sure to chop them into small pieces so that they cook evenly and blend well with the rice and other ingredients. As with any recipe, feel free to adjust the proportions of vegetables to your liking. The goal is to create a delicious and satisfying fried rice dish that meets your personal taste preferences.

Fried Rice Seasoning

The seasoning for this takeout-style fried rice is kept simple, with just a few key ingredients. You’ll need two tablespoons of soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari for a gluten-free option), one teaspoon of sugar, and half a teaspoon of salt. These seasonings help to enhance the savoury flavour of the fried rice and balance out the sweetness of the rice and vegetables.

To ensure that the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the dish, be sure to mix them well with the rice and vegetables. You may also want to adjust the proportions to your personal taste, adding more or less soy sauce, sugar, or salt as desired. With these basic seasonings, you’ll be able to recreate the classic taste of takeout fried rice in the comfort of your own home.


To begin cooking your fried rice, heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add a tablespoon of canola oil, then the onions, peas, and carrots. Cook until the onions turn translucent and start to brown around the edges. Next, add the cooked sticky rice and cook for an additional minute or two, until the rice is heated through and well-coated with the oil and vegetables.

Now it’s time to add the seasonings: soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Toss the rice to evenly coat it with the seasonings. Then, make a well in the center of the rice and add an egg, either whole or beaten. Let the egg sit for 30-45 seconds, then stir it into the rice. Cook the rice until the egg is fully cooked, which should only take a minute or two. The rice should look dry and evenly coated with the egg and seasonings.

Adding an egg to the fried rice may seem strange, but it is actually the secret to achieving the flavour and texture of restaurant-style fried rice. Give it a try and see for yourself! When the rice is fully cooked, serve it with your favourite Chinese dishes and enjoy.

The picture below are from a pork fried rice post I did.

Restaurant-Style Fried Rice

Do you love restaurant-style fried rice? Yes? Well, now you can make it at home. It's easy and it's delicious.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Canadian, Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Take-Out, Fried Rice
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Chef’s Notes


  • 1 cup Uncooked Sticky Rice Sushi Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups Water Use the amount of water listed on the rice package instructions.
  • 1/2 cup Diced Onion
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil


  • Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice very well. Put the rice and measured water in a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir the rice, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the rice simmer for 21 minutes, then take it off the heat and let it sit, covered for five minutes before fluffing with a fork. Depending on the brand of rice you use, these instructions may vary slightly.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add in the oil, onion, peas, and carrots. Cook, stirring, for three to four minutes or until the onion starts to turn translucent and slightly browned around the edges.
  • Add the rice into the pan and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, salt and sugar and stir to evenly distribute.
  • Finally, make a well in the center of the rice and pour the egg into it. Cook the egg for 30 to 40 seconds then stir it into the rice. Continue to cook the rice until the egg is fully cooked. The rice will look dry. Serve.


You can make this rice pork, chicken, or shrimp fried rice by cooking the desired protein in the wok before adding the vegetables. 
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Fried rice is a quick and easy dish that is full of flavour and versatility. Whether you serve it as a simple side dish, as described in this post, or bulk it up with additional vegetables, meat, or tofu and serve it as a main course, it is always a hit. As you become more confident in your fried rice skills, feel free to experiment with different ingredients and variations on the recipe. For example, you might try adding bits of leftover meat, fresh ginger and garlic, or other vegetables like celery or cabbage to give the dish an extra boost of flavour. Fried rice is also a great way to use up leftover ingredients and make a tasty meal out of them.

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  1. Anonymous

    I’ve found that some Oyster sauce really helps the taste.

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