Salvaging Dry Rice: Fried Rice Recipe

Ever wonder what to do with the leftover white rice from getting Chinese take out? It is usually dry and unappetizing. Instead of tossing it out you can add it to soups or casseroles. However, my favorite way to use it is to make Fried Rice.

Fried Rice is actually better when made with dried out cooked rice. When I plan to make fried rice, I will actually make rice the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator over night and then use it the next day to make fried rice.

I have included a basic fried rice recipe, but you can easily adapt it to the amount of rice you have leftover and whatever ingredients you have on hand.

I don’t have a wok, so I just use a large frying pan.

Fried Rice Recipe
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T oil for frying eggs; 2 T oil for frying rice
  • 4 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 1 - 2 T soy sauce
  • ½ frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Beat eggs with salt and pepper.
  2. Fry onions in oil until soft.
  3. Add eggs and cook until they are lightly scrambled.
  4. Remove the eggs and onion from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan, when the oil is hot add the rice and stir fry for 3- 4 minutes.
  6. Add soy sauce, egg, and vegetables. Mix thoroughly and cook until the vegetables are hot.


Stir Fry Recipes:

Grilled Stir Fry

Spicy Sesame Stir Fry

Easy Stir-Fry with Squash

Orange Ginger Stir Fry

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Hi Alea,
    I wanted to know at what point do you add the rice?

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