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16 Ways to Make Easy Weeknight Fried Rice

A staple of Chinese takeout menus, and an excellent use of leftover rice, fried rice is a simple dinner that’s easy to customize. Toss in any odds and ends from your produce drawer, whisk in a few eggs, and add a drizzle of sauce to complete your dish. Here are some fried rice recipes to inspire you.

Pork Fried Rice

Stretch a single pork chop into a satisfying meal for two with this fried rice recipe.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Recipe reviewer DEEMEL says, “This shrimp fried rice recipe was very simple to follow, a breeze to make, and makes a very flavorful dish!”

Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

If you’re looking to add a little more fiber into your diet, this recipe features brown rice as the base.

Island-Style Fried Rice

A Hawaiian specialty, this recipe features SPAM and Chinese pork sausage for an extra hearty dish. “This dish was the talk of the Luau party I just attended,” says user Denise.

Vegetable Fried Rice

A vegan-friendly version of fried rice, this recipe relies on roasted peanuts for a savory crunch.

Quick Pork Fried Rice

Recipe reviewer Occasional Cooker says, “Yum! This made a delicious, quick and easy lunch using some leftover pork chops.”

Instant Pot® Chicken Fried Rice

There’s no need to precook your rice with this helpful Instant Pot recipe. Rice cooks until fluffy, along with veggies and chicken, for an easy one-pot meal.

Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap)

Kimchi, fermented Korean cabbage, adds delicious tangy and spicy flavor to this recipe.

House Fried Rice

A copycat of a takeout classic, this recipe features shrimp, ham, chicken, and veggies all tossed with fried rice.

Fried Rice with Ginger, Hoisin, and Sesame

Sweet and salty flavors play off each other in this fried rice. Toasted sesame seeds sprinkled on at the end add a great crunch and make for a beautiful presentation.

Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice

Prominent flavors like fish sauce, Thai basil, and oyster sauce make this a standout fried rice dish. “We loved loved loved this recipe,” says user Saveur.”Such a fresh and flavorful dish.”

Day Before Pay Day Fried Rice

When your wallet is looking thin but dinner still needs to get done, this easy fried rice recipe is a great standby to have.

Hibachi-Style Fried Rice

Twenty minutes are all you need to whip up this hibachi-style recipe, which is even quicker than getting it delivered to your home.

Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

Lap cheong is a Chinese-style sausage that has a distinct sweet flavor thanks to sugar, rose water, and rice wine. It makes for a unique fried rice recipe that will leave guests asking about the secret ingredient.

Thai Beef Fried Rice

Fish sauce, ground beef, and onion all add a deep savory flavor to this Thai-inspired fried rice recipe.

Sheet Pan Fried Rice

“By cooking this on a sheet pan, the rice gets crispy all around the edges, which isn’t so easy in a regular skillet,” says NicoleMcmom. “With crisp-tender veggie bites among salty fried rice, drizzled with a creamy Sriracha mayo. It makes for a fun presentation and a super easy clean up. Add cooked chicken or shrimp if desired.”

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