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5 Minute, 5 Ingredient Egg Fried Rice

Super Easy Egg Fried Rice recipe that is delicious plain or a great side dish for all your Chinese dishes. Cannot get easier than a 5 minute fried rice with only 5 ingredients!

a shot of egg fried rice served on a grey plate with a black spoon

We are not too excited about cooking these days. Dining out has become a dream and take outs are scary. Yet, gotta feed the family three times a day! Exhausted yet? I certainly am.

EASY EGG FRIED RICE RECIPE to the rescue!! It is

  • 5 minutes, from start to finish
  • 5 ingredients
  • One pan
  • Comforting
  • Delicious plain
  • Kid-friendly

I have grown to love 5 ingredient recipes <—- They are my go-to especially when we are not too excited about cooking.

A quick note on 5 ingredient recipes – Salt, Pepper, Cooking oil and Water are not counted as part of the ingredients

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Or this Meals with 6 ingredients or Less. This fried rice is a great for school lunch. Check out more lunch box ideas.

cast iron skillet with hot Chinese egg fried rice


Rice – Any cooked white rice that you have on hand will work. It will be great if rice is day-old. In fact, fried rice is usually a way to re-purpose leftover rice. You just don’t want hot rice.

Eggs – 2 large eggs

Scallion – I chopped scallions into 1-inch pieces, since it adds a nice finish and crunch to the rice. But, chop it smaller if you have any picky eaters at home.

Soy Sauce – Soy sauce for that umami and salt. Use as much as you like

Sesame oil – A bit of sesame oil goes a long way in adding nuttiness to 5 minute fried rice.

Cooking oil, pepper – As I had mentioned earlier, these two do not count as ingredients.

Don’t have leftover rice on hand, but still craving egg fried rice? Then try this Egg fried rice in instant pot. Also, check out this huge collection of dinner ideas.

How to make egg fried rice?

It is just a two step process-

Step-1: Heat oil and cook eggs until 3/4th cooked.

Step-2: Add all other ingredients (rice, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper). Stir fry for about 2 minutes, until rice is heated through.

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a hot cast iron skillet of easy fried rice with blue napkin wrapped around the handle

What goes with egg fried rice?

This is delicious plain or with a squirt of sriracha.

Or a great side dish for all your favorite Chinese main course, like

Honey Sriracha Chicken

Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower and Cashews

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Ground Chicken and Green Beans Stir Fry

a grey plate with cooked egg, rice and scallions with a black spoon
Is egg fried rice unhealthy?

Restaurant fried rice is generally more greasy from tons of cooking oil. But, homemade versions are packed with protein, sometimes veggies and rice, making it a well balanced meal.

Why do you put egg in fried rice?

Egg is generally very cheap, always stocked in most house holds and a good source of protein. Soft cooked chunks of egg along with the veggies and rice makes any fried rice absolutely delicious.

Does rice have to be cold for egg fried rice?

Cold recipe preferably day old is great for any fried rice recipe. Generally, fried rice is a way to repurpose leftover rice from the previous day, since a day without cooking rice is a rare occurrence in most Asian households. Hot cooked rice will turn slightly mushy when stir fried. Just make sure that the rice is at least room temperature before making any fried rice recipe

Is fried rice ok to eat the next day?

Fried rice makes a great meal prep candidate. It is fabulous as leftovers! So good, that some folks love to eat it cold straight from the refrigerator.

How do you dry rice for fried rice?

If you don’t have cold rice from the day before, then spread hot cooked rice on sheet trays and let it hang out at room temperature for couple of hours to help it dry.

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5 Minute, 5 Ingredient Egg Fried Rice

Super quick and easy Egg Fried Rice recipe is delicious plain or a great side dish for all your Chinese dishes. Cannot get easier than a 5 ingredient fried rice!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 5 ingredient fried rice, 5 minute fried rice, easy egg fried rice recipe, egg fried rice
Author: Maria Doss


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked white rice, cooled
  • 4 Scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or use less if you are not into spicy foods

Equipment used

  • 9-inch cast iron skillet


  • Heat oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, break the eggs into the pan, cook stirring occasionally until the eggs are 3/4th cooked.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients (rice, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper) and stir fry for for about 2 minutes, until the rice is heated through.
  • Serve hot.


Both vegetable oil and peanut oil works well. Peanut oil adds a lovely subtle flavor to the fried rice, but I used vegetable oil. 
I preferred to chop the scallions into 1-inch pieces due to the following reasons: 
  1. When working with a 5 minute fried rice, the shorter prep time the better. 
  2. It still has some crunch, instead of completely wilting. 
  3. Adds a nice green finish, instead of being just rice with eggs. 
However, chop it into smaller pieces if you have picky ones around. 
Use as much soy sauce as you need. 
The fried rice is delicious with a hint of more black pepper. But, use as much as you like. 

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Recipe Rating

Louie Mattox

Monday 7th of June 2021

I just made this 15 minutes ago and it was super easy and quick to make. I would definitely try this again, but I would add a little more soy sauce and some extra mix-ins.