Fried Rice (No Egg)


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Easy Fried Rice is a great side dish for any copycat Chinese takeout dish. Making it at home is a great way to save money. Made with brown rice it’s a delicious alternative to white rice.

Fried rice in a skillet.

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Why you’ll love this fried rice recipe

  • There’s no scrambled egg in this fried rice recipe.
  • It’s a vegetarian dish.
  • You can use white rice or brown rice. We prefer brown rice.
  • It goes well with many dishes, not just Asian recipes.
  • Leftover rice can easily be reheated.
  • Some fried rice recipes use leftover rice. This one does not.
  • You don’t need any vegetable oil or sesame oil.
  • No special equipment, such as a rice cooker, is necessary.

Ingredients for Fried Rice without Egg Recipe

All of the simple ingredients you need are readily available. I like to use brown rice but feel free to substitute white rice. These ingredients create delicious flavors for the rice.

The first step is to get everything organized.

  • Chicken Broth – low sodium chicken broth is ok if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Soy Sauce – I use regular soy sauce but low sodium soy sauce is also an option.
  • Chopped Fresh Garlic – in a pinch you can use the jarred variety.
  • Red Bell Pepper – Use an orange or yellow pepper if red isn’t available.
  • Instant Brown Rice – You can use white rice if you prefer.
  • Frozen Green Peas – Easy and convenient.
  • Green Onions – Also known as spring onions.
  • Butter – Either salted or unsalted butter works. Use what you have on hand.
Fried rice being stirred in a skillet.

How to make this stir fry rice side dish

There is no special equipment necessary to make this no egg fried rice, which is classic Chinese cooking. It’s also great for a busy night because the cooking process is easy.

  • Frying Pan – Non-stick is the best!
  • Wooden Spoon – Or a spatula or tongs to toss the veggies as they sauté.
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups – Dry measure, not wet measure.
  • Cutting Board – Wood or plastic, whatever you prefer to use.
  • Knife – A chef’s knife is the best for chopping green onions and pepper.

Some fried rice recipes call for day-old rice. The reason for this is it’s firmer than freshly cooked rice. Since this recipe uses brown rice it holds up better.

For the full recipe, including ingredient measurements and complete instructions, see the recipe card below.

Favorite add-ins

You can certainly change up the recipe and use your favorite rice ad-ins. I like to mix it up by including sauteed sesame seeds, red onions, chopped water chestnuts, other colors of bell peppers, diced carrots, or other fresh veggies. If you need a shortcut, use a mixture of frozen veggies instead of fresh vegetables.

You could also grate in some fresh ginger to elevate the flavor.

Fried rice on a plate with beef and broccoli.

What can I serve no egg Fried Rice with?

This is a rice dish your whole family will enjoy. Fried rice is a great option for a side dish for an easy meal. The natural choices are Asian-inspired and Chinese food recipes. This is a good recipe for my pineapple chicken with teriyaki marinade, chicken stir-fry, Asian grilled shrimp, and beef and broccoli.

How do you reheat fried rice?

For best results reheat fried rice in a skillet or wok. This will redistribute the oils and allow you to break up any clumps of rice.

What gives fried rice its flavor?

Soy sauce gives fried rice the most flavor.

Do I cook the rice before stir-frying?

Yes, cook the rice. Follow the recipe as it’s a bit different than other fried rice recipes. Some require advanced cooking of up to a day while others can be used right away.

How do you store leftover fried rice?

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How do you reheat leftover rice?

It’s best to reheat cold rice in a skillet over medium high heat.

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Fried Rice

Easy fried rice is a side dish perfect for any meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4



  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In a medium saute pan saute red pepper in butter until soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a large saute pan combine broth, soy sauce, and garlic. Bring to a boil on high. Stir in rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in peas, green onions, and red peppers. Cover and let stand for 5-7 minutes or until broth is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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  1. 5 stars
    This fried rice was easy to make & I love that it’s vegetarian. I served it with teriyaki tofu for a great meal.

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