If you have tried for years to perfect your homemade fried rice, and wanted to really nail the restaurant version, then you will love this Easy Fried Rice recipe! It is super fast and easy to make, and tastes just like the oh-so popular Panda Express Fried Rice!
OK, maybe not ‘just like’ Panda’s fried rice…because we all know that homemade is so much better! Our version is light on the extras, and we have equally delicious results when we have swapped out for low sodium soy sauce.
As always, season with salt and pepper to taste. Just don’t add salt or pepper without tasting first, or you’ll start a fight in this house (pet peeve alert!!).
Back to the fried rice…I promise that it is as easy as it sounds (watch the video!) because I had tried many, many times to get fried rice right, and had some really close approximations to what could be called ‘fried rice’. But, there was always something off, even if only by a small degree.
But in the case of this super quick and easy vegetable fried rice, I have never had anything but rave reviews. I couldn’t be happier with the results, and it is just the perfect side dish for all of our fantastic Panda Express copycat entrees!
Panda Express Recipes
- Panda Express Orange Chicken
- Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak
- Panda Express Chow Mein
- Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Panda Express SweetFire Chicken Breast
- Easy Fried Rice Better than Panda! (this page)
Easy Fried Rice
- 3 Tbsp peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 6 cups cooked white rice (cooled - we use jasmine rice)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup peas and carrots, frozen mix (thawed)
- 1 tsp sesame seed oil
- 1 Tbsp green onion (sliced - optional, garnish)
- Bring your wok and the peanut oil to high heat then add the beaten eggs directly in the center of the oil. Stir vigorously and break up the egg while it is cooking in the hot oil (about 1 minute).
- Add the cooled, cooked rice into the wok. Break the rice apart, combining with the cooked egg.
- Add soy sauce and mix into the fried rice and eggs. Then add the thawed peas and carrots mixture (I prefer to heat my frozen mixed peas n carrots until just warm, not hot) and stir to mix into the fried rice.
- Finish the fried rice off with a drizzle of sesame seed oil and sprinkling the sliced green onion into the fried rice (or just on top as garnish when serving, if desired). Stir and serve immediately.