How to Make Japanese Fried Rice: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make Japanese Fried Rice: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make Japanese Fried Rice: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

Fried rice is made with boiled rice sautéed with eggs, vegetables and sauces. As it is possible to mix a variety of vegetables and proteins, this is a practical dish to make with leftovers. Japanese fried rice is traditionally cooked on a hibachi, or a flat, open grilling surface, but you can do it the same way in a wok or large pot. Follow these steps to learn how to make Japanese fried rice.


  • 4 cups of cold white or brown rice
  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1 cup of pea
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Other vegetables such as corn, and peppers to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of soy or oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Beef or tofu (optional)
  • Other seasonings to taste


Part 1 of 3: Preparing for Baking

Step 1. Cook 4 cups of white or brown rice

Rice generally requires a 2:1 ratio of water to rice. Cooking time depends on whether the rice is white or whole grain and whether the grain is long or short. Most rice is cooked by boiling the water, adding the rice and cooking it without stirring for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of rice. See rice packaging for specific cooking instructions.

  • Using jasmine rice gives a slightly more authentic flavor and texture to homemade Japanese fried rice. If you don't have jasmine rice, any long grain rice is better.
  • Rice can be made in advance in a crockpot, adding boiling water to the rice and cooking at a low temperature for three hours.

Step 2. Place the rice in the fridge

Cold rice fries better than hot rice. It's best to do it a day in advance, but if it doesn't, letting it cool down for a few hours is enough.

Step 3. Chop the vegetables

As fried rice cooks quickly over high heat, it is best to prepare all the vegetables in advance. You can group them into bowls according to how long they take to cook. For example, add onion, garlic and carrots, peas and edamame, and seasonings and sauces.

Step 4. Make scrambled eggs

Place two eggs in a skillet over medium heat, stir, remove from heat and cut into small pieces. You'll add them to the fried rice near the end of cooking, but it's easier to do this before you start cooking the other ingredients.

Step 5. Cook any meat you want to include

A variety of protein sources, such as chicken, pork loin, ham or shrimp, can be included in fried rice. It's best to cook meat in advance to ensure it reaches the proper internal temperature before mixing it with fried rice. Chop the meat before or after cooking, so that it is ready to be added to rice.

Part 2 of 3: Cooking Fried Rice

Step 1. Heat the wok or pan

The cooking surface must be very hot before starting to cook. It is best to use high or medium heat, depending on the heat source and cooking surface.

Step 2. Add butter

Although some recipes suggest using oil, most hibachi restaurants use butter, and many people who have experimented with different oils at home have found that butter produces the most authentic-tasting rice. Heat the butter until melted, but not browned.

Step 3. Saute the onion, carrots and garlic

Spread the vegetables around the pan so they cook evenly. Continue sauteing for a few minutes, until the onion starts to turn transparent.

Step 4. Add the other vegetables

Add peas, edamame, corn and any other vegetables you want to add to the fried rice. You can experiment with peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, squash, or vegetables such as kale or spinach for a healthy boost. Cook for a few minutes, until the hardest vegetables begin to soften.

Step 5. Spread the rice over the vegetables

Place the cold rice on top of the vegetables you are cooking and start to stir to mix the rice and vegetables evenly. Continue cooking over medium to high heat.

Step 6. Brown the rice and vegetables

Cook until the rice is golden in color. Stir often and try not to make the mixture too thick, putting too much into the pan at once.

Part 3 of 3: Finishing Fried Rice

Step 1. Add protein and seasoning

When the rice is browned and the vegetables are ready, add salt, pepper, seasoning, egg and cooked meat. Keep stirring while the ingredients are heated and the flavors blend together.

Consider adding gummium for authentic flavor. This is a combination of salt, seaweed, sugar and sesame seeds that can be found in places that sell ingredients for Japanese cuisine

Step 2. Drizzle with sesame oil and sauces

Use sesame oil and other sauces such as soy or oyster. These sauces should be added after cooking and as soon as the dish is removed from the heat source.

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Step 3. Divide into portions

Serve fried rice in bowls or deep dishes. You can garnish the dish with toasted sesame seeds or spring onions and serve with a sauce such as soy sauce or yum yum.

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Step 4. Serve still hot

If you need to heat leftover rice, do it in the pan or wok, not in the microwave.


  • Gomoku meshi is a type of Japanese fried rice prepared by adding finely chopped chicken and carrots, fried tofu, mushrooms and burdock to the rice, which should be cooked with soy sauce, sake and sugar.
  • Chahan is a Chinese fried rice that has been slightly altered to suit the Japanese palate, sometimes taking katsuobushi, which is a smoked fermented and dried tuna, to give it a distinct flavor.

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