3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice (蛋炒饭)

The easiest egg fried rice that you can prep and cook in 10 minutes, and it tastes better than the restaurant version. {vegetarian adaptable}

This 3-ingredient egg fried rice has been my favorite snack since the time I was growing up. Yep, for me, an afternoon or late-night snack is a plate of fried rice. Not chips or cookies. This fried rice is a life-saver because it’s so fast to make. It only uses three ingredients: leftover rice, eggs, and green onions, which I always have in the fridge. Whenever I crave some salty food, I rush to the kitchen to whip up this dish in 5 minutes.

The dish does not require complicated seasoning or other meat or vegetables. It’s so simple yet so good!


Homemade egg fried rice served on two plates

Cooking notes

Here are a few tricks to make the best fried rice with an electric stove and a nonstick pan (good news, you don’t need a wok for great fried rice!).

(1) Don’t skimp on the oil. This is the best way to make the rice crispy without making the dish too dry.

(2) Cook the beaten egg halfway through, and add the rice on top of it. This way you get both scrambled egg pieces and crispy rice that is coated with egg. Double yum!

(3) Use PLENTY of green onion. It is a key ingredient to make the rice fragrant. You can use regular onion as a substitute, but green onion always works best for fried rice.

(4) Do not stir too frequently. This way, the rice will be perfectly toasted on the hot pan. That’s the other secret to creating super crispy rice without using a wok.

When it comes to fried rice I keep it simple, because I want to taste the natural aroma of the rice and the eggs.

You’d be surprised at how satisfying the result is. I make this dish as a side, but sometimes I eat it as a main for lunch because it’s so good.

Close-up of egg fried rice served on a plate

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3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice (蛋炒饭)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

The easiest egg fried rice that you can prep and cook in 10 minutes, and it tastes better than the restaurant version.

Course: Main, Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Calories: 395 kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 4 eggs , beaten (*Footnote 2)
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked white rice , frozen or refrigerated overnight works best
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 4 green onions , chopped
  1. Add oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the beaten eggs. Wait until the bottom of the eggs is set but the top is still runny.
  2. Add the rice on top of the runny egg. Use your spatula to chop the rice to separate it into small pieces, so some of the rice is coated with egg. Keep chopping the rice until the rice is well separated. Sprinkle with salt and add the green onion. Keep cooking and stir occasionally, until the rice turns slightly golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste the rice. Adjust seasoning by add more salt, if needed. You can leave the rice in the pan for a couple more minutes after turning off the stove, so the rice gets even crispier.
  3. Transfer everything to a plate and serve hot as a main dish or side dish. You can serve it with some hot sauce like Sriracha, but it’s not required.
Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice (蛋炒饭)
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 395 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.3g 24%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Sodium 476mg 20%
Potassium 205mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 51.2g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12.2g 24%
Calcium 5%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice (蛋炒饭) - Super easy 10-minute fried rice that give you the Chinese restaurant experience. #chinese #asian #recipes #glutenfree


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2 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice (蛋炒饭)

  1. Quinn

    This is a classic! I also love this simple dish. Thank you for bringing this dish to light, and for creating a recipe for it 🙂 Bon appetit!