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Fried Rice For One

This easy and flavorful fried rice is made with white rice, but feel free to use brown rice instead. It's the perfect recipe to use when you have a little rice left over from a previous meal. Easy to customize by swapping your favorite vegetables for the ones used in this recipe.

a blue bowl filled with fried rice, corn and peas next to a bunch of parsley.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you've got leftover rice or extra vegetables that need to be used up, fried rice is a great dish to use them in. This quick and easy fried rice is easy to make, full of flavor, and the recipe is easily customizable. You can use the vegetables listed in our recipe or use your favorites.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

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  • Butter: I recommend using salted butter.
  • Onions and garlic: Chopped onions and garlic add a lot of flavor to this dish. Please don't leave them out.
  • Cooked rice: Either white or brown rice work well.
  • Egg: I use 1 large egg.
  • Frozen vegetables: I used peas and corn but feel free to use vegetables you have on hand.
  • Soy sauce, salt, and black pepper: For flavor.

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make Fried Rice

Steps

  1. Soften the onions and garlic in melted butter in a medium-sized skillet.
  2. Add the cooked rice and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Push the rice, onions and garlic to the edges of the pan and add the egg to the center of the pan. Gently stir the egg until it is almost completely cooked. Mix in with the rice.
  4. Add the frozen vegetables and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in soy sauce, salt, and pepper.

Expert Tips

  • Frozen vegetables are great to keep on hand when you cook for one because you can take out the amount you need and keep the rest in the freezer. You don't have to worry about the vegetables going bad because they're frozen.
  • If you prefer fresh vegetables, you can certainly use those too. Fresh broccoli florets and finely chopped carrots are fabulous.
  • The thing to remember is that this fried rice recipe is highly adaptable. Feel free to add in pieces of cooked chicken, shrimp, and tofu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Cook Rice?

If you don't have leftover rice in your refrigerator, either of these single serving rice recipes would be perfect to use:
Baked Brown Rice
Baked White Rice
Both of these recipes yield perfect rice every single time. If you want to make more than one serving, you can easily double the ingredients with success.

What Should I Serve With Fried Rice?

You might consider serving fried rice with any of these single serving recipes:
Pork Chops
Baked Chicken Wings
Pork Tenderloin
Giant Italian Meatball

What Size Pan Do You Use?

I use a 10-inch skillet for this fried rice, For best results, please use a pan of similar size.
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a spoonful of fried rice with bits of onions on the top.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this fried rice recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Fried Rice in a light blue bowl

Easy Fried Rice For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keywords: fried rice, rice
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 3/4 cup cooked rice (I like to use cooked brown rice)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • salt , to taste (optional)
  • pepper , to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked rice to the pan and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Push the rice, onions, and garlic to the sides of the pan.
  • Add the egg to the center of the pan and cook the egg until scrambled. When the egg is almost completely cooked mix it in with the rice/onion mixture.
  • Add the peas and the corn to the pan and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the soy sauce and taste. Add salt and pepper, if necessary.

Notes

Expert Tips
 
  • Frozen vegetables are great to keep on hand when you cook for one because you can take out the amount you need and keep the rest in the freezer. You don't have to worry about the vegetables going bad because they're frozen.
  • If you prefer fresh vegetables, you can certainly use those too. Fresh broccoli florets and finely chopped carrots are fabulous.
  • The thing to remember is that this fried rice recipe is highly adaptable. Feel free to add in pieces of cooked chicken, shrimp, and tofu.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 40.1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3.4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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