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Cast Iron Skillet Fried Rice

A simple and easy fried rice recipe that uses pantry ingredients.  Budget friendly and makes the whole family happy!

An easy recipe for the most basic fried rice. Uses inexpensive ingredients you probably have on hand, Can be totally customized to your taste.

skillet full of rice.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Crowd-pleasing. You haven’t been to the store and you have a house full of picky children. And it’s almost dinner time so a big complicated meal just isn’t in the cards. And another night of boxed Mac and cheese just might destroy your soul. In this situation, a basic fried rice recipe is your hero.
  • Customizable. Have cooked chicken or shrimp on hand? Add it right into the rice at the end. Like spicy foods? Add more Sriracha. This recipe can be tweaked however you like. But it’s delicious just the way it is!
  • Budget-friendly. One of the most affordable meals you’ll make.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on counter.

You’ll need the following for this easy dinner:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Cooked white rice
  • Frozen peas
  • Onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Siracha

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  • Any time of skillet will work, but we love cast iron

🍴Instructions

Step One: cook the egg

egg cooking.

Start with cooking the egg. Make sure you have a tablespoon of oil in your skillet, and heat it before you add the egg. Pour it in and cook for a minute or two, and scramble it. If it cooks too quickly to scramble, just remove it to a plate and chop it up.

Step Two: cook the onion

onions cooking.

Now we cook the onion. Add another tablespoon of oil and sauté the diced onion until it’s translucent and browned.

Step three: add everything else

skillet with rice and finished dish.

Add the last tablespoon of oil, and then the cooked rice. Keep stirring until the rice is coated in oil.

Now we are adding the flavor! Pour in the soy sauce and stir. Just keep on stirring. Once the soy sauce and rice are well incorporated, add the peas and scrambled egg.

Keep stirring and you’re done!

🥫 Storage instructions

Leftovers will keep well, tightly covered in the fridge, for 3-4 days.

🔍 FAQs

Can you use brown rice for fried rice?

Yes, sure! It’s delicious. You’ll make this recipe exactly the same.

What else can I add?

Diced carrots, green peppers, cooked meat, tofu. Just about anything.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

This is easiest if you already have cooked rice. You can cook big quantities of rice, place them in freezer bags, and freeze them. You can always make something with cooked rice for an easy side dish! Or just a little extra white rice every time you cook it and plan on making fried rice in the next couple of days.

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finished rice with peas.

📖 Here’s the recipe

wooden spoon scooping out fried rice.
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Cast Iron Skillet Fried Rice

Print Recipe
A simple and easy fried rice recipe that uses pantry ingredients.  Budget friendly and makes the whole family happy!
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:30 mins
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of oil divided
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup onion finely diced
  • ¾ cup frozen green peas
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Siracha optional

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the eggs and gently stir until scrambled, 1 to 2 minutes.  Remove from skillet to plate, chop and set aside for later.
  • Increase heat to medium high.  Heat another tablespoon of oil in the now-empty skillet.  Add the onion and stir until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  •  Add the remaining oil and the rice.  Stir until rice is thoroughly mixed with the other ingredients, about three minutes. Add the soy sauce, frozen peas, and scrambled eggs.  Stir fry for 4 minutes, until thoroughly heated and well combined. Serve hot.

Notes

There are many things that can be added to this recipe to make it your own:
  • bell pepper can be cooked with the onion
  • cooked shrimp or chicken can be added with the peas

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: budget fried rice, simple fried rice recipe, what to make when no food is in the house
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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