Cheap Cheats Easy Egg Fried Rice

Cheap Cheats Easy Egg Fried Rice

Easy Egg Fried Rice Recipe

When planning any Chinese meal either a quick snack or an emperor’s banquet you just have to have my easy egg fried rice. Period it  just cannot happen with out it. Over one billion Chinese people haven’t got it wrong have they. Yes its true that China produces around 30% of the worlds rice output so they have a lot to go around.

Cheap Egg Fried Rice

Now everyone has their favourite Chinese takeaway with the perfect egg fried rice recipe. Have noticed though on the menu at the top of the rice dishes its always the most expensive dish. You have to go all the way to the bottom to find the egg fried rice, below that its plain boiled rice. Errghh that plain tasteless rice. I admit its good for soaking up those delicious  Chinese sauces. Top of the menu is usually the special fried rice and don’t worry you can also make this at home.

The average price for takeaway egg fried rice is £2.50. Update May 2024: average price is now £3.70.

Considering you can get basic long grain rice for around a £1 per kilo (2024 £1.30 per kilo). Suddenly the average price of a takeaway egg fried rice  doesn’t  come that cheap at all. I hope to convince you that you to can make this tasty Chinese peasant dish in you own home.

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Cheats Egg Fried Rice

The traditional way of making egg fried rice involves some degree of skill. The hardest part is in cooking the dried rice in the first instant. Now I consider myself quiet a good cook (my friends do to, honest) but boiling rice is my nemesis in the kitchen. I no longer even try to cook rice from scratch, I have no desire to even try any more especially as I have a quicker more convenient method.

easy egg fried rice

Boil in the bag rice ? No takes to long, I use microwave long grain rice the same as I do for my cheats keema rice . All it takes is two minutes in the microwave and its done. Well nearly done it just needs cooling and then tossing into a frying pan. As always its Cheap Dinner Ideas so the best long grain microwave rice for egg fried rice to get is the cheapest. Don’t get that rice from your Uncle as its way expensive. The cheapest I have found for microwave rice is Sainsburys home brand at 55p for 250g. Great to always have in the cupboards as a stand by. Stop the press, just found a bag in Aldi for 45p so will have to try that.

Easy Egg Fried Rice Ingredients

Now to stop you getting into the car to fetch your egg fried rice from your local Chinese takeaway we need to replicate the flavour. Thats if you actually leave your arm chair, this easy egg fried rice will be ready before your delivery gets to the front door. This cheats egg fried rice recipe only takes three ingredients so lets compare to the superstar chefs.

Soya Sauce, never ever buy one of those small bottles of soya sauce as they are far too expensive. Ideally if you live in a city find your local Chinese supermarket. Whenever I know I am passing close to one I always stock up on Chinese goodies. Shopping list, egg noodles, Soya Sauce, Sweet Hosin sauce, Oyster sauce, the only problem I have is finding storage for it all. Can you eat the rice with chopsticks?

Ken Hom only really uses 4 ingredients so it looks pretty similar and simple too.

The Best Egg Fried Rice Recipe

easy egg fried rice recipe

Easy Egg Fried Rice

An easy egg fried rice using microwave rice
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people
Calories 228 kcal


Wok (large frying pan)


  • 1 bag of microwave long grain rice
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp light soya sauce Tamari Soya Sauce for a gluten free recipe
  • 1 tsp cooking oil


  • Microwave the rice as to the instructions on the packet, Remove from the pouch and spread into a bowl to cool
    1 bag of microwave long grain rice
  • Large frying pan (or wok) with the oil get hot
    1 tsp cooking oil
  • Add the cooled rice and cook for 1 minute
  • Add the soya sauce cook for 2 minutes
    3 tsp light soya sauce
  • Break the egg in the pan with the rice Now stir vigorously so the yolk breaks and all the rice gets coated with the egg
    1 egg
  • Cook the rice until all the egg is cooked Serve


Serving: 150gCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 9.8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 619mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 256mg
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You can now try the special fried rice once you have mastered this basic egg fried rice recipe

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What Are The basic Ingredients For Egg Fried Rice

cooked rice, 1 egg, Oil to cook in and soya sauce

How Long Does It Take To Cook Egg Fried rice

You rice should already pre cooked so it should not take any longer than 5 minutes to cook

Can you fry microwave rice

yes you can, I usually microwave it first and let go cool so it becomes a little softer

Can you eat microwave rice the next day

yes you can, the same principle, cook it in a frying pan on a high heat ensure every piece of rice is cooked through

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