Fried rice (using Chinese takeout leftovers)

Fried rice at home – giving new life to leftover Chinese takeout.


  • Cold cooked short-grain rice
  • Leftover meat, seafood and/or vegetables
  • Cooking oil
  • Soy sauce


  1. Pick out the meat and vegetables you want to use for the rice. Ideally the amount of leftovers will be 1/4 to 1/2 the volume of the rice. The more leftovers you add, the heartier the rice will be.
  2. Chop the meat and vegetables into small (1/2″) pieces.
  3. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a skillet large enough to hold the amount of rice you have. Oil should be sufficient to glaze the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add cold rice to skillet. Use large spoon to break up rice.
  5. Cook rice for several minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until rice is soft and heated through.
  6. Add small drizzle of soy sauce (start with 1 teaspoon for small amount of rice to 1 tablespoon for large amount) and stir well to distribute. Add more to taste if needed, but be careful as a little goes a long way.
  7. Add chopped leftovers to rice. Stir well to incorporate.
  8. Serve hot.

Here’s the link back to Fried rice: Leftover Chinese takeout makeover.

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