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Chinese American Fried Rice

Making fried rice is a great way to use up leftover rice and whatever vegetables you have on hand! This version calls for carrots, zucchini, cabbage, peas, and green onions, but you can  substitute (or add!) mushrooms, bell peppers, or bok choy. You can also toss in cooked meat like chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp for a little extra protein. Enjoy with sweet and sour cucumbers on the side for a fresh, tangy crunch.

Serves 4 – 6


  • 3 cups water
  • 1½ cup Jasmine or long grain white rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Egg Pancake

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Vegetables for Fried Rice

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce


  1. Cook the rice: In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the rice and salt, return to a boil and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook rice, covered, until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Do not stir the rice while it is cooking. Let the rice sit for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Make the egg pancake: In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and water. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Pour the eggs into the pan. Cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Cover the pan and continue to cook 1 minute more, until the egg pancake is set. Turn the pancake out onto a cutting board and cut into strips about ½ inch wide and 1 inch long.
  3. Finish the fried rice: Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook about one minute until fragrant but not brown. Add the zucchini and cabbage, cover, and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas, and green onion and cook for about one minute more. Add the soy sauce, turn off the heat, and stir in the rice. Place the strips of egg on top of the rice and stir gently to combine. Serve immediately.

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