Fried rice is the simplest side dish and it goes great with so many recipes. If you need ideas about what to serve with fried rice, read on for 19 delicious ideas so you can serve a complete meal to the entire family.
If you have ever been to a hibachi grill such as Benihana or Osaka, you are familiar with the moment when the chef asks if you’d prefer regular rice or fried rice. I don’t even have to hear the end of the sentence before blurting out: FRIED!
This is the most delicious form of rice, in my opinion, and I only wish I had a personal chef to make it for me every day. I’d gobble it up every day.
Since it is such an easy little side dish to prepare, I should make it much more often. The thing I tend to get hung up on is what to serve with fried rice. If you encounter this problem, as well, read on because I have compiled some extremely delicious main meal and other options that pair perfectly with this yummy food.
FAQ About Fried Rice
Many Asian dishes pair well with fried rice, such as potstickers, egg rolls, dumplings, stir fry and orange chicken.
Store leftover fried rice in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days for best quality.
You can replace soy sauce in fried rice with equal amounts of coconut aminos, chicken broth, tamari or fish sauce.
To reheat fried rice, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat on full power in 30-second intervals. Stir after each interval until the mixture is warmed through.
Both brown and white rice are naturally gluten free, but fried rice does often contain gluten. Soy sauce is the main culprit, so replace it with a GF variety such as tamari or coconut aminos when making a homemade variety.
Amazing Fried Rice Variations
- Fried egg
- Chinese-inspired vegetable (this is a classic fried rice recipe)
- It is super easy to make this recipe gluten-free! Simply eliminate the soy sauce or swap it out the with Coconut Aminos.
- Consider adding any type of protein! Shredded meat from a Rotisserie chicken, kielbasa and shrimp are all delicious additions.
- Use butter or any cooking oil can in place of sesame oil, but know that it may alter the flavor slightly. Alternatives include olive oil, vegetable oil or canola oil.
- Replace the peas and carrots with other vegetables such as mushrooms, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, bean sprouts, green beans, frozen mixed veggies, zucchini, green onions, eggplant or bell peppers. Chop veggies into small pieces that are approximately pea-size and do not exceed 2 cups total.
- Brown rice, white long grain rice, basmati rice and jasmine rice all work well with this recipe.
How Long Does Soy Sauce Last
How long does soy sauce last? If you have a bottle staring at you from inside your pantry or refrigerator and you don’t know whether to toss or use, you’ll want to read this post!
Turn Cauliflower Into Rice
It is really simple to cut out the carbohydrates in your meal by changing out regular rice with cauliflower. Cut the head of cauliflower into small florets. Add to the food processor and pulse it a few times until is resembles rice.
Don’t add too much at a time because it’ll change the texture of the “rice” you want to achieve. You can also opt to purchase pre-cut cauliflower at the grocery store.
What To Serve With Fried Rice
- Egg drop soup
- Mongolian beef
- Egg rolls
- Hoisin sauce
- Soy sauce
- Spring rolls
- Ginger sauce
- Hoisin chicken bowl
- Chicken teriyaki
- Roasted vegetables
- Grilled or baked chicken
- Black pepper chicken
- Baked or grilled salmon
- Hot and sour soup
- Moo Goo Gai Pan
- Orange chicken
- Potstickers or Chinese dumplings
- Moo Shu Pork or Moo Shu Chicken
- Beef and broccoli stir fry
- Drunken noodles
- Sweet and sour chicken or pork
Ginger Sauce Recipe – Benihana Copycat
This Asian-inspired sauce is a replica of that famous ginger sauce recipe (a Benihana copycat!) you love so much. This no-cook recipe goes great with steak, veggies, rice or seafood dishes!
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli (from Foreign Fork) is an awesome take on a Chinese American classic! You can make this recipe on the stovetop, but making it in the Instant Pot is so much better! Every step of this recipe can be made in the Instant Pot from start to finish. Enjoy!
You can cook Instant Pot grilled chicken to simulate the tender, perfect chicken that comes from the grill. Start with thawed or frozen to create the most delicious chicken you will ever make.
Black Pepper Chicken (Panda Express Copycat)
Who loves Panda Express food? if you raised your hand then here is the recipe that you will love Black Pepper Chicken (from Savory Bites Recipes).
Air Fryer Salmon
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Moo Goo Gai Pan
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Frozen Dumplings in the Air Fryer
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Egg Drop Soup
This easy egg drop soup recipe (from Woks of Life) will taste just like your favorite Chinese restaurant’s egg drop soup (maybe a little better). It’s delicious, and can be made in minutes.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are healthier and more delicious than anything you find in the frozen aisle. Great as a kid dinner or adult appetizer!
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Easy Orange Chicken
Enjoy Chinese takeout at home with this easy orange chicken recipe! No deep frying required. Great easy dinner option for busy nights.
Teriyaki chicken (from Ahead of Thyme) is a quick and easy chicken stir fry that is delicious, flavorful, and healthy.
Bite-sized pieces of chicken are stir-fried and smothered in a thick, sweet and savory homemade teriyaki sauce, topped with green onions and sesame seeds, and served over a bowl of steamed rice. This 30-minute Asian restaurant favorite is so much better and faster than ordering takeout.
This is the best Mongolian Beef recipe you will find! It takes less than 30 minutes to make and tastes even better than your favorite Chinese takeout. Fragrant garlic, soy sauce and crispy flank steak creates a delicious, quick and easy dinner that rivals P.F. Chang’s!
Pork Spare Ribs
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Spicy New Orleans Shrimp
These Spicy New Orleans Shrimp (from Jo Cooks) are hot, spicy, decadent, bold and super delicious, just the thing to satisfy your cravings!
Sweet and Sour Pork
This sweet and sour pork (from Dinner At The Zoo) is chunks of pork tenderloin that are breaded and fried, then tossed with pineapple and fresh vegetables in a homemade sauce. A classic stir fry that’s even better than what you would get at a restaurant!
How To Make Fluffy Moist Scrambled Eggs
How to Make Fluffy Moist Scrambled Eggs (from Tori Avey) – A method for cooking fluffy, moist, flavorful and evenly cooked scrambled eggs. Get great results every time with a few simple tips.
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Paneer Kali Mirch
Paneer Kali mirch or Paneer pepper masala recipe (from My Tasty Curry). 20 minutes quick Paneer recipe perfect for Indian weeknight dinner.