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Homemade Fried Rice

Homemade Fried Rice

By: Kaanan Shah

It’s a Sunday afternoon, aka time to meal prep! Have you ever gone to the grocery store, but can’t think of what to make? Sometimes it feels like you can’t recreate the same flavors of dishes from your favorite restaurants. Eating out can get expensive, but you can also get sick of the same rotation at home. If you love Chinese/Hibachi flavors, try to make this homemade Fried Rice!


  • 1 cup basmati rice

  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1-2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (optional, but highly recommended)

  • 1-2 heads of broccoli

  • 1-2 green peppers

  • 1 white onion

  • ½ carrot

  • 1-2 eggs (optional)

  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt

  • 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder

How to Become a Personal Hibachi Chef:

  1. Make your rice. Boil 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of rice. Turn the heat to low and cover for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to cool off.
    Heat a large pan on medium heat with oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add broccoli and stir well. Add salt and garlic powder to flavor the broccoli. Saute for 4-5 minutes.

  2. Add finely chopped peppers, onions, and carrots to broccoli. Season to taste.

  3. Optional egg: Make room in the center of your vegetables. Crack 2 eggs in the middle. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and scramble until cooked but fluffy.

  4. Add rice to the pan. Drizzle with soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.

  5. Spread your fried rice in the pan to cover as much surface area as possible to “fry” it. Turn up the heat to high for 3-4 minutes before mixing the crispier bottom layer into the remaining amount.

  6. If adding protein to the dish, mix it in now or top off your bowl with it. Serve while hot!

Pro Cooking Tips:

  • Rice hack: If you shop at Trader Joe’s, you can use their frozen vegetable fried rice and add the following to it for an even quicker meal!

  • Seasoning: Try Slap Your Mama (available on Amazon)! It is red pepper, black pepper, garlic, and salt blend all in one. It will change your life and is the perfect seasoning for every dish. It can be used as a substitute or added seasoning.

  • Cutting onions: chewing gum while chopping onions can help prevent tearing up. Keeping the root on while cutting prevents tears as well.

If you recreate this recipe, let us know by tagging @wheretobeginmag on Instagram! This meal will have you feeling satisfied and like you’re ready to spin an egg and make an onion volcano.

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