Chef's 20-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is a Tasty Asian Side Dish by Chef Gigi

Chef's 20-Minute Umami Fried Rice Recipe Is a Tasty Asian Side Dish

During the week families need meals that are fast, cheap and easy. If I make rice I always make additional and set some aside just for this fried rice recipe. This flavorful fried rice is the perfect family pleasing recipe!

The rice has just a few simple ingredients: butter, onion, garlic, carrots, rice, eggs, garlic salt, soy sauce, green peas and green onions. Day-old rice is the secret here, so make it the day before and pop it into the fridge.

Add sautéed shrimp or grilled chicken, and there you have it – dinner. To enhance the umami flavors (our fifth taste sensation) use Dashi broth instead of water when making rice. This is one Asian fried rice recipe you do not want to lose.

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, very finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrots, peeled and diced very small
  • 6 cups day-old short-grain Japanese rice, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, cooked (optional)
  • 3 - 4 green onions, sliced in 1/4-inch diagonal slices

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Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to use day-old rice for this fried rice. Make it the night before and pop it into the refrigerator. 
  • To reduce the sodium in the recipe, use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Store any leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a large wok or skillet, heat the butter. Add the onions and carrots. Cook until the carrots and onions begin to brown and the natural sugars start to caramelize, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.
  2. Add the rice and stir until the carrot, onion and garlic are incorporated well. 
  3. Add the beaten eggs and toss the rice quickly to cook through. Stir well. After everything is incorporated turn up the heat to high and allow the rice to begin browning string constantly, about an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with the soy sauce and add fresh cracked black pepper, if desired. Remove from the heat, add the cooked peas, and scallions and toss to fluff the rice up.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 364

Total Fat: 15.4g

Saturated: Fat 8.4g

Cholesterol: 155mg

Sodium: 272mg

Total Carbohydrate: 46.9g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Total Sugars: 4.1g

Protein: 10.2g

Vitamin D: 20mcg

Calcium: 73mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 311mg

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Donna John
Mmmmmm! Love fried rice, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Cannot wait to try this! Would using regular long-grain rice work?
Chef Gigi
Or Cauliflower Rice for my #Vegan friends ! wink wink
Kristan Wager
Looking forward to trying this. We love rice!
Chef Gigi
I broke the Benihana recipe code. its DELICIOUS! hope you love it Kristan Wager
Dan Scott
I'm on a rice binder I will have to make this :-)
Chef Gigi
HA!!!!!! You are SO funny! Cannot wait for you to try it!!
Tiffany Zook
This was delish! And we have plenty for leftovers . So colorful! And healthy! (Substituted corn, my daughter ate all the frozen peas right out of the freezer)

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