Fried Rice is a meal by itself, but learn what to serve with fried rice when you want to bring your favorite Chinese restaurant home!
Fried rice is one of the best side dishes in Chinese restaurants. When they ask do I want white rice or fried rice, I almost interrupt them with “fried rice, please!”
What is fried rice?
It’s leftover rice that is added to a very hot wok with soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh veggies, and a fried egg. Top the whole thing with green onions, and you have a meatless main dish!
If you’ve never made it, give this Ninja Foodi Chicken Fried Rice Recipe a try! It’s a great way to enjoy this Asian cuisine at home!
How to Make Fried Rice:
You’ll need a pantry full of various wonderful Asian ingredients like oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame seeds, sour sauce, etc.
Day-old rice is best to make fried rice recipes with! You can use brown rice, and jasmine rice. I like to pop over to my local Asian restaurant and pick up a container of their rice.
This delicious dish is definitely a “use what you have” kind of recipe. I started a little “thing” with myself last year where I save bits and ends of my dinners… Then I make a big bowl of fried rice on Fridays! It uses up the fresh vegetables I have in my refrigerator, and the unique flavor transforms taste buds!
The best part? It’s super quick and easy!
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You’ll add the vegetables (like red pepper, snow peas, green beans, bean sprouts, or any other colorful vegetables!) to a hot large wok with canola oil or olive oil in it.
Quickly fry all the ingredients together with black pepper, soy sauce, or any other flavors you fancy. I love using Bachan’s Japanese BBQ sauce to really elevate the flavor of my fried rice!
As you choose your Chinese cuisine menu, think of fried rice as a side dish.
You’ll need a main dish, and a vegetable side dish.
Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are a delicious vegetable side dish for your fried rice!
If you want, call up your local restaurant and pick up spring rolls, Chinese dumplings, or any other options that sound delightful!
What to Serve with Fried Rice
Let’s chat about ideas for main dishes:
Enjoy these Instant Pot Sticky Asian Ribs any day of the week. Sweet and savory collide in these amazing Asian ribs recipe. Soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, and more come together to bring you a finger-licking rib recipe your family will beg for.
This Easy Braised Fish Recipe is perfect for your budget-friendly weekly meal. Marinated and cooked in a delicious fish sauce mixture, these fish are super soft and almost fall apart while maintaining their juiciness.
Introducing Shanghai Chicken – a richly-flavoured sweet and sticky Chinese chicken stir-fry! It’s ridiculously quick and tasty enjoyed with some plain white rice – ready and on the table in only around 15 minutes. This is so perfect for a super easy but restaurant-quality mid-week meal.
If you’re looking to satisfy a craving for crispy, fried and sweet, this Honey Garlic Chicken or Beef will do the trick. It makes a delicious appetizer or main dish and surprisingly easier than you think.
This easy delicious and slightly spicy Kung Pao Chicken can be ready in 30 minutes and the whole family will love it.
Everything seems to taste better when it is on a stick and these Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick grilled kebabs are exactly that. The juicy chicken breasts with a homemade gluten-free teriyaki marinade and sauce is sweet, salty, savory, and spicy for a perfect bite every time. Chicken teriyaki makes the perfect protein for fried rice!
Moo Goo Gai Pan is made with tender slices of chicken, white button mushrooms, and other classic stir-fry vegetables all bathed in a delicious stir fry sauce. Learn how to make this better-than-takeout Moo Goo Gai Pan Recipe right at home and have dinner ready and on the table in 40 minutes or less!
What to Serve with Fried Rice, Side Dishes:
Crisp, fresh, and bursting with loads of unexpected flavor, this Garlic Bok Choy Recipe is guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish. Ready in just 10 minutes, enjoy this easy vegetarian side dish with chicken, beef, or fish.
With a crispy, crunchy outside, and a flavorful shrimp and cabbage filling, these Air Fryer Egg Rolls are so delicious without the extra oil and fat from deep frying. Served with a sweet chili sauce, it’s your favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer made at home!
Enjoy this intensely flavorful and hearty Hot and Sour Soup made from scratch. It’s simple to prepare in just 30-minutes and guaranteed to be better than takeout!
In just minutes you can have hot & crispy potstickers to pair perfectly with fried rice. Easy Air Fryer Frozen Potstickers are a game-changer for anyone that loves some crunch and a savory inside.
This recipe uses an air fryer to help you prepare a healthier, yet still amazingly flavorful Chinese eggplant side dish in less than 15 minutes!
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts – Seared Brussels sprouts are elevated when the sprouts are tossed with a spicy sauce made from Thai chilies. Be sure to finish it off with crunchy peanuts and green onion for a flavor explosion.
This restaurant-style Egg Drop Soup is easy, authentic, and ready in 15 minutes! It’s made with fresh eggs, chicken stock, and corn for a simple but delicious soup!