Prepare to be wowed by the amazing flavors of Chinese cuisine with these 10 simple beginner-friendly rice recipes. Perfect for anyone looking to try their hand at cooking Chinese food, these recipes are easy to follow and full of flavorful ingredients.
Fried rice is a popular Chinese favorite that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The best part? It’s incredibly easy and requires minimal effort. Simply stir fry cooked white or brown rice with vegetables, meat (optional), soy sauce, and a dash of sesame oil. Add in some egg for extra flavor and color, and you have yourself the perfect fried rice dish!
For the best results, start with cold cooked leftovers. This will ensure that all the flavors meld together nicely. Begin by sautéing garlic, onions and vegetables in a wok or skillet. Add in your preferred meat and cooked rice, then toss to combine everything before stirring continuously for about 5 minutes. Lastly, pour in soy sauce and sesame oil to finish off the fried rice dish with fragrant flavor. Serve with your favorite toppings for extra zest!
Yangzhou Fried Rice
Yangzhou fried rice is a classic Chinese dish that’s loved across the country. To make it, stir fry cooked long grain white rice in vegetable oil with scrambled eggs, diced veggies (such as onions, carrots, or cabbage), and cooked pork or chicken. Add in some soy sauce and sesame oil for flavor, then serve your masterpiece with a side of fresh scallions!
Though Yangzhou fried rice is a very simple dish, it’s all about nailing the proportions and flavors. As you cook, make sure you season to taste with salt, pepper, and your favorite combination of spices. To make the perfect version of this classic dish, brown the cooked rice in a hot wok and stir fry until it’s golden and crisp. Then add in other ingredients of your choosing. You won’t be able to resist when this delicious medley hits your plate!
- 6 cups leftover white rice (note 1)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup diced Chinese ham (or you can use char siu )
- 8-10 shelled shrimp, deveined
- ½ cup green peas
- ½ cup diced carrot
- Pinch of salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables in Garlic Sauce
This vegetable-loaded dish is a great way to add more nutrition and flavor to plain rice. Just stir-fry chopped vegetables (such as carrots, peppers, mushrooms) with garlic, then season with soy sauce, sugar, and Chinese cooking wine before adding cooked rice to the mix. Cook everything together for a few minutes until heated through, then serve your delicious meal!
For a heartier meal, you can also add protein sources like tofu and shrimp. If you want to spice things up, feel free to add chili peppers or curry powder while stir-frying the vegetables. The beauty of this dish is that it is easy and versatile – use any vegetables and seasonings that you have on hand to make your perfect plate of stir-fried rice!
Ingredients For Hot garlic Sauce
- A load of garlic
- Whole dry red chilies (sabut lal mirch)
- Red Chili Flakes
- Brown sugar
- Soy sauce
- Sriracha Sauce or red chili paste
- Sesame oil
Egg Fried Rice
Egg fried rice is a classic dish that’s been around for centuries, with variations all over the world. This Chinese version starts with cooked rice and chopped scallions that are fried in oil with a beaten egg. Once everything is fragrant and cooked through, soy sauce and sesame oil are added for extra flavor. Serve your egg-fried rice hot from the pan!
- 4 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons peanut, vegetable, or olive oil, divided (see note 1)
- 1 cup diced onion, about 1 small onion (see note 2)
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups diced mixed vegetables, such as bell pepper, carrots, zucchini, etc. (see note 3)
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions, white and green parts divided (see note 4)
- pinch of salt
- 4 cups cooked overnight jasmine rice, see note 5
- 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, use tamari if gluten free
- 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- dash of ground white pepper, optional
- 1 to 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
Chinese Sausage and Mushroom Rice
This rustic Chinese dish combines savory sausage, crunchy mushrooms, and fragrant rice for an easy one-pan meal. Start by sautéing your diced pork sausage with garlic and red chilies before adding the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are tender and then add cooked rice to the pan. Stir everything together and season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and pepper to create a tasty meal that’s ready in just minutes!
This Chinese sausage and mushroom rice makes the perfect weeknight dinner since it’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients. The combination of the savory pork sausage, earthy mushrooms, and fragrant cooked rice creates an irresistible dish that you won’t be able to resist. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or egg rolls for a complete meal!
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 4 dried shiitake mushroom, re-hydrated and sliced
- 1 Chinese sausage, sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cooking wine
- a touch of sesame oil