The Secret to Ham Fried Rice [+ Video]


With this Ham Fried Rice you don’t have to even leave your kitchen to have restaurant worthy Chinese food. This is the secret to ham fried rice faux takeout style.


Is Fried Rice Gluten Free?

If the rice is fried with soy sauce, it is most likely made with gluten-containing soy sauce. It can also be made with other sauces that may contain gluten.

If you are making fried rice at home, gluten free soy sauce is available in most stores.

Frying rice with just oil and salt and the other fresh ingredients is gluten free.


Ham Fried Rice in a white dish on a wooden table.


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My mom is probably a lot like your mom, she sacrifices the heck out of everything to make sure that we all have what we need and taking the time to teach us everything she knows so that one day we could walk on our own as kind, contributing citizens. Most of all she just loves us dearly and what more could we want, well other than her cheesy ham and potato bacon bake or busy day casserole?


Ham Fried Rice on a white serving platter.


There’s only two things Mom ever wanted other than the gift of us kids not fighting for one whole day (or nothing at all, as she often said for holidays), and that was hot french fries or a meal at The Great Wall, her favorite restaurant.  I may not know how to recreate her favorite Won Ton soup, but I can help out with the secret to ham fried rice.


Ham Fried Rice in a white dish on a wooden table.


Actually there’s a story about Safeway too, but I’ll leave that for the upcoming Sesame Chicken post. And do stay tuned because I believe it turned out pretty fantastic.


Ham, peas and carrots in a pan on a wooden table.


The Secret to Ham Fried Rice

The secret to ham fried rice is actually to use 1 to 2 day old rice. Trust me, it’s the best way to ensure that your rice absorbs all of that flavor and fries up nicely in the pan.


Start with the rice a day or two ahead (which is why I love that I can use it in one meal, make extra and have my next meal started already).


What Rice is Best to Use for Fried Rice?

Medium to Long grain white rice works best with fried rice.

Short grain rice is stickier and best to use with sushi.


What Vegetables go in Ham Fried Rice?

The most commonly used vegetables in ham fried rice or fried rice is carrots and peas, with some green onions to garnish.

You can’t go wrong adding in some sautéed onions for additional  flavor.


Ham Fried Rice in a pan on a wooden table.


Next, you’ll want to whisk up a little sweetened soy sauce mixture and then once you’ve “fried” your rice in a little oil just add the sauce, stir and the remaining ingredients. Last, sprinkle a little green onion to brighten the whole dish and voila!


Can Fried Rice be Frozen?

Now how much do you love that you can make perfect rice by using leftovers?! Get on this recipe my friends. You’ll love it!  Best part is fried rice can be frozen, make sure you use freezer bags to press out all the air.


Ham Fried Rice on a white serving platter.


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Ham Fried Rice on a white serving platter.
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The Secret to Ham Fried Rice

You don't have to even leave your kitchen to have restaurant worthy Chinese food. This is the secret to ham fried rice faux takeout style.
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 d 10 mins
Course: 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes
Keyword: asian, carrots, fried rice, ham, peas, rice, sides
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 1/2 cups peas
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots cubed
  • 2 cups ham chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 2 green onions chopped for garnish


  • up to 2 days prior cook your white rice, we prefer Calrose
  • Steam the carrots and peas and set aside.
  • In a small fry pan add a little oil and heat to medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and add to the pan, lifting and tilting the egg and pan until all of the liquid is touching the pan and cooking and none is sitting on top of the egg.
  • Carefully flip and cook until set.
  • Remove the egg and chop.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, ginger and crushed red pepper.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large saute pan, over medium heat add the rice and oil, cooking until hot and the rice is beginning to pop.
  • Add the sauce mixture, stirring to combine.
  • Add the eggs, ham, carrots and peas and stir until heated through.
  • Top with green onion and serve immediately.



Make sure you make your rice at least one day ahead, cool, place in a bag or tupperware in the fridge to store.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1331mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g
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50 comments on “The Secret to Ham Fried Rice [+ Video]”

  1. Feel good casseroles!

  2. I am thinking about making this today even though it is Christmas day we are staying home for dinner so it will be for the 2 of us. It sounds very delicious as we both love fried rice. I will update you when I get done with it.

  3. Instead of using soy sauce, I use ketchup to season my fried rice. It’s so good!

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  5. Your recipes look great! I want to make the Teriyaki chicken casserole … and would like to know how to make the fried rice you mention “in the link above”…. Is that the Ham fried rice with all the ingredients? Sorry to be confused… I’ll really appreciate your help. Thanks! Have a happy day!

  6. 5 stars
    I was wondering what kind of ginger you used in the recipe. Was it the grated ginger root or ground ginger? Thank you for your time, have a Happy New Year and I hope to hear from you soon.

  7. Wow! it is colurful! and I love it!

  8. Here’s just a little tid bit of info for you and your followers. Yes, always best to use at least day old cooked rice, but here’s some really good news. Did you know that once you cook rice and chill it it loses 1/2 it’s calories? It’s a fact from the break down it goes through! Awesome! So there’s a bonus for all the people who are watching what they eat! Thought you would like this info.

  9. Is there any way to substitute the egg for people allergic to eggs? Thanks

  10. I am wondering if I could make a big batch of this a freeze it?

  11. Is there a specific oil to use for this? I’m assuming peanut, but I’d prefer olive if it won’t drastically change the outcome.

  12. I’m making this tonight and can’t wait!! Quick question though – do you use fresh ginger or ground? Thanks!!

  13. Can you please tell me if you can substitute orzo pasta for the rice. I have two household members that hate rice. Why? I have no idea. I would like to make this and other recipes calling for rice. Please help me!!!

  14. I didn’t have any ham, but I fried up some chopped bacon instead. This is a wonderful recipe! So good! Thanks for sharing! Even my 3 year old ate it, veggies and all 🙂

    Katie @ Being Dawson’s Mom

  15. Thanks for the recipe.
    Maybe you are not really a rat…what I mean is the Chinese New Year is not the same. My husband & I are both born in the same year but my birthday is the beginning of February & his is later in the year so we are actually 2 different signs. Birthdays that fall in Jan or Feb are not always the same as the rest of that year. 😉 The date is different each year as well.
    Check out this site – you can enter your birthdate & it will tell you based on the year cycle. 🙂

  16. While fried rice is technically (I think) Chinese, my Japanese mother-in-law taught me the other secret ingredient to perfect fried rice. Yes, day-old cold rice is definitely a must, but the other thing is to add a pinch of Hon Dashi. It’s granulated fish stock. Seriously. I honestly didn’t believe her until I finally tried it. It’s the missing element that I could never figure out!

  17. This looks so yummy! When I’m sick I always crave fried rice. It’s weird but soo good!

  18. I love this! I grew up eating fried rice so we always used 1-2 day old rice. . also love that your mom’s fave restaurant was a Chinese restaurant! 🙂 I’m also a rat. . but some people think the rats are lucky! 🙂

  19. Perfect comfort food! I could dig into a big bowl of this any day!

  20. Ham Fried Rice? Genius! Few days old rice is always great for fried rice, totally craving it right now!

  21. I always fry my left over rice the next day, but never have tried it with the sweetened soy sauce which I absolutely will try the next time I make it!

  22. Mmmm, this looks and sounds oh so tasty! Can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  23. This is one of my favorite “cheat” go to meals for the family. I love it because it has vegetables, protein and carbs all in one dish. And I love that it (usually) only dirties one pan. And the rice cooker. Your recipe turned out beautiful!

  24. Such a brilliant tip to use leftover rice! Love that! Fried rice is a total weekend staple in my household so I am excited to make it myself!