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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The Secret to Ham Fried Rice

4.54 from 15 votes
Servings: 6 -8
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes


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.


  • 1 1/2 Cups Carrots, cubed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peas
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • 4 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 2 Cups Ham, chopped
  • 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.
    1 1/2 Cups Peas, 1 1/2 Cups Carrots
  • In a small fry pan add a little oil and heat to medium heat.
    2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 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.
    2 Eggs
  • 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.
    1/3 Cup Soy Sauce, 1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon White Sugar, 1/8 teaspoon Ground Ginger, 1 Pinch 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.
    4 Cups Cooked Rice
  • Add the sauce mixture, stirring to combine.
  • Add the eggs, ham, carrots and peas and stir until heated through.
    2 Cups Ham
  • Top with green onion and serve immediately.
    2 Green Onions


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


Serving: 1gCalories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 18gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1321mgPotassium: 423mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5747IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes

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