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Ginger Fried Rice

Fried rice has become a favorite quick meal in our house. With very few ingredients, this simple fried rice is full of flavor and makes a great lunch or dinner (or breakfast, if you're so inclined!).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy dinner, easy, weeknight-friendly, family friendly, fried rice, ginger
Servings: 4
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Wok or Large Skillet


  • ½ cup Peanut Oil
  • 2 tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoon Minced Ginger
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups Thinly Sliced Leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
  • 4 cups Day-Old Cooked Rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 4 teaspoon Soy Sauce


  • In a large skillet, heat ¼ cup oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
  • Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
  • Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
  • In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
  • Divide rice among four dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle with ½ teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger over everything and serve.


Recipe published in the New York Times.