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Panda Express Fried Rice Recipe

This recipe captures the essence of Panda Express’s legendary fried rice, allowing you to recreate the magic anytime you crave it. Simple, satisfying, and bursting with authentic flavors, our copycat version promises to elevate your home-cooked Asian cuisine experience. Let’s dive into the wok-tossed wonders and stir up a bowl of fried rice perfection!

Fried rice recipe on a brown plate

When it comes to fried rice, I have 2 rules. 

  1. It must be light and not greasy (the fewer oils the better!)
  2. It will include gobs of veggies

This Copycat Panda Express Fried Rice recipe is perfection for any type of eater. From my youngest who is suspicious of anything ‘green’ to my eldest who can eat his own body weight in carbs, this dish fills all of the nooks and crannies. We love it as a side dish with chicken breasts or as a main dish with a side salad!  Perhaps the best part is how amazing it reheats for leftovers on the busy weekday nights!

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INGREDIENTS

Fried rice recipe ingredients on a turqoise platter

Long grain rice or leftover jasmine rice or other short grain white rice

Eggs

Frozen peas and carrots

Salted butter

Onion

Soy sauce

Sesame oil or vegetable oil

White pepper

Salt

Green onion

INSTRUCTIONS

Fried rice recipe, step 1 - make the rice

Step 1: Cook rice according to package instructions.

Fried rice recipe step 3 - scramble eggs

Step 2: Scramble eggs and break into pieces.

Fried rice recipe, step 3 - add everything to a pot

Step 3: Dump all veggies, rice and scrambled eggs in skillet with butter.

Panda Express Fried Rice Step 4

Step 4: Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well and plate. Garnish with salt, pepper and green onion.

HINT: Leftover rice is perfect for this recipe!

VARIATIONS

Fried rice recipe on a brown plate

ADD SOME ADDITIONAL PROTEIN

If you want to change things up a bit, you could try adding shrimp, chicken or even beef to this delicious fried rice.

WATCHING YOUR SODIUM INTAKE?

Be sure to use low-sodium soy sauce, unsalted butter and omit any added salt.

STORAGE

Allow the fried rice to cool fully before transferring it to storage containers. This helps prevent condensation inside the container, which can lead to sogginess and a mushy mess.

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS

Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

Fried rice recipe on a brown plate and with chopsticks

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use freshly cooked rice, or does it need to be leftover?

While using day-old, chilled rice from the fridge is traditional for fried rice, you can also use fresh rice. The key is to ensure it’s cooled and slightly firm before stir-frying.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice for a healthier alternative. Keep in mind that brown rice may require a longer cooking time and extra liquid.

What type of vegetables work best in Panda Express-style fried rice?

Common vegetables include peas, carrots, corn, and green onions. You can also add ingredients like diced bell peppers, broccoli, or water chestnuts for extra flavor and texture.

Is there a vegetarian or vegan version of this recipe?

Absolutely! The current recipe is vegetarian. If you’re opting for vegan, omit the eggs or use a substitute like tofu. You’ll also want to use a substitute for the butter.

Can I add other proteins like shrimp or beef to the fried rice?

Yes, you can customize the recipe by adding your favorite proteins. Shrimp, beef, or even a combination of different proteins work well.

What kind of soy sauce is best for this recipe?

Light or regular soy sauce is typically used in fried rice. You can also use low-sodium soy sauce if you want to control the salt content. You could also use Tamari sauce.

Do I need a wok to make Panda Express-style fried rice?

While a wok is traditional and can provide optimal results, you can use a large skillet or frying pan as an alternative. Ensure it has enough surface area to stir-fry the ingredients evenly.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time, but it’s best to stir-fry the rice just before serving to maintain its texture and flavor.

How do I prevent the rice from sticking to the pan?

Make sure the rice is well-cooled and not too wet before adding it to the pan. Stir frequently, and if needed, add a little extra butter or oil to prevent sticking.

Can I use sesame oil in this recipe?

Absolutely! Adding a small amount of sesame oil at the end of cooking can enhance the flavor of the fried rice. Use it sparingly, as sesame oil has a strong flavor.

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Fried rice recipe on a brown plate and with chopsticks

Panda Express Fried Rice Recipe

This recipe captures the essence of Panda Express’s legendary fried rice, allowing you to recreate the magic anytime you crave it. Simple, satisfying, and bursting with authentic flavors, our copycat version promises to elevate your home-cooked Asian cuisine experience. Let’s dive into the wok-tossed wonders and stir up a bowl of fried rice perfection!

  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2/3 cup Long Grain Rice (uncooked) OR 2 cups leftover cooked rice
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup Frozen Peas and Carrots, thawed
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2/3 cup green onion, diced

Instructions

  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min

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2 Comments

  1. We like it better than Panda Express. HA! Will definitely be making this again!

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