Restaurant Ham Fried Rice

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Restaurant Ham Fried Rice tastes just like your favorite take-out, but with simple, wholesome ingredients you already have at home! 

A bowl of ham fried rice

Restaurant Ham Fried Rice

This Restaurant Style Ham Fried Rice tastes just like the rice at your favorite take-out place. As much as I love eating out at Chinese restaurants, it’s just as fun to make a big feast at home to share with my people. It’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients and pairs beautifully with oh so many of our delicious Asian inspired recipes.

My family teases me for being quite picky about my fried rice. I like it moist but not clumpy or sticky. I like simple ingredients, nothing too fancy or complicated. This recipe meets all my expectations! The texture is perfect for picking up with chopsticks without the rice sliding off the end. And the simple flavors combine together creating the ideal side dish for any Asian main course.

Close up of a bowl of ham fried rice

Suggestions for Ham Fried Rice

  • The beauty of this recipe is there are no fussy ingredients. All you need are things you probably have on hand in your pantry right now. Just some long grain rice, onions and garlic, ham, eggs and a few diced veggies if the mood strikes you and you’re in business!
  • Just because I’m picky about my fried rice ingredients doesn’t mean you have to be. Feel free to toss in anything, like shredded carrots, pineapple, baby corn, broccoli, bacon or additional meat.
  • If you’re not crazy about ham, this fried rice tastes delicious with shredded or cubed pork, chicken or even shrimp. Or omit the meat altogether for a vegetarian dish.
  • Make a big batch of this rice, because it stays nice and fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week! You can freeze leftovers too; just use freezer safe bags or containers and push as much air out as possible.
  • Looking for a gluten free fried rice dish? The biggest obstacle in making this one completely gluten-free is the soy sauce. Most soy sauce brands contain gluten so make sure to read the labels carefully! There are some decent GF soy sauces out there, so check your grocery store.

Main Dishes to Serve with Restaurant Ham Fried Rice

Needing Chinese food ideas to make at home? Pair this delectable rice with some of our Asian inspired recipes and you can have a full-on family style Chinese take-out night for a fraction of the price of going out.

A bowl of ham fried rice

Restaurant Ham Fried Rice

5 from 8 votes
Restaurant Ham Fried Rice tastes just like your favorite take-out, but with simple, wholesome ingredients you already have at home! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook rice according to package directions. Heat vegetable or sesame oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions to the hot oil and stir until clear and light brown. Stir in garlic.
    Onions and garlic in a pan
  • When garlic is lightly browned, add ham and cook for 3-4 minutes.
    Onions, garlic, and ham in a pan
  • Add veggies and cook until they are tender.
    Ham, pineapple, peas, carrots, onions, and garlic in a pan
  • Stir in beaten eggs. Cook until eggs are scrambled and firm.
    Pouring beaten eggs into a pan
  • When rice is done, add to skillet and mix in thoroughly. Stir in soy sauce, a little at a time. (you can always add more so don't overdo it).
    Close up of a bowl of ham fried rice

Notes

For a “dry” fried rice, steam the white rice a day ahead. After cooking rice, let it cool to room temperature. Place the rice in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge overnight. Add refrigerated rice to the skillet as described in the instructions above.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1751IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Tried this for dinner last night and it paired perfectly with Mongolian beef; easily, a new favorite fried rice recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    With Trader Joe’s frozen rice, this was such an easy dinner to throw together. Added lots of veggies and it was delish!

  3. Where does the water come in? It states to make the rice according to package directions…..or do you use the 2 cups water to make the rice. Did I miss something?

      1. I learned a trick on how to cook rice (white) perfectly. I measured for most of my life, but sometimes needed to add more water, and sometimes the finished product was clumpy. The trick(s):
        Almost like cooking pasta… start with way more water than rice, and bring to a boil. Add the rice and cook for 9 minutes (stirring occasionally). After 9 minutes, drain the rice and put in a bowl or storage container and fluff up with a fork. The rice grains will be separate. *If you are going to make fried rice, put the cooked rice either in the freezer or refrigerator so it will be cold when you start to fry it up. I don’t know who figured out this, but it sure works!

  4. The recipe states that I should use 1 tsp. sesame oil and 2 Tbsp. veg. oil. But the note states that 3 Tbsp. of just sesame can be used instead. Does that mean that the original amounts of oil should add up to 3 Tbsp? So should the original 1 tsp. sesame oil actually be 1 Tbsp?

    1. You are right, it should be 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp. 3 Tbsp. of sesame oil may be too overpowering. I will go fix it in the recipe. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight to take to a NYE potluck. Before I add the egg, I like to mix them up in a bowl with some soy sauce, a little garlic salt and then fry them in a separate hot skillet so they look like flat little pancakes. Then I cut the egg into thin strips before adding it to the fried ham. Regardless, yours is a great recipe and I’ve had plenty of samples along the way. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much for the 5 stars! Also, thank you for the tip on how you add the eggs to the rice. Great idea! Happy New Year!

  6. 2 questions: if you make the rice the night before, do you leave it on the countertop or put it in the frig?
    Your ingredients say 3 eggs. Your recipe says egg, not eggs. Do you definitely use 3 eggs?
    Thank you! Glad I’m not the only one who prefers fried rice without veggies, especially peas!

    1. Keep the rice in the fridge if you make it the night before. You can easily reheat it in a skillet before serving. You do use three eggs in the recipe. Thank you for letting us know there was typo in the instructions. I’ve made the correction. Enjoy your rice! 🙂

  7. a as far as fried rice,im from hawaii so theres more to it then this,like adding cut up green onion,and i use spam cut up in little bitty chunks,plus bbq pork which ever meat,but ham is good but want flavor so i like bbq pork you can buy in selected grocers, also add a 1/4 tsp oyster sauce ahhh! at end when cooking rice in it and a little more soyu for more brown color and pepper and salt,is using kikoman soy no salt ok. this is for 4 cps rice,ahh lrft overs are great next day.oh a use only half can of spam or bbq pork use 1/4 cp or little more to ur liking. enjoy.