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20 best fried rice recipes

Winter veg fried rice

Level up your fried rice game

Fried rice offers endless variations to explore. Originating from China as a means to repurpose leftover rice, it has become a quick  go-to meal for many. Ideal for batch cooking and freezing, fried rice can be crafted from simple pantry items and frozen vegetables, making it a perfect budget meal, easy dinner or weeknight winner. Whether you prefer the classic Chinese style or another twist, each recipe in this list is customisable to cater to your family's tastes.

Chinese-style Chicken Fried Rice

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Chinese-style chicken fried rice

This classic dish, combining tender chicken with fluffy rice and a mix of frozen vegetables, embodies the essence of traditional Chinese cuisine. Use cold day-old rice for the best texture and add a splash of soy sauce for that authentic flavour. A fantastic option for a budget family meal.

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Sweet-chilli Chicken Fried Rice

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Sweet-chilli chicken fried rice

Infuse your dinner with the zesty sweetness of this dish, perfect for those who enjoy a hint of spice. Incorporate frozen veggies and microwave rice to make it a value meal ideal for a quick and easy family dinner. Add some soy sauce at the end for extra flavour.

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Easy Fried Rice

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Easy fried rice

This fast and flavoursome fried rice recipe is the epitome of easy midweek cooking and will quickly become your go-to family dinner recipe. Cook on a high heat and let rest at the bottom of the pan to create those special crispy bits. No prawns? Use any leftover meat like chicken or pork in your fridge instead.

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Teriyaki Eggplant Fried Rice

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Teriyaki eggplant fried rice

Try a fusion of Japanese and Chinese cuisine with this vegetarian version. Eggplants marinated in teriyaki sauce offer a rich umami flavour and marry perfectly in this speedy weeknight dinner. Or you can try using in-season mushrooms instead with this recipe. Add a splash of toasted sesame oil at the end for extra depth and flavour.

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Fast Pork Fried Rice

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Fast pork fried rice

Have your meal on the table in ten minutes with this quick and easy dinner option that doesn't skimp on flavour. Pork adds a rich depth, making it a comforting choice for a winter meal. Pair with any seasonal produce like peas or beans for added freshness. For that extra rich flavour, fry with butter.

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Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice

For a low-carb alternative, this recipe swaps traditional rice for cauliflower, making it a light yet fulfilling dish. Experiment with various seasonings and pantry ingredients to find your perfect blend. Batch, cook and freeze for later.

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Thai Watermelon & Prawn Fried Rice

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Thai watermelon and prawn fried rice

This clever combo of sweet watermelon and savoury prawns, dressed in Thai spices, offers a unique twist on the classic fried rice. This dish uses brown rice and broccolini for a healthier twist on this family favourite.

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Crispy Bacon And Veg Fried Rice

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Crispy bacon and veg fried rice

Make your family a budget meal and recreate this takeaway favourite at home. To save yourself time, use day-old rice and have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Honey Prawn Fried Rice with Crispy Wontons

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Honey prawn fried rice with crispy wontons

This irresistibly moreish classic – made with aromatic, fluffy rice and tender, juicy prawns – is just as good as takeaway. This dish showcases the balance between sweet and savoury, making it a loaded rice treat for any occasion.

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Veg-Packed 'Fried' Rice

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Veg-packed fried rice

Between the broccolini, peas, capsicum and chicken, this budget take on 'fried' rice will leave your toughest (and littlest) critics eager for more. Not only that, it's easy to make and perfect for incorporating leftover veggies.

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Quick Pork and Veggie Fried Rice

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Quick pork and veggie fried rice

Fast, flavourful and filled with protein, this recipe is one for busy weeknights. It demonstrates the ease of turning simple ingredients into a delectable family meal. Using frozen veggies and microwave rice makes for a speedy dinner on the table in just 25 minutes.

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Healthier Quick Veggie Fried Rice

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Healthier quick veggie fried rice

Try this easy fried rice recipe for a healthier, budget-friendly vegetarian dinner that's loaded with veggies. It will become your new go-to 15-minute meal that you’ll serve to your family on a weekly rotation.

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Pineapple Fried Rice

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Pineapple fried rice

The tropical sweetness of pineapple gives this rice dish a moreish twist. It's a fantastic way to pair seasonal produce with pantry staples for a meal that's family (and budget) friendly. Use frozen veggies to make an easy and speedy meal.

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Sweet & Sour Pork With Fried Rice

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Sweet and sour pork with fried rice

Merge the tangy goodness of sweet and sour pork with the savoury base of fried rice for a fulfilling family meal. This recipe showcases how simple ingredients can turn a basic meal into something special.

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Egg Fried Rice

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Egg fried rice

A staple in fried rice cuisine, try this easy egg fried rice recipe that uses Chinese sausage and juicy prawns. You can have it ready for lunch or dinner in 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeks.

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Fried Rice Traybake

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Fried rice traybake

Minimise clean up with this one-pan approach to fried rice. It's an ingenious way to prepare a budget meal that's loaded with flavour and nourishing goodies. Perfect for batch cooking for quick lunches the next day.

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