Panda Express Fried Rice

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Panda Express Fried Rice is as classic as it gets – and with my copycat Panda Express Chinese rice recipe, you’ll have enough to feed the whole family in less than 30 minutes! Tasty rice is fried up with fluffy, buttery eggs and vegetables in a quick yet delicious single skillet dish!!

Chinese fried rice restaurant style.

Panda Express Fried Rice

The absolute best Chinese rice recipe you can find will be simple, quick, and authentic – and this guide checks all the boxes!

Chinese rice recipe ingredients.

Simmering sesame oil flavors and fluffs up a mountain of steamed rice with a handful of vegetables, plus a serving of eggs, for a meal that’s certifiably satisfying!


This Panda Express™ fried rice recipe is so great for saving time and money in the kitchen.

Even my pork fried rice and broccoli beef recipes are budget friendly, super quick, and beyond tasty!

scrambled eggs for fried rice.

INGREDIENT NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Long Grain Rice – If you’re going for fluffy, not sticky, then long grain is the way to go!

    Medium grain or jasmine are okay substitutes to use, but short grain should be avoided. 
  • Salted Butter – If you have a good nonstick pan, some cooking spray, or a dash of vegetable oil, you can skip the butter when frying your eggs.

    But if you just love that rich buttery flavor, you won’t want to leave it out!
  • Sesame Oil – A little bit of this oil brings a LOT of flavor, so go easy with it!

    And if you’re not a fan, you have plenty of alternatives – vegetable, olive, avocado, and peanut oils would all do the trick.

    However, it’s what gives any Chinese fried rice restaurant style recipe its iconic flavor, so I really recommend trying it at least once! 
  • Frozen Peas & Carrots – These are the veggies included in the original Panda Express fried rice recipe, but use any ol’ bag of vegetables you have in your freezer! Corn, broccoli, green beans – any bag will do ya!
  • Green Onions – These tasty greens make a crunchy, flavorful garnish.

    But you can also toss them in when you add the scrambled eggs back to the pan, if you want a good dose of oniony flavor throughout the dish.

    Just a tip for the onion fans out there!
coked rice with carrots and peas.

How to Make Fried Rice With Eggs

  • Use Cold Rice – The rice needs to be completely cooled off, not fresh from the cooker. Better yet, use rice from the night before or the morning of! I’ve found that a good 8 hours or longer in the fridge makes the rice just perfect for frying.
  • Add Extra Flavor – To enhance the flavor of the rice, cook it in stock instead of water! Chicken, beef, or vegetable would all work.
  • Cook the Eggs Slowly – Avoid burnt, thin scrambled eggs by cooking them low and slow on a medium-low temperature until cooked through.

    A quick fry on high will make tough, rubbery eggs. 
  • Preparing For Frying – Wipe away any and all leftovers from the scramble before frying the rice.

    After adding the oil, wait until it heats enough to shimmer on the surface and then add the rice. Give it a stir and a toss, coating with the oil, and fry away!
adding soy sauce to rice

Storing and Reheating Leftover Panda Express Fried Rice

Any Chinese fried rice recipe is fantastic for meal prep! It’s good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and this recipe makes 5 servings.

Make a single batch for lunch throughout the week, or double the recipe for multiple dinners!

Use an airtight container or Ziploc bag for storage. To reheat, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave in short bursts until warmed and softened.

Panda Express Fried Rice FAQ

Is Panda’s fried rice healthy?

Any dish cooked in oil isn’t necessarily “healthy.” However, that isn’t to say there aren’t nutrients to be found here! 

Your choice of vegetables can add a varying amount of nutrition – peas and carrots, specifically, have vitamins C, A, and E as well as antioxidants. 

Nutrients can be bolstered with extra veggies, and eggs are a great source of protein!

Does Panda Express fried rice have meat?

It does not! The Panda Express fried rice recipe is perfect for a meatless Monday or for anyone that does not eat meat.

Or, on the other end of the spectrum, feel free to add any meat for extra protein! Chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp are all popular stir fry proteins. 

Can you make a Chinese fried rice recipe in a regular saucepan or skillet?

Absolutely – a wok is not at all necessary, though your average pan needs a bit more oil to do what a wok does with less.

If you can get your hands on one, a wok also helps with cooking time and fits a whole lot more rice than a pan or skillet. 

fried rice Panda Express.

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Panda Express fried rice.

Chinese rice recipe ingredients

Panda Express Fried Rice

Donna Elick
Panda Express Fried Rice is quick, delicious, and so easy to make! Stir fry this fast and filling Chinese rice recipe in just 30 minutes!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Method Stovetop
Servings 5 1 cup servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain rice, cooled
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a large skillet or wok over low heat.
  • Crack eggs into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add the beaten eggs to the skillet and cook over medium-low heat, breaking them up with a spatula, until cooked through. Transfer scrambled eggs to a plate and set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in the skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add rice and vegetables, sauteeing for 1-2 minutes to combine ingredients.
  • Combine the soy sauce and sesame oil together in a small bowl; pour over the rice mixture in the pan. Continue cooking for another 8-10 minutes. Stir the scrambled eggs back into the skillet and allow them to warm through.
  • Serve fried rice hot, garnished with green onions. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Donna’s Notes

Rinse the rice well before cooking it. You can cook the rice in water or add a little more flavor by cooking it in vegetable or chicken stock. Rice should be cooled completely before making this recipe.
Scrambled eggs are best when cooked “slow and low”. If you cook them on high heat, they will fry up super fast, but they will be overcooked and taste tough and rubbery. If you’d like to cook them without butter, you can simply use a non-stick pan, a bit of nonstick cooking spray, or even a little vegetable oil.
Remove all remnants of the eggs from the pan before frying up the rice. Heat the oil until it shimmers before adding in the rice. Toss the rice initially to spread the oil throughout the rice, but then give it a few minutes between stirs to get some good heat at the bottom of the pan and “fry.”

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 275cal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 685mg | Sugar: 0.5g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Panda Express fried rice.

Originally published October 2022

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I always have leftover rice in the fridge so I thought I would make this fried rice. It was absolutely delicious. I have tried other recipes but they never come ou0t like the restaurant rice. This one was perfect!

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