Posted by / Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What To Do With Leftover Take-out Rice

First let me say, nowadays if I order Chinese food — brown rice should be an option. When it's not, the delivery white rice rarely gets eaten — at least until I get ahold of it the next day!

It really just takes a few simple ingredients to make something new and delicious from basic white rice. Just think about what you normally see in fried rice — most have peas, onions, egg, sometimes you will see diced carrot and soy gives it it's dark color. For my version I had on hand green onions, peas, and a little left over christmas ham chunks in the freezer!

First you want to whisk your egg in a bowl like you are going to scramble it. Heat your wok (or large skillet) until hot and then add oil (peanut or wok oil). Swirl the oil to coat, then add your egg, swirling to thinly coat the bottom. This will cook quickly so once done remove, slice into thin strips and reserve.

Add your peas, onion and ham to the wok and heat for 3-5 minutes. Then add leftover rice, stirring to combine and start with 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, stirring again just to change the color of the rice. 

Add the egg and stir again to combine. Add fresh ground pepper and serve immediately.

Now that is what I do with delivery white rice! Makes for a great meal the next day and you are taking care of leftovers at the same time.

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. Looks delicious! I tend to make cheesy "dirty" rice (I just add some paprika and chili powder, maybe some peppers) when I have leftover rice, but I'll have to give this one a try sometime!

  2. Yum! I love fried rice. Those pictures are gorgeous!

  3. This is almost exactly what I do with my takeout rice leftovers! Although if the rice is from a Mexican place, it usually gets stuffed into tacos or quesadillas instead. Our local Chinese place does have brown rice available, too--but then, California is an exception to lots of things, right?

    1. Yes, Eileen California is! Thanks for stopping by.


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An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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