Cao Xi’s Secret Egg Fried Rice 

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Egg-fried rice is easy to prepare and tastes great as a meal on its own. For the best result, make sure the rice is cooked and cooled beforehand so it won’t stick together when frying.

Preparation time

less than 30 mins


Cooking time

10 to 30 mins

Serves 4


1 egg

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp vegetable oil

200g/7oz long-grain rice (uncooked weight), cooked and left to go cold

100g/4oz frozen peas, defrosted (rinse under warm water to do this quickly)

4 spring onions, finely chopped

100g/4oz beansprouts (optional)

1-2 tsp soy sauce

ground white pepper


Beat together the egg and sesame oil and put to one side.

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan. When it’s shimmering and almost smoking, add the rice and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until completely heated through.

Add the peas, spring onions and beansprouts, if using. Stir-fry, turning the rice constantly around the pan, for about 3 minutes. Season well with soy sauce and pepper, then push to one side of the pan. Pour the beaten egg mixture into the other side and leave for about 10 seconds so it begins to set. Using a chopstick, briskly swirl around the egg to break it up and then toss around with the rice. Stir-fry for a further minute and serve straight away.

Recipe Tips

You could include some extras like chopped ham, cooked prawns or sweetcorn, when adding the peas.

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