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Simple Fried Rice Recipe Using Four Leftovers

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Learn how to make simple fried rice using leftovers.

Learn how to make simple fried rice using leftovers.

Fried Rice With Leftovers: An All-in-One Dish

Fried rice is an easy-to-cook dish that is typically made with leftovers. This dish has countless variations, from traditional recipes to homemade creations. Fried rice is a popular street food in most Asian countries.

Today, I found four leftovers inside my refrigerator. They were steamed rice, sauteed corn kernels, carrots, and frozen cooked mushrooms (the carrots and mushrooms were left over from a previous meal). So I came up with the idea of making fried rice using these leftovers—plus a few pieces of my favorite breakfast meats. And now, I'd like to share my affordable and delicious recipe for fried rice with leftovers. Enjoy!

These were the leftovers I used to make this fried rice dish.

These were the leftovers I used to make this fried rice dish.


  • 1 1/2 cups steamed rice
  • 1/8 cup cooked mushroom, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons sauteed corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons carrots, cubed
  • 1 hot dog, cubed
  • 1 piece ham, cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for cooking


For preparation:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 5 small bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

For cooking:

  • Pan
  • Flipper spatula

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

7 min

8 min

15 min

1 serving


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Stir-fry the hot dog and ham.
  2. Add the carrots and mushrooms. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in the corn kernels and rice.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Continue cooking until the rice is heated through.
Simple fried rice using four leftovers

Simple fried rice using four leftovers

Tips and Techniques

For Leftover Rice:

  • Use leftover or day-old fluffy rice. Leftover rice is easier to handle.
  • Break up clumps of rice using your hands. This helps the rice cook evenly.

For Freshly Cooked Rice:

  • Rinse the rice to remove some of its starch. This prevents the rice from becoming overly clumpy.
  • Spread cooked rice in a pan or a baking sheet to let the moisture comes out.
  • Allow the cooked rice to rest for at least 1 hour before using it for fried rice.

For Extra Flavor and Texture:

  • Add your favorite seasoning mix to give extra flavor to your fried rice.
  • Toss in some scrambled egg to make it like Yangchow fried rice.
  • Sprinkle chopped scallions on top for additional aroma, taste, and texture.
  • Spice up this dish by adding chili oil.

For Corn Kernels:

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