Basmati Fried Rice is a quick and easy recipe! Loaded with bacon bits, peas, corn, green onions, fried egg and rice this simple combination will tick a lot of boxes. This fried basmati rice works as a side, the main event or a homemade spin on your favorite take out!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the recipe in the points below:
- Simple ingredients: everything that you need to make the recipe can be sought from your local grocery store. They are year round available ingredients that will be easy to get your hands on. You might also find many are pantry staples that you happen to have in the cupboard already.
- Budget friendly: fried rice is a typical take out style recipe with Asian cuisine origins. It is how Chinese restaurants make their bread and butter. But getting take out gets expensive real fast. Making it at home cuts costs, some of the oil and gives you a take out style recipe that can be enjoyed hot and fresh from the stove top 😁👌.
- Taste and texture: from the chunky diced bacon, to the bursting kernels of corn, chewy rice and crisp fried egg. This fried rice covers a lot of different tastes and textures, making it a satisfying and flavoursome option reminiscent of Indian fried rice.
- Versatile: serve it as a side dish for practically anything and everything. It is a very versatile recipe that will work with a number of flavor combinations, proteins and cuisines. Simple recipes that work for multiple meal pairings offer convenience and freezer friendly options.
- Super fast: whilst there seems to be a little bit going on in the recipe, we only need to take basic steps to bring the rice together and from starting the dish to popping it on the table with a big spoon you are looking at a quick 15 minutes of your time 😁👍.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the easy basmati rice recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper for seasoning in the recipe.
- Worcestershire sauce: this gives almost anything an oomph and it does the trick to bringing a little flavor packed oomph to this fried rice 😉👌.
- Eggs: we want to whisk these and then fry them in the pan and then the chop them up. The fried bits of egg are delightfully delicious when combined with the other ingredients.
- Green onions: we simply need to trim the roots and tips of these and then use a sharp knife to slice them into thin pieces. They bring both flavor and texture to the dish.
- Bacon: chunky bits of diced bacon are perfect. I find it easiest to buy store bought diced bacon as then you can simply throw it into the pan, no prep work needed.
- Peas: everyone has frozen green peas in their freezer, right 😁. We only need measure a cup of them and add them to the pan with the bacon. They thaw and cook very quickly.
- Corn: this is a standard tin of corn kernels. We drain and rinse them.
- Basmati rice: a long-grain rice that is a popular choice for many recipes. It has a chewy texture and is excellent to use for fried rice.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making the recipe. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the bacon fried recipe. We start by whisking the eggs as you see in the photo below.
- Whisk the eggs (Photo 1)
- Fry them in a large pan (Photo 2)
- Add the bacon to the pan (Photo 3)
- Add the peas and green onions (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Basmati Fried Rice
To make the fried rice, start by cracking the eggs into a small bowl and using a fork to whisk them together.
Once done, place a large saute pan or hot wok onto the stove top and pour in the whisked eggs. Allow them to cook until firm for 2-3 minutes.
When the eggs are cooked, use a slotted turner to slide them out of the pan and onto a chopping board.
You can also use this time to read and follow the packet instructions to cook the basmati rice. Be it in the microwave, rice cooker or stove top on a separate element.
Then add the bacon, frozen peas and green onions to the pan as you see me doing in the photo above.
- Add salt and pepper (Photo 5)
- Then roll and slice the egg (Photo 6)
- Add the corn (Photo 7)
- Add the cooked rice (Photo 8)
Next sprinkle the salt and pepper into the pan as shown in the photo above.
Then return to the fried egg, roll it into a log shape and then use a knife to roughly chop it into pieces.
Next add the corn to the bacon mixture, followed by the cooked fluffed with a fork rice.
- Add the worcestershire sauce (Photo 9)
- Stir to fold it in (Photo 10)
- Add the chopped egg (Photo 11)
- Allow the rice to heat through (Photo 12)
Next pour the worcestershire sauce into the pan and use a wooden spoon to gently fold it in until it is consistently mixed.
Then add the chopped egg to the rice and stir to combine, allowing the dish to fully heat through.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Generally fried rice is one of those easy recipes that lends itself to being a side dish for chicken, pork, beef or a number of other Asian take away foods.
The thing that I like to do with it is to add it to the Sweet Chilli Prawns Satay Prawns or Mexican Prawns (shown below). It beefs them up a bit by introducing a more special type of rice than plain Jasmine or basmati and it really does make you feel like you are having take-out (without the high cost involved or waiting for it to be delivered! 😉👍).
It is a simple tasty combo, you know exactly what has gone into making it. It is 'fried rice' without a glut of oil and the prawns are the perfect looks like take away, tastes like take away didn't spend an arm and a leg and feel 'ugh too full ' after kind of dish 😉👌.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover fried rice in a sealed, airtight container. It will last 3-4 days and needs to be reheated before being consumed.
How to Freeze
Allow the rice to fully cool. Then portion into airtight containers and place in the freezer. The frozen portions of the dish can be kept for 3 months.
How to Reheat
Allow frozen portions of the rice to fully thaw. Then reheat in the microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- If you only have leftover brown rice or jasmine rice and wish to use that in place of the basmati you can.
- You can use shredded ham in place of the bacon if you wish too.
- If you want to use leftover basmati rice you can. Or fresh rice that you cook specifically for the recipe will work too.
- If you want to serve the rice as a meal in one, you can bulk it up a little by adding some sliced cooked chorizo, shredded chicken, cooked shrimp or chopped sausages.
- Or keep is as a veg fried rice recipe and omit the bacon if you wish too.
- You can use a little soy sauce in place of the Worcestershire sauce, but in which case I would reduce it to 1 tablespoon so the rice doesn't get too salty.
- For extra vegetables you can add some chopped bell peppers (capsicum), diced onion, green beans or peeled and sliced carrot.
- Serve with a fried egg on top with a dash or 2 of sriracha sauce.
- Add some chopped spring onions or sesame seeds if you want a garnish on top.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- If you use a non stick oil, you won't need to add oil to the pan. If you do wish to add a small amount of oil the best types to use are either peanut oil, vegetable oil, olive oil or sesame oil.
- If you want to use store bought cooked rice you can. If doing so, I recommend adding it to a bowl and microwaving it to heat for about 1-2 minutes. Then use a fork to fluff it up before adding it to the pan. This will save it being all clumped or stuck together.
- You can also make your rice the day before, keep it in the fridge and then use it to make the fried rice the next day if you wish too.
- Fluffing the rice up with a fork is essential to make sure that the rice grains are separated and it only takes a minute or so.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
Can you use basmati rice for fried rice?
Yes! Basmati rice is an excellent ingredient to use for fried rice.
How much water do I need for 2 cups of basmati rice?
The ratio of water to basmati rice is 1 and ½ cups of water to 1 cup of dried rice. So for 2 cups of basmati rice, you will need 3 cups of water.
Does basmati rice need to be soaked?
No, it is not necessary to soak basmati rice before cooking it.
😍 More Easy Side Dishes
If delivering a tasty looking side dish to the table is your favorite thing to do then I have some more ideas to share with you. Try these on for side 😂👍:
- Tortilla Garlic Bread
- Crumbed Mushrooms
- Roasted Capsicums
- Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Fried Cabbage and Bacon
- Mashed Peas
- Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
- Quick Potato Bake
Basmati Fried Rice
- 4 large eggs free range, Note 1
- 1 cup bacon diced, Note 2
- 1 cup frozen peas Note 3
- 6 green onions roots and tips trimmed, then finely sliced, Note 4
- ¼ teaspoon salt Note 5
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 400 grams/14 oz corn kernels
- 2 cups basmati rice dried, cooked according to packet instructions
- 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- Eggs: crack the eggs into a small bowl and use a fork to whisk. Then place a large saute pan on the stove top, add the whisked eggs and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. Once cooked, use a slotted spoon to slide them out of the pan onto a chopping board.
- Bacon: add the diced bacon, frozen peas, sliced green onions, salt and pepper to the pan and cook, stirring to combine for 2 minutes.
- Rice: read and follow the instructions on the packet to cook the rice in the microwave, rice cooker or other element on the stove top. It will generally need 3 cups of water for 2 cups of the rice and take around 12-14 minutes to cook. Once it is cooked, use a fork to fluff it up.
- Corn: add the rinsed corn to the pan with the bacon mixture and then add the cooked fluffed rice.
- Worcestershire sauce: pour the Worcestershire sauce over the rice and then use a wooden spoon to stir to fold this in.
- Sliced egg: then add the sliced egg to the pan and again stir combine.
- To serve: after stirring the egg into the rice, allow the dish to heat through. Then use a large spoon to transfer it into a serving bowl.
- Note 1 - Eggs: we want to whisk these and then fry them in the pan and then the chop them up. The fried bits of egg are delightfully delicious when combined with the other ingredients.
- Note 2 - Bacon: chunky bits of diced bacon are perfect. I find it easiest to buy store bought diced bacon as then you can simply throw it into the pan, no prep work needed.
- Note 3 - Peas: everyone has frozen peas in their freezer, right 😁. We only need measure a cup of them and add them to the pan with the bacon. They thaw and cook very quickly.
- Note 4 - Green onions: we simply need to trim the roots and tips of these and then use a sharp knife to slice them into thin pieces. They bring both flavor and texture to the dish.
- Note 5 - Salt and pepper: we use salt and a little bit of black pepper for seasoning in the recipe.
- Note 6 - Corn: this is a standard tin of corn kernels. We drain and rinse them.
- Note 7 - Basmati rice: a long grain white rice that is a popular choice. It has a chewy texture and is excellent to use for fried rice.
- Note 8 - Worcestershire sauce: this gives almost anything an oomph and it does the trick to bringing a little flavor packed oomph to this fried rice 😉👌.