Simple Breakfast Fried Rice with Egg

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A simple breakfast fried rice using leftover rice for a delicious, wholesome egg and rice breakfast bowl combination! All you need is six ingredients (plus toppings) and 15 minutes for a dish you can enjoy as a breakfast or any time of the day!

Rice eggs breakfast served over lettuce leaves

I’m going to be honest – having rice for breakfast isn’t exactly the UK’s norm. In fact, egg-fried rice is almost exclusively saved for dinners and several types of Asian take-aways. However, when I discovered this quick Asian breakfast fried rice as a simple, flavorful way to use up leftover cooked rice (thanks to my foreign friends online!) – delish! And you can always go back to pancakes and cereal tomorrow!

With just a few ingredients and no time at all (practically the same time it will take to make a bowl of oatmeal), you can serve a simple egg and rice breakfast bowl with a selection of toppings to impress the entire family!

Adding rice and eggs over lettuce leaves

In fact, this breakfast fried rice is the breakfast version of stir-fries – perfect for using up all sorts of leftovers: beans, chickpeas, baked tofu or other proteins, roasted veggies, etc. The sky is the limit – well… what you have in your kitchen is, but the same thing, right?! For any lovers of bibimbap or donburi bowls, you’re sure to love this egg and rice breakfast bowl!

Best of all, it’s filling, has protein because of the egg (or tofu in a vegan alternative), and will help get you ready for the day! Plus, you can enjoy it as breakfast, lunch, or dinner! There’s really no wrong time for simple fried rice. If you have it for lunch or dinner, just bulk it up further with protein and veggies.

The Ingredients

Ingredients for rice breakfast
  • Leftover rice: this breakfast fried rice recipe is super versatile – use short, medium, or long-grain rice for this recipe. However, shorter grain is more typical for stir-fried rice. You need leftover rice from the day before. You could also use cooked frozen rice – thaw it in the refrigerator overnight (or in the microwave).
  • Eggs: use two large eggs. Alternatively, you could use scrambled tofu for a vegan option (prepare the night before for an even quicker breakfast).
  • Soy sauce: you can use reduced-sodium if preferred or tamari for a gluten-free option. For depth of flavor, you could use mostly reduced-sodium with just a splash of dark soy.
  • Sesame oil: consider this the ‘secret ingredient’ to a genuinely addictive rice breakfast bowl!
  • Garlic: you can optionally add a yellow onion at the same time.
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Green onions: this is technically a topping, but I’ve added it here in the ingredients list as I pretty much find it a ‘must-have’ ingredient regardless of what extra toppings or add-ins you use.
  • Toppings: for this particular bowl, I used a combination of sliced avocado, omega seed mix, green onions (mentioned above), and a little chili sauce.
Toppings for rice breakfast

Optional Add-ins

This breakfast fried rice is super versatile to tons of add-ins. Here are just a few of my top suggestions. 

  • Vegetables: onion, peas, shredded zucchini and/or carrot, finely diced bell peppers, spinach or baby kale, corn, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes (uncooked or lightly sautéed), etc. 

You can also use frozen vegetables that have been pre/par-cooked as they’ll take just a few minutes to heat up with the rice.

  • Leftover proteins: tofu or crispy tofu are my favorite add-ins. If you eat other meats, feel free to use them, too. For a lunch option, salmon and other seafood will also work. 
  • Legumes: like chickpeas, kidney beans, etc. 
  • Spice: for an extra kick, you could use a little chili oil in place of the olive oil and/or sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the top of the rice breakfast bowl. 
  • Other: a sprinkle of cheese, other herbs, sesame seeds, and shredded nori are all other options you could include. 
  • Oyster sauce: to add further depth to the sauce, you could reduce the soy sauce slightly and add oyster sauce. 

How To Make Breakfast Fried Rice

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. You can do this directly in the pan later, but I like to do it in a separate bowl in-case I drop in any shells.

Steps for making scrambled eggs

Heat a large skillet with the olive oil and add the minced garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

A pan with oil and garlic

Add the eggs to the pan and stir often, breaking them up into smaller pieces. Cook for around 2 minutes.

Steps for preparing egg rice breakfast

Add the rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil and mix well to combine. Optionally, add some grated ginger for extra flavor.

Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until everything is warmed through, then serve.

Steps for serving rice breakfast

I served mine on a bed of lettuce and topped it with a sprinkle of omega seeds, chili sauce, finely sliced green onion, and avocado slices.

To Make Ahead and Store

Make ahead: this egg and rice breakfast already uses leftover rice to cut down on the cooking time, but did you know you could also prepare the entire thing (without the egg) the night before and reheat it on the stovetop in the morning and add the egg and toppings.

Store: as this dish already uses cooked and cooled rice, I prefer only to reheat it once and eat it then and there. However, I have had success storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Rice breakfast served over lettuce

Recipe Notes

  • Why use leftover rice? Leftover rice dries out slightly and will absorb flavors better and not be as ‘mushy.’
  • For crispier results, start by spreading the rice in a flat layer over the skillet and allowing it to cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp (after sauteeing the garlic). Then stir in the eggs until scrambled.
  • Readers tip: you may be able to make this breakfast fried rice with freshly cooked rice – just use slightly less water when cooking it for ‘drier’ rice and allow it to cool down a little (20-30 mins). The result won’t be the same, but it’ll do in a pinch.
  • You can use frozen rice just allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge (or use the microwave).

If you try this fried rice breakfast recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts/questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

Easy Breakfast Fried Rice with Egg

5 from 2 votes
By: Samira
A simple breakfast fried rice using leftover rice for a delicious, wholesome egg and rice breakfast combination! All you need is six ingredients (plus toppings) and 15 minutes for a dish you can enjoy as a breakfast or any time of the day!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients  

  • 1.5 cups leftover rice
  • 2 eggs or scrambled tofu for vegan
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce reduced-soy or not, or tamari (GF)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ginger optional

Toppings

  • few lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 1 Tbsp chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp omega seed mix
  • spring onion

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. You can do this directly in the pan later, but I like to do it in a separate bowl in-case I drop in any shells.
  • Heat a large skillet with olive oil and add the minced garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs to the pan and often stir, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook for around 2 minutes until mostly cooked.
  • Add the rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil and mix well to combine. Optionally, add some grated ginger for extra flavor.
  • Cook for a further 2-3 minutes until everything is warmed through, then serve.
    I served mine on a bed of lettuce and topped it with a sprinkle of omega seeds, chili sauce, finely sliced green onion, and avocado slices.

To Make Ahead and Store

  • Make ahead: This egg and rice breakfast already uses leftover rice to cut down on the cooking time, but did you know you could also prepare the entire thing (without the egg) the night before and reheat it on the stovetop in the morning and add the egg.
    Store: As this dish already uses cooked and cooled rice, I prefer only to reheat it once and eat it then and there. However, I have had success storing leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Notes

  • Why use leftover rice? Leftover rice dries out slightly and will absorb flavors better and not be as ‘mushy.’
  • For crispier results, start by spreading the rice in a flat layer over the skillet and allowing it to cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp (after sauteeing the garlic). Then stir in the eggs until scrambled.
  • Readers tip: You may be able to make this breakfast fried rice with freshly cooked rice – just use slightly less water when cooking it for ‘drier’ rice and allow it to cool down a little (20-30 mins). The result won’t be the same, but it’ll do in a pinch.
  • You can use frozen rice Just allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge (or use the microwave).
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian
Freezer friendly: No
Shelf life: 1-2 Days (once prepared)

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 1105mg, Potassium: 487mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1490IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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