Adding beef mince to egg fried rice turns it into a complete dinner that can be ready in just 15 minutes! Better still, this Chinese Style Beef Fried Rice is packed full of flavour and super easy to make – perfect for busy midweek evenings!
One pan, 15 minutes!
A delicious dinner, all cooked in 1 pan and ready in 15 minutes… sounds to good to be true? Well, it’s totally possible! This easy peasy Beef Fried Rice is the perfect meal to make when time is short, but you still want to eat well.
And so easy…
And this tasty one pot is super easy to make. All you need to do is stir-fry beef mince and cooked rice (I use pouches of plain microwave rice to make this super easy and speedy!) Then add beaten eggs and frozen peas, plus some soy sauce and sesame oil. Finally, finish off with some spring onions and serve!
(See below for the full recipe card.)
A sneaky shortcut
To make this dish super quick and easy, I have a sneaky shortcut – I use microwavable pouches of rice! If you just get the plain ones, all you are buying is cooked rice, but it saves the faff of having to cook and cool rice (because you should always use cold rice to make fried rice).
**TOP TIP: break up the microwave rice by massaging it while it is still in the closed packet. This will ensure the cooked rice is beautifully separated and not in one big clump!**
Make it your own
This is such a flexible recipe, you can easily adapt it to what you have available in the fridge and cupboards. For example, you can…
- Use brown rice instead of white rice
- Add extra veggies, such as sweetcorn, peppers, carrots or mushrooms (instead of, or as well as, the peas)
- Use Worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce
- Throw in some bacon as well as, or instead of, the beef mince
- Use turkey, pork or lamb mince instead of the beef mince
- Add some cooked prawns in with the frozen peas
- Add some roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
(I’d love to hear about how you have adapted my recipe… Let me know in the comments section below!)
What to serve with beef fried rice
This Beef Fried Rice really is a whole meal on its own… and that’s how I usually eat it. But you can also serve it as part of a bigger meal together with some of your other Asian-inspired favourites, for example:
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Sticky Chicken
- Soy, Sesame and Ginger Salmon
- Chicken Pad Thai
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
What to drink with beef fried rice
This is not the easiest dish to pair with wine, as Chinese flavours tend to go best with white wines, while beef works best with red wine! The best bet here is a fruity red – something like a Chilean Merlot or a French Grenache/Syrah blend would be perfect.
What to do with leftover beef fried rice?
I don’t recommend reheating this dish. Rice can lead to food poisoning if reheated incorrectly, and it is never a good idea to reheat food that has already been reheated once before.
And besides, it’s so delicious, you are very unlikely to have any leftovers!
Can you freeze beef fried rice?
No, this recipe is not suitable for freezing.
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Easy Beef Fried Rice
- 500 g beef mince
- 500 g cooked long grain white rice (I use 2 x Tesco Long Grain Microwave Rice – see Note 1)
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 100 g frozen peas
- 2 spring onions (AKA scallions) sliced finely (plus extra for garnish)
- Fresh coriander, chopped spring onions and/or sliced red chillies to garnish (optional)
- Stir-fry the beef mince in a wok or very large non-stick frying pan over a high heat for 4 minutes, or until nicely browned. Drain off as much of the fat as possible.
- Add the cooked rice (See Note 1), and continue stir-frying for 2 minutes.
- Make a well (hole) in the centre of the rice/beef mix and tip in the beaten eggs. Leave for 45 seconds and then stir the part-cooked eggs into the rice/beef mix.
- Add the frozen peas and continue stir-frying for 2 more minutes or until the peas are cooked and you are starting to get lots of lovely crispy bits!
- Stir through the soy sauce, sesame oil and spring onions and turn off the heat.
- Serve scattered with coriander, chopped spring onions and/or sliced red chillies.
- I use pouches of microwave rice to speed up the cooking process and make this recipe even simpler. But, if you prefer, you can use ordinary uncooked long grain white rice instead. You will need to use approximately 250g uncooked rice. Cook according to packet instructions then cool the hot rice in a sieve under cold water until it’s properly cold, and drain thoroughly. **TOP TIP: break up the microwave rice by massaging it while it is still in the closed packet. This will ensure the cooked rice is beautifully separated and not in one big clump!**
- Not suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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