Simple Ketchup Fried Rice With Eggs

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This simple ketchup fried rice with eggs is the perfect meal to save money on food and the best food to make when you’re starving. It only takes about 6 minutes to make, and it tastes so good.

A plate with simple ketchup fried rice with eggs and a bottle of maggi sauce and ketchup

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I got this recipe from Masterchef’s season 3 winner Christine Ha‘s cookbook titled My home kitchen: Asian and American comfort food. 

My husband and I have recently binge-watched the Masterchef series. One of my favorite seasons is season 3 because that’s when Christine won. As soon as I saw that she won I told my husband that I would love to have her cookbook. So my thoughtful husband surprised me with her book one day and I was so excited.

I really love and admire her. It’s so incredible that she can cook so well for being a blind person. I told myself that if she can do anything in the kitchen, I can too. So as soon as I got the book, I went ahead and tried her recipes. And I have to say, the recipes are incredible. The book has 224 pages and the price is reasonably affordable. You get both Asian and western recipes.

This ketchup fried rice is the first recipe of hers that I tried and I am in love with it. So I wanted to share with you how I made it.

If you want to check out Christine Ha’s book, you can find it here

Why this ketchup fried rice with eggs recipe will help you save money

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that will help you save money on food, this recipe is perfect. You can use some leftover rice, which will for sure help you not waste food and money. 

Since you can make this recipe in about 6 minutes, it will help you avoid takeout and save even more money. What I love about this fried rice recipe is that it tastes even better than fried rice takeout. It tastes a little bit different than the regular ones you get from the restaurant but I love the tastes of this recipe more.

If you want to save even more money, you can use those fast-food restaurant ketchup packets or soy sauce packets to make this recipe. There is no need to throw them away. 

You don’t need to add any meat in this recipe which makes this dish even cheaper, but feel free to add anything you want to it such as hot dogs, Spam, rotisserie chicken, or veggies. 

Ingredients

Cooked rice: We need the cooked rice to be chilled for at least 30 minutes for this recipe but preferably overnight. Leftover rice is perfect. Warm rice is too wet and will turn to mush in the pan so it’s better to use day-old rice.

Ketchup: The ketchup will give a sweet and tangy delicious flavor to the rice.

Maggi sauce: The Maggi sauce makes this tastes incredible but you can substitute it with regular soy sauce if you don’t have any. 

Peanut oil:  Peanut oil is great for fried rice because it’s got high smoking points.

A small yellow onion: Finely chopped. 

Eggs

1 Scallion: finely chopped

Salt and ground pepper to taste

How to make a simple ketchup fried rice with eggs

1- First, mix the ketchup and Maggi sauce or soy sauce in a small bowl until well incorporated. Set aside. 

2- Second, in a wok or a pan over high heat, heat the peanut oil. Then add the onion and cook, frequently stirring for 10 seconds or until fragrant. 

3- Third, add the cooked rice about one cup at a time. Use a wooden spoon to break it up, then stir-fry until the rice is coated evenly with the oil. Next, add the reserved ketchup and Maggi sauce mixture to the wok and stir-fry to distribute the sauce evenly throughout the rice.

4- Lastly, make a hole in the center of the wok by pushing the rice to the edges. Break the eggs into the center hole, scramble them quickly with a whisk until just cooked through, and switch to a wooden spoon. You can now add the chopped scallion and stir everything together until evenly incorporated.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

Tips for making the best simple ketchup fried rice

  • Use day-old rice. Newly steamed rice is too wet and will turn to mush in the wok. Leftover rice is ideal. 
  • Use a wok or a large stir-fry pan for space.
  • Make sure the wok or the pan are nice and hot before cooking to properly fry each grain of rice.
  • Use high heat. An open flame is ideal such as a gas stove but if you have an electric stove, make sure to check the temperature often. Start with a high temperature first, then lower it if the food is burning too quickly. 
  • Use oils with high smoking points like peanut oil, canola oil, sesame oil, or avocado oil. 
  • When stir-frying, it’s important not to overcrowd the wok to ensure even cooking. Cook the rice in batches.
Fried rice in a wok picture

Fried rice combination ideas

The best thing about fried rice is that you can pretty much throw just about anything you have in hand into it such as:

  • Meat: Spam, hot dogs, ham, sausage, steak, rotisserie chicken, chicken, …
  • Veggies: mushroom, peas, carrots, kimchi, spinach, green onions, bell peppers
  • Eggs, tofu 

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Simple Ketchup Fried Rice With Eggs

Want a super quick fried rice recipe that you can make in under 7 minutes? Want to get rid of leftover rice and those fast food ketchup packets? Then try this simple ketchup fried rice with eggs recipe. The ketchup and Maggi sauce gives a really good sweet and tangy taste to the rice.
This ketchup fried rice recipe is from Master Chef's winner Christine Ha's cookbook titled Recipes from my home kitchen
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dinner., Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 Cups Cooked rice Chilled for at least 30 minutes but preferably overnight
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Maggi sauce or Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut oil
  • 1 Small yellow onion Finely chopped
  • 2 Eggs
  • Scallion Finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • 1- First, mix the ketchup and Maggi sauce or soy sauce in a small bowl until well incorporated. Set aside. 
    2- Second, in a wok or a pan over high heat, heat the peanut oil. Then add the onion and cook, frequently stirring for 10 seconds or until fragrant. 
    3- Third, add the cooked rice about one cup at a time. Use a wooden spoon to break it up, then stir-fry until the rice is coated evenly with the oil. Next, add the reserved ketchup and Maggi sauce mixture to the wok and stir-fry to distribute the sauce evenly throughout the rice.
    4- Lastly, make a hole in the center of the wok by pushing the rice to the edges. Break the eggs into the center hole, scramble them quickly with a whisk until just cooked through, and switch to a wooden spoon. You can now add the chopped scallion and stir everything together until evenly incorporated.
    Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
    Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Use day-old rice. Newly steamed rice is too wet and will turn to mush in the wok. Leftover rice is ideal. 
  • Use a wok or a large stir-fry pan for space.
  • Make sure the wok or the pan are nice and hot before cooking to fry each grain of rice properly.
  • Use high heat. An open flame is ideal such as a gas stove but if you have an electric stove, make sure to check the temperature often. Start with a high temperature first, then lower it if the food is burning too quickly. 
  • Use oils with high smoking points like peanut oil, canola oil, sesame oil, or avocado oil. 
  • When stir-frying, it's important not to overcrowd the wok to ensure even cooking. Cook the rice in batches.
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Gina Abernathy

5 stars
Fried rice is something my family requests all of the time. We usually order it on the weekends from our local restaurant. Now I can make it at home and save money too!

Andra

5 stars
Easy recipe & very useful tips! thank you 😀

Anaiah

5 stars
Yummy! Love this simple fried rice recipe. And thanks for the tip about cooling the rice first. I always wondered why my rice would be too soft. This was such an easy and affordable meal!

Jeannie

5 stars
Seriously!? I live with ketchup and fried rice, I can finish this all

Julia

A brilliant recipe to use with leftover rice. We love egg stir-fried rice and this recipe is so quick and easy to follow that we can make it at home and enjoy it more often. Thank you.

5 stars
I rarely have Chinese, but it is always egg fried rice with shrimp. I’m so grateful for your rapid recipe and will try it soon, rather than buying:)

Eva Dransfield

Thank you! This recipe will help you save some money for sure 😊

Bobbie

4 stars
I would have never thought to add ketchup to fried rice but this recipe is definitely worth trying!

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