Emily Uematsu’s Chinese Fried Rice


As many of you know, my sister, Beth, has lived in Japan with her family for almost twenty years. In Beth’s house, Chinese fried rice is the ultimate comfort food… something she whips up when her girls are tired and hungry and they need something quick to eat. Fried rice is my sister’s version of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. And her recipe rocks! My fried rice, on the other hand, has always been too salty, too sticky, and very unauthentic. Definitely not worthy of a blog post.

Emily, Me, Elena & Beth cooking in Beth's tiny kitchen

To help me out, my niece, Emily, (12 years old and an aspiring chef herself) emailed me the family recipe.  As it turns out, there are a few secrets to making really good fried rice, and until now, I did not know any of them

1. Make sure the rice is cold.
2. Use plenty of oil.
3. Add the egg to the pan before the rice.
4. Don’t add too much soy sauce!


Emily says, “Try it if you have time!! I think it is super delicious!!☆”

Emily Uematsu’s Chinese Fried Rice
Recipe Type: Entree or Side Dish
Author: A Passionate Plate
Serves: 2-3
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups cooked rice, prepared ahead of time and cooled
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup diced cooked pork, ham, or Chinese pork or sausage*
  • 2-3 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup diced veggies of your choice ( minced carrot,green pepper, green peas,
  • mushrooms, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup cooked shrimp (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • soy sauce
  • *omit the pork and increase the vegetables for vegetarian fried rice.
  1. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan (preferably non-stick). When the oil is quite hot, pour the eggs into the oil. After 10 seconds, add the rice on top and, using a firm spatula or wooden spoon, mix the rice and egg until the egg is evenly distributed and coats the rice. Add meat and veggies and mix. Season with salt and pepper. (About 1 tsp. salt for this much rice). At the end, add a small amount of soy sauce(1/2-1tsp.) for flavoring.
  2. Note: Fried rice turns out best when made in small batches. If you want to double the recipe, cook in two batches. The main seasoning is salt and pepper. If you put in too much soy sauce, the fried rice loses its fluffy consistency. Ideally, each grain of rice should be separate.




  1. Hiley says:

    Wow, that was fantastic. My family and me, loved it. Thanks

  2. Susie Jordan says:

    My kids love this! The recipe worked perfectly. Thank you to your niece for the great tips.

  3. Marilyn Gordon says:

    What a nice picture of your sister and the girls! (and you!)Shauna’s family loves fried rice equally as much as mac and cheese. I hope she’ll try this recipe. My cooking skills skipped generations from mom to my daughter and grandaughters.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Marilyn – it is too bad we are all spread out over the U.S. and the world… it would be fun to get Emily and Elena together with Shauna’s girls for a cooking lesson. They would have a blast together.

  4. Emily U. says:

    Looks Delicious! That picture makes me hungry!
    (If the fried rice does not become fluffy enough,
    try adding some sesame seeds.I learned it during new years holiday.)

  5. Peggy Gettles says:

    Mary, this sounds wonderful. I love fried rice. You and Beth have the same beautiful smile!

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