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This is a quick Japanese fried rice made with store-bought fried rice seasoning. All you need is rice, egg and chopped vegetables. If you want, add meat too. The flavour of the Japanese fried rice is similar to Chinese fried rice but a bit lighter and less oily.
Japanese Fried Rice (Chāhan) with Instant Seasoning
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This is a quick fried rice made with store-bought fried rice seasoning. All you need is rice, egg, chopped vegetables and meat if you want. The flavour of the fried rice is similar to Chinese fried rice but a bit lighter and less oily.

Recipe Type: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 2 - 3 Servings
Author: Yumiko
Ingredients (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (note 1)
  • 1 clove of garlic , crushed with the side of knife
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped green part of shallots (scallions) (note 2)
  • 60g (2.1oz) sliced ham , cut into small pieces (note 3)
  • 1 packet of fried rice seasoning (note 6)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  1. If cooked rice is cold, microwave for 1 minute to warm up. 

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or a large frypan over medium heat and add the garlic.
  3. When garlic aroma comes up, remove the garlic and discard (be careful not to burn the garlic as it becomes bitter).
  4. Turn the heat up to high and add two eggs into the wok/pan. Stir, breaking the egg yolks and mixing with whites. When mostly cooked (no need to break them up), transfer the egg to a plate.

  5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the work/pan over high heat. Add carrot and onion pieces.
  6. Stir fry for about 1 minute, then add the ham. Stir fry for another 30 seconds to 1 minute until onion pieces become transparent.
  7. Add the rice and stir for about 30 seconds, ensuring that each rice grain is separated and there are no lumps of rice.

  8. Add the egg and shallots and stir for another 30 seconds, breaking the egg into smaller pieces.
  9. Add the seasoning and stir well to mix the seasoning powder into the ingredients.
  10. Drop the sesame oil along the side of the wok/pan and mix well. Turn the heat off and serve while hot (note 4).
Recipe Notes

1. My cooked rice was short grain rice because it was the left-over from a Japanese meal. You can also use long grain rice which is less sticky and easier to stir fry. Freshly cooked rice is also good to use.

2. I used green parts only to get better colour to the fried rice. You can use the white part, too if you like.

3. I had sliced ham in the fridge but it does not have to be sliced. You can use left-over Christmas ham if you like and cut into small pieces.  

You could also use sliced or chopped meat. Pork or chicken would be good. Small prawns (shrimps) would also be good. When using uncooked meat, I cook them before sautéing vegetables.

4. I used a rice bowl to mould the fried rice onto a shallow serving bowl for better presentation. But you don’t need to do that. In fact, I just served the rice in a bowl when I was working full time. I had no time for extra steps and extra washing!

5. I chose these vegetables for the best colour combinations but you can use other vegetables. I sometimes use bean sprouts, shredded lettuce, green beans, shiitake mushrooms.

6. I use the brand called 'Amijirushi Chāhan no Moto'. You can buy it at Japanese grocery stores or online through Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Amijirushi-Chahan-Calendar-Fried-Seasoning/dp/B00IOBFKZ2).

Update: I was advised that Amazon site says Out of Stock but eBay sells it and delivers worldwide. Here is the link https://www.ebay.com/itm/Amijirushi-Fired-Rice-Seasoning-Powder-Japan-Easy-Cooking-For-6-Servings-/282449195213.