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Easy Thai Fried Rice (One Pan Method)

One-Pan Thai Fried Rice is done in under 20 minutes. It’s easy, healthy, and tastes authentically delicious. Avoid the takeout and whip up this quick, tasty dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.

thai fried rice

So did anyone catch the total eclipse this week?

In our ‘hood, we were only able to grab an 85% view, but it was stunning nonetheless. We had special viewing glasses at the ready and our backyard turned into a little eclipse block party.

I have friends who traveled for hours in order to take in the full eclipse experience and I’m thinking maybe that could be us in 2024.

But there’s no way/no how I’d ever pay $1500 for a motel room in order to view the eclipse. No inn, motel, or hotel is worth that. I’d probably opt to just camp out. Wonder if anyone actually paid that 😅

Anyway, it’s pretty cool being able to experience a solar event that just went down in the books forever.

Speaking of history…you might make some culinary history in your very own kitchen. We’re pretty confident that when you serve up this delicious Thai Fried Rice, it’ll become a one-pan party your peeps won’t forget…

How to Make One-Pan Thai Fried Rice:

It helps to watch how the eggs are cooked ⇑ right into the pan with the rest of ingredients, while managing to stay separate from them.

thai fried rice

This gets you all the flavors of authentic Thai fried rice without having to do takeout. Not that we don’t chase down some good takeout once in awhile, but homemade is always better. It’s healthier, fresher, and made the way you like it.

Make this Thai Fried Rice and watch the magic happen. People will savor it. Talk about it. It’s highly likely they’ll ask you to please make this again and again.

Thankfully, it’s easy to oblige because this IS called One Pan Thai Fried Rice, after all. It’s a quick stir and serve deal.

thai fried rice

It’s best to use cold, cooked day-old long grain white rice such as Jasmine. Even a couple days old rice is great. My mama’s wise words: if you’ve got leftover rice, make fried rice.  (Avoid subbing with short grain or brown rice here if you want the real thing.)

This dish boasts plenty of yummy herbs and veggies. Eggs scrambled right into the center of it all. No extra pan needed. See above video for how to work in the eggs.

It all comes together like magic.

thai fried rice

Here’s to another 7 years before our next total eclipse.

And plenty of Thai fried rice in the meantime.

Enjoy.

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Easy Thai Fried Rice

4 from 1 reviews

One-Pan Thai Fried Rice is done in under 20 minutes. It’s easy, healthy, and tastes authentically delicious. Avoid the takeout and whip up this quick, tasty dish that’s sure to become a family favorite.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins

Yield: 4

Ingredients

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  • For the Sauce Mixture:
  • 2 TB Tamari soy sauce* or light soy sauce
  • 2 TB Asian fish sauce
  • 1 TB palm sugar
  • 1 TB Asian oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Fried Rice:
  • 4 TB cooking oil (I just use olive oil)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup halved grape/cherry tomatoes (or freshly diced tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 lb large raw shrimp, pre-shelled and deveined
  • 6 cups cold, cooked long grain rice (i.e., jasmine)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish: cucumber slices, tomato slices, and/or lime slices

Instructions

  1. Make the Sauce Mixture: Combine all ingredients for sauce in a small bowl and whisk. Set aside.
  2. Cook fried rice: In a large, deep pan (or wok) add the cooking oil and heat over medium-high until hot. Add onions and garlic, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots and stir until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes and stir to combine well. Once vegetables are softened, add shrimp and stir until no longer opaque, about 1 minute (don’t overcook the shrimp.)
  3. Add cooked cold rice, breaking up clumps if needed, and stirring to incorporate. Add your Sauce Mixture and stir to combine well. Use spatula to push fried rice to the edges of pan, making a well in the center of pan. Crack eggs into the well and scramble them, trying not to disturb the fried rice. Once eggs are cooked, stir it into the fried rice. Add Thai basil and scallions, stirring just to incorporate don’t fully cook the herbs. Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish as desired.

Notes

Tamari Soy Sauce* is often found in Asian aisles of grocery stores, and is typically GF. Look for the GF labeling.

If you haven’t tried Asian Fish Sauce, we promise it doesn’t make the dish taste fishy at all. It imparts a wonderful “umami” flavor that adds to the authentic taste of this dish. Try not to omit.

Palm sugar has subtle caramel tones to it, and has a deeper richer flavor than granulated sugar. However, you can use granulated sugar if you can’t find palm sugar.

Shredded cooked chicken can be used instead of shrimp. Omit meat if making it vegetarian.

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai

Keywords: Thai Fried Rice

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36 comments

    • Joycelyn

    Used peanut and sesame oil instead of olive oil as olive oil has a very low smoke point making it unsuitable for fried rice or other stir fry dishes as extra heat is needed for pans/woks when stir frying. Used smaller sized shrimp to have more shrimp in each bite, used angle sliced baby bok choy, also cut carrot into dice size rather than sticks ( a personal preference ) used less onion and more scallions, added a bit of galangal, cut back a bit on Thai basil, other than that followed your excellent sauce recipe to the letter and am happy to say it was well received as it was delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds amazing, Joycelyn! So glad your family loved this! 🙂

    • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    I love love love fried rice! I love eating them and cooking them, and I will definitely give this recipe a try. 🙂

    • cre8tone kylie

    Looks so yummy and feels so hungry now.. Wish I can eat this Thai fried rice.. So tempting!

    • Via Bella

    Thai food is one of my favourites! I love the spring rolls and the thai rice dish looks absolutely amazing!

    • nicoleflintkontrol

    That looks so yummy! Even better that it’s gluten free. Yes I have experienced the eclipse. It was so cool!!! I wouldn’t have paid that much for a hotel room though!

    • elenasts

    Fried rice is my favourite dish. So no matter what you add either chicken or prawns it is delicious.

      • chewoutloud

      Totally agree!

    • Katrina

    I am drooling over these photos. I love a good thai fried rice.

    • Kelly

    This looks so good!! I love fried rice and how easy it is to make 🙂

    • keisha1989

    YUMMY! I can’t wait to try out this recipe. It looks so good and healthy.

    • Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom)

    That looks absolutely delicious. I am going to substitute shrimp for tofu. 🙂

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • Chei Pangan

    My mom just love cooking diff kind of fried rice. I would def share this Thai fried rice. Looks yummy.

    • tumandok

    When I was a kid, I loved eating fried rice cooked by my late mother out of our leftover cooked rice. It tasted yummy sans various spices like that of Thai fried rice. My mother just mixed with a chopped onion leaves, mashed garlic, and a cup of scrambled eggs. – Gil Camporazo

    • sadhna shanker

    I wish could cook all that you have featured. I love Asian food, but rarely cook. go and eat out when i yearn for it. thanks anyways.

    • Joei

    I’m enjoying your blog posts! I love Thai fried rice especially with Thai chicken wrapped in pandan leaves.

    • Lisa

    Love one pan dishes, saves time and clean up. I will give this recipe a try but have to make a few substitutions due allergies. Veggies and chicken will be delish for me!

    • jin

    Everything looks so yummilicious! I just had lunch, and suddenly I’m hungry all over again! Def going to bookmark this recipe so I can try it asap!

      • chewoutloud

      Hope you love it as much as we do, Jin! Thanks for coming over 🙂

    • fearlessdining

    We had a lot of friends rent those campers and drive up to Oregon…much cheaper than a hotel room. Yikes.

      • chewoutloud

      That’s a great idea – campers sounds awesome! 🙂

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