Breakfast Fried Rice.
It’s always a good day when it starts with an egg.
Can never get enough. Never ever ever. Are you more of a breakfast for breakfast person or a breakfast for dinner person? I’m a breakfast for everything person.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t so super sad that the weekend is over. And it’s not to be completely cliché and all “oh booooo Monday” but it’s REAL because my brother’s wedding weekend is over and I can’t believe it. It went so fast. We all waited the entire year for the wild event (yessss I’ll tell you more soon) and now it’s done.
I must self soothe with breakfast. This is quite possibly the best way to eat your emotions.
An entire plate of bacon just for youuuuu.
(and me. let’s be real.)
Want to know what inspired me to make breakfast fried rice?
Well. It’s simple.
I couldn’t stop eating fried rice. For breakfast. Like the regular, more commonly known as dinner versions of fried rice. It’s been on our menu every week and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Um, and the best part?
The best BEST part?
The fried rice might be fried in bacon grease.
Yeeeeaaah. Hello lover.
It’s been over three months and we are still riding this fried rice train. The obsession is strong. I don’t know if it’s because the rice variations are SO flavorful and easily packed with whatever is hanging out in the fridge, or if it’s because you can make a boatload of leftovers and eat them all week, or if it’s because it’s just so dang wonderful. Delicious. Good.
In a moment of desperate craving, I have made rice, cooled it slightly and then made a fried rice even though it’s technically better with cooled, slightly dried out rice. I have to say that it really IS better with cooled, slightly dried out rice, but the first option works in a pinch. The pinch being, say… that you have a newborn and reeeeeally need exactly what you want for dinner.
Here’s how I normally do it: I’ve still been doing a few meal prep-y things on Sundays in order to make life easier, mostly snack related and things like cutting up some fruit and veg. I also almost ALWAYS make a batch of brown jasmine rice (trader joe’s brand!) to have on hand – and if we don’t use it for the fried rice, Eddie will eat it for lunch or something.
Then when it comes time for dinner, anything I have in the fridge gets used for the rice. It’s awesome. It’s easy. I make tons and eat it constantly.
You can do it too! Let’s do it together. Breakfast for dinner always.
Breakfast Fried Brown Rice
- 1 cup cooked brown rice, preferably leftover from the day before
- 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 to 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- for serving:
- 2 eggs, cooked as desired
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly snipped chives
- hot sauce
- Heat a large skillet or wok over low heat and add the bacon. Cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy, then remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain the extra grease. Remove the bacon fat from the skillet, setting it aside in a bowl to use later. Leave about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet and heat it over medium-low heat.
- Add in the eggs and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the eggs are just scrambled. Remove them and set aside. Pour the remaining bacon fat in the skillet and increase the heat to high. Add in the rice, tossing to coat, then let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes to crisp up and get golden. Stir, breaking apart any pieces, and repeat for another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat another 1 or 2 times until the rice is a bit crispy and golden. At this point, taste the rice and if it needs seasoned a bit more, stir in the soy sauce. Add the bacon and eggs back in to the skillet and toss in the green onions. Stir well and let sit over low heat while you cook the eggs for topping.
- Cook eggs as desired and season them with a tough of salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Spoon the rice into a bowl or a plate and add the egg on top along with the sliced avocado. Finish with a sprinkle of chives and EAT!
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78 Comments on “Breakfast Fried Rice.”
We are sharing a brain. I JUST made fried rice for the blog this weekend. It’s definitely a go-to weeknight thing in our house too. SO GOOD. Also, can’t wait to hear about your bro’s wedding festivities! So exciting.
ALL of my days start with eggs, because if it doesn’t, it’s just a bad day all around.
BUT, fried rice for breakfast? THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER. I might have to eat two breakfasts today, because I can’t wait until tomorrow.
DOING IT. Pinned!
This looks AMAZING! Such a great idea. I can’t wait to try this soon. The bacon. The avocado. YUM!
Looks awesome! I made some brunch eggrolls not too long ago because I kept wanting carry out for breakfast – this sounds like a great idea too!
crapppppp. I’m totally a SUCKER for anything bacon grease related so you’ve roped me in.
true story: I even have my boyfriend trained to keep bacon grease. I came home from a work trip and he presents it to me in a mason jar all proud like a cat that caught a mouse and goes “I saved this for you…. but I didn’t know what to do with it.” I die. the end. that was an awful story, I’m so sorry.
Soo.. how weird would it be, if I showed up at your place for breakfast?!?!
Why do weddings go by SOOOOOO quickly?!?! Our wedding felt like 5 minutes!! This fried rice though.
I also have been riding the fried rice train! Actually, more like the fried quinoa train. Mostly asparagus, kale, mushrooms…and anything I can find on hand. Making this stat!
Rice with an egg on top is THE BEST! Where’s that white pan from?? Love it! I do not have a good egg-pan. All our stuff is stainless or cast iron, which are difficult to use if you want a pretty egg. ;)
Yeah I’m with that person who said “how weird would it be if I just showed up for breakfast at your place?” like… totally not stalkerish?
Well… anything topped with an egg is a winner in my book! Great recipe!
YES! I do this too, but I have never added avocado. Sadly I only have ONE egg in the house right now, but I think I’m still going to make a version of this for breakfast. My fiancé is still asleep, so hopefully I can do it all before he wakes up and won’t have to share :)
OMFG this looks like the best breakfast EVER. Pinning so I can make this 29347320948 times!!!
I’m totally with you on this fried rice bandwagon! I cannot get enough and I could probably eat it three meals a day! I’m definitely trying this breakfast version! Thanks for sharing!
You are a foodie genius! Breakfast fried rice?! It’s divine! I’m struggling this morning and could definitely use some of this deliciousness! How do you do all this with a newborn?? Kudos to you!
We have a bag of half-cooked rice in our freezer (I forget why… lol) that I’ve been planning on making stir-fry with sometime soon. Perfect opportunity!!
If I didn’t see pictures I would probably not believe it, but it looks delicious! I definitely might have to give it a try, I’ve been looking for more interesting breakfast recipes.
Oh yum!! This is the best idea ever. Just like you, I love eggs for every meal and just can’t seem to get enough.
I had THE BEST breakfast fried rice in Kihei, Maui last year at Kihei Cafe. It was so similar to this but with ham as well. Topped with the egg was the best part. I had totally forgot about it until now, which means i’ll probably make this ASAP.
Can’t wait to hear about your brothers wedding!
This looks so freaking delicious. I know what to make for brunch this coming weekend!
Looks super good!
Glad to see this post is not about eating leftover Chinese takeout directly out of the cold container while standing in front of an open fridge. Because I would never do that. Nope. Not me.
I love making breakfast for any meal and this in particular would be such a great breakfast for dinner option and a nice change from the typically sweet waffles and pancakes.
YES! Love this. I think I could eat this fried rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I’m drooling on my keyboard, I’m actually drooling!
This looks so yummy.
I’ve never considered Rice for Breakfast – but this looks sensational
Thanks for sharing, i WILL be making this
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I hate the end of things! Fun weekends, good books, gah! But this breakfast fried rice totally makes a Monday morning so much better – yum!
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Now this is a nice change of pace for breakfast food, after I saw that pile of bacon I didn’t even care what else you added, I am already a fan.
Food like this never gets old. I love this recipe!
I’m digging this recipe! I love breakfast foods especially with an Asian twist. Thank you for sharing, Jessica. :)
I am loooving this recipe! I am also a breakfast for every meal person and this is perfection. It can be breakfast it can be lunch it can be dessert (or not)! Thanks for sharing!!
Ohhh this is such a no brianer! I do lots and lots of beans and rice, almost always with a fried egg, avocado, and lots of hot sauce. This is such a good way to mix that up! Thank you!
YES. Fried rice, all the time, always. Love this so much. <3
Fried rice for breakfast is a great idea! Plus, who doesn’t have leftover rice in the fridge on a variety of mornings? I ask you. :) Yay!
This looks so delicious – I love asian-inspired breakfasts! I’ll definitely be making this soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
Strum Simmer Sip
Oh my goodness, what a delicious idea for breakfast!
Sparkles and Shoes
Never thought to combine both breakfast and a Chinese food favourite. Genius idea, especially considering the fact that I usually eat takeout leftovers as breakfast the next day (probably not the healthiest habit!)
duuude. this looks seriously insane. WANT.
“I’m a breakfast for everything person.” <— THIS. Also, this looks fabulous and I'm so making it.
Dying over this!! You always make breakfast look so freaking good!!
Count me in the “breakfast for everything” group!
This is my kind of breakfast. A pretty egg over fried rice with bacon. Mmm.
Jessica, Your timing is perfect! We are going camping this weekend and I was just sitting down to come up with a fabulous food plan. This will definitely be showing up!
When do you use the sesame oil? I would love to try this. I’ve never made fried rice of any kind. Not a huge fan of asian food but this looks like something I wouls like. Thanks for sharing.
Love this – going to make with with my left over brown rice – love fried rice – have you ever made Alton Brown’s Brown rice that you bake – it comes out perfect – I make it and use in different recipes – when I am lazy Trader Joe’s frozen Jasmine Rice is really good – never tried their frozen brown rice since i make Alton’s alot – Thanks for all the great posts
I LOVE fried rice for breakfast! In fact, my dad made it more often for breakfast than any other time because we always had left over rice in the morning. My kids are crazy for it…love this one with brown rice and avocado.
Um, yeah… #15 never happened to me. I’m probably going to be checking back here throughout the day just to see if someone said they’ve had that before.
Oops. This was totally supposed to go on the Tuesday Things post…
i am a breakfast all the time kind of person. If there is a runny egg on top then I will devour it. This looks like its going to be breakfast around here for many days. Yum!
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A good day definitely starts with an egg. A runny yolk egg. With bacon. So yea this.
I am absolutely obsessed with fried rice. A perfect meal (and great hangover cure) is veggie fried rice and an order of potstickers. Total. Heaven. I’m excited to try it for brekky!
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