Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Fried rice has the best texture when prepared with cold cooked rice, making it an ideal use for leftovers. Tiny rounds of thinly sliced green beans add flecks of color and crunch.

How to Make It

Step 1

Break up rice with hands to remove large clumps, if necessary.

Step 2

Heat a 14-inch wok over high heat. Add canola oil to wok, swirling to coat. Add 1 1/2 cups onion and garlic to wok; stir-fry 1 minute or until onion begins to brown. Add beans and ham; stir-fry 2 minutes or until ham begins to brown.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium-high. Add cold rice to wok; stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper. Push rice mixture up sides of wok. Pour eggs in open space in center of wok; cook 30 seconds or until set, stirring to scramble. Gently stir scrambled eggs into rice mixture. Sprinkle with green onions.

Ratings & Reviews

Quick and easy

May 12, 2015
My husband likes to cook with the wok so he cooks these types of dishes and he found this one to be really easy.  Another great use for leftover ham and we liked the green beans in it for a change of pace. He gave it a 10 for easy of cooking and flavors.  The leftovers were fought over for lunch the next day, he won them since he did the cooking, and he said they were just as good.

nclbernhardt's Review

April 09, 2013
Made this with leftover Easter Ham. Definitely need to use a wok for this one. The rice gets a nice crunchiness in spots. I used snow peas instead of green beans. Great use of leftovers.

Adshehan's Review

February 04, 2012
My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. I've tried other fried rice recipes and not cared for them - this one is a WINNER! I did use egg substitute and it worked beautifullly. Also subsituted turkey for the ham. It also worked just fine.

Uccella's Review

August 04, 2011

adhwyatt's Review

April 27, 2011

Sparkle833's Review

July 30, 2010
I topped mine with nonfat cottage cheese and it was incredible! With that addition, it adds a little bit of creaminess and all the flavors work together. I know I will make this again.

kidkopf's Review

April 06, 2010
I thought this was very good. I used a bunch of different veggies I had around and reduced the soy sauce, but all around a great recipe. I will make it again, especially with left over ham!

IrishT's Review

April 05, 2010
For some reason every time I attempt fried rice it turns out mushy and I can't figure out why. Aside from this which I think is a user flaw, for leftover holiday ham it's a great recipe. Although I'd double it if you want leftovers :-)

LoriInNC's Review

January 06, 2010
This was a nice weeknight dinner. I used leftover honey-glazed ham from Christmas - the sweetness of the ham was a nice touch. I subbed frozen peas for the green beans, and omitted the green onion. Served with chicken egg rolls and stir fried vegetables.

SusanaRamirez's Review

May 12, 2009
We love this recipe and use our leftover brown rice & extra vegies we have in the refrigerator.