Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice: Leftover white rice never looked better than quickly fried with jalapenos and veggies and topped with a sunny side up egg.


Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

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To be honest, one of my favorite parts of ordering Chinese takeout (something we do about 1-2 times per month), is save some of the steamed white rice for fried rice the next day. Sometimes I’ll make dinner out of it, if there’s enough.

But, there’s almost always at least enough for me to make a breakfast fried rice plate for myself. You could keep the add-ins very simple or go crazy with what’s in your fridge. I like to add in some spicy elements like jalapeno or even sprinkle in some crushed red pepper or chili garlic sauce.

The key to fried rice is to A) make sure you season it well before you cook it. Don’t try to season it once it’s in the pan. B) Make sure it’s really dry and not still hot or sticky at all before even attempting to make fried rice.

I can eat this serving by myself, but honestly, you could probably squeeze two servings out of it if you added an extra egg and a few extra veggies!

Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

Leftover white rice never looked better than quickly fried with jalapenos and veggies and topped with a sunny side up egg. Delicious leftovers breakfast!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast & Brunch, Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 Servings


  • ¾ cup white rice cooked and cooled
  • ½ teaspoon powdered chicken seasoning
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ jalapeno sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced carrot
  • ¼ cup sweet corn
  • 1 large egg
  • Scallions garnish


  • Make sure rice is really dry. It’s best to use rice from the night before that is cold. Stir rice together with chicken powder, salt, and pepper and taste. It should be seasoned well before you start cooking.
  • Chop jalapeno, onion, carrot, and corn so it’s ready.
  • In a small skillet, add a drizzle of oil over high heat. Once hot, add rice and let cook for about two minutes without stirring so a crust starts to form on the rice. Then you can mix it together and keep cooking.
  • Add veggies and stir together. Cook for another minute or two until veggies are softened.
  • Remove fried rice from skillet and add a fresh drizzle of oil (or a small amount of butter). Turn heat down to medium on the skillet and crack in an egg. Cook sunny side up or flip and go for over-easy.
  • Serve fried rice with an egg on top and garnished with chopped scallions.


Serving: 1plateCalories: 670kcalCarbohydrates: 125gProtein: 17gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 448mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5453IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Easy Fried Rice, Fried Rice, Spicy Breakfast

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Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

Assuming you have a little box of leftover rice in your fridge, the first thing you should do when making fried rice is season it well! I like to season mine with powdered chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper. The chicken bouillon is kind of a secret ingredient but it makes the rice really savory.

Sometimes, I’ll also add a pinch of MSG to the rice also, but that’s totally optional.

Breakfast Fried Rice
Season the rice!

Before you start cooking, also make sure you have your veggies ready to go as the whole thing cooks pretty quickly.

I have a hard time thinking of a vegetable that wouldn’t go well in a fried rice. Almost anything will work great. At a minimum I like to add onion and carrot. The jalapeno and corn was this particular day’s edition.

Fried Rice veggies
The veg mix.

When you’re ready to cook, get your pan hot and add a drizzle of oil. Then in with the rice! It’ll sizzle and hiss if you did it right but should sizzle too much or your rice wasn’t dry enough! After a minute or two it should start to crisp up in parts.

Spicy breakfast Fried Rice
STart the rice first.

Now you can add in your veggies! Continue to cook until they are soft.

Note that many fried rice recipes have soy sauce. You don’t really need to add soy sauce to this rice because it’s already seasoned. I personally don’t like to add it because it introduces liquid to the rice which will inhibit browning. If you want to though, season your rice less at the beginning.

Breakfast Fried Rice
Veg in the mix.

Because it’s breakfast, I like to top it with a soft egg rather than mix in an egg.

Sunny side up for me!

Egg for fried rice
Perfect egg time.

Scoop everything onto a plate and your spicy breakfast fried rice is ready in about 15 minutes and a top-notch way to start the day!

Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice

4 Responses to “Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice” Leave a comment

  1. My Ethiopian foster son is always saying, “Make me something NEW!” at breakfast and I think this qualifies! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. I made this for breakfast today and it was amazing! I used veggie bouillon to season since I’m a vegetarian and added some poblano peppers. This will be a go-to in my house. Thank you for another great recipe!

  3. Hi Nick. It’s nice cooking and seems easy cooking. With my honest, I’m a new cooker and looking for easy and delicious menu for practicing. Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice strikes my eyes and inspires me more love for cooking. I bought a cooking pan for a beginner like me from here https://www.eathealthyandthrive.com/best-cooking-pans/. I’ll use this pan for Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice. Thank you for your sharing a great menu.

  4. I wasn’t used to eating things like that for breakfats but after spending 2 months in Thailand I now miss a good plate of fried rice with vegetables any time of the day! I’m definitely going to make it this weekend.
    Thank you for sharing!

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