Air Fryer Fried Rice is made with white rice, scrambled eggs, and frozen vegetables seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil, cooked together in an air fryer. Serve this with Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli for a satisfying meal!
Air Fryer Fried Rice
Add this delicious side dish to your list of air fryer recipes! Fried rice can be served with a variety of foods from Pork Potstickers to Easy Teriyaki Chicken to Sweet and Sour Chicken, just to name a few main dishes that pair well with the rice. It is also a wonderful dish to enjoy as a light lunch. This dish is perfect with leftover rice, up to 2-3 days old, and any frozen vegetables you want to use. You could also add bits of protein like sauteed shrimp, beef, or rotisserie chicken to the rice to make it more hearty.
Fried Rice Ingredients
Rice: I used long-grain white rice for this recipe. Make sure it has been cooked and cooled (cold) before using it in the dish. That is why leftover rice is perfect for this fried rice recipe. But, if you are making this and have to cook the rice ahead of time, be aware of the time it will take for the rice to cool completely. For a slightly healthier option, you could use brown rice in place of white rice.
Vegetables: Frozen carrots and peas were the two veggies I added to the rice. You could definitely use frozen vegetables you have on hand.
Soy Sauce: Use the amount of soy sauce that works for you. I used 1 tablespoon in the recipe, but you could also start with a lesser amount and add more after the rice has cooked. It’s all about preference when it comes to soy sauce.
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil adds some more flavor to the rice.
How to Make Air Fryer Fried Rice
When you are ready to make this side dish, be sure that the rice has been cooked and cooled. As I stated above, this is a perfect recipe to use up leftover rice. In addition to having the rice cooked, find an oven-safe pan that fits in your air fryer. I used an 8-inch cake pan for this recipe. Spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
Next, scramble the eggs. Then, add the rice, scrambled eggs, frozen vegetables (no need to thaw), lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, butter, sesame oil, and salt to a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together to combine. Transfer the mixed ingredients to the prepared pan. Finally, cook the rice mixture in the air fryer at 360°F for 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes.
Serve the fried rice immediately with a little more soy sauce (if preferred). Store leftover fried rice in a sealed container, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
What is the Best Air Fryer?
I have tested 3 brands in my home and I recommend the Ninja Air Fryer. (affiliate link) You can go up a size if needed, but it is superior in achieving consistent results and also ease of use. I’ve been very happy with this Air Fryer and have used it for recipes like carrots, shrimp, french fries, baked potatoes, and even brownies, just to name a few!
Air Fryer Fried Rice
- 2 cups long-grain white rice, cooked and cooled
- 2 large eggs, scrambled
- ½ cup frozen vegetables, carrots and peas
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. (Or, if using a different kind of pan, make sure the size of the oven-safe pan you are using fits inside your air fryer.) Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine rice, scrambled eggs, vegetables, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, butter, sesame oil, and salt. Mix until well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake pan (or pan you are using).
- Place the bowl into the air fryer and cook at 360°F for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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