Instant Pot Egg Fried Rice Recipe - Busy Cooks (2024)

Craving fried rice, but don’t have leftover cold rice? No worries, you can still enjoy fluffy flavorful fried rice in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Bring out your Instant Pot! This Instant Pot Fried Rice is here to stay!

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I know I preach that the best fried rice starts with cold leftover rice. Well, it turns out you can make fluffy fried rice in an Instant Pot and it’s a game-changer!

The dilemma of choosing between getting a takeout or making dinner yourself is over! This recipe for Instant Pot fried rice tastes just like a delicious fried rice Chinese takeaway but is ready in less than 30 minutes. Not only is it a super quick recipe, but preparation is minimal and there is hardly anything to clean up afterward.

The best part is that you don’t need to prepare the rice the day before. I know I preach that the best fried rice starts with cold leftover rice. Well, things have changed a little bit since I tried cooking fried rice in my Instant Pot! And here’s why…

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Seriously, the Best Instant Pot Fried Rice

I came across an Instant Pot fried rice recipe where you sauté uncooked rice with beaten eggs before cooking it as usual. The recipe claimed that this method ensured perfectly fluffy rice ready to be stir-fried. So I was intrigued and gave it a try. And sure enough, the rice was so perfect and flavorful, but most importantly, fluffy and dry rice, perfect for fried rice! Then I decided to test it without sautéing rice with eggs. And guess what? It was still tasty and perfect. No mushy soft and sticky rice, instead rice grains were fluffy and separate. A total game-changer!

This is a great, no-fuss recipe that uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. As always, you can also make this recipe your own by adding in your own vegetable and protein options too.

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Fried Rice Instant Pot Ingredients

  • Rice – I recommend using white jasmine rice, or long grain basmati rice would also work.
  • Fish sauce – While it smells funky, it adds a nice boost of flavor and you won’t taste anything funky!!!
  • Toasted sesame oil – Adds amazing flavor that can’t be substituted.
  • Frozen carrots and peas – A convenient way to add some color and nutrition. You can always use fresh carrots if desired.

Fried Rice Recipe Instant Pot Variations

  • You can add any kind of meat for variety! Leftover chicken, beef, shrimp all work perfectly!
  • You can also use diced sweet potatoes, zucchini, edamame to switch things up too.

Can I add meat in it?

Absolutely! Any kind of protein, shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork will work well in this recipe!

Simply cook the meat in the skillet before scrambling the egg. If using rotisserie chicken, add it to the rice along with vegetables and egg mixture and not before scrambling the egg as the meat is already cooked.

What kind of rice is best for this fried rice?

The goal for a good fried rice recipe is to have rice that is cooked perfectly without being overdone. The rice should hold its shape well and not stick together when mixing the dish. It shouldn’t be mushy either.

I have found that medium to long grain rice works well, I used white jasmine rice which always comes out perfectly. Jasmine rice comes out fluffy, fully cooked through and still maintains its structure.

Steer clear of short-grain rice like risotto or sushi rice as they are sticky when cooked and won’t make good fried rice. You’ll end up with a mushy ball of rice and vegetables that is not appetizing at all.

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How to make Instant Pot Egg Fried Rice

  1. Cook the rice in the Instant Pot: Place rinsed and drained rice into the inner pot of Instant Pot.
  2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix water, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil and garlic powder. Add it into the rice.
  3. Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to “sealing”.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual for 5 minutes on high. (NOTE: It took about 6 minutes for IP to come to pressure.)
  5. To cook the eggs and veggies: Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil.
  6. When the oil is hot, crack the eggs and scramble around, 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add white part of scallions and frozen vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are thawed and heated through.
  8. Finishing touches: Once the IP time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes (This means just leave the pot alone. You can unplug the pot, if desired) and then do quick release by turning the valve to “venting”. And carefully open the lid.
  9. Using a wooden spoon, fluff the rice and then add the sautéed vegetables and eggs mixture into the rice along with green part of scallions. Gently mix everything together and serve!
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How long to cook the rice in a pressure cooker?

I’ve tested different cooking times, and found 5 minutes were just enough time for fluffy and tender rice. 4 minutes yielded slightly chewy undercooked rice.

Note that we’re not using “Rice” setting. Just manually set the time by selecting Manual or Pressure Cook button.

See more details on cooking perfect rice with an Instant Pot on the Instant Pot website here.

How to avoid mushy fried rice?

Having overcooked, mushy rice completely defeats the purpose of a fried rice recipe. Here are some simple tips for getting well cooked, fluffy rice every time.

  1. Rinse. Rice is covered with excess starch from the packaging process. Rinse off the excess starch by running cold water over the rice until the water runs clear. If you skip this step, the excess starch will cause the rice to stick together and become mushy when cooking.
  2. Amount of liquid. Having too much water or sauce added to the rice while cooking also makes it mushy. This recipe doesn’t add sauce to the rice after it’s cooked but rather cooks the rice in a flavorful mixture of water, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, and garlic powder.
  3. Don’t overcook it. The last tip for getting fluffy rice is to open your Instant Pot only after 5 minutes of natural release and fluff the rice after cooking. This allows a lot of steam to be released and rids the rice of excess moisture, making the likelihood of mushy rice much lower.

How to serve Instant Pot Fried Rice

I like to serve this fried rice as is with some fresh scallions for garnish.

Fried Rice in Instant Pot Storage

Can I freeze fried rice?

Yes, you can freeze the fried rice in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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What is the secret to great fried rice?

Fish sauce is the secret to well-seasoned, flavorful fried rice! And toasted sesame oil is another delicious addition.

Do you add egg before or after in fried rice?

I like to cook the eggs separately and combine it with fried rice.

Do you boil fried rice before you fry it?

Yes, you need to use cooked rice to make a fried rice.

Does rice cook well in Instant Pot?

It’s magical how well Instant Pot cooks rice. It comes out perfect every time!!

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Instant Pot Fried Rice

5 (19 ratings)

Created by Shinee D.

Servings 6 servings

Prep: 5 minutes mins

Cook: 5 minutes mins

Total: 25 minutes mins

Let's make amazing Instant Pot fried rice comes together in less than 25 minutes! And no leftover rice is required. Learn my tips from my recipe testing!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups white jasmine rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups frozen carrots and peas

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice in a mesh sieve under running cold water until the water runs clear. (TIP:Removing as much starch as possible by rinsing produces fluffier rice!) Drain well and put the rice into the inner pot of Instant Pot.

  • In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix water, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil and garlic powder. Add it into the rice.

  • Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to “sealing”.

  • Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual for 5 minutes on high. (NOTE: It took about 6 minutes for IP to come to pressure.)

  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil.

  • When the oil is hot, crack the eggs and scramble around, 1-2 minutes.

  • Add white part of scallions and frozen vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are thawed and heated through.

  • Once the IP time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes (This means just leave the pot alone. You can unplug the pot, if desired) and then do quick release by turning the valve to “venting”. And carefully open the lid.

  • Using a wooden spoon, fluff the rice and then add the sautéed vegetables and eggs mixture into the rice along with green part of scallions. Gently mix everything together and serve!

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Notes

This recipe has been tested in my favorite Instant Pot DUO 6qt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 735mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3522IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2mg

* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full nutrition disclosure.

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    Reader's Reviews

  1. Shari says

    Would you fry the eggs in the instapot then add the rice and flavored water and pressure cook?

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    • Shinee says

      No, I don’t recommend cooking the eggs in the pressure cooker.

      Reply

  2. Michael says

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    This came out so great! And it could hardly be easier. Used whatever veggies I had (onion, frozen peas, broccoli, arbol chilis) and added fresh basil at the very end for a bit of that thai flavor and it was really such a good, wholesome dish. Plus any chance I get to use my instant pot is also a victory so thank you so much for this recipe! I’ll definitely be using it again 🙂

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    • Shinee says

      Yay, so happy you tried and loved the recipe, Michael!!! Thank you for sharing your feedback.

      Reply

  3. Alison says

    Is there a way to use brown rice?

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    • Shinee says

      Hi, Alison. I’ve never tried this with brown rice, but you could adapt the cooking time and liquid ratio according to how to cook brown rice in Instant Pot. Hope this helps, and let us know if you give it a try.

      Reply

    • Shinee says

      Yay, that’s what we call a “dinner win”!! Thank you so much for your feedback, Melissa!!

      Reply

  4. Bonedawgie says

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    Easy peazy recipe. We used to dry over couple days cooked rice. No more! Recipe allows you to be inventive with your major protein. I actually experimented with adding to dollops of my home made salsa brownie. All in all most excellent, easy dish to make.

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    • Shinee says

      So happy you tried and loved the recipe!! Thank you for your feedback!

      Reply

  5. Pam barrett says

    I have frozen peas but fresh carrots? Does that change the cooking time?

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    • Shinee says

      Hi, Pam. Yes, fresh carrots need more time cooking. I’ve stir fry the chopped carrots before cooking the eggs.

      Reply

  6. Kim says

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    I was skeptical but really happy I tried this recipe. I made some changes and still had great results. I didn’t have fish sauce, I added an additional tsp of soy sauce (I used liquid aminos).
    I didn’t have scallions, I used a small yellow onion. I didn’t have frozen peas & carrots, just peas. I used 2 carrots, chopped by me. Instead of scrambling eggs first I cooked my veggies until onions were clear, then I added in eggs lightly scrambled already.
    After the final mix in to the cooked rice, it was as good as I could hope for. Thanks for a new option making fried rice with an insta pot.

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    • Shinee says

      Hi, Kim. Thank you so much for your feedback. So glad you tried and loved it.

      Reply

  7. Annmary Charles says

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    We just loved this fried rice! It was fast, easy, and delicious. This will be my go-to recipe for instant pot fried rice! Thank you for sharing and demonstrating.

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    • Shinee says

      Yay, so glad you tried and loved my recipe. Thanks for your feedback, Annmary!

      Reply

  8. julie Vibert says

    What an I use instead of sesame oil

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    • Shinee says

      You can skip it, if you don’t have it. But I really love the flavor it adds. There is no substitute for sesame oil.

      Reply

  9. Yana Tzan says

    Wow it was amazing and super easy and fast, thank you so much for sharing!!!

    Reply

    • Shinee says

      Yay, so happy you tried and loved the recipe, Yana! Thank you for your feedback!

      Reply

  10. Frank says

    Never made an egg fried rice before, but with your easy instruction, I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. Thank you so much!

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    • Shinee says

      So happy you tried and loved the recipe. Thank you for your feedback, Frank!

      Reply

  11. Kris says

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    This turned out great! Rice is so fluffy 😊 Thanks for the recipe and video.

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    • Shinee says

      Yay, so happy you tried and loved this recipe, Kris. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

      Reply

  12. Jamie says

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    This is as good as take out! It will be a keeper in my kitchen .

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    • Shinee says

      Awesome. So happy you tried and loved the recipe, Jamie. Thank you for your feedback!

      Reply

  13. Lacy says

    Do you think I could double this recipe and use my 8qt IP? Would it come out okay? Thank you!

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    • Shinee says

      Hi, Lacy. While I didn’t try this recipe doubled, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

      Reply

    • Matt says

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      The first time I made this I doubled the recipe still using a 6 qt IP and it worked great. I followed the time 5/5 and the rice was just done, so I would probably do 5/7 next time. Fantastic flavor. Perfect amount of soy sauce for me and allows others to add a bit more if they wish. This will become a standard in our house.

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      • Shinee says

        Hi, Matt! Thank you so much for sharing your helpful feedback!! Glad doubling the recipe works and so happy you and your family loves it!!!

        Reply

  14. Maddie says

    If I add boneless chicken breast and I cook it in the sauté pan as stated, do I cook it thoroughly or does it finish cooking in the instant pot?

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    • Shinee says

      Hi, Maddie. You’ll need to cook it through in the pan, because we’ll just combine the rice and veggies/chicken once the rice is cooked.

      Reply

  15. Emma says

    Instant Pot Egg Fried Rice Recipe - Busy Cooks (16)
    Made this recipe the other day, and it turned out great! I’m a new cook, and directions were clear and easy to follow. I added some chicken breast, other than that I followed the recipe exactly. The liquid to rice ratio was perfect and rice came out fluffy and flavorful!
    Thank you!

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    • Shinee says

      Yay, so glad you liked the recipe, Emma. Thank you for your feedback!

      Reply

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