Instant Pot Fried Rice

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Make this Deliciously Easy Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) with few ingredients from your pantry! Fragrant Chinese Egg Fried Rice is a simple yet highly adaptable side dish or weeknight meal.

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It’s true. The Best Fried Rice comes from a piping hot wok.

But, we’ve received emails after emails from many awesome A+J Fans requesting for our Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe. So we have to make this work for you!! 🙂

After multiple trials, tastings, & experiments, we found a few modifications that make a good Instant Pot Fried Rice achievable. 😀

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Chinese Egg Fried Rice is a simple food. So simple with such few ingredients that it can get tricky to be delicious.

What We Look For in a Good Chinese Egg Fried Rice?

The rice & eggs are the heart & soul of the dish, so if you achieve the following results, you’ll nail the dish:

  • Rice Texture: perfectly cooked – fluffy, plump, individual grains of rice are separated & chew to the bite; Not mushy, wet, broken, hard, burnt, sticky, soft, or clumped together
  • Rice Taste: full of rice fragrance, not too oily, each grain of rice is coated with egg
  • Eggs: perfectly cooked – smooth, full of egg fragrance; not overcooked, burnt, dry, tough, big bites clumped together
  • Overall: Silky fragrant eggs beautifully blended into fluffy plump rice

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Going back to the roots. Keeping it simple with a basic Chinese Fried Rice in Instant Pot with less than 10 ingredients.

Real easy to adapt by throwing in your choice of add-in ingredients.

We usually like to add bits of meat like chicken, ham, shrimp, cubed cured meat or Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) bits into this Easy Fried Rice.

Real comforting & appetizing to eat! 🙂


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Instant Pot Fried Rice

Make this Deliciously Easy Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) with few ingredients from your pantry! Fragrant Chinese Egg Fried Rice is a simple yet highly adaptable side dish or weeknight meal.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 43 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (460g) Jasmine rice
  • 1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water
  • 1.5 - 2 teaspoons (10g) fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) + 2 teaspoons (10ml) peanut oil , separated
  • 4 (230g) large eggs , separated (2 mix with rice, 2 scrambled eggs)
  • 1 cup (120g) frozen vegetables , thawed
  • 2 stalks green onions , sliced
  • Optional: A dash of white pepper

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Rice: Add 2 cups (460g) Jasmine rice + 2 tsp (10ml) peanut oil in a stainless steel bowl. Mix well so all the rice is covered with oil. Pour 1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water in the rice bowl. Ensure all rice is submerged in water.Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water and steamer rack in Instant Pot. Layer the rice bowl on rack. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.
    While rice is pressure cooking, prepare eggs and slice green onions. In a large mixing bowl, beat 4 eggs, then split half of the beaten eggs into another container.
    *Pro Tip: If you are rinsing the rice, ensure the rice is drained really well!
  • Dry Inner Pot & Make Eggy Rice: Immediately add the piping hot rice in large mixing bowl with 2 beaten eggs. Mix the rice and eggs very gently until all the rice is coated with eggs. Discard the hot water in Instant Pot. Dry inner pot well with a towel.
  • Cook Scrambled Eggs: Use Instant Pot Saute More function by pressing the "Cancel" button, then "Saute" button twice. When Instant Pot says HOT, pour in 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil and wait another minute (ensure inner pot is piping hot, so the eggs won’t stick to the pot).Add in remaining 2 beaten eggs and give it a few quick stirs (ensure the eggs are slightly runny). Set aside the eggs.
  • Cook Instant Pot Fried Rice: Wait until Instant Pot says HOT again (needs to be piping hot!) Add in remaining 2 tbsp (30ml) peanut oil and wait another minute. Add in cooked rice. Do not stir yet! Wait 1 minute before giving it a quick stir. Repeat this step 5 times. Ensure to wait 1 minute between each quick stir.*Pro Tip: You should hear some popping sounds and see some steam coming out of the fried rice after the fourth + fifth time. Make sure the stir-frying is done quickly, but gently. You don't want to destroy the individual grains.
  • Add Ingredients and Season: Add in thawed frozen veggies. Mix and stir fry until veggies are hot (~1 ½ - 2 mins). Sprinkle in 2 tsp (10g) fine salt (taste & adjust). Add in a dash of white pepper and the scrambled eggs. Stir fry until thoroughly mixed. Add in sliced green onions and give it a few more quick stirs. Woohoo!! Your Instant Pot Fried Rice is done! Taste and add more salt if necessary.
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Recipe Notes:

You don't need "day-old" rice to make tasty fried rice as long as you have the right Water to Rice Ratio to work it's magic! Slightly drier rice will hold up its texture better.
Results From Our Experiments:
  • Egg to Rice Ratio: 2 Large Eggs per 1 cup Rice is the most balanced
  • Water to Rice Ratio: 1 cup Rice per 0.9 cup Water is all we need

Nutrition:

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 35.7% | Vitamin C: 4.7% | Calcium: 5.1% | Iron: 8.4%
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chinese fried rice, egg fried rice, fried rice recipes, how to make fried rice, instant pot fried rice, instant pot recipes, instapot fried rice, instapot recipes, pressure cooker fried rice, pressure cooker recipes
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Instant Pot Fried Rice Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Fried Rice.

Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe Ingredients | Pressure Cooker Fried Rice

First thing is to take out the frozen vegetables and thaw them on the countertop.

You can prep the remaining ingredients when the rice is pressure cooking in Instant Pot.

*Pro Tip: If you are rinsing the rice, make sure the rice is drained really really well!

Instant Pot Fried Rice Experiment

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We did multiple experiments to find the best Egg to Rice Ratio & Water to Rice Ratio 🙂

  • Egg to Rice Ratio: 2 Large Eggs per 1 cup Rice is the most balanced
  • Water to Rice Ratio: 1 cup Rice per 0.9 cup Water is all we need

*Pro Tip: You don’t need “day-old” rice to make tasty fried rice as long as you have the right Water to Rice Ratio to work it’s magic! Slightly drier rice will hold up its texture better.

1

Pressure Cook Rice in Instant Pot


Add 2 cups (460g) Jasmine rice + 2 tsp (10ml) peanut oil in a stainless steel bowl. Mix well so all the rice is covered with oil.

Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe: mix Jasmine rice with peanut oil

Pour 1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water in the rice bowl. Make sure all the rice is submerged in the water.

Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold water and place a trivet in Instant Pot. Layer the rice bowl on the trivet and secure the lid. Turn the Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe: how to cook pot-in-pot rice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure Setting

While the rice is pressure cooking, prepare the eggs and slice the green onions.

Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe: beat eggs and slice green onions

In a large mixing bowl, beat 4 eggs, then split half of the beaten eggs into another container.

After 10 minutes of Natural Releasing, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure.

2

Dry Pot & Make Eggy Rice


Immediately remove & add the piping hot cooked rice in the large mixing bowl with 2 beaten eggs.

Instant Pot Fried Rice: remove pot in pot rice from Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Very Gently! Mix the rice and eggs until all the rice is coated with eggs.

*Pro Tip: Be careful not to squish or mash the rice with the rice paddle!! Remember we want to have separated individual grains of rice in our final Fried Rice dish! 🙂

Instant Pot Fried Rice: mix beaten eggs and Instant Pot Rice together

Discard the hot water in Instant Pot. Dry the inner pot well with a towel.

Instant Pot Fried Rice: dry Instant Pot inner pot with towel

3

Cook Scrambled Eggs


Use Instant Pot Saute More function by pressing the “Cancel” button, then “Saute” button twice.

Instant Pot Saute More Function

When the Instant Pot says HOT, pour in 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil and wait another minute.

*Pro Tip: You will need the inner pot to be piping hot or the eggs will stick to the pot.

Instant Pot Fried Rice: stir fry eggs in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker using Saute Function

Add in remaining 2 beaten eggs and give it a few quick stirs.

*Pro Tip: You want the eggs to look silky and slightly runny! They’ll continue to cook a little after you’ve removed them from the Instant Pot.

Set aside the eggs.

4

Cook Instant Pot Fried Rice


Wait until Instant Pot says HOT again.

*Pro Tip: We need Instant Pot to be piping hot!!

Add in 2 tablespoons (30ml) peanut oil and wait another minute.

Instant Pot Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) Recipe: add peanut oil in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add in cooked rice. Do not stir yet! Wait 1 minute before giving it a quick stir.

*Note: We will repeat this step 5 times. Be sure to wait 1 minute between each quick stirs. Patience is key! 😉

Instant Pot Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) Recipe: stir fry egg rice in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

You should hear some popping sounds and see some steam coming out of the fried rice after the fourth and fifth time. Oh~ this is going to be good 🙂

*Pro Tip: Make sure the stir-frying is done quickly, but gently. Fried rice is all about the texture and you don’t want to destroy the individual grains or mash them together!

5

Add Ingredients and Season


Add in the somewhat thawed frozen veggies.

Mix and stir fry until the veggies are hot (~1 ½ – 2 mins)

Instant Pot Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) Recipe: add thawed frozen vegetables in Instant Pot Egg Fried Rice

Sprinkle in 2 tsp (10g) fine salt (please taste and adjust accordingly!) all over the rice.

Add in a dash of white pepper and the scrambled eggs. Stir fry until thoroughly mixed.

Instant Pot Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) Recipe: add scrambled eggs in Chinese fried rice

Finally, add in the finely sliced green onions and give it a few more quick stirs.

Instant Pot Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Fried Rice) Recipe: add sliced green onions in fried rice

Woohoo!! Your Instant Pot Fried Rice is done!

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Taste and add more salt if necessary.

Enjoy your Instant Pot Fried Rice!~ 🙂

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  1. Hi thank you for all your recipes, they look delicious! I would like to add shrimp to the fried rice. When do you suggest doing this? Is there anything else I should know or do when making this…..frozen cooked shrimp vs frozen uncooked and whatever else comes to mind 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. Hi Sandi,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      I recommend sauteing the shrimps to 80% doneness right before scrambling the eggs on Step 3.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  2. If I want to add Thawed frozen chicken – to make it chicken fried rice – When would you add it? Should I cook it first b4 I add it?

    1. Hi Samantha,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      I recommend cooking the chicken beforehand. You can saute (with seasoning) the chicken until it is done. Set aside and add them back in with the frozen veggies.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  3. Our family enjoys Asian food especially various types of rice. I followed this recipe step by step and it turned out amazing. Equal to or better than restaurant quality.

    I have yet to make an Amy + Jacky recipe that wasn’t a hit and this is no different. Added to my growing list of A + J recipes.

  4. I cook Cantonese style as my husband was from Hong Kong.I have difficulty giving up my trusty wok for fried rice. I still use my rice cooker as I usually have my instant pot cooking other things. I am not Asian but do love your adaptions to the instant pot. I intermittently teach a few Cantonese style foods to others. Thank you for your recipes and passion.

  5. Hi! I am excited to try your recipes! Would a stainless steel steamer basket work? The one im looking at is stainless with loots of little holes and fits in the instapot.

    1. Hi Elke,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your question. The stainless steel steamer basket will not work as the rice will need to be submerged in the water to cook properly.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  6. I tried this 2 x and each time the rice did not cook in the stainless steel rice bowl. Can’t figure it out. I bought a rice bowl specifically for cooking rice in a bowl in the insta pot. And both times the water wasn’t absorbed and the rice grains still hard.
    Any words of wisdom? Thank you!!!

  7. Hi, thank you for your helpful and awesome recipes, I’m enjoying all of the food made! Is it possible to use a ceramic bowl to cook the rice initially instead of a stainless steel bowl in the first step? Thank you!

    1. Hi Howard,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you for your question. If the ceramic bowl is oven-safe and has no fine cracks on the surface, it should work fine.

      Since ceramic bowl transfers heat slower, you will want to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  8. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    Most Asian restaurants here ask if you want white rice or “fried” rice with your order. A couple of days ago I wrote you about the dark “fried” rice option that contains only a tiny amount of onion and egg flakes. I don’t know how I overlooked your fried rice recipe on the site, but I have it now. Although yours is the classic white version, I can use that as a base to make a mildly flavored dark version that won’t compete with the main dish.

    Can you suggest what to add to the cooking water, or to stir in after cooking, besides soy sauce to make a mildly flavored fried rice variation to use as a side dish? Dark soy sauce? Mushroom soy? Oyster sauce? Rice vinegar? Other? Or perhaps you already have a recipe along those lines?

    1. This is just one opinion, but I use braggs liquid aminos. I cannot use soy sauce and this has a taste that I can barely distinguish from soy.

  9. I made this tonight and it was amazing-so simple but so good. I am really looking forward to making more of your recipes

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂

      We don’t have a Spanish rice yet, but it is on our to-make list!

      Please take care & have a wonderful weekend
      Jacky

  10. Amy and Jacky you have done it again. Fried rice is one of my all time favorites. This could not have turned out any better.

    I can not believe how easy this was to make. As always the instructions are so easy to follow.

    1. Hi Werra!

      Hope you have been doing well 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind words and I am glad you enjoy this fried rice recipe!

      Please take care & have an amazing week
      Jacky

  11. I just love your recipes ….I made this today and followed your instructions and it turned out great and tasted so good…….I also added some day old chicken to it with veggies …Love the recipes you have..so easy to follow….I cook for myself and am just loving how easy it is to make such good meals in ipot. Thank you and keep them coming.

  12. Excellent Recipe! I modified slightly using Brown Jasmine Rice and prior to scrambling the eggs, I sautéed red pepper and ginger. I seasoned with 2 Tbsp of soy sauce and 1 Tbs seasame oil.

  13. Just tested my IP yesterday and am excited to see your recipes.
    I have leftover cooked brown rice, and want to make fried rice. Is there a work around, rather than using uncooked rice, which would be wonderful if I didn’t the leftovers. Thanks

    1. Hi Anne,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Leftover rice is fine as well. You can follow the recipe starting from step 2.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. This looks delicious! So glad I found your site. Gonna try this tomorrow for dinner. Quick question – is it always best to cook rice in a separate container on the steamer rack inside the IP? I’ve tried rice a
    Million times and I just can’t seem to get it right.

  15. Hi, is there something I can substitute for the stainless steel bowl? Unfortunately I dont have a smaller one that would fit the instapot. Thanks!

    P.s. I love your recipes!

    1. Hi Marisa,

      Thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      An oven-safe pyrex glass bowl will work.

      You will want to add ~3 minutes to the pressure cooking time as glass conducts heat slower than stainless steel.

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. Recipe looks amazing! I’m new to your site. I’m interested in the pot in pot stainless steel bowl. I only have the basic things that came with my instant pot. I didn’t see the size or where I could purchase one. Thanks, looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

    1. Hi Mary,

      Welcome to our site and thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      Our stainless steel bowl is (7.5″ x 3″ stand)

      We bought ours at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. Made this as soon as I received the email about it. Yet another splendid recipe from you both!
    I did make 2 small adjustments – I added 1 teaspoon of carraway seeds to the rice before cooking (I just love how carraway flavours rice), and I added some fresh ginger and garlic at the time of adding my veggies at the end of the rice frying time. It was beautiful!
    I do have a question though – in nearly every recipe I’ve tried from you both, you usually use a soy sauce / fish sauce etc. for unami. In this recipe, you call for 2 teaspoons of fine salt. Why not use a tablespoon of soy sauce instead? Interested to hear your answer?
    Additionally, if I’m out of peanut oil, what’s the next best thing? Typically I had a load of toasted sesame oil – but I guess that’s more for dressing, so I made a blend of 50% olive oil / 50% sesame oil.
    Chris 🙂

    1. Hi Chris!!

      So happy to hear from you. Hope you have been doing well 🙂

      Hehe great questions! We wanted to introduce the fried rice dish as basic & authentic as it can get on our first recipe. We will gradually go crazy with this method.

      Vegetable oil will be a good choice too 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kindness and support. We truly appreciate it!!!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. Would olive oil work as well? I don’t usually keep peanut oil. I suspect peanut oil is the standard in a Chinese kitchen. I do like to add a little sesame oil for flavor. Thank you for the specifics of how to make fried rice.

    1. Hi Cyndie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Olive oil will work well in the Instant Pot. It will not work too well in a wok environment.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Yes Carol, Saute on high! You want the pan really hot.
      How is the Ultra? Did you have a Duo before getting it? I’m interested to hear about the differences?

    1. Hi Amber,

      So happy to hear from you 🙂 Hope you are doing well & enjoying the weather.

      Hehe no fish sauce for this one.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. How do you drain the rice really really well after rinsing? I usually just slide one palm under the water and hope to catch most of the rice, but at some point I just sacrifice the remainder of the water so that I don’t have to pick up grains of rice from the sink. 🙂 Any pro tips on how to drain rice well?

    1. Hi Elaine,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      A mesh strainer will work. I usually use my fine tea mesh strainer if I want to drain them really really well.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Patricia,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      For raw meat, you will want to season them and stir-fry them right before adding the rice.

      For Spam meat, you can just chop it up and add them at the frozen vegetable step.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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