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5 from 2 votes

Panda Express Copy Cat Fried Rice

An easy at-home version of one of the most popular take out versions of this classic Asian-American side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese
Servings: 3
Calories: 321kcal


  • 2 cups cooked long grain white rice
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots slightly thawed
  • 1/4 cup roughly diced white onion
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil or more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt or more/less to taste


  • Set the cooked rice aside- in a large bowl- until needed.
  • Scramble the eggs with 1 tbsp of the butter in a wok on stove top. While the eggs cook use a spatula to break them up into pea sized pieces.
  • Transfer the chopped scrambled eggs into the bowl of cooked rice along with the thawed peas and carrots and diced white onion, stirring until everything's evenly incorporated.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of butter in the wok over medium heat. Add the rice mixture to the skillet. Give it a good toss to thoroughly coat and then add the soy sauce and sesame oil, again tossing until they're evenly incorporated. Saute the rice, stirring constantly, for 6-8 minutes-- or until the onions have softened slightly and the veggies and rice are completely heated through and just slightly browned.
  • Remove the wok from heat and season the fried rice with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve immediately as is or alongside your favorite Asian entree.


I regret to inform you that due to budget cuts, Panda Express removed the egg from their version and replaced it with corn.
I wouldn't recommend doing that as it really diminishes the flavor, but if you happen to prefer the updated rice, omit the egg and add in 1/4 cup of corn kernels to the dish.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 949mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4945IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg