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Air Fryer Fried Rice

by Karly


This AIR FRYER FRIED RICE recipe is a fun recipe to make. You cook all the ingredients in a single air fryer basket to let all the flavors mesh. So good!

A wooden spoon dipping into fried rice.

Fried rice is a favorite around our house. We serve it up with our air fryer egg rolls and it’s a dinner that the whole family absolutely loves1

But one day, as I was pulling my egg rolls out of the air fryer I thought…what if I cooked the RICE in the air fryer too?

So, we had fun experimenting and ended up with this air fryer fried rice.

It’s not really any easier or faster than traditional fried rice, but it’s delicious and fun to make and perfect if you don’t have a wok!

We often make chicken fried rice in our house, but we thought a bacon fried rice would be even tastier and quicker! Oh man…so good!

The bacon strips cook right in the air fryer, too!

Ingredient Notes:

Ingredients for fried rice in the air fryer.

Rice– You want to use cooked and cooled white rice when making fried rice.

Bacon– You could absolutely skip the bacon and stir in some cooked chicken or ham, if you prefer.

Peas and Carrots– Frozen peas and carrots are the way to go. It is super easy to add to your basket and cook alongside everything else and it adds the perfect pop of color and sweetness.

How to make fried rice:

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Start the bacon- Cook all six bacon slices at 400 degrees F for six minutes in your air fryer basket. The bacon won’t be totally crispy yet, but it’s going to finish off with the rice. After six minutes remove from the air fryer, drain the grease out of the air fryer and chop the bacon into small pieces.

strips of bacon in air fryer basket.

Stir the ingredients together – In a bowl with your white rice add the bacon pieces, onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and sriracha. Stir all this to combine it and then add it to a baking dish that will fit in your air fryer. We are using a 7-inch dish that came from our air fryer accessory kit.

Close up of fried rice in a baking dish.

Fry the rice- Transfer your baking dish to the air fryer and cook at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Stir the contents and then pour beaten eggs over the top of the rice and cook for 4 minutes. Last stir again, then pour in your peas and carrots and cook for 3 more minutes.

Your rice is done!

Overhead view of fried rice in a baking dish in an air fryer basket

FAQ:

How should I store leftovers?

Keep refrigerated in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

How should I reheat the leftovers?

We often reheat our air fryer recipes in the air fryer, but I think it dries this one out too much. We recommend reheating in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Can I use freshly made rice instead of cooled rice?

Using freshly cooked rice will likely result in a mushy fried rice. Refrigerating the rice after cooling and allowing it to fully cool will give the grains a chance to firm up and cook properly when fried.

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An air fryer next to a plate of fried rice.

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Small black plate with fried rice and chop sticks on it.

Air Fryer Fried Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

No need to stand over the stove stir frying your rice with this fun recipe using the air fryer! Everything cooks in the air fryer quickly and comes out tasting amazing.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled white rice
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon slices to your air fryer basket and cook at 400 degrees for 6 minutes. The bacon will not be fully cooked at this point, but remove from the air fryer basket and chop into small pieces. It will continue cooking with the rice. Drain the grease from the basket of the air fryer.
  2. Add the bacon to a bowl with the rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and sriracha. Stir well to combine.
  3. Transfer the rice to a 7 inch round dish that will fit your air fryer basket (see notes).
  4. Air fry at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. 
  5. Stir well and pour the beaten eggs over the rice. Cook for 4 minutes.
  6. Stir to break up the eggs and then stir in the peas and carrots. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

Notes

Choose a a baking dish that fits inside your air fryer. We use the round dish from this set.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 611mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

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