I love it when a recipe calls for a leftover ingredient that can be repurposed into something delicious! Even better, when I can cook it outside! Making Blackstone Fried Rice is quick, easy, and very practical! Plus, it is a budget-friendly option, using inexpensive ingredients for a quick dinner.
Skip the Japanese steak houses, Chinese restaurants, and the little white takeout boxes and make this hibachi fried rice right at home. The best part is that you can customize this great recipe with your favorite mix-ins or whatever leftovers you have to use up.
My love for our Blackstone knows no bounds. It creates amazing breakfasts in minutes, twelve pancakes at a time - no problem. Add to the list of greatest Blackstone hits - the best, fried rice recipe! Make it a side dish, or add a protein, like diced ham, chicken, or shrimp, and serve it as your main dish.
Fried Rice Ingredients
Leftover Cooked Rice - The key is leftover cold rice. Day-old rice is drier and fries perfectly.
Peas and Carrots - Grab a bag in the freezer aisle at the grocery store. Keep an extra bag in the freezer whenever a fried rice craving hits. If you prefer fresh vegetables, chop up a carrot and use fresh peas.
Butter - Adds the perfect flavor to fried rice. If you need a dairy-free option, use avocado oil.
Eggs - Adds protein, but if you don’t love eggs, you can leave them out.
Green Onions - Use the tops of green onions for a touch of onion flavor!
Soy Sauce - This gives the rice the coloring and, more importantly, the flavor! It is the umami flavor that you can’t quite describe but need it.
Toasted Sesame Oil - This is the must-have flavor, but not too much. Sesame oil is wonderful in small amounts.
Avocado Oil - Any high-heat cooking oil will work. Vegetable oil, Canola Oil, and Grapeseed Oil are all great options.
Optional Protein - Diced Ham, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp or Tofu.
This is only an ingredient listing. See the recipe card for the exact measurements and complete instructions.
Blackstone Cooking Instructions
Prep all your ingredients and place them on a sheet pan to save yourself from making multiple trips back and forth from your kitchen to your Blackstone.
We love our prep table to help hold ingredients while grilling and serve food when we are eating al fresco! I love the inside storage too!
Preheat the Blackstone to a medium heat. Spread out a small amount of avocado oil. Use your spatula to spread the oil over the entire griddle top.
Add the leftover white rice to the hot oil on one side of the Blackstone. Break up any clumps and spread it out into a thin layer. Add four tablespoons of butter to the top of the rice.
On the other side of the grill, add the frozen peas and carrots. With a large metal spatula, spread the veggies into a single layer.
Next, add some more butter to melt to scramble the eggs. Add the eggs to the melted butter and use the spatula to scramble the eggs. The eggs will cook quickly; do not overcook them. Leave them a bit wet so they won’t overcook.
Next, combine everything together: the veggies, fried rice, and cooked eggs. Add the green onions. Stir it all together.
Pour the soy sauce and the toasted sesame oil over the mixture and stir. Taste and add any additional seasoning depending on your taste preference.
Remove from the Blackstone and serve the fried rice immediately.
No Leftover Rice - If you want to make fried rice but have no leftover rice, make a batch of fresh rice the day before or even the morning of the day you want to make it. Spread the freshly cooked rice on a large baking sheet and store it in the refrigerator. The key is to make the rice as dry as possible. Water will cause the rice to steam versus fry. A rice cooker or an Instant Pot is a great way to make plain rice perfectly every single time.
Veggie Options - In addition to frozen peas and carrots, add some broccoli florets and diced bell peppers. A red pepper would add a beautiful pop of color. Throw in any leftover veggies to use up all your leftover ingredients.
Rice Options - White long grain rice is what you typically use. However, jasmine rice is another great option. Brown rice will work, too, and give you some additional fiber. It will be chewier than traditional fried rice.
Fried Rice Variations
Build your own fried rice recipes! Use the base recipe and add 1 cup of your favorite mix-ins.
Hawaiian Fried Rice - Add ½ cup of diced pineapple and ½ cup of chunks of ham for a sweet fried rice option.
Shrimp Fried Rice - Add 1 cup of deveined shrimp.
Bacon Fried Rice - Bacon adds a smoky flavor and cooks up beautifully on the Blackstone. Add a few strips of bacon to the fried rice mixture. Reduce the soy sauce by half so it isn't too salty. Adjust the seasoning, once you add everything. It is always easier to add more but so hard to take back once it is there.
Chicken Fried Rice - Boneless skinless chicken diced and added to the fried rice creates a classic fried rice we all know and love.
Gluten Free Fried Rice - Use a gluten-free soy sauce or a gluten-free tamari sauce.
Reheating and Freezing Leftovers
Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. If you want to freeze fried rice, be sure it is completely cool. Place it in a freezer safe bag and flatten it. Remove as much air as possible. Use the frozen fried rice within one month. Reheat the frozen fried rice on a skillet with a small amount of butter.
Fried rice is perfect for a quick lunch all by itself. It is also a perfect side dish for baked sweet and sour chicken. Make a double batch of fried rice for a quick meal on a busy weeknight. Additional loveable Blackstone griddle recipes that are also delicious include smash burgers, chicken fajitas, and breakfast for dinner with crunchy French toast!
First, the Blackstone griddle top may not be well seasoned. Be sure you treat the Blackstone flat top like a cast iron pan. Secondly, there isn't enough oil underneath the rice. Make sure there is a thin layer of high-heat cooking oil before adding anything to the Blackstone griddle.
The key to fried rice is cold, day old rice grains. Why? Because leftover rice is dried out. Freshly cooked rice has more moisture than day old rice. Water and moisture create steam when fried, versus crisping up like leftover rice.
Blackstone Fried Rice
- 6 cups cooked, cooled Rice
- 6-8 Tablespoons Butter
- 1 cup Frozen Carrots and Peas
- 3 Eggs
- ¼ cup Green Onions
- 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- ½ teaspoon Sesame Seed Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
- Preheat the Blackstone to a medium heat. Spread out a small amount of avocado oil. Use your spatula to spread the oil over the entire griddle top.
- Add the leftover rice to one side of the Blackstone. Break up any clumps and spread it out into a thin layer. Add four tablespoons of butter to the top of the rice.
- On the other side of the grill, add the peas and carrots. With a large metal spatula, spread the veggies out into a single layer.
- Next, add some more butter to melt to scramble the eggs. Add the eggs into the melted butter and use the spatula to scramble the eggs. The eggs will cook quickly; do not overcook them.
- Next, combine the veggies, the fried rice, and eggs. Add the green onions. Stir it all together.
- Pour the soy sauce and the toasted sesame oil over the mixture and stir. Taste and add any additional seasoning depending on your taste preference.
- Remove from the Blackstone and serve immediately.