PF Chang’s fried rice is so good but it isn’t always convenient to go there when you crave your fried rice recipe fix. For that reason, a copycat recipe for homemade fried rice is well worth knowing. It’s a mouth-watering blend of rice, fresh veggies and a rich, sweet Chinese-inspired sauce which makes it irresistible.
Craving that delicious fried rice from P.F. Chang’s? Satisfy your cravings with this spot-on copycat recipe – it’s so good, you’ll think you’re dining in the restaurant!
Ingredients for PF Chang’s Fried Rice
It’s no surprise the star of the dish is rice. The best choice here is fragrant long-grain Jasmine rice which you should be able to find in any grocery store. Jasmine rice is used in many Asian rice recipes because, although it comes from the same common rice plant as regular white rice, it’s thinner and longer in shape and cooks to a fluffy rather than clumpy, soft texture, which is perfect for Chinese fried rice.
Carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli, bean sprouts, and green onion are the veggies we’re using, and you also need vegetable broth and eggs.
For the sauce, the recipe calls for soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, chilli oil, minced ginger, minced garlic, sugar, and white pepper. Perhaps you already have most of those ingredients. If you’re wondering, mirin is like sake (an alcoholic rice beverage) but lower in alcohol as well as sugar. You can get this, and the other ingredients, in the Asian food aisle at your local store or Asian market..
How Do You Make the Best Fried Rice Recipe
There’s a reason P. F. Chang’s China Bistro rice is so popular, as well as other Chinese rice-based dishes. Not only is it one of the most popular take-out options in Chinese eateries but it’s a nice copycat recipe to make at home. Once you’ve cooked the rice and veggies and combined them with the sauce, it’s ready. This is a super easy to make PF Chang’s dish!
The first thing to do is bring the broth to a boil in a sauce pan then you can add the rice and cook it in there. Meanwhile whisk all the sauce ingredients together.
Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and keep it warm. Stir-fry the vegetables in a splash of oil in a wok for a few minutes. I like them al dente so typically 3 minutes is enough but you can cook them softer if you prefer. Add some salt and black pepper.
Push the veggies (carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli, bean sprouts, and green onion) up the wok sides and crack the eggs in there. Scramble them, then mix with the vegetables. Now add the rice to the wok and cook for a few minutes, add the soy sauce mixture and cook for a few minutes more. Your surprisingly easy Chinese takeout style dish is now ready to serve, perhaps with green onions, sesame seeds or a few uncooked bean sprouts as a garnish.
Variations to Consider
Fried rice is wide open to all kinds of variations. In fact, I often make it using whatever vegetables I find in the refrigerator. Feel free to use whatever you like. You can use a different type of rice, such as brown rice. If you want a spicy sauce, feel free to add your favourite ingredients to add more zing to this recipe.
You can use chicken broth in place of the vegetable broth if you prefer that. Also, omit the mirin if you prefer not to add alcohol. You may want to even add in some chicken breast, ground chicken, pork, tofu or shrimp along with some frozen peas, water chestnuts, or green beans to make it more of a main dish instead of a side dish.
What to Serve with Homemade Fried Rice
If one of your favorite restaurant dishes is vegetarian fried rice, you are going to love this copycat version. There’s no need to head to the restaurant when you can rustle up this easy-to-make ultimate comfort food right there in your own kitchen.
Although you can enjoy the recipe as a dish on its own, you might like to pair it with something else like sweet and sour chicken or lettuce wraps. This tangerine chicken stir fry is really good or you could try gochujang chicken which is actually Korean but does pair beautifully with fried rice. This tofu kung pao recipe would also be great with it. And you could even try this homemade sweet ‘n sour sauce.
Fried Rice Recipe FAQs
Leftover fried rice should not be left out at room temperature for hours. Put any leftovers in a sealed airtight container and keep it refrigerated. Use up your fried rice within a maximum of 4 days.
You have several options to reheat fried rice because it is delicious the next day. You can put it in an oven-safe dish and cook it for 15 minutes at 425°F. Another way is to microwave it. Finally, you can reheat (re fry) it in a hot skillet on the stove. Whichever method you choose, add a tablespoon or two of broth or water first to loosen the rice up a bit.
Yes, just make sure you use gluten free soy sauce!
Copycat PF Chang’s Fried Rice Recipe
PF Chang’s Fried Rice – Copycat Recipe
- 1 Cup Jasmine rice
- 1 3/4 Cup vegetable broth
- ½ Tablespoon canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 Cup carrots shoestring
- 1 Cup sugar snap peas
- 2 Cups Broccoli florets
- ½ Cup bean sprouts
- 2 Stalks green onion
Vegetarian Dark Sauce
- ¾ Cup soy sauce low sodium
- ½ Tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 Teaspoon mirin
- 2 Teaspoon hot chili oil
- 2 Teaspoon ginger minced
- 2 Teaspoon garlic minced
- 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Pinch white pepper
- Add vegetable broth to a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Add the rice, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
- While the rice is cooking, whisk together sauce, ingredients and set aside
- Once the rice is finished cooking, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
- Add canola oil to a wok over medium heat.
- Add bean sprouts, green onions, broccoli, carrots, and sugar snap peas to the wok and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Next, push the veggies to the sides of the wok. Crack eggs into pan and scramble
- Once eggs are scrambled, stir to combine.
- Add the rice and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes
- Next, pour in the soy sauce mixture and stir fry additional 3 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped green onions.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
I can’t say enough good things about this delicious PF Changs fried rice copycat recipe. It’s a rice dish that’s every bit as good as the restaurant version, is quick and easy to prepare, and is the best copycat PF Chang dish I’ve made. It is one of my favourite copycat recipes!
Love making takeout recipes at home!
Thank you for this easy recipe! It’s absolutely delicious. We did add chicken. It was a fantastic supper that was quick to get on the table. My whole family loved it!
Made with last night..Though without the snap peas because they aren’t in season here.
This was so good and so easy to make! Tasted just like fried rice from the restaurant!
I absolutely love the fried rice at PF Changs but the restaurant is really far for me. I’m so glad I can get the same taste right at home!
What a easy delicious meal! I haven’t been to PF Changs in forever . . . but the craving was satisfied. BTW, do you always use Jasmine rice . . I sometimes just use what’s on hand, but wondered if that was the best choice