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Japanese Chahan or Fried Rice

Japanese Chahan or Fried Rice

5 from 6 votes
The perfect easy recipe for whenever you’re looking to clear your fridge of whatever veggies you have lying around. I love having ‘chahan’ or fried rice in Japanese restaurants so decided to make my own!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 2
Calories 513 kcal


  • 3 cups cooked and cooled Japanese rice  or other short grain rice* see notes
  • 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup diced rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, I used dried shiitake mushrooms that I soaked in hot water but feel free to use other mushrooms!
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp soy sauce or to taste
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds and chopped spring onions for garnishing


  • Break apart the cooked rice in a bowl.
  • Heat a pan or wok. Add 2 tbsp of canola or neutral oil. Once hot, add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until aromatic. Add in the carrots. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the rest of the corn, peas, and mushrooms. Season with 1 tsp salt. This will be a little salty but once the rice is mixed in, it will be just right.
  • Add in the cooked rice. Season with soy sauce and black pepper. Mix well. Cook over high heat, mixing constantly to avoid the bottom from sticking. Feel free to season with more salt or soy sauce if desired.
  • Finish off with some sesame oil and then mix well. Transfer rice to a bowl and pack with a spoon. Place a plate over and flip to create a rounded dome shape. Garnish with some sesame seeds and spring onions, if desired. Enjoy while hot!



  • Leftover rice and even day old rice is perfect for this!

Vegetables, Protein

  • The veggies and mushrooms are totally up to you! Feel free to use what you have on hand. I used frozen corn and peas.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1529mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5395IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
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