Do you have too much leftover rice from your last takeout order? Or did you make too much rice and it’s currently going bad in your fridge because you forgot about it? Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us but here’s a quick recipe to revamp your leftovers and turn some old rice into a brand new meal. This meal was inspired by my family’s leftovers from our Chinese take out the night before, so I hope it inspires you to create a new meal from food you already had! Thanks so much for reading and let us know how it turned out if you try it!


  • Leftover rice
  • Veggies (fresh or frozen)
  • Sesame oil 
  • Soy sauce
  • Seasonings of your choice


  1. Let some sesame oil heat up in a pan, and add any chopped vegetables you want. I used fresh bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, and eggplant that we had in the fridge but frozen veggies work just as fine too. 
  2. While the veggies are cooking feel free to add any spices you like! I used garlic, sesame seeds, salt, pepper, and some red chili flakes. 
  3. Once the vegetables have semi cooked add a bit more oil to the pan and add in the rice.
  4. At this point, I added a bit of soy sauce on top and stirred the mix occasionally making sure the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. To allow the rice to soften and finish cooking the vegetables cover the pan and allow for the mixture to steam for a couple of minutes. 
  6. Keep mixing and finishing cooking till the rice becomes a golden brown color and the vegetables are cooked all the way through.
  7. Enjoy your freshly made fried rice!

Old rice in a tupperware container.Assorted vegetables and spices in a bowl.Vegetables and spices added to a frying pan.Rice and vegetables in a frying pan.Fried rice and vegetables in a mixing bowl.