Bacon Fried Rice with Shallots comes together easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and in only 15 minutes! Skip the takeout and make your own (tastier) version at home.
Confession: Stuff stresses me out!
I tend not to have many belongs besides the enormous amount of kitchen items and my constantly unmanageable clothing collection. But our garage is quickly growing out of control. So much so, that I’ve scheduled time out this week to manage it… You know, take all those Amazon boxes to the recycling center, list some things for sale, etc, etc, etc.
Stuff gives me a panic attack.
I grew up in a home where my mom kept collections of everything. Fabric scraps, my toys from when I was 5 years old, books, vases. We even had an entire room dedicated to puzzles!
And, while the memories are great, and fun to look through when I’m in town, I am COMPLETELY the opposite. I regularly have days that I call “Throw Away 15.” I’ll go through the house and throw out 15 random things that don’t need to be there. From old pens, to a pair of shoes, to that shampoo that just didn’t work for me. It’s oddly exciting for me.
My obsession with getting rid of things is how this fried rice came to be.
I poked around the refrigerator for some odds and ends that just had to go, and found the following:
- Leftover rice (from this Mongolian Beef the night before).
- Bacon that’s been stashed away in the freezer (leftover from making these).
- A bag of frozen peas – Always on hand in case of the spontaneous need for an ice pack.
- Shallots (that I always have on hand for making my favorite salad).
- Eggs (I never eat them on their own, they’re only used for baking treats like these).
- And, who doesn’t have those almost used up bottles of soy sauce and oyster sauce sitting around in their fridge?
Sweet relief! I checked off 7 of my 15 items for the day!
But the sweetest part?
This amazing Bacon Fried Rice that magically made its way into my life that night!
🛒 Ingredients Needed
- Cooked Rice – You can use any medium to long grain rice. I enjoy white rice, basmati rice and jasmine rice, you can even use brown rice. It should be cooled before using in this recipe.
- Large Eggs
- Shallot + Garlic
- Frozen Peas
- Green Onions
- Soy Sauce – You can use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer, or tamari.
- Oyster Sauce
- Salt + Black Pepper
📋 How Do You Make Bacon Fried Rice?
It’s super simple to make fried rice. It’s best if you have leftover rice on hand, but you can start from scratch and cook a fresh batch of rice. Just be sure to let it cool before making this fried rice. That will ensure that your rice doesn’t get too mushy and soggy.
PS – I love making rice in the Instant Pot. It’s super quick and easy. Or, try this rice cooker rice.
We’ll start by frying up some diced bacon. Then, remove the bacon from the skillet using a slotted spoon. Leave about a tablespoon of the bacon grease in there.
Next we’ll stir-fry the eggs in that same skillet, flavoring them with the bacon fat. Then goes in some shallot, frozen peas, rice, green onions and some soy sauce and oyster sauce.
The flavor in this Bacon Fried Rice is unbelievable!
Note: For a flavor alternative, try swapping out the regular soy sauce for some kecap manis (sweet soy sauce). Or, try adding in some kimchi.
✔️ What is the Secret to Good Fried Rice?
- Use day old rice – If you use warm, freshly made rice, your fried rice will be soggy instead of crispy and delicious. Using day old (cooled) rice is best here!
- Use what you have on hand – Don’t have shallots? Use onions and garlic. No bacon? Leave it out, just add in a bit more butter for sauteeing the veggies. Have some carrots in the fridge? Throw those in there too!
- Use a BIG skillet – This makes a lot of fried rice. You want to make sure things aren’t overflowing, and you want as much rice in contact with the bottom of the pan as possible. For this reason, I prefer to use a skillet instead of a wok.
- Get things hot! Make sure that you have your heat turned up, and be sure to let that rice get nice and crispy at the end. We actually want to fry the rice.
And the best part? This Bacon Fried Rice takes only 15 minutes to make! Leaving more time to hunt for those other 8 items that need to get tossed away…
🍷 Wine Pairings
- Try a Prosecco or Gewurztraminer with this dish. Eggs can often be tricky to pair with wine, but these light, fruity varieties actually help to bring out all the salty, smoky flavors in this dish.
ℹ️ Can You Freeze Fried Rice?
You can definitely freeze fried rice. It will keep in the freezer for up to three months. I like to package it into individual Ziploc sandwich bags and freeze it laying flat.
To cook frozen fried rice, thaw it overnight in the fridge. Then, heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a medium skillet. Add fried rice and cook until warmed through, about 5-7 minutes.
🥢 More Asian Inspired Recipes
- Ginger Stir Fry Veggies
- Udon Noodle Soup
- Mongolian Chicken
- Mongolian Beef
- Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad
- Stir Fry Sauce
- Dumpling Sauce
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- Toasted Rice Powder
- Coconut Lime Rice
- Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice
- Instant Pot Mexican Rice
- Instant Pot Fried Rice
- Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon
- Rice Cooker Rice
- Rice Cooker Coconut Rice
- Rice Cooker Sushi Rice
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Bacon Fried Rice Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons butter (divided)
- 6 strips bacon (cut into ½ pieces)
- 2 eggs (whisked)
- ¼ cup minced shallot
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 4 cups cooked and cooled rice
- 2/3 cup frozen peas
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 4 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon, until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.
- Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Add eggs and scramble. Once fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to the now-empty skillet and heat until melted. Add the shallot and season with salt and pepper. Sautee for 2-3 minutes, until the shallot has softened. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, until fragrant.
- Increase the heat to high and add in remaining tablespoon butter. Once melted, add the rice, peas, green onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir to combine.
- Fry over high heat for approximately 3 minutes, until it’s getting nice and brown, and crispy.
- Add the bacon and eggs and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
This bacon fried rice recipe was originally published in 2016. It was updated in 2023 to update the content. The shallot fried rice recipe remains the same. Enjoy!
17 thoughts on “Bacon Fried Rice with Shallots (Quick + EASY!)”
I’m ALL about cooking at home, I love take out but it can be so much fun to learn how to cook something from scratch! And congratulations on the big news! I would be sooo excited, fresh starts can be so good sometimes.
Thanks so much Vivian!
Congratulations on the move!! Now we really need to get together!! And the rice looks yummy!
Wow, so happy to hear you’re going to be closer to all the goodness that is the city (not that Lake Oswego was really that far away)!! Congratulations on the new place too, it’s always exciting and stressful to make a new house a home.
I feel like it’s a rule that any leftover rice is ALWAYS made into fried rice. I do it with the expected rice like Chinese or Thai, but also with Indian basmati rice!
That sounds amazing with the basmati Pech – Yum!
Oh man! This looks fantastic. So funny too because I have many of these ingredients sitting in my fridge and nothing planned for dinner tonight. Thank you!
Yay!!! I hope you give it a try Jenni! The bonus is that you get to clean out the fridge 🙂
So much yes on this post! I am a big fan of fried rice for using up odds and ends, too! Also, congratulations on the upcoming move! I hope your pup enjoys the pub. 🙂 And you make me want to go throw out 15 things!!!!
🙂 Do it Catherine – It’s so freeing!!!
I’ve been craving fried rice lately. This sound delicious!
Good luck with your move! Moving is so chaotic, but it’s nice to be forced to go through the STUFF.
Thank you Kristyn!
It’s always exciting and stressful to make a new house a home. Congratulations on the new place
Congratulations on the new place