Yang Chow Fried Rice

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Recipe: #39674

October 12, 2022

"Need to use rice from day before Have everything ready to go Can add cashew to it no soy sauce in this one If you need soy sauce just add a dash or 2 on top of cooked rice"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (338.5 g)
  • Calories 432.6
  • Total Fat - 16.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 174.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1180.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 60.5 g
  • Calcium - 235.9 mg
  • Iron - 4.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In hot wok

Step 2

Swirl in 1 tablespoons of the oil,

Step 3

Add the shrimp, then, using a metal spatula, stir-fry 1 minute or until the shrimp just turn color but are not cooked through.

Step 4

Swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil,

Step 5

Add the rice, and peas and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes breaking up the rice with the spatula until it is heated through.

Step 6

Add the ham, scallions, sprinkle on the salt and pepper, to taste

Step 7

Stir-fry 1 minute until well combined.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting shrimp, look for ones that are pink and firm to the touch.
  • Make sure to use cold cooked rice for this recipe; freshly cooked rice will become mushy.

  • Substitute shrimp for tofu: Tofu is a great vegetarian option that will provide the same texture and flavor as the shrimp. This substitution will make the dish suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
  • Substitute peanut oil for olive oil: Olive oil is a healthier alternative to peanut oil and can provide a more subtle flavor. This substitution will make the dish healthier and more flavorful.

Vegetarian Yang Chow Fried Rice Omit the shrimp and ham, and substitute with an equal amount of diced vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Add a tablespoon of soy sauce to the rice while stir-frying.

Egg Drop Soup - This light and flavorful soup is the perfect accompaniment to Yang Chow Fried Rice. It is a classic Chinese soup that is quick and easy to make, and has a delicious combination of flavors. The soup is light and refreshing, and its subtle sweetness complements the savory fried rice perfectly.

Kung Pao Chicken: Kung Pao Chicken is a classic Chinese stir-fry dish that is perfect for serving alongside Egg Drop Soup. It is a delicious combination of tender chicken, crunchy vegetables, and a savory sauce. The spiciness of the Kung Pao Chicken complements the light and flavorful Egg Drop Soup, creating a delicious and balanced meal.


Q: Can I use other types of meat for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use other types of meat such as chicken, pork, or beef instead of ham. Just make sure to cut them into small pieces before adding them to the wok.

Q: How long should I cook the vegetables?

A: The vegetables should be cooked until they are tender but still have a bit of crunch. This should take about 3-4 minutes.

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Fun facts:

The name Yang Chow Fried Rice is derived from the Yangzhou region of China, where the dish is believed to have originated.

The dish has been popularized by the Chinese-American community, and is now a staple in Chinese restaurants around the world. It is also a favorite of the late celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.