Panda Express Fried Rice Copycat

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 Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate…at home!

Only 3 days from Christmas day! And the tradition of Chinese food during the holiday season continues. A week ago I posted one of my favorite Panda Express copycat recipes, for Beijing Beef and today I am sharing the Panda Express Fried Rice that I served with it.

Keeping track of all the Panda Express copycat recipes here on the blog?

This Panda Express Fried Rice is probably my most versatile of the Panda Express recipes because I use it for so many other meals too. The Chow Mein on the other hand I pretty much only pair with other Panda Express entrees because the flavor is so distinctive.

This recipe benefits from cold already cooked rice. You can use white or brown, white is more authentic to Panda Express. There are many other additions that I add to my non copycat version of fried rice, but to be Authentic to Panda Express (I have spoken with and watched people at the restaurants about the method and ingredients) you should really keep it simple.

I always cook fried rice (and most of my Asian stir fries) in a wok. This recipe really benefits from the spoon and spatula that come with some wok sets. Alternately, use a metal spatula that can be used as a scraper too along with a spoon.

There is one other thing worth noting. Recently there was a change in the recipe Panda Express uses in their fried rice. They used to use eggs but swapped eggs for corn for… ingredient cost related reasons. I think it was a bad move and that the flavor of fried rice is unequivocally changed for the worse with this swap. So I highly suggest that you keep the eggs in and do not swap them for corn. That being said I should technically let you know it is more “authentic” if you add 1/4 cup of corn kernels to the rice instead of the eggs.

Are there any favorite Panda Express recipes you are looking for? I am on a mission to bring you every single recipe, and I am taking suggestions for what comes next!
 Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!

Recipe

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Panda Express Fried Rice Copycat

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  • Yield: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (vegetable oil is fine too)
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 6 cups cooked white rice , cooled
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrot mix
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Put the oil into the wok and heat on high.
  2. Add in the eggs and stir, cooking and breaking it into smaller pieces until fully cooked.
  3. Add in the cooled white rice and stir them all together.
  4. Add in the soy sauce and toss until all the rice is fully coated.
  5. Add in the carrots and peas and toss again.
  6. Add in the sesame oil and mix again.
  7. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 , Amount per serving: calories

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 Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!

Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!
Panda Express Fried Rice is the most popular side ordered and with good reason. Salty and savory, with veggies mixed in the rice is a great counterpart to your favorite two entree plate...at home!

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  1. This looks great! I agree with you about the eggs. I try to keep cooked rice in the freezer so it is ready to go anytime for fried rice-no thawing required.

      1. about 10 years ago at Panda Express they used to make a dish called Mongolian beef they don’t anymore but I really really like to learn that recipe

    1. It really does taste spot on to the original from Panda Express! My non-copycat version I make has oyster sauce which has a much more complex flavor. But each recipe is different and delicious in its own right.

  2. This looks so simple! I agree that cold rice always works better with fried rice. I think I need Santa to bring me a wok this year. Mine was lost in my last move and I have never replaced it! Bummer about the swap of corn for eggs. Corn is taking over the world… 🙁

    1. Oohh yes! I sometimes go a little bit of time without using the wok, but once it goes back into rotation I find myself using it a lot. And yes, the whole corn thing is just awful. I hate it.

  3. Have you ever had Panda’s Eggplant & Tofu before they took it off their menu? That was my favorite! Now I’m a sad…panda. Also loved their mandarin chicken. The new teriyaki is just OK, but I think the cooking technique for both is the same. Would love to see a copycat from you one either of those (or all) 🙂

    Thank you!

  4. Used to love Panda Express. Ate lunch at the one near where I work at least once a week until it closed because the entire rest of the shopping center was dying. After that we just had it every time we went to the mall. Then they put corn in the rice. Blecccchhh! Haven’t been back since. Will have to try this recipe (with eggs!) and some orange chicken from Trader Joe’s.

    1. Yes! The corn in the rice was a total travesty! I can’t get over the “let’s save some money maybe people won’t notice because they are both yellow” nonsense. Still obsessed with the other options though, haha. I hope you love it!

  5. We tried this rice yesterday and found it to be as good if not better than the rice you would find at Panda Express. It was so easy and really delicious. Thanks Sabrina for this awesome recipe!

  6. I’ve tried making fried rice before but my rice is always sticky. What kind of rice do you suggest to prevent the stickiness.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    1. I’ve had good luck with plain long grain white rice. The biggest help is using white rice thats been cooked and cooled already. When I have used fresh cooked rice it never works as well.

  7. All the Panda recipes look awesome. I love when someone can figure out the ingredients, then I know exactly what is in something, and if need to can reduce spice to accommodate, but I can also be true and follow recipe when I can. Sometimes I just want noodles or fried rice.

  8. Seems so odd that your Panda Express changed from eggs to corn, they still have the original recipe at all the Panda Express restaurants near me (California).. I guess I’m just lucky lol.. I’d be so upset if they changed the recipe.. I eat panda every time I go to town… we unfortunately don’t have fast food near where we live so I think you just made my year.. thank you for all these Panda recipes, I’ve been trying them and they all taste just like the restaurant. 

    1. Yes I have! The only thing I do differently is add 1 tablespoon thin sliced green onion (like they have at Panda Express) when I put in the peas and carrots.  I also find I need about 1/4-1/2 tsp salt because I use low sodium soy sauce.  

      This is also excellent if you cook some shrimp after the egg and before the rice.

  9. Used scallions, and a beef cut. 6 cups of rice seemed like over kill so i cut it down to 2. Also forgot peas/carrot mix but i saw it at walmart for a buck. Making eggs(3) in oil seemed weird to me so i cooked with pam and set aside then warmed my oil and continued with directions and adjusted ratios. Currently finger typing this with a full belly. My stomache is happy =) . Kinda lol

    Rating: 5