DIY Recipes: How to make a simple flavoured Ghanaian fried rice

Fried rice is a great way to use up leftovers, but there's no reason you can't use a batch of freshly cooked white rice instead.

Fried rice

Pulse Ghana

This recipe produces vegetable-studded fried rice with individual grains, lightly seasoned to allow the flavour of the rice to shine.


2 cups cooked white rice (12 ounces; 350g; see note)

2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable or canola oil, divided

1 small onion, finely chopped (4 ounces; 115g)

1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into small dice (3 ounces; 85g)

2 scallions, thinly sliced (1 ounce; 30g)

2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons; 5g)

1 teaspoon (5ml) soy sauce

1 teaspoon (5ml) toasted sesame oil

Kosher salt and ground white pepper

1 large egg

4 ounces (115g) frozen peas


  • Cook rice until finely cooked.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl and break the rice up with your hands into individual grains before proceeding. Heat 1/2 tablespoon (7ml) vegetable oil in a wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until the rice is pale brown and toasted and has a lightly chewy texture, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.
  • Return all the rice to the wok and press it up the sides, leaving a space in the middle. Add 1/2 tablespoon (7ml) oil to space. Add onion, carrot, scallions, and garlic and cook, stirring gently, until lightly softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss with rice to combine. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  • Push rice to the side of the wok and add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon (7ml) oil. Break the egg into the oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble the egg, breaking it up into small bits. Toss the egg and the rice together.
  • Add frozen peas and continue to toss and stir until peas are thawed and every grain of rice is separate. Serve immediately.


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