Mushroom Fried Rice


The quickest way to make this hearty fried rice is to start with leftover rice (you'll need about three cups). But even if you start with raw rice, you'll still be ready to eat in well under an hour. Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

Mushroom Fried Rice
Photo: © Melanie Acevedo


  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice

  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced thin

  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced

  • 1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced thin

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 6 scallions including green tops, sliced thin

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain the rice and set aside to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil over moderately high heat. Add half the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and another tablespoon of the cooking oil. Add these mushrooms to the plate.

  3. In the same frying pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of cooking oil over moderate heat. Add the red-pepper flakes, ginger, and scallions and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to moderately high and add the rice, salt, and soy sauce. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes and then add the peas and mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until everything's warm, another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sesame oil.


Most people throw away shiitake stems because they're tough. But you can simmer them gently in stock, or any liquid, until they're tender. If that's too much trouble, just save them to add flavor to stock.

Suggested Pairing

This dish would pair well with the fruity piquancy of German Rieslings. Try a simple Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA) from the Mosel for best effect.

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