If there’s one thing I could eat every single day for the rest of my life, it would be rice.
Luckily, I’m Chinese. And as far as Chinese rice dishes go, the possibilities are truly endless.
Whether it’s plain steamed rice to go with your favorite Chinese takeout dishes, or tasty egg fried rice to use up leftover ingredients, delicious Chinese rice is easy to make at home… so easy in fact that you’ll never use the pre-bagged instant stuff ever again.
So keep reading for a roundup of our favorite Chinese rice recipes, whether you want it fried, steamed, or stewed.
Chicken Fried Rice
Alright, let’s start with one of the most popular Chinese rice dishes of all time: chicken fried rice.
Made with juicy pieces of chicken, this fried rice is a true marvel of flavor, and works perfectly as a meal of its own, or a side dish to go with classic mains like Beef and Broccoli or Sweet and Sour Pork.
Check out our full Chicken Fried Rice recipe for more details.
Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong) Fried Rice
Another delicious Chinese rice dish is fried rice with Chinese Sausage, AKA Lap Cheong.
To those who have never used it before, Chinese sausage (and its bright red hue) might seem like an intimidating ingredient, but learn to cook it properly and you’ll be rewarded with a juicy, umami-packed treat that pairs perfectly with egg fried rice.
Check out our full Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong) Fried Rice for more details.
Dried Scallop & Egg White Fried Rice
For a fancier take on fried rice that’s common at large Chinese banquets, then consider whipping up a batch of this Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice.
This unique take on fried rice has a more delicate flavor profile than the fried rice dishes above, with an addictive saltiness from the dried scallop and a delightful crunch from the sliced veggie stems. Try this version of fried rice and you definitely won’t regret it!
Check out our full Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice recipe for more details.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Another mouthwatering way to prepare fried rice is with shrimp.
Succulent shrimp, juicy bites of veggie, and fluffy eggs come together perfectly in this Shrimp Fried Rice recipe, which is (quite honestly) one of my favorite ways to eat rice.
Check out our full Shrimp Fried Rice recipe for more details.
Hong Kong Style Clay Pot Rice (in a Microwave!)
For a lazy and comforting Chinese rice dish for one, consider making your own Hong Kong Style Clay Pot Rice… in the microwave.
That’s right – all you need is rice, an egg, some soy sauce, and a few minutes of time to create the most wholesome and nourishing meal. Of course, adding your own proteins of choice couldn’t hurt either, but that’s the beauty of this recipe – it can be easily adapted to your own taste and needs!
Check out our full Microwave Hong Kong Style Clay Pot Rice recipe for more details.
Dim Sum Style Black Bean Sparerib Clay Pot Rice
Another simple and nourishing one pot meal (that’s a popular staple of Dim Sum restaurants) is the delicious clay pot rice with steamed black bean spareribs.
Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful to say out loud, but this is one of the simplest and tastiest Chinese rice dishes you’ll ever try. All the better if it’s doused in a sweet soy sauce.
Check out our full Black Bean Sparerib Clay Pot Rice recipe for more details.
BONUS: Instant Pot Congee
Last but not least, it’s not the most typical Chinese rice dish, but it felt wrong to not include one of the most iconic rice-based dishes that Chinese cuisine has to offer: congee – a delicious rice porridge that lends itself perfectly to a variety of flavorings and toppings.
It’s also super easy to make, specially if you use an instant pot, like in this recipe.
Check out our full Instant Pot Congee recipe for more details.
Did we miss any of your favourite Chinese rice recipes?
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