We have often wondered what to serve with fried rice. While we love fried rice, we always think it needs something to go with it to be a full meal.
Luckily, there are tons of amazing sides to pair with fried rice. And we have them all right here for you!
- Choosing a Side Dish for Fried Rice
- Fried Rice Side Dishes: Recipes You’ll Love
- 1. Veggie Stir Fry
- 2. Hot and Sour Soup
- 3. Egg Drop Soup
- 4. Egg Rolls
- 5. Fried Egg
- 6. Chicken Teriyaki
- 7. Sweet and Sour Pork
- 8. Chinese Dumplings
- 9. Chinese Broccoli
- 10. Roasted Shrimp
- 11. Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
- 12. Lemon Chicken
- 13. Sesame Chicken
- 14. Spring Rolls
- 15. Green Beans
- 16. Pan Seared Salmon
- 17. Bok Choy
- 18. Hoisin Roasted Asparagus
- 19. Veggie Tempura
- 20. Asian Meatballs
- Amazing Sides For Fried Rice
Choosing a Side Dish for Fried Rice
When picking a side dish to serve with fried rice, remember to keep that Asian style in mind. Fried rice is an Asian dish, and it goes best with similar-style foods.
Most fried rice dishes are made with veggies or simple chopped meat. You may want to mimic those flavors in your side dishes as well!
Fried Rice Side Dishes: Recipes You’ll Love
From delicious egg drop soup to Chinese dumplings, we have found a whole bunch of different kinds of side dishes to serve with your fried rice. There is something on this list for everyone!
Take a look at all the recipes, and then pick one (or two!) that look good to you.
You are going to love our Simple Green Moms veggie stir fry. Fresh veggies are one of the best side dishes to serve with fried rice. Making stir-fried veggies is pretty easy.
Our recipe uses fresh asparagus, edamame, carrots, cabbage, and onions. We use teriyaki sauce and soy sauce to flavor the veggies.
Stir your fired rice right into the sauteed veggies or serve the veggie stir fry over the rice. Add a little extra soy sauce, and your meal will be complete!
Hot and Sour soup is a Chinese food classic. It is fantastic as an appetizer for fried rice. The sweet taste, sour flavor, and spicy taste all blend together so well that you will want to have another bowl!
Try this recipe from the Woks of Life. It will help you make a hot and sour soup that is even better than your local take-out.
Wood ear mushrooms and shitake mushrooms add a lot of flavor to the dish. You may have to order the dried lilac in advance, but it will be well worth it.
It adds a very unique flavor that makes the chicken broth in the hot and sour soup really pop.
Still wondering what to serve with fried rice? Why not make a delicious egg drop soup? This is another Chinese food menu classic dish. Gimme Some Oven will show you how to make it exactly like your local Chinese restaurant.
Ginger, garlic powder, and white pepper are the main seasonings used to make the chicken broth extra flavorful. Cornstarch makes the broth a little bit thick.
Scrambled eggs are whisked and then poured into the hot broth. The scrambled eggs cook in the broth to make the egg drop soup creamy and thick.
Serve egg drop soup alongside your egg fried rice as a delicious, complete meal. This is Chinese cuisine at its finest!
4. Egg Rolls
Egg rolls and chicken fried rice are very often served together. Try making your own homemade egg rolls using this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.
Start by making the egg roll filling. This recipe uses ground pork, ginger, garlic, and coleslaw mix. The filling is wrapped in wonton wrappers and then fried.
Try baking your egg rolls for a healthier version. Brush the wrapped egg rolls with sesame oil and then bake until golden brown.
Baking lets you use less oil than deep-fried egg rolls. They will still be a delicious dish to serve with your rice.
5. Fried Egg
A perfect fried egg is exactly what to serve with fried rice. It may sound simple, but it is incredible!
Follow these directions from Cookie and Kate to make perfect fried eggs. Keep the yolk runny, so the drippy yolk acts as a sauce for the fried rice.
Scoop the fried rice into a big bowl and place a hot fried egg right on top of the cooked rice. This is especially great with vegetable fried rice as a nice vegetarian meal.
We absolutely love chicken teriyaki. It is especially great with some perfectly cooked fried rice. This recipe from Cooking Classy will show you how to easily make mouthwatering chicken teriyaki.
Homemade teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and fresh ginger. It tastes way better than any bottled teriyaki you can buy in the store.
Marinate the teriyaki chicken in the sauce for a few hours to get even more flavor. The teriyaki chicken breast cooks in just a few minutes and can be scooped right on top of your favorite fried rice.
Chicken teriyaki and fried rice make great leftovers. Leftover rice is actually even more flavorful since it has had time to sit and marinate with the teriyaki chicken.
A classic sweet and sour pork dish is ideal for serving with fried rice. It is the perfect balance of flavors and goes so well with any fried rice recipe. It is especially good with pork fried rice since you get even more tasty pork flavor!
This recipe for sweet and sour pork from Cafe Delites is really easy to make. Fresh pineapple pieces, peppers, and onion are the main ingredients in the recipe. Tender pieces of tenderloin pork cubes are added to the mix.
A sweet and savory orange sauce ties the whole dish together. You may want to make extra sauce to scoop over the fried rice. You won’t be able to get enough of this delicious restaurant worth sweet and sour pork!
Have you ever tried to make your own Chinese dumplings? Well, you definitely should! Not only is it a fun cooking project, but they are the answer to the question of what to serve with fried rice.
This recipe from The Novice Chef Blog is easy to follow and creates amazing Chinese dumplings. You start by making the dumpling filling with ground pork, cabbage, green onions, mushrooms, and spices. Make sure to mince everything very small so the filling will fit into the dumpling.
The dumplings are made with wonton wrappers. These can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.
Steam or pan fry the dumplings and then serve fried rice and Chinese dumplings as a great weekend meal. Make extra potsticker soy sauce. It is amazing!
Chinese broccoli is long and thin. It has tender stems and leafy greens. It is not like the broccoli you may think of. However, it is one of China’s most popular veggies.
This recipe for Chinese broccoli from Steamy Kitchen is made with oyster sauce, Chinese rice wine, sesame oil, and fresh ginger. It is potent and flavorful.
Serve Chinese broccoli next to fried rice to make fantastic, authentic Asian cuisine. Add some green onions as a garnish, and maybe a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and your dinner will be picture perfect.
10. Roasted Shrimp
Honey garlic shrimp is a perfect recipe to make your fried rice a complete meal. You are going to love this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction that can be made in 20 minutes.
Shrimp are tossed in a mix of honey, soy sauce, garlic, and olive oil. The shrimp are roasted in the oven for just a few minutes. Cook the shrimp while you fry rice.
Scoop the roasted shrimp right on top of fried rice for a delicious recipe. This delectable meal only takes a few minutes and is something everyone will love.
Our Simple Green Moms sauteed Brussels sprouts are a perfect side dish to serve with fried rice. The vegetable is quick and easy to make and adds a lot of nutrition to your meal.
We sauté sliced Brussels sprouts with coconut oil, red pepper flakes, and lime juice. The sweet and spicy combination is great with any kind of fried rice.
Add a little chili powder for a spicier dish, or skip the red pepper flakes for a more mild flavor. The Brussels sprouts and fried rice are both easy to tweak to get them to be exactly how you want!
12. Lemon Chicken
Healthy lemon baked chicken is a great side dish turned main course to serve with fried rice. While the fried rice may be the star of the show, the lemon chicken is what makes the meal complete.
We love this healthy baked lemon chicken from Creme de la Crumb. Baking the chicken breast in lemon juice and chicken stock ensures that the chicken is never dry. A little honey adds a lot of sweetness.
Scoop up the sauce from the pan and pour it over your fried rice for extra flavor.
13. Sesame Chicken
Sesame chicken and fried rice are meant to be served together. This recipe from Rasa Malaysia will show you exactly how to make sesame chicken even better than any Asian restaurant.
Chicken breast strips are dipped in a frying batter made of flour, cornstarch, and sesame oil. The chicken is deep-fried and then tossed in a homemade soy sauce and rice vinegar sauce.
Sesame seeds are sprinkled over the chicken, and then you can top the fried rice with the perfectly cooked chicken. The citrus sweet flavor of sesame chicken fried rice is unbeatable!
14. Spring Rolls
Try making these spring rolls from Just a Pinch. They are a great side dish for fried rice and fun to make.
Cabbage, carrots, green bell peppers, and green onions are rolled into egg roll wrappers. The spring rolls are baked until golden brown and served while hot.
Spring rolls are a great appetizer for a fried rice dinner. Serve spring rolls any time of year. They are always delicious!
15. Green Beans
Still pondering what to serve with fried rice? If you are thinking a vegetable would be a good side dish, then look no further. These green beans are exactly what you want!
This green bean recipe from Dinner Then Dessert is amazing. It is made with Sichuan sauce, which is a little spicy and has a subtle smoky flavor.
Use fresh green beans for the best results.
This soy ginger salmon is not only super flavorful but also easy to make. This recipe for pan-seared salmon from Well Plated will show you how to make a perfect, Asian-style salmon fillet.
Chili garlic paste is a key to this recipe. Chili garlic paste adds a sweet heat that is unbeatable. You will love this fried rice side!
17. Bok Choy
Bok choy is often found in Asian cuisine. It is a great side dish to pair with fried rice, and this recipe from Downshiftology will show you exactly how to make the veggie perfectly.
Garlic and ginger go with bok choy perfectly. The tender veggie steams quickly and turns your fried rice into a heavenly Japanese meal. Grab some bok choy next time you are at the grocery store, so you have an easy meal on hand.
Asparagus cooked in hoisin sauce is a perfect, easy way to make a veggie that goes perfectly with fried rice. Use this recipe from Savoring Today to make this delicious side.
Fresh asparagus is tossed in oil, hoisin sauce, and a little salt and pepper. The veggie is roasted in the oven until the ends are crispy and the stalk is tender.
Place the cooked asparagus right on top of the fried rice. Add a little extra hoisin sauce to the dish for a more delicious flavor.
19. Veggie Tempura
Use this recipe from Archana’s Kitchen to make any kind of vegetables into veggie tempura. It is the perfect dish to serve with your savory rice.
Fresh veggies are dipped in a light batter then fried. Serve the tempura veggies while warm with some dipping sauce. This is a great appetizer for fried rice. Delicious recipes like these are exactly what to serve with fried rice!
20. Asian Meatballs
Damn Delicious will show you how to make Asian-style meatballs that are to die for. These little sweet and savory meatballs are perfect for serving on top of fried rice.
A little ground ginger is added to the beef to give it an Asian flair. Mix soy sauce into the meat to make it even juicier. The hoisin sauce glaze will definitely make you swoon.
Amazing Sides For Fried Rice
There are so many great things to serve with fried rice. From deep-fried rolls to delicious steamed vegetables, there is something on this list for every fried rice lover. Enjoy!