Can You Freeze Egg Fried Rice?

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By Ross Young

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It’s easy to cook more rice than you need. With egg fried rice taking a bit of effort to cook, is it something you can keep for the long term or does it need to be thrown out immediately?

Close up of egg-fried rice with green peas

Can You Freeze Egg Fried Rice?

Yes, you can freeze egg fried rice for up to 1 month. The moment it has cooled, it should be bagged up and then frozen. Do not let it sit at room temperature before freezing it!

How To Freeze Egg Fried Rice

The method for freezing egg fried rice is the same method I would use for freezing most rice-based dishes such as risotto:

  1. Cool
    You do need to ensure that the rice has cooled before freezing.
Cooked egg fried rice in a glass dish being held by a woman's hands
  1. Prepare Container
    Prepare a freezer-safe container with a lid or a freezer bag that you can seal tightly.
  2. Portion Out
    Pop the cooled egg fried rice into the container or bag. Squeeze out any excess air then seal the container or bag tightly.
A woman's hands tipping a glass bowl of egg fried rice into a freezer bag
  1. Freeze
    Label the bag with the date and contents and pop it in the freezer.
A woman's hands sealing up a freezer bag containing egg fried rice
Can You Freeze Chicken Fried Rice?

Yes, you definitely can! Chicken fried rice freezes really well. Simply store it in airtight containers or freezer bags, and it should keep for about 3 months. To reheat, pop it in the microwave or stir-fry it until it’s thoroughly hot.

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How Long Can You Freeze Egg Fried Rice?

Egg fried rice, or any rice for that matter, doesn’t have a hugely long freezer life and can only be kept frozen for up to a month.

This is to ensure that the rice doesn‘t deteriorate or spoil too much and become more likely to make you sick.

Luckily, a month is plenty of time to use up leftover rice. Just don’t forget about it because if you leave it in the freezer any longer than this and you will need to throw it away.

How Long Does Egg Fried Rice Last in the Fridge?

Egg fried rice can last about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container to maintain the best quality. Always remember to check the smell and appearance before eating, to make sure it’s still good.

How Do You Defrost Egg Fried Rice?

The best method for defrosting rice is in a water bath.

This allows the rice to defrost quickly enough to use but doesn’t give it the opportunity to spoil. Just pop the bag or container of rice into a bowl containing cool water. Check the rice every now and then and replace the water if needed.

Do not use hot water! Even if you’re in a rush.

Once your egg fried rice has defrosted you need to heat it up and use it within a day. If you aren’t using the rice straight away pop it into the fridge to keep it cool.

When it comes to heating up the rice the easiest method is to pop it into the microwave in a microwavable bowl and heat it up for a minute or two, giving it a stir halfway through.

When you are reheating you need to ensure that it is piping hot throughout to minimise any risk of getting sick.

Can You Refreeze Egg Fried Rice?

As mentioned throughout this article rice is a food item to be careful with and you should never refreeze it.

All that bacteria we mentioned has the best chance of growing when the egg fried rice is heating up or thawing out or is at room temperature. The more times you freeze and thaw it out, the more chance it has to grow.

Does Egg Fried Rice Freeze Well?

Egg fried rice does freeze fairly well, despite the small risk involved.

After all, both eggs and rice can be frozen. You might notice a slight texture change and the rice won’t be quite as fluffy.

You can always give it a mix with a fork to separate the grains out and this will help with the fluffy texture. Other than this you shouldn’t notice too much difference at all.


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