Top 8 Chinese Rice Recipes

"Have you had your rice today?" This common greeting illustrates the importance of rice in Chinese culture, particularly in the south (noodles are eaten more frequently in the north). Here are classic rice recipes that you'll want to learn how to make.

  • 01 of 08
    Cooked Rice

    Like hard boiling eggs, cooking rice is one of those tasks that appear to be easy, but can go wrong very quickly if you don’t follow the right steps. Here are simple instructions that will help you make rice that turns out light and fluffy every time.

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    Basic Cooked Rice Recipe
    Want to see how it's done? Here are basic step by step instructions for cooking rice, with photos.

  • 02 of 08
    Basic Fried Rice
    Fried rice pairs nicely with a beef stir-fry. Rhonda Parkinson

    The main tip to making fried rice is to use cold, previously cooked rice, preferably at least one day old. (Use your fingers or a spatula to break up the cold clumps of rice).
    Basic fried rice makes a nice alternative to plain cooked rice as a side dish. For something fancier, you can add meat or seafood and vegetables to the rice. Here are several fried rice recipes that would make a great main dish:
    Fried Rice With Canned Tuna
    Shrimp Fried Rice
    Fried Rice With Chinese Sausage

  • 03 of 08
    Chicken Fried Rice
    Fried rice with leftover cooked chicken. Rhonda Parkinson

    This is a great recipe when you're looking for a way to use up leftover cooked chicken.

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    Chicken Fried Rice

  • 04 of 08
    Special Fried Rice (Yangchow Rice)
    Rhonda Parkinson

    Sometimes called Special Fried Rice, this festive dish consists of pairing roast pork and shrimp with rice that has been lightly coated with beaten egg.

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    Yangchow Fried Rice

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  • 05 of 08

    Given the importance of rice in Chinese culture, it's not surprising that even over-cooked rice is put to use! Sizzling rice (also called crispy rice or rice crusts) can be made ahead of time - store in a sealed container until needed.
    Sizzling rice is used in the restaurant specialty, Sizzling Rice Soup, where the rice sizzles and crackles when it comes into contact with the hot broth.

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    Sizzling Rice

  • 06 of 08
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    Congee (also called jook) is a type of rice porridge that is eaten for breakfast in southern China and throughout other parts of Asia. This is basic recipe for congee that you can garnish and add to as desired.

    Top Pick: Basic Congee
    Here are several other congee recipes, including a turkey congee and a healthy congee made with astragalus root.

  • 07 of 08

    While scented rice is a mainstay of Southeast Asian cuisine, many cooks, including Chinese chef Martin Yan, recommend using it in Chinese dishes for extra taste and aroma. Here are simple instructions explaining how to steam scented rice.

    Steamed Scented Rice

  • 08 of 08
    Vegetable Rice
    Cooked rice paired with healthy bok choy and Chinese dried mushrooms. Rhonda Parkinson
    Stir-fried baby bok choy is combined with steaming rice and Chinese dried mushrooms in this healthy side dish.

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    Vegetable Rice