How to Make Japanese Fried Rice (Yakimeshi) At Home

How to Make Japanese Fried Rice (Yakimeshi) At Home

by Ayumi Matsuo

Main dish Weeknight-friendly Leftover-friendly

Yakimeshi is the Japanese take on fried rice. It is a stir-fried dish consisting of rice, finely chopped meat, vegetables, and eggs and is seasoned with soy sauce and chicken stock powder.

Yakimeshi is a common home-cooked dish for Japanese people because it can come together quite quickly and is leftover friendly. Since Japanese people cook and consume rice on a daily basis, they tend to always have cooked rice on hand. With the addition of leftover meat and vegetables in the refrigerator, a tasty yakimeshi can be prepared in almost no time, making it the perfect dish for weeknights or busy people.

Yakimeshi also often appears on the menus of Chinese restaurants in Japan. It can be ordered as a main dish, but it is also common for it to appear as a side dish for Chinese ramen or in a set menu with other dishes such as karaage and Chinese-style soup. 

In this recipe, we’re going to use bacon, but you can use other proteins such as chashu, sausage, chicken, shrimp, tofu, or even leave it out. For vegetables, we’ll use carrots and green onions, but other common ingredients in yakimeshi are shiitake mushrooms and green peas. Alternatively, you can use any other vegetable you see fit. 

Now, we would like to introduce our simple egg-Yakimeshi recipe that is often eaten in Japanese homes. We hope you’ll enjoy our recipe and try it out for yourself!

Overview

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Total servings: 3

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 500g Cooked Rice
  • 1-2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 150g Bacon
  • 40g Green Onions
  • Half of a medium sized carrot
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Chicken Stock Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Soy Sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Expert's Tip

Youki Chicken Gara Soup Stock Additive-Free 130g

This soup stock powder is made from boiled chicken bones and vegetable extracts. It is a common Japanese household seasoning that is characterized for having a salty and rich flavor. 

It is widely used to season fried rice or stir-fried vegetables. It is also very convenient to use for seasoning soups and stews. We recommend this product because it is completely additive-free and only made with natural ingredients.

Instructions

Gathering the Ingredients
1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather all of the ingredients together. 

If using leftover cold rice, reheat it in the microwave until it is slightly lukewarm. Using freshly cooked rice is also okay. 

Beaten egg
2) Preparing the Ingredients Before Stir-frying

Chop the bacon, carrots, and green onions into fine pieces. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat them thoroughly. 

Adding the vegetables and bacon to the fry pan Seasoning lightly with salt and pepper
3) Frying the Bacon and Vegetables

Add the cooking oil in a large fry pan and heat it over medium-high heat. Fry the bacon and vegetables together for a few minutes and lightly season with salt and pepper. 

Adding some more oil to the center of the pan Pouring in the eggs Eggs starting to form curds Eggs ready to be combined with the other ingredients
4) Frying the Eggs

Once the bacon has gotten some color and the vegetables are slightly softened, create a well in the center of the pan for the eggs. 

Add a bit of oil to the center of the pan, and then pour in the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs around until they are mostly cooked and then begin to incorporate them into the bacon and vegetables. 

Adding in the rice Incorporating the rice well with the eggs, bacon, and vegetables
5) Adding the Rice

Once the eggs are combined with the bacon and vegetables, add in the rice and mix to combine. Make sure that there are no lumps of rice and that it is evenly distributed throughout the pan. 

Seasoning the yakimeshi Finished yakimeshi, ready to be eaten Yakimeshi served on a plate
6) Seasoning the Yakimeshi

Now, season the yakimeshi with the chicken stock powder and oyster soy sauce. If you don't have oyster soy sauce, you can also use a combination of soy sauce and oyster sauce. Once seasoned, it's done! Pack yakimeshi into a small bowl, place a plate over it, and then flip the bowl over the plate to serve yakimeshi like how its served in restaurants! 

Recommended products

0 comments


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published