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Throw together a delicious Japanese fried rice that comes together in minutes from a handful of ingredients with this Yakimeshi recipe.

Yakimeshi (Japanese Fried Rice)

This easy Yakimeshi (a.k.a. Chahan) recipe is a delicious Japanese fried rice that comes together in minutes from just a handful of simple ingredients.
Course Sides
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword easy, quick, stir-fry
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 476kcal


  • 10" non-stick frying pan


  • 325 grams cooked short-grain rice (best when stale)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 70 grams ham (3-4 slices)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (ground)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 scallions (chopped)


  • Use your hands to crumble the rice.
    Crumbling stale cooked rice to make fried rice.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot and then add the vegetable oil, swirling to coat the pan.
    Hot oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  • Add the egg and let it bloom for a few seconds before quickly scrambling them.
    Scrambling egg for fried rice.
  • Add the crumbled rice to the egg before it's fully cooked and use a spatula or wooden paddle to break up any clumps of rice or egg.
    Breaking up clumps of rice and egg to make Yakimeshi.
  • Add the ham, and toss to distribute evenly.
    Tossing ham into egg fried rice.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over the rice and continue tossing until the rice doesn't stick together.
    Seasoning Japanese fried rice with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle the soy sauce along the rim of the pan and then quickly toss the rice to coat it evenly.
    Seasoning yakimeshi with soy sauce.
  • Finish by adding the sesame oil and scallions and toss to combine.
    Tossing fried rice in a frying pan.
  • To serve the Yakimeshi, you can press the rice into a bowl to mold it into a perfect dome.
    Unmolding a bowl of Japanese fried rice onto a plate.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1107mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg