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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 476 kcal


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


  1. Use your hands to crumble the rice.
    Crumbling stale cooked rice to make fried rice.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the egg and let it bloom for a few seconds before quickly scrambling them.
    Scrambling egg for fried rice.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the ham, and toss to distribute evenly.

    Tossing ham into egg fried rice.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Finish by adding the sesame oil and scallions and toss to combine.
    Tossing fried rice in a frying pan.
  9. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Yakimeshi (Japanese Fried Rice)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 1107mg46%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 357IU7%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.