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Japanese-style fried rice (yakimeshi) with ground beef, caramelized onions, and curry powder.

Japanese Curry Fried Rice

A sprinkle of curry powder is a quick way to add a ton of flavor to fried rice. In this Japanese Curry Fried Rice recipe, I go a step further to give this quick-fix all the flavors of a bubbling pot of Japanese Curry.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 414kcal


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 100 grams onions finely minced
  • 150 grams ground beef or other ground meat
  • 400 grams cooked rice use stale rice
  • 1 tablespoon Japanese curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 50 grams mild green pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoon chunou sauce


  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the oil and onions. Fry these until they're light brown in color.
    Caramelize onions to give the fried rice the flavor of Japanese curry.
  • Add the ground beef and break it up using a spatula.
    Saute ground beef with onions.
  • When the meat is cooked through, add the rice and stir together to coat it with oil.
    Rice, caramelized onions and ground beef in a pan for making curry fried rice.
  • Sprinkle the curry powder and salt evenly over the rice, and then add the green peppers.
    Curry powder sprinkled on top of fried rice.
  • Stir-fry and toss the fried rice until the curry fried rice is uniform in color, and the rice is heated through.
    Curry fried rice with green peppers, beef, and caramelized onions.
  • Drizzle the chunou sauce over the fried rice and toss to distribute evenly. Once the sauce is mixed through, you can stop stirring periodically to give the rice a little bit of browning, but be careful not to burn it.
    Japanese curry fried rice in a frying pan.



Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg