Ground Beef Fried Rice (生炒牛肉飯)

Turn your day-old rice into mouthwatering Ground Beef Fried Rice with this quick and easy recipe.

Packed with protein and vegetables, this is a fried rice that you can feel good about!

And the best part is it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for busy weeknights so give it a try!

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Ground beef may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of fried rice, but that’s what makes this dish stand out!

The rich flavor of the beef goes extremely well with the rice.

And the shredded lettuce adds a fresh crunch to every bite.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ground Beef Fried Rice

Ground Beef Fried Rice

What can I serve this dish with?

Serve this with side dishes like Broccoli With Oyster Sauce Recipe (蠔油西蘭花) and Green Radish Carrot and Pork Soup (青紅蘿蔔豬腱湯).

Can I prepare this in advance?

Yes. You can prepare this in advance and reheat it on the stove or microwave. You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can this dish be frozen?

Yes. This can be frozen for up to 3 months. To serve, simply thaw and reheat on the stove or microwave.

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Elaine Fung
Turn plain leftover rice into spectacular fried rice that is packed with flavorful savory-sweet minced beef and crunchy lettuce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Rice
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5 servings
Calories 604 kcal


  • 475 Grams Lean Minced Beef
  • 5 Cups Day Old Rice
  • 3 Eggs Beaten
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped
  • 3 Cups Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Maggi Seasoning Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced

The Marinade

  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp White Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Water


  • Add the combined marinade to the beef and mix well.
  • Heat the pan to medium-hot and add the rice, stir till the rice loosens up, about 2 minutes.
  • Make a well in the rice and add 2 tbsp oil, when the oil is hot add the eggs.
  • When the eggs begin to set stir the rice briskly into the egg mixture, break up any large pieces of egg with the spatula, and continue for about 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add 1 tsp salt, mix well and remove rice to a dish.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in the same pan to medium-high, add the beef, spread it out evenly in the pan, and let it cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn beef over and cook for another minute, or until good caramelization is formed.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir fry briskly to break up the beef.
  • Add 3/4 cup water, mix well, turn heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, turn heat up to high, return the rice to the pan and stir briskly for 2 minutes.
  • Add Maggi sauce evenly into the rice and combine well.
  • Add the shredded lettuce and green onions, mix well and serve.


1. The rice needs to be at room temperature and loosen up before frying. Adding rice to the oil sometimes makes the rice stick together. Heating the rice in a dry pan helps to loosen the rice and prevents the rice from sticking together. A non-stick pan is preferred for doing this.
2. Caramelizing the beef produces a nutty rich flavor.
3. Maggi Seasoning Sauce has a deeper and richer flavor than soy sauce, but it can be replaced with soy sauce if preferred.
4. Fresh crunchy Iceberg lettuce provides a good balance to this savory dish. Alternatively, frozen peas or mixed vegetables can be used too. Just heat them first and drain well before adding to the rice.

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