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Singapore Fried Rice

Recipe For Singapore Fried Rice

A twist on a noodle dish of the same name, Singapore Fried Rice is a fast food classic often featured on Chinese takeaway menus in Britain. Spicy and full of fresh ingredients, it may have little to do with Singapore, but it makes tempting comfort food.

Indeed, it would seem that Singapore fried rice is something of a misnomer; it has nothing to do with the city state. Still, things could be worse and far be it from me to go about changing the name of a delicious takeaway meal. It’ll sit beautifully beside your chicken chow mein.

How To Make Singapore Fried Rice

Like all fried rice dishes – my recipe for egg fried rice, for instance – Singapore fried rice is an excellent way of using up leftover boiled rice. But unlike most uses for leftovers, day old rice is an absolute requirement. Boiled, left to cool and refrigerated, rice loses much of its sticky starch and moisture, leaving you with a grain that’s easy to work with.

This is the type of dish you could easily get fancy with, but things are better left simple. When choosing your prawns, for instance, sidestep the king prawns and make a beeline for the smaller varieties, usually found in frozen aisles at the supermarket.

Singapore Fried Rice Recipe

Having said that, you may fancy a little extra protein. Should your fridge contain leftover chicken, or even a thigh you can quickly roast up, shred it and throw that in too. Chicken works beautifully with this moreish bowl of spicy fried rice.

Singapore Fried Rice

Serves 2


  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g prawns
  • 2 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • 1 large red chilli, sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 200g leftover rice, long grain
  • a handful of garden peas
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 1 clove, ground
  • ½ star anise, ground
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of sunflower oil in a small frying pan. Flash fry the prawns, spring onions, garlic and chilli. Set aside.
  2. Gently whisk the egg, fry in a little oil to make a simple omelette. Roll and slice into 1cm strips.
  3. Heat the remaining sunflower oil in a wok until smoking. Add the prawns, spring onions, garlic and chilli, followed immediately by the rice and peas.
  4. Grind your clove and star anise. Add to the mix along with the chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala.
  5. Ensure everything is incorporated, including the omelette, before seasoning the rice with the soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve immediately.

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Cost: Using less expensive varieties of prawns and few ingredients of expense, this comforting meal for two should set you back under £1.70.

41 replies on “Singapore Fried Rice”

I think so – probably because it is so versatile, savoury or sweet (hmmm, rice pudding!!). I have to be in the mood for potato, whereas rice . . . whenever, wherever!

Love Singapore Noodles – I am looking forward to trying this rice version! And crispy beef, and pork satay, and . . .

Am probably not reading the recipe well, but what are the “precooked ingredients” in step 3, other than rice and omelette? If the omelette, I guess it could have gone in later as it will only serve to cook the egg even more when it goes into a heated wok. The prawns and the spices do not count as precooked either?

Many thanks and apologies for nit-picking, but I just could not figure out what was precooked.

Importantly, I omitted to also issue a big thanks for your blog which I visit regularly, enjoy much, and cook even more from. The amount shown at the bottom of a recipe really thrills me to no end, as it then puts a benchmark for my own cost. As you say in this recipe, the dish can easily get fancy, but when I make one of your recipes the first time, I stick to it fully in order to approximate the cost. To eat frugally re cost but grandly re taste really is such a thrill (and sometimes so difficult to achieve – all the more fun when it works).
Singapore fried rice is on the menu for tonight! Thanks!

Could you use the recipe with noodles? I love Singapore chow mein, by far my favourite dish from the Chinese and I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for a long time! Thanks in advance

Turned out very well, I replaced prawns with cooked chicken breast cut into slices.

final result was delicious Singapore rice…thank you my family enjoyed it:)

Hi I have some Singapore paste could that be used instead of the spices and when would I add the paste tia

Found this recipe about 6 weeks ago, and have made it twice a week since. 3 generations in our household and we all love it. I think my 17 year old would live on it morning, noon and night if she could

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