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Breakfast Fried Rice with Sausage: Quick and Easy Recipe

Updated on December 3, 2012
Rice for Breakfast?
Rice for Breakfast? | Source
Breakfast Fried Rice
Breakfast Fried Rice | Source

Rice for Breakfast?

But of course! Rice has been a staple for many countries forever! Rice is a wonderful delicious grain that can be eaten hot with a little butter and/or cream and sugar. It can also be fixed with a broth base, tomato base, and a cream base just to name a few. Chinese fried rice has been a favorite among both the Eastern and Western regions and is most commonly prepared as a lunch or dinner dish that is usually cooked with vegetables, pork, chicken, shrimp, and just about anything else your imagination can conjur up.

I love a warm rice dish for breakfast, using whatever I can find in my fridge, cupboard and garden. Sometimes I come up with the craziest ideas, but it turns out tasting wonderful.
My philosophy when cooking and baking is simple: "Never be afraid of mixing it up in the kitchen." I love experimenting with herbs and spices and creating as I go. If it doesn't quite turn out how I expected.. I know the dog will love me forever when I present a home made dish to her!

This breakfast fried rice dish happens to be one of my favorites for a couple of reasons:

  • I'm using leftover rice (which is the best to use when making any fried rice dish)
  • I also refer to this recipe as a "Catch-All" recipe meaning that whatever I find in the fridge, pretty much ends up in this recipe.
  • It's quick and very easy....and tastes great!
  • You can eat it as a stand alone meal or add a couple of eggs with the dish for some added protien.

I prefer to use my left over rice from a meal that it was made for the night before, so I will typically cook a little extra to use for the next day. "Day Old" rice is perfect for making any type of fried rice recipe.

Picture above: Breakfast fried rice made with pork sausage, topped off with two over easy eggs fried in small skillet with olive oil cooking spray

How Would You Rate This Recipe?

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Breakfast Fried Rice

Actual Prep and Cook Time(including cooking rice ahead of time)

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 4 servings (as a main dish) 8 servings (as a side)
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Calrose Rice, eggs, olive oil, black pepper, low-sodium Soy sauceGreen Onion Stalks (chopped)Sausage Patties (chopped)Mushroom & Sweet Basil (chopped)
Calrose Rice, eggs, olive oil, black pepper, low-sodium Soy sauce
Calrose Rice, eggs, olive oil, black pepper, low-sodium Soy sauce | Source
Green Onion Stalks (chopped)
Green Onion Stalks (chopped) | Source
Sausage Patties (chopped)
Sausage Patties (chopped) | Source
Mushroom & Sweet Basil (chopped)
Mushroom & Sweet Basil (chopped) | Source

Ingredients

  • 4+ cups White Calrose Rice (cooked), Leftovers are preferred, but rice can be cooked for that morning
  • 4 stalks Green onion, Chopped
  • 4 pre-cooked patties -or- 1/2 pound fresh Sausage (can be substituted with Turkey or Veggie)
  • 2 cups Fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 Sweet Basil Leaves, cut or chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce, low sodium
Step by Step
Step by Step | Source

Preparing Ingredients and Cooking Rice

  1. Add 4-6 cups of Calrose rice to your rice cooker (4 cups if you are only making rice for this recipe) **Be sure to use CALROSE rice. It's stickieness is best when making fried rice and sushi.
  2. Add enough water to wash and rinse the rice thoroughly a few times. (This will help remove any remaining dirt from the rice settling in it's bag)
  3. After rinsing the rice, add more water to cover about one inch over the rice(the water will still be a little milky) Spread the rice around until it feels evenly distributed. Once this is done, put your middle finger straight into the water (in the center of the rice cooker) until your finger tip touches the rice. The water should come up to your first knuckle. If it is higher, scoop out some water with your hand (a couple of scoops at a time until the water reaches your first knuckle.
  4. Cover and turn rice cooker on. Rice will take approximately 20-30 minutes to cook.
  5. After rice is cooked,be sure to unplug rice cooker or turn off the "Warm" button. Rice should be cooled. Let rice stand for at least 1 hour (until cooled)
  6. Prepare your choice of the following: 4 (Pre-cooked Frozen) Pork, Turkey, or Veggie Patties. Microwave for 1 min and 20 sec. (Do not OVER COOK! The patties will finish cooking once added to the other ingredients. Remove and cut into small bite size pieces. Set aside.
  7. Chop the following and set aside in separate bowls: Mushrooms, Green Onion, Sweet Basil
  8. In a large skillet (3" sides) or WOK, heat olive oil over medium heat.(*See picture #1)
  9. Add mushrooms and green onion and sautee until soft.(about 5 minutes: see picture #2-3) Add sausage and sweet basil and cook additional (3 minutes) stirring occassionally.(*See picture #4) (pour into bowl and set aside.)
  10. In same skillet, add the remaining olive oil, heat over medium-high heat.(*See picture #1)
  11. Add rice and break up stirring constantly, covering all the rice with the oil.(*See picture #5) Once the rice is completely covered, add soy sauce and stir into rice.
  12. **NOTE: Recipe calls for 4 Tbls of soy sauce. This is ONLY a guide and depends on how much rice you use. My rule of thumb to remember is: Add only enough soy sauce to give a very LIGHT brown color. The rice will be coated suffiently when you stir the soy sauce in (*See picture #6)
  13. Once rice is covered with soy sauce, add remaining ingredients that you set aside earlier. Mix together. Serve by itself or with a fried egg.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 211
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 30 g10%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 13 g26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Elizabeth Rayen
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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you precy anza! The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can pretty much add anything you want. The green tea fried rice is great. I will make some this weekend and get a recipe hub up for it. :) Thanks for the vote up and sharing! ♥

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      I love fried rice. I add peas, corn, egg and sausage on mine ^-^' I'm not used to having breakfast but when I do, it's rice most of the time :) And it's rice three times a day. Green tea fried rice? Sounds interesting. :) Up and shared!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you FlourishAnyway! I hope you like it. It's one of my favorites to make for breakfast! ♥

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I never thought of this. I am intrigued and will try it!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      That is very cool ryanjhoe. I actually made Green tea fried rice with salmon the other night. It was so yummy! ♥

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I live in Asia and always eat food usually for lunch or dinner and yes we can serve rice for breakfast too. I usually eat fried rice for breakfast, it's a kind of our traditional dishes.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much prasetio! I truly hope you have the chance to make it. :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I always use rice for breakfast. But now, I got delicious recipe from this hub. Very inspiring hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      One of my favorite breakfasts growing up was hot rice with milk and sugar. I still have it from time to time. I think rice is perfect for any comfort food recipe. Thank you for your comment vespawoolf! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      LOL Susan.. you have a taste tester too? Mine is always helping me.hehe It is a yummy recipe and the best part is that you could add any kind of meat you want. ♥

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      It's like fried rice for breakfast! This is a great way to use up leftover rice. Here in Peru, rice is often eaten at breakfast and sometimes with an egg on top. It's a traditional comfort food that kids often request. When I was little, we often ate leftover rice with milk, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon as a hot breakfast cereal. I hope to try your recipe soon! Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Breakfast is over for today but I think I may try your recipe for dinner as I do have some left over rice from yesterday. Voting up, pinning and sharing.

      Oh my female dog Magz will always be by my side at my feet whenever I'm cooking. She looks at me as if to say "I'm right here should you need a taste tester".

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Well vocalcoach, I'm so happy you liked the hub. I know how you like your fried rice as well. I promise to fixe you some with your own specification when you come to California! ♥

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I had to come back to this marvelous recipe because my neighbor is standing right here. She doesn't have a computer (can you even imagine?) and wanted to see your hub. She loves it and really likes all the photos. Jan says thanks! (Me too.)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Angela! I think your kids will love this recipe! :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I really love cooking a great breakfast on Sunday for my kids and now all those that have caught on and stop by! I can't wait to try this! I will share this!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey! Fried noodles is another favorite of mine as well. I have always wanted to learn a little more on Russian cuisine. I always wondered what their primary staples were. Thanks for the comment and I'm happy to bring back some good childhood memories! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Yum! I grew up eating a combination of Russian and Asian foods --odd, but really good--fried rice and fried noodles were often a breakfast item--sometimes along with soup--so this reminds me of my childhood!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Melovy, That's a good question. I have never heard of arborio rice. Calrose rice is a little more starchy and a shorter grain than long grain or jasmine. We use it a lot for sushi and for making our musubi (pretty much anything that requires the rice to hold together a little more) :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This looks like something that would go down well in our family as anything with soy sauce is wolfed down. It could be a good thing to give the kids before they go off to school but I’d definitely use leftover rice.

      I’ve never heard Calrose rice, I don’t think we have it in the UK - is it similar to arborio?

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL RHW! You are too funny. Polka Dot Butt(my dog) will sit at the kitchen entrance hoping that whatever I am whipping up quite doesn't measure up to human standards. LOL I think you'll like it. Alocsin mentioned a couple of other sausages as well. You can actually put in whatever you like! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok I have never had anything like this for breakfast! I did give the babies rice ceral when they were very young and they loved it? lol

      I do like mixing stuff up in the kitchen! You never know what will turn out. I just tried Steel Oats because s hubber suggested it and I loved it. So did my birds! lol We shall give the rice breakfast a try too!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I loved rice for breakfast. I actually learned how to make fried rice recipes after I moved to Hawaii. It was a whole new thing for me to cook fried rice for my husband every morning!LOL Thanks so much for your sweet comment VL. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      ooooo I love those sausages as well. I have also used the sweet chinese sausage and gotoberg sausage. Thanks alocsin! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I grew up on rice for breakfast with milk, sugar, and butter, but not fried. Looks interesting! How creative you are! And I love the hub. Your presentation--the layout of the photos--is so attractive. Well done. Many votes!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love breakfast fried rice with pork sausage, especially when cooked with sausage drippings. My favorite sausages to use with this dish are either the Filipino longaniza or the Mexican chorizo. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Ooooooo Please do CC! I have always wanted a good recipe for Arroz con Leche. The one I have I don't care for. So yes! write one! Huggggg to you all over!!! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      oooooo Jools! now worcester sauce sounds yummy. Just remember you have some soy sauce in it already, so watch the saltiness. (I think I'm going to have to try it with the WS) :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      MMMMMMM. I will have to try this! Not only that, you inspired me to make some Arroz con leche. I'll have to make a hub about that! :D Thanks so much for sharing this and for the hub idea. You are the *best* Lisa!!! (Hugs)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      I love fried rice, though I have never eaten it for breakfast. I would certainly give it a try. I love all the ingredients you have included and I would top mine off with a shake or two of Worcester Sauce! Yummy.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      'A'ole pilikia :-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Mahalo Kaili. I had a feeling you would appreciate a good fried rice recipe! Thank you for the great compliment. :)

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      This sounds fantastic and I love the way you have displayed the step-by-step photos. Voted up!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you carriethomson and you are most welcome! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Kelly! Isn't HP great! They make it so easy for us to be creative. Have a great day :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much unknown spy! Have a great day! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Karanda! I think the best thing to do in the kitchen (besides eat) is to create a dish with what you have. I love the challenge...and most of the time, the outcome. LOL

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      So am I ytsenoh! Thank you for such a wonderful compliment. ( love your name.. in all "honesty", I do!) :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Of Course you're invited! Bring a fork! Oh yes, second day rice is the best. I like to leave my rice in the cooker (warmer turned off) or in a bowl covered at room temperature because refrigeration can sometimes harden the rice. But, keep in mind, if left outside, be sure to keep it in a dry place. If your rice sweats too much, it won't be good, you'll end up throwing it away. You are the best vocalcoach! missing you!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      it is divine idea- to be used rice which are kept in fridge and make a something different out of it...thanks for the useful tips...

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Lisa! This is a fun hub! I absolutely love how you organized the pictures in a step by step fashion. Also I'm always looking for different recipes for breakfast. I'll try this soon! Take care, Kelley

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great ideas! love your hubs :)

      xoxo.

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      Karen Wilton 5 years ago from Australia

      What a great breakfast idea especially when there's left over rice in the fridge. Can't wait to try it and add all those other bits and pieces from meals gone by.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I'm a crazy rice lover, so I really value your whole presentation of content, directions, and images of instructional usage. Thanks very much. Divine!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I can smell breakfast cooking at your place. Am I invited? This is such a good recipe and I love fried rice. I didn't know that "day old" made the best fried rice. Your step-by-step instructions are easy to follow (even for me) :-) A very nice presentation so it's up (whoops - theres no up) so it's straight across except for funny. And on, I just published a hub with your name in it and a link to your profile and hub!