American Lite Fried Rice Recipe -
American Lite Fried Rice Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

American Lite Fried Rice

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"I came up with this recipe when I was craving fried rice and needed something lower in fat. The cabbage blends in with the rice so that even your kids won't know they are eating a vegetable. My husband likes to eat this for a late dinner because it's so light. Be creative or use whatever is in your fridge. Like it Spicy? Add some chili sauce. This dish goes great with baked spring rolls!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and rice in oil for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning the garlic. Add broccoli and cauliflower florets and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes. Toss green onions, carrots, cabbage, and water chestnuts into the pan, and cook another 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add additional water as needed to keep vegetables moist. Drizzle with soy sauce, and toss to coat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 05, 2007

Good recipe but I cut down on the oil by using stock and spraying the wok with cooking spray. Also added a little shredded chicken.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 03, 2004

This recipe was okay, but I used sesame oil instead of vegetable oil to give it a nice flavor. It should have been mentioned that fried rice is made w/ day-old rice, because the texture does not come out authentic at all. It's more like stir-fry mixed with regular rice. Otherwise, not bad.


11 Ratings

Feb 14, 2005

This recipe is really awesome.The only change I did was to add beef. I marinated stripes of beef in "Easiest Teriyaki Marinade" recipe found also on this site.I sauteed the stripes before rice and garlic.Took the meat out of wok and added after frying the rice.Absolutely perfect.

Nov 18, 2009

This was a good base recipe and the first time I added cabbage to fried rice so I'm happy to say that it was a great addition; I did not follow the recipe entirely since I had no broccoli, I decided agains putting in the water chestnuts after I opened the can and saw that they were brownish. I skipped the onions too since the kids don't like them. I did use onion powder, fresh garlic, shredded carrot, 3 cups of cabbage, and about 6 slices of bacon which I saved the fat to fry with the rice. (I know not so lite now) I don't like Chinese 5 Spice so I added salt, pepper, and some hot sauce; soy sauce on the side for those who wanted it! :)

Jul 03, 2006

Unfortunately this recipe was rather, well, disgusting. There was a strange unpleasant flavour.

May 31, 2005

We wound up trying sesame oil and Chinese 5 spice to add some flavor. None turned out well.

Feb 23, 2011

I decided to try this since I had 2 heads of cabbage and I don't like cabbage. I used frozen broccoli and cauliflower, lots of garlic and no carrots. Finally I found something to do with cabbage.

Aug 21, 2013

Saved the day; thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 257 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.2 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 661 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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