This Savory Breakfast Rice recipe is loaded with flavor and comes together in less than 15 minutes. Hearty and filling, it’s perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast throughout the week or a great brunch recipe on the weekend!

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What is Breakfast Rice? 

Breakfast rice is essentially fried rice topped with an egg to give it a morning-inspired twist. Rice is a popular breakfast item in many countries and makes for a budget-friendly, nutritious meal when paired with protein, fats, and veggies! 

I’m a huge fan of savory breakfasts like my Salmon and Home Fries Breakfast Bowl and Cheesy Deviled Egg Breakfast Sandwich. So, when I discovered this savory rice recipe I could not have been more excited. 

Now, I’ve been making it for years, and it remains one of my favorite meals. I love how the rice gets a little crispy on the bottom as it cooks in the pan. Mix in the creamy egg yolk, meaty mushrooms, and a kick of spice, and this dish is the perfect way to start the day. 

The combination of protein and healthy carbs will keep you feeling full and satiated throughout the morning, and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand! 

Recipe Ingredients 

  • Butter – This adds rich flavor and helps the rice crisp on the bottom. I recommend unsalted butter so you have more control over the saltiness of the dish! 
  • Garlic – For the best flavor, use a whole garlic clove and mince it yourself. 
  • Sweet Onion – This adds a subtly sweet, pungent taste. 
  • Mushrooms – I like button mushrooms, but any mushroom variety will work for this recipe. 
  • White Rice – Leftover rice works best, because it’s slightly dry, which allows it to become crisp. I love to use Minute Rice cups to keep things quick and easy. However, you can also cook the rice in a rice cooker or a pot on the stove.
  • Low-Sodium Soy Sauce – You can’t have fried rice without soy sauce! It infuses the ingredients with a delicious salty, umami taste. Feel free to substitute tamari or coconut aminos if you need this recipe to be gluten-free.
  • Hot Sauce – I like to add a few splashes of Frank’s red hot sauce for a touch of heat. Feel free to use any hot sauce you like best, and adjust the amount included to taste. 
  • Salt and Black Pepper – Adjust to taste. 
  • Egg – I recommend using a runny egg. There’s just something about the flavor of the yolk soaking into the rice that’s hard to resist. 

How to Make Savory Breakfast Fried Rice 

  1. Sauté. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a pat of butter. Once melted, add the sweet onion, minced garlic, and sliced mushrooms. Sauté just like you would a stir fry, and season with a pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper. 
  2. Combine. Add the cooked white rice along with the low-sodium soy sauce and hot sauce. Stir to combine and coat all the ingredients. Then, let the rice cook and become crispy on the bottom. 
  3. Cook the egg. In a separate skillet, fry an egg to your liking. 
  4. Serve. Spoon the breakfast rice onto a plate, and top it with the egg. Finish with scallions or extra pepper, and enjoy warm! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat or the microwave, adding a splash of water as needed to freshen up the rice. The egg yolk will likely firm up when heating, but it will still taste great. 

What else can I add to this savory rice recipe? Feel free to include any extra veggies you have on hand. Peas and carrots are common additions that taste great. Many people also like to serve this fried rice with bacon or topped with scallions.
Is breakfast fried rice healthy? Of course, everyone’s definition of healthy will look a little different. However, this dish features carbohydrates, fats, protein, and fiber, making it a healthy option in my book! Be sure to consult your doctor with any specific questions or concerns.


Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to three days. To reheat, simply microwave until heated through. Keep in mind that the egg yolk might get firm when reheating. Looking for more breakfast recipes? Try my everything bagel and lox pizza.

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Savory Breakfast Rice (15-Minute Recipe)

The perfect way to switch up your mornings, this savory breakfast rice recipe comes together with less than ten ingredients in 15 minutes!
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced, about 1 small clove
  • 8-10 button mushrooms, rinsed, dried and sliced
  • 4 ounces cooked rice, Minute Rice cups work great! One cup is 4 ounces cooked
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg, cooked to your liking


  • 2 nonstick skillets


  • Grab a nonstick skillet and place it over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the sweet onion, minced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Saute and season with a pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
    Add your cooked white rice. I use a Minute Rice cup and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute before adding it to the pan.
    Next, add the low sodium soy sauce and hot sauce. Combine everything until the rice and vegetables are well coated. Let the rice get slightly crispy on the bottom of the pan.
  • In a separate nonstick pan, fry an egg to your liking.
    Spoon the rice mixture onto a plate and top with the fried egg. Finish with scallions or extra pepper. Serve and enjoy!


*Minute Rice cups work great for this recipe! One portion is 4 ounces, which is exactly what you need. 
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 216mg, Sodium: 2417mg, Potassium: 692mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 633IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 2mg