This Air Fryer Fried Rice is a perfect quick dish you can make with whatever proteins and veggies you have around the house!

fried rice in an air fryer basket next to a wooden spoon and striped kitchen towel

We eat a lot of veggies in our house, but sometimes I want something a little heavier and comforting.

This Air Fryer Fried Rice is a great way to clean out your fridge and freezer while making something your whole family will love!

This recipe can also be made to your preferences, so add whatever proteins and vegetables you want and have on hand!

I love to keep this simple with a little scrambled egg and whatever frozen veggies I have that day.

What You’ll Need

  • Leftover rice: I used white rice, but feel free to use brown rice, black rice, jasmine rice, or even quinoa here!
  • A variety of veggies: I used leftover carrots, corn, broccoli, and edamame.
  • Some protein: Like chicken, shrimp, or beef
  • Soy sauce: Substitute coconut aminos if you’re gluten-free.

How to Make It

how to make air fryer fried rice

As long as your grain is already cooked and cooled, you’re good to go.

  1. Put your cold, cooked rice in a large mixing bowl. Make sure you have room for more ingredients!
  2. Add your frozen veggies. These can be leftovers, a bag of mixed vegetables, or whatever you have on hand! I used carrots, corn, broccoli, and edamame in mine.
  3. Add your proteins. Any eggs should be scrambled, and any meat you’re using should be pre-seared and cut into bite-size pieces. For shrimp, I would wait and add it during the cook time (maybe 5-10 minutes into the cooking) as you don’t want the shrimp to overcook too much.
  4. Add your soy sauce (or coconut aminos) and oil to the bowl.
  5. Mix thoroughly to combine everything together and transfer your rice mixture to an oven-safe container, like a glass or pottery bowl. Some air fryers come with accessories for exactly this!
  6. Add your oven-save bowl to your air fryer. You can nestle the bowl into an air fryer basket or, if you have an air fryer toaster oven, place the bowl onto one of the racks. Cook your fried rice for 15 minutes at 360 degrees F. Be sure to stir the rice at least three times during cooking to help it cook evenly.
Fried rice on a black plate next to an air fryer basket of fried rice

Tips and Tricks

  • I used white rice, but feel free to use brown rice, black rice, jasmine rice, or even quinoa here!
  • I like to stir at least 3 times, or once every 5 minutes, during the cooking to make sure everything cooks evenly.
  • If you are on a gluten-free diet, be sure to add coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Made from the fermented sap of coconut palm and sea salt, this salty, savory seasoning is an easy substitution for soy sauce in any recipe.
fried rice on a black plate on a marble countertop next to a red striped kitchen towel

What to Serve With Fried Rice

This air fryer side dish is great with any main course, especially anything with Asian flair.

Looking for a new Asian main dish? Try our air fryer orange chicken with all the flavor and spice like your favorite restaurant.

Or, use it as a base for our air fryer poke bowls!

Pack this with proteins and vegetables and make all your dishes combine for a one-pot night and easy cleanup!

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Air Fryer Fried Rice

This comforting Air Fryer Fried Rice is a perfect quick dish you can make with whatever proteins and veggies you have around the house!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 589kcal



  • 3 cups rice cooked and cold
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables I prefer carrots, corn, broccoli, and edamame
  • cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 eggs scrambled, optional


  • Place cold, cooked rice into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add your frozen vegetables to the rice.
  • If using an egg or other proteins, add to rice.
  • Next, add coconut aminos and oil to your bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Transfer rice mixture to an oven-safe container.
  • Place that container into air fryer basket or air fryer shelves. Cook for about 15 minutes at 360 degrees F. Stir three times during cook time.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had a bag of frozen veggies in the freezer and some left over rice from another dish. So I made it. I used soy sauce and it tasted good.

    1. Hi Shawn~ Thank you for taking time to leave a comment! and a rating! So glad you liked it! It is great for using up left over rice!

  2. What a great easy way to make fried rice! Can’t wait to try it. I love using frozen vegetable since I always have them stocked up in my freezer. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea to use the air fryer to make a healthier version of fried rice!! I just bought an air fryer and this is going to be the first recipe I try! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is the best! Did it multiple times already. WIth shrimps and without. It is SO GOOD, so delicious that it doesn’t stay long on the table nor the fridge! 🙂

  5. Wish the recipe used fresh vegetables. I don’t have any frozen vegetables in my garden. Do I change the cook time or the heat? I just got an air fryer.

    1. Hi Linda. Welcome to air frying 🙂 We have tried it with fresh vegetables, so we can’t answer that question with certainty. I wish I had an exact answer for you. More than likely you will need to adjust the time/temp. Please use your best judgement if you are modifying and check often :). Sorry I couldn’t be more specific, we just haven’t tried this recipe using fresh vegetables 🙂

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