This Thai-style duck fried rice is a quick, 15 minute, and authentic Thai fried rice recipe – just like you get in Thailand and at Thai restaurants. It works as a starter or main course and is easily adaptable to add what you want, including leftover duck meat.
Have leftover fried rice? No worries. Freeze any leftover rice in the freezer instead!
You guys!! Gather around because this duck fried rice is so good. It’s so easy to make, a fantastic way to use leftover duck, and can be done within minutes. And today’s recipe is inspired by the Thai restaurant I enjoy so much, King of Thai.
The lunar new year is always filled with all kinds of dishes that symbolize good luck and fortune in the year ahead. And just like Thanksgiving, we always have leftovers from the abundance of food. This fried rice recipe is a way to enjoy leftover duck other than stuffing it in steamed buns.
Making fried rice doesn’t require extra ingredients other than what you already have. You will need:
- Rice. Be sure to use day old rice for the best result
- Duck meat. Any leftover duck meat works for this recipe. So, it can be roasted duck or Peking duck
- Egg in any style you like: scrambled or sunny side-up
- Onion, garlic for extra fragrant
- Tomato for extra flavor
- Sauce. You will need fish sauce and oyster sauce
- Basil, cilantro. Be sure to use Thai basil if you can find them
- Oil. You can use olive oil or vegetable oil
How to make leftover duck fried rice
- The base: always start by sautéing onion and garlic to bring the best flavor
- Add cooked cold rice (be sure to break up any rice sticking together), tomato, duck meat, sauce, and give it a toss
- Move everything to the side and scramble egg in the wok or pan
- Add basil and toss it all together, garnish with sliced cucumbers, and drizzle with sesame oil. Serve immediately!
Best rice for fried rice
Long grain or Jasmine rice works the best for fried rice and you can read more about rice in this post. But it can be made with any type of cooked, chilled rice, such as Basmati, brown rice, or cauliflower rice.
Some recipes add vegetables to bring some colors, such as diced carrot or peas. It does look similar to yang chow fried rice, except it doesn’t have BBQ pork char siu. Another variation is to add in a basic mix of frozen chopped vegetables because sometimes you need quick and easy meals.
Low-carb duck fried rice
You can swab white rice with cauliflower rice or broccoli rice for a low-carb option.
Fried Rice is so good, but sometimes you can end up with an extra serving or more. When that happens, you can store leftover rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze this in the freezer for up to 2 months. And when you’re ready to enjoy it, just thaw and throw it into the skillet for 5-10 minutes.
What to serve with fried rice
This Thai fried rice is just how it’s made in Thailand and also just like takeout! It is also a delicious way to use old rice and leftover duck meat in your fridge.
Thai-style Duck Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small yellow onion sliced or diced
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 small/medium-size red tomato quarter, remove seeds
- 3 cups cooked Jasmice rice cold
- 2 large eggs lightly beatenn
- ½ pound leftover shredded duck meat
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1½ tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 cup fresh Thai basil
- Heat oil in a large wok or a large skillet over medium high heat
- Add garlic and onion, then stir fry for 30 seconds
- Add the duck meat, rice, and tomato, and stir fry 2 minutes
- Pour the sauce and toss until all the rice is coated with the sauce
- Push everything to one side of the wok and pour in the egg and scramble it quickly
- Add basil and mix well
- Turn off the heat, garnish with sliced cucumbers, and drizzle with sesame oil over it