Brisket Fried Rice

Ready in just 7 minutes, this brisket fried rice is a perfect quick-fix for a busy weeknight, offering a tasty blend of American BBQ and Chinese flavors. It’s ideal for those who want a fast yet flavorful meal and it’s a creative way to use day-old rice and leftover brisket.

Brisket Fried Rice

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Day-Old Rice: Preferred for its drier and less sticky texture, which is ideal for frying. This allows the rice to absorb flavors without becoming mushy.

Beef Brisket: Look for a well-marbled brisket, ideally with a balance of fat and lean meat that has been smoked.

Red Bell Peppers: Their sweet flavor and crunchy texture add freshness and a vibrant color contrast.

Spring Onions: The white parts add a subtle sharpness, while the green parts bring a fresh, oniony zing.

Garlic: Minced for its strong, aromatic quality, garlic forms the flavor base of the stir-fry.

Barbecue Sauce: Personalize your dish with a sauce that suits your flavor preferences, be it sweet, tangy, or spicy.

Dark Soy Sauce: Adds depth and a more intense color than light soy sauce, enriching the overall umami profile.

Oyster Sauce: Provides a blend of sweetness and savory depth.

Cooking Sake: Enhances the flavors with its mild sweetness, adding a subtle complexity to the sauce.

MSG (Optional): Can be included for an extra umami kick, elevating the savory notes of the dish.

Toasted Sesame Oil: Imparts a nutty aroma and flavor.

Expert Tips

Rice Preparation: For the best texture, use day-old rice as it has less moisture compared to freshly cooked rice. This helps in achieving that signature fried rice texture where each grain is distinct and not mushy.

Stir-Frying Technique: Maintain a high heat throughout the cooking process to achieve the ‘wok hei’ – the slightly smoky flavor characteristic of great stir-fried dishes. Ensure constant stirring to avoid burning the ingredients.

Oil Selection: Use an oil with a high smoke point, like canola or vegetable oil, for stir-frying. These oils don’t impart their own flavor and can withstand the high temperatures needed for a perfect stir fry.

Storage and Leftovers

While brisket fried rice is best enjoyed fresh, it can be stored and reheated effectively with these tips:

Cooling and Storing: Allow any leftover fried rice to cool to room temperature before storing. This helps prevent moisture buildup which can make the rice soggy. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheating Methods: For best results, reheat the fried rice in a skillet or wok over medium heat. This helps restore the texture and flavor. Alternatively, you can use a microwave, but be sure to cover the rice and heat it in intervals, stirring in between to ensure even heating.


Can I use freshly cooked rice instead of day-old rice?

While day-old rice is preferred for its ideal texture, you can use freshly cooked rice. Spread it out on a baking sheet to cool and dry a bit before using, which helps mimic the texture of day-old rice.

What’s the best brisket to use for this recipe?

The ideal brisket for this dish is one that’s well-smoked with a good balance of fat and lean meat. The smokiness adds depth to the fried rice, while the fat adds richness.

Where’s the best place to buy brisket?

The best place to buy brisket often depends on your location. Typically, local butchers and meat markets, as well as BBQ restaurants, are superb choices for sourcing high-quality brisket. Moreover, a variety of grocery stores, particularly the larger ones with extensive meat departments, may stock brisket.

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Brisket Fried Rice

Ready in just 7 minutes, this brisket fried rice is a perfect quick-fix for a busy weeknight, offering a tasty blend of American BBQ and Chinese flavors.
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese, General
Servings 2 serving
Calories 413 kcal


For the fried rice

  • 200 grams day old white rice (or Cauliflower Rice for a Keto alternative)
  • 200 grams Beef Brisket
  • 120 grams Red Bell Peppers
  • 30 grams Spring Onion ,white and green parts separated and chopped
  • 20 grams garlic minced
  • 2 Tsp oil

For the stir fry sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce (use your favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Soya Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Sake
  • 1 Tsp MSG (optional, for umami flavor)
  • 1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil


  • Prepare the stir fry sauce by combining barbecue sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, cooking sake, MSG (if using), and toasted sesame oil in a small bowl. Mix these ingredients well and set the bowl aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large wok or a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and the white parts of the spring onions. Stir fry for about 30 seconds until they become aromatic.
  • Add the beef brisket and chopped red bell peppers to the wok. Continue stir frying until the bell peppers are tender but still retain a bit of crunch (al dente).
  • Stir in the day-old rice. Fry everything together, ensuring that the rice gets thoroughly heated through.
  • Pour the prepared stir fry sauce over the rice mixture. Toss and stir everything to ensure the rice is evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Finally, sprinkle in the green parts of the spring onions. Give everything a final stir and serve.


Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 25gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 1332mgPotassium: 581mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 502IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 3mg
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