Rice can be a bit of a tricky food and is one of those often talked about foods that can make you ill. This is because rice contains bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. You can’t always get rid of this bacteria when you cook it. If you leave cooked rice out at room temperature this bacteria can grow and form enough for it to make you ill! This is why, whether or not you can or should freeze rice is a contentious subject. So, what’s the verdict? Can you freeze egg fried rice?
So, the answer to this question is yes! You can freeze egg fried rice, but you have to ensure you have done so safely and carefully to avoid causing sickness. If in doubt then don’t take the risk. We’ve written about freezing cooked rice in general which you may also want to take a look at.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing egg fried rice:
How To Freeze Egg Fried Rice
If you are happy to have a go at freezing your egg fried rice here is how.
- Make sure you are only freezing cooked rice and that you are freezing it as soon as possible after cooking. If you can, it is best to freeze it within an hour of cooking. This ensures the rice only has a minimal amount of time to grow any nasty bacteria.
- You do need to ensure that the rice has cooled before freezing.
- Prepare a freezer-safe container with a lid or a freezer bag that you can seal tightly.
- Pop the cooled egg fried rice into the container or bag. Squeeze out any excess air then seal the container or bag tightly.
- Label the bag with the date and contents and pop it in the freezer.
How Long Can You Freeze Egg Fried Rice?
Egg fried rice, or any rice for that matter, doesn’t have a hugely long freezer life and can only be kept frozen for up to a month. This is to ensure that the rice doesn‘t deteriorate or spoil too much and become more likely to make you sick.
Luckily, a month is plenty of time to use up leftover rice. Just don’t forget about it because if you leave it in the freezer any longer than this and you will need to throw it away.
You Can Freeze Egg Fried Rice for Around 1 Month
How Do You Defrost Egg Fried Rice?
The best method for defrosting rice is in a water bath. This allows the rice to defrost quickly enough to use but doesn’t give it the opportunity to spoil. Just pop the bag or container of rice into a bowl containing cool water. Check the rice every now and then and replace the water if needed.
Once your egg fried rice has defrosted you need to heat it up and use it within a day. If you aren’t using the rice straight away pop it into the fridge to keep it cool.
When it comes to heating up the rice the easiest method is to pop it into the microwave in a microwavable bowl and heat up for a minute or two, giving it a stir halfway through. When you are reheating you need to ensure that it is piping hot throughout to minimise any risk of getting sick.
Can You Refreeze Egg Fried Rice?
As mentioned throughout this article rice is a food item to be careful with and you should never refreeze it. All that bacteria we mentioned has the best chance of growing when the egg fried rice is heating up or thawing out or is at room temperature. The more times you freeze and thaw it out, the more chance it has to grow.
Does Egg Fried Rice Freeze Well?
Egg fried rice does freeze fairly well, despite the risk involved. After all, both eggs and rice can be frozen. You might notice a slight texture change and the rice won’t be quite as fluffy. You can always give it a mix with a fork to separate the grains out and this will help with the fluffy texture. Other than this you shouldn’t’ notice too much difference at all.
Other Questions about Egg Fried Rice
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to egg fried rice – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about egg fried rice then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Chicken Egg Fried Rice?
If you are a fan of some extra protein in your egg fried rice then you probably love chicken and egg fried rice! You might also be asking if you can freeze chicken and egg fried rice. The awesome news is that you can and to do so you can follow the same instructions for egg fried rice outlined above.
Can You Freeze Shrimp Fried Rice?
The same rules apply for shrimp fried rice. You probably know that shrimps and prawns freeze well already. That’s why you can follow the exact instructions above for your shrimp fried rice. As always, keeping air out is key!