Leftover Turkey Fried Rice

Leftover Turkey Fried Rice
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Leftover turkey fried rice with lean and delicious cooked turkey, light and fluffy rice, perfectly scrambled eggs, colourful vegetables, and classic Asian seasonings, is just what your healthy meal planning menu needs. Plus, it’s made in one skillet in just 10 minutes. Hello, new favourite easy weeknight dinner!

Leftover Turkey Fried Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Category: Rice | Method: Stir Fry | Cuisine: Chinese

Table of Contents


  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup onions, finely chopped (approximately half an onion)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced (optional for a spicy kick)
  • 1 + ½ cups leftover cooked turkey, shredded or cubed into ½-inch thick pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups white rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup carrots and peas vegetable mix, frozen
  • ½ tablespoon green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes until sizzling and hot. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in jalapeño (if using).
  2. Add shredded or cubed turkey and stir to combine for about 1 minute. Move the turkey mixture to one side of the skillet and add eggs to the empty space in the skillet. Stir the eggs until scrambled and cooked through, yet still tender, about 1 minute. (The eggs should be springy and bright in colour, and not too dry at this stage). Stir to combine all ingredients together.
  3. Add cooked rice and all seasoning including soy sauce, sesame oil, vegetable stock powder, white pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir well to combine, about 2 minutes. If the rice is not soft enough, add up to ¼ cup of water to soften it.
  4. Add carrots and peas, and stir fry for 2 minutes while evenly mixing and distributing the ingredients. Then, stir in green onions.
  5. Serve hot on a plate, and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.


  • Equipment used: large wok or skillet.
  • How to use leftover rice: To use leftover rice, add some water (up to ¼ cup) to soften the rice.
  • Prep the ingredients: Have all your ingredients prepped and ready and within hand reach before you begin. Cooking fried rice is a very fast process and things move fast. Being prepared will ensure that the process goes smoothly.
  • Continuously stir: Cooking a good stir-fry is all about continuously stirring over high heat. This ensures an even distribution of heat and even cooking. I usually use 2 spatulas to stir fry evenly and quickly.
  • How to store: Store fried rice in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. You can reheat in the microwave or for a few minutes on a skillet.
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About the Author: Jenny Kristy

Spice Seeker, Recipe Weaver, Nomad Chef |With a passport bursting with stamps and a pantry overflowing with global spices, Jenny Kristy isn't just a cook, she's a culinary nomad. Her travels fuel her passion, transforming exotic flavors into recipes that tantalize and transport. She weaves magic in her kitchen, sharing her adventures through meals that whisper of Marrakesh markets and Tuscan trattorias. From teaching sushi to whipping up Moroccan masterpieces, Jenny ignites wanderlust and connects cultures, one delicious bite at a time.

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