As I was browsing through quick and simple recipes, I came across “mug fried rice” and was rather astounded. Fried rice…in a mug…really? I had made fried rice on a pan and rice cooker before but never using a mug. That thought never crossed my mind. Like the rest of you, I was quite skeptical as to how something like fried rice would turn out in a mug. So, I gave it a try!

Basically, all you need for “mug fried rice” is a mug, a microwave, and a handful of ingredients and you will have no-fry fried rice ready in a few minutes.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Serving(s): 1

What’ll you need?

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoon of frozen mixed vegetables (you can use any vegetables of your choice, i.e. cabbage, carrot, seaweed, or toss in some mushrooms)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Some onion and garlic, diced (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What’s next?

  1. Place the cup of rice into a large mug. Mug should be fairly large to fit in the other condiments.
  2. Add the vegetables on top of the rice.
  3. Cover the mug with microwave-safe plastic wrap.
  4. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap for ventilation. (IMPORTANT)
  5. Microwave on high temperature for a minute.
  6. In the meantime, beat the egg in a separate bowl and mix with soy sauce, salt, and pepper.
  7. Once heated, remove plastic wrap and pour the egg mixture into the mug. Stir everything in the mug several times.
  8. Cover the mug with the plastic wrap again and microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute15 seconds.
  9. Let it stand for a minute before eating.
  10. Fluff up the rice by stirring the contents several times with a spoon or fork.


…And voila, mug fried rice is ready to be served!

Note: As it was the first attempt, I just used the basic ingredients to cook but you can alter the recipe according to your own taste and dietary preferences.

Overall, the ‘mug fried rice’ turned out pretty well, quick and easy to serve and to clean up. When you have those days you don’t feel like eating outside and just want to cook something simple in your dorm room or if you’re craving something savory, give this “instant fried rice” a try rather than reaching out for instant noodles.


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Written by Noorul Aiin Binti Zulfaker


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