Stir-fried Rice with XO Sauce Recipe

Fried rice gets a flavor boost from XO sauce, a super flavorful condiment made from dried seafood and cured ham.

stir-fried rice with XO sauce

This fried rice recipe is packed with flavor because it uses XO sauce, a condiment made from dried seafood and ham that originated in Hong Kong in the 1980s. It can be found in most Asian markets, but you can also prepare XO sauce at home.

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Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into halves lengthwise then cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 4 cups cold rice, preferably day-old
  • 5 eggs, well-beaten with 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons XO sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil, optional
  • Sliced scallions


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok over high heat until smoking, then add zucchini and stir-fry until tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from the wok, then add another tablespoon of oil. Add the eggs and stir-fry over high heat, until almost cooked through. Remove from the wok.

  2. Add the XO sauce to the wok. Turn the heat to medium-low, then add the rice and stir-fry, breaking up clumps. Add the soy sauce and chili oil. Taste and add more condiments as needed. Add the eggs and the zucchini, and stir to mix well. Serve immediately, garnishing with scallions.

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