Benihana Fried Rice


December 3, 2021

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Anyone who has been to Benihana knows that the real star of the show is their FRIED RICE – but did you know you can make it at home? It is super easy and I am going to show you what their secret ingredient is!

Watch the Benihana Fried Rice Recipe Video Below!

Key Ingredient Tips for Benihana Fried Rice


You can always sub with a different protein (or leave it out altogether for a vegetarian option)!

Do not use freshly steamed rice! The rice should be at least one day old to avoid having too much moisture; too much moisture in the rice will make your fried rice soggy and mushy.

This is always optional ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. The flavor profile does not go.


I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)

THIS is the secret ingredient to Benihana’s amazing fried rice! It is so simple to make (just butter, garlic, and light soy sauce) and the best part is that you can keep it in your refrigerator and use it in other dishes too!

Top Recipe Tips for Benihana Fried Rice


I always recommend cutting your vegetables into similar sized pieces so they cook evenly – this little step makes a huge difference! In this recipe, I cut the carrots into small cubes so they would cook evenly with the peas.

I like to crumble my rice (I’ve found that dried out rice gets clumpy) – this helps each rice grain get cooked and coated in all of the delicious flavors!

Benihana Fried Rice plated

Benihana Fried Rice

This copycat Benihana Fried rice is just as good as the restaurant! The soy garlic butter takes this fried rice to the next level and the dish is versatile enough to add whatever protein you like!
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1.5 cups rice at least one day old (or dried out in fridge)
  • 1 carrot medium, chopped
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic butter see below
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp msg optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs


  • 1/2 lb shrimp can sub with any protein of choice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp neutral oil I used avocado oil

Garlic Butter

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 tsp light soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic grated


  • Cook your rice the night before and leave uncovered in the fridge to dry overnight or up to a day for best results.
  • Soften 1/2 cup of butter and grated 3 cloves of garlic and add light soy sauce. Mix to combine and keep in the fridge to firm up until ready to use.
  • Marinate your protein of choice with salt, white pepper and 1/2 tsp of neutral oil, then chop your carrot, onion, scallions and mince your garlic and set aside.
  • In a pan over high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil and cook your protein, adding 1 tbsp of garlic butter for additional flavor. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil and fry your garlic for 15 seconds followed by your carrots, onions, and scallions for 1-2 minutes. Add your rice and continue frying, separating and combining until relatively dry (2-3 minutes).
  • Push the rice to the side and add 1 tbsp of oil, then fry 2 eggs and cook until 90% done. Mix into the rice. Season with light soy sauce, white pepper, sugar, salt, msg, and 2 tbsp of garlic butter. Mix and fry for 1-2 more minutes and enjoy!
Keyword benihana, fried rice
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  1. This recipe really helped me step up my fried rice, great teaching. And the garlic butter is a life changer. I rarely eat butter, but I use it on almost everything now. Thanks for another great recipe CJ!

  2. 5 stars
    Even though itโ€™s been a couple of years since we last ate at Benihana, this fried rice came out even better than the restaurant! My husband absolutely agreed and is thrilled to know we can recreate at home anytime now! Easy to follow recipe, glad we made plenty garlic butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 4 stars
    Too little soy sauce, suggest 2 Tbsp per single recipe, 1.5 cups rice.
    Just made a double recipe for a group of friends, and it said 1 Tbsp soy sauce for 3 cups rice and pound of chicken and all the rest, way too little. After some taste tests with friends, 4 Tbsp was agreed upon. Other than that, everything was great.

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing, best fried rice ever! Just found you on Pinterest and looking forward to making more recipes from you. Thank you.