Budget and Brisk: A Student Recipe Series – Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice – Simple, straightforward and utterly delicious. This is a great full meal on its own, but can also be used as a side for other Chinese food, or for a little different extra, add a hoisin-marinated fillet of chicken or half a block of protein. What’s great about this dish is it is not only cheap, but the macros are great – extremely high in protein, full in vitamins, and low in saturated fat.



  • 1 Spring Onion (£0.10)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (£0.05)
  • 1 Thumb-sized piece of ginger (tsp of ground ginger can also be used) (£0.05)
  • Pinch chilli flakes (£0.05)
  • 1-2tsp Soy Sauce (£0.10)
  • 1 Medium Egg (£0.20)
  • 1 Carrot (chopped) (£0.10)
  • 60g Broccoli (£0.10)
  • 1 red, green or yellow pepper (sliced) (£0.70)
  • 40g Peas (defrosted) (£0.20)
  • 50g Basmati Rice (£0.10)
  • Pepper to taste


Price per serving*= £1.75



  1. Cook the rice as per packet instructions, then set aside.
  2. Heat a little water or oil in a pan, then add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for 3-5 mins until onions become soft.
  3. Add the broccoli, carrots, peppers and peas, and cook for a further 5 mins.
  4. Add the rest of the spices, and the soy sauce and stir until vegetables are evenly coated.
  5. Add the rice to the pan, stir until foods are fully mixed. Create a well in the middle of the pan.
  6. Crack the egg into the middle of the well, then slowly stir the rice and veg mixture into the egg. Cook until egg is cooked, and serve.

This is such a great dinner, and can also be put in a Tupperware and taken into uni for lunch too! And at such a low price, its hard to argue with this great recipe.



*Prices based on Sainsburys