Spice Up Your Life with Thai-Style Fried Rice

Are you feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Are you yearning for some authentic Thai street food? Look no further than this delicious Kao Pad recipe. This Thai-style fried rice dish is a crowd pleaser and is sure to please even the toughest critic.

As you take your first bite, your taste buds will be met with the harmonious blend of jasmine rice, scrambled eggs, and an array of fresh vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and green beans. The recipe is completed with traditional Thai flavors such as fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice.

Not only is this dish mouth-wateringly delicious, but it’s also customizable! Add your favorite protein option such as shrimp or chicken to add an extra layer of flavor. Furthermore, this dish is a great way to incorporate leftover rice into a new and exciting meal.

Join me as we dive into the world of Thai cuisine with this easy-to-follow Kao Pad recipe. Let’s impress our taste buds and guests alike with this flavorful and fragrant dish that will leave everyone asking for seconds!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice)
Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice)

If you’re looking for a delicious and authentic Thai dish to experiment with, then the Kao Pad recipe is the perfect option for you. This Thai-style fried rice dish is bursting with vibrant flavors and textures that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility – you can customize it according to your preferences by using different vegetables, meats, or spices. Whether you’re a vegetarian, a meat lover, or simply someone who loves to experiment with different flavors and cuisines, this recipe has got you covered.

Thai dishes are known for their bold and exotic flavors, and the Kao Pad recipe certainly lives up to that reputation. The combination of fresh scallions, garlic cloves, and vegetables like carrots, green peas, bell peppers, and bean sprouts creates an explosion of flavors in every bite. The addition of lime juice and chili sauce perfectly balances the savory flavors and adds just the right amount of tanginess and heat to the dish.

Moreover, this recipe is incredibly easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients that are readily available at your local grocery store. With just 2 cups of cooked jasmine rice, some eggs, vegetable oil, and a few other ingredients, you can whip up a restaurant-quality meal right in your own kitchen.

And let’s not forget that this dish is the ultimate comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of day – from breakfast to lunch or dinner! It’s also a popular street food in Thailand that’s loved by locals and tourists alike. You’ll feel like you’re on a culinary adventure as you savor every mouthful.

In conclusion, if you want to experience Thai cuisine at its best and impress your friends or family with your cooking skills, then try out this Kao Pad recipe today. Trust me; it won’t disappoint!

Ingredient List

“Spice up your life with a plate of Kao Pad!”

Below you will find the ingredients you need to make this authentic and easy Thai fried rice recipe:

  • 2 1/2 cups of cooked jasmine rice (preferably leftover from the day before)
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, chopped into small segments
  • 1/2 cup of green peas
  • 1/2 cup of bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup of bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced into small pieces
  • 1 fresh tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp of chili sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
  • Juice of half a lime

All these ingredients are easily found at your local grocery store or Asian market. You may also substitute some vegetables based on what you have available in your pantry.

The Recipe How-To


Now that we have our ingredients ready, it’s time to jump into the recipe for Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice). Follow these easy steps and you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal in no time.

Step 1: Cook the rice

Start by cooking 2 ½ cups of jasmine rice using a rice cooker or on the stovetop. Once the rice is cooked, spread it out onto a baking sheet and let it cool completely. This will help prevent the rice from becoming mushy when added to the other ingredients.

Step 2: Prepare the vegetables and protein

Chop half of an onion, two garlic cloves, and one carrot into small pieces. Cut half a bell pepper into thin strips. Set these vegetables aside in a bowl along with half a cup of frozen green peas, half a cup of chopped green beans, and half a cup of bean sprouts.

In another bowl, beat two eggs with a pinch of salt until well combined.

If you are adding protein to your dish such as shrimp or chicken, cook it first in a separate pan until it’s fully cooked through.

Step 3: Stir-fry

Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the beaten eggs and scramble them until they are well-cooked. Remove them from the pan and set them aside in a bowl.

Next, add another tablespoon of oil to the same pan and add the chopped onions and garlic. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.

Add the chopped carrots and stir-fry for about 1 minute before adding the bell peppers and continuing to stir-fry for another minute.

Finally, add in the green beans, green peas, and bean sprouts along with any cooked protein that you may have prepared earlier. Combine all together for about an additional minute.

Step 4: Add sauces and seasonings

Once all vegetables are combined together nicely with each other you can now add your sauce mixture. In a separate cup mix together 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon fish sauce,1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce (or more if desired), and juice of one lime (this adds some tangy flavoring without being too sour). Mix well.

Pour the mixture over the stir-fried vegetables in your main pan that contains all of your vegetables combination. Mix everything thoroughly so that everything is nicely coated with all those flavorsome sauces.

Step 5: Add rice

By this point Everything is almost ready! Take your cooled cooked rice that you had prepared beforehand from step 1; add it to your main pan containing your vegetable sauce mixture that you prepared previously so that all ingredients present inside are nicely combined together once again! Be sure to mix everything together thoroughly so that nothing goes uncoated – imagine every grain evenly coated with heavenly flavors!

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Substitutions and Variations

“The aroma of Kao Pad will make your taste buds dance.”

If you’re feeling adventurous with your fried rice, don’t be afraid to swap out ingredients or try different combinations! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

– Protein: While chicken and shrimp are the most common meats used in Thai fried rice, you can also try beef, pork, or tofu. For a vegetarian version, simply omit the meat altogether and add extra veggies or egg for protein.

– Vegetables: The vegetable options for fried rice are endless. In addition to the traditional carrots, green beans, peas, bean sprouts, and bell peppers, consider adding corn, broccoli, zucchini, or mushrooms for extra texture and flavor.

– Sauce: If you don’t have oyster sauce on hand, you can use hoisin sauce or soy sauce instead. For some added heat and tanginess, mix in some nam prik pao (Thai chili paste) or sriracha hot sauce.

– Rice: While jasmine rice is the go-to for Thai-style fried rice, you can use any type of long-grain rice for similar results. Brown rice or wild rice would also be good paired with these flavors.

– Herbs: For a burst of freshness and color, sprinkle chopped scallion and fresh cilantro over your finished dish. You can also squeeze lime juice all over it to enhance its taste.

Don’t hesitate to unleash your creativity with these substitutions and variations. Just keep in mind that every ingredient used should complement one another – balance is key!

Serving and Pairing

“Satisfy your cravings with this delicious and easy-to-make Thai-inspired dish.”


Serving Khao Pad is often a delightful experience as it can be enjoyed both as a standalone dish or with other side dishes for even more flavor. If you’re serving it as a meal on its own, I suggest adding some protein like cooked shrimp or chicken to make it more filling. This dish pairs well with some fresh scallions sprinkled on top and wedges of juicy lime to give it an extra tang.

If you want to take your Khao Pad to the next level, try pairing it with Thai-style dishes like pad thai, pad gai, or beef fried rice. If that’s not enough, add nam prik pao or chili sauce on the side for those who want an additional kick of heat.

For a refreshingly sweet twist to the savory flavors of Khao Pad, pair it with Thai pineapple fried rice. The sweet notes of both dishes complement each other in every bite. You could even pair your Khao Pad with some stir-fried vegetables like green beans or bell peppers for a healthy and colorful dinner option.

In conclusion, serving Khao Pad is very versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. With the right sides and additions, this authentic Thai street food can be elevated into a masterpiece that will satisfy even the most demanding palates.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Experience the exotic flavors of Thailand in just 30 minutes.”

Once you try this delectable Thai-style fried rice dish, you’ll want to make it again and again. Luckily, kao pad is a dish that can be prepared ahead of time, making it perfect for meal prep or meal planning.

To make the dish ahead of time, cook up a batch of jasmine rice and let it cool. Remember that the grains of the jasmine rice should be separated and fluffy. Once cooled, transfer the jasmine rice into an airtight container or resealable plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When ready to cook, remove the rice from the refrigerator and let it sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes. This will prevent the rice from sticking together when frying it.

If you have any leftovers, store them promptly in an airtight container and refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking. Fried rice can generally last up to 4 days stored in the fridge.

When reheating the leftovers, heat them up in a wok or skillet over medium heat with a bit of oil. It’s crucial not to reheat fried rice in the microwave as this can turn the rice rubbery or unevenly heated.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy delicious and authentic Thai fried rice whenever you desire without compromising on taste or texture!

Tips for Perfect Results

If you want to make the perfect Kao Pad, there are certain tips and tricks that you can follow. Here are some of my best tips to ensure your Thai-style fried rice comes out perfectly every time:

1. Use day-old rice

The texture of the rice is essential in achieving good Kao Pad. If the rice is too fresh, it’ll be too moist and won’t separate well in the wok. It’s best to use cooked rice that has been refrigerated for at least a day before using it to make Kao Pad.

2. Use high-heat oil

Choosing the right oil is important too. For stir-frying, go with an oil with a high smoke point like vegetable or peanut oil. This makes sure that it doesn’t burn quickly or stick to the surface of your pan.

3. Use a wok

Using a wok will allow you to move the ingredients around as they cook quickly due to the high heat which gives perfect texture and flavors of Kao pad.

4. Cook each ingredient separately

It’s crucial to cook each ingredient separately because differently sized cuts will cook at different rates. When they’re all combined, some might end up overdone while others are still undercooked.

5. Don’t use too much soy sauce

It’s better to use light soy sauce instead of regular soy sauce as it will make your Kao Pad salty and dark in color in large amounts when cooked under high heat.

6. Add flavors gradually

It’s always better to add your ingredients gradually instead of all at once so that you can easily adjust the flavors along the way without over seasoning or over condimenting them.

7. Use bold ingredients

Use strong ingredients like chopped Thai chilies, garlic, peppers or other strong herbs like cilantro to enhance flavor profiles and aroma giving a authentic taste to your dish.

With these tips, you’ll be able to create an authentically delicious Kao Pad every time!


As I have shared with you my recipe for Kao Pad: Thai-Style Fried Rice, you might have questions and concerns about the dish. This is where the FAQ section comes in handy. In this part of the article, I will give answers to common questions that readers usually ask about this specific recipe. So if you have any uncertainties or if there are parts of the recipe that aren’t clear enough, read on for some clarification.

What are the ingredients in Khao Pad?

When it comes to Khao pad, what we’re dealing with here is a flavor-packed dish that revolves around the staple ingredient of rice. This stir-fried rice recipe boasts a delicious medley of garlic, egg, salty fish sauce, soy sauce and/or oyster sauce, as well as spring onion. To make it even more mouth-watering, the dish typically includes a protein such as meat or seafood. The dish’s unique taste is achieved through a blend of sugar, chilli and lime juice to balance out the flavors.

What makes Thai fried rice taste different?

When it comes to fried rice, the type of rice and choice of sauce can make a big difference. For example, in Thai cuisine, they typically use fragrant jasmine rice as opposed to the long grain white rice typically used in traditional Chinese recipes. Additionally, while soy sauce is a common ingredient in Chinese fried rice, it is typically not used in the Thai version. Instead, Thai fried rice often utilizes sauces such as fish sauce and oyster sauce to add flavor. By understanding these differences, you can create a delicious and authentic version of Thai fried rice.

What gives Chinese fried rice it’s flavor?

When preparing fried rice, it’s crucial to use the right sauces to enhance the flavor. The perfect combination includes soy sauce, oyster sauce, and fish sauce. These three sauces are great for adding flavor to your rice, beyond the taste of meat and veggies. However, it’s important to be careful not to go overboard on them. By adding small amounts of each and regularly tasting as you add, you can achieve the perfect blend of flavors that will make your fried rice stand out. Remember, the goal is to accentuate the unique taste of your ingredients, not overwhelm them with sauce.

What is the difference between fried rice and Thai fried rice?

When it comes to comparing Thai fried rice and Chinese fried rice, it’s easy to see that they share many common features such as protein, aromatic vegetables, egg, and rice. However, there is one key difference in their flavor profiles. While Thai fried rice derives its distinct flavor from the use of fish sauce, soy sauce is the primary flavoring agent in Chinese fried rice.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Kao Pad or Thai-style fried rice is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you choose to make a classic version with chicken and vegetables or branch out with variations like shrimp or pineapple, the possibilities are endless.

As an adventurous culinary explorer, I highly recommend trying out this recipe. With its bold flavors and easy preparation, Kao Pad is a perfect introduction to Thai cuisine and a surefire way to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and get ready to create an authentic Thai street food experience in your own kitchen. Trust me, once you take your first bite of this savory, fragrant fried rice, you’ll be hooked for life. Happy cooking!

Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice)

Kao Pad (Thai-Style Fried Rice) Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Calories 584.8 kcal


Choose 3-4 of the following to equal 2 1/2 cups

  • 2 1/2 2 1/2 cups bell peppers, cut into short strips or 2 1/2 cups bean sprouts, blanched for 5 seconds, cooled and drained

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh gingerroot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups cooked rice (short grain)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thai sriraja chili sauce (or other hot chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 1/2 lime, cut into thin wedges
  • scallion, cut on diagonal


  • Choose and prepare vegetables. Select a combination with a variety of colors.
  • In a wok, heat the oil and stir fry the ginger and garlic until golden.
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and save for later.
  • In the same oil, stir-fry the vegetables until just cooked. Add the harder ones (like carrots) first, and the tender ones (like sprouts) last.
  • Remove the vegetables from the wok and set aside.
  • Add the rice to the wok and heat thoroughly.
  • With your stirring spoon, make a hole in the center of the rice, down to the wok and put in the eggs.
  • Stir until they are pretty well set before you mix them into the rice. The more you cook the eggs before stirring them into the rice, the drier the dish will be.
  • Add the tomatoes, the reserved ginger and garlic and the stir-fried vegetables.
  • Finally, mix in the chili sauce, soy sauce and lime juice.
  • For serving, top each serving with thin slices of scallions. Put thin slices of lime on the side.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 383gCalories: 584.8kcalCarbohydrates: 94.4gProtein: 12.4gFat: 16.9gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 711mgFiber: 4.5gSugar: 6.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Rice, Short-Grain Rice, Thai, Vegetable
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