Beef Fried Rice with Cabbage and Carrots Recipe

Beef fried rice in a glass pyrex bowl

This beef fried rice recipe is delicious and super easy to make, nut-free, and egg-free. All you need to do is to plan ahead to make extra rice the day before so that you have some cold rice to make beef fried rice!

My friends made Beef Fried Rice for us when our family went to their house for dinner. The meal was delicious but I will never forget their kindness and hospitality to make a meal that is safe for our kids so that we can catch up and have fun together.

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Update: This post was updated on December 11, 2022 with more information and new photos.

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Beef Fried Rice Ingredients and Adaptations

My friend made beef fried rice with bell peppers and corn for us and my kids loved it. But when I made it, my children didn’t like it as much. Long story short, I discovered that one of my sons is allergic to bell pepper! So instead of using bell pepper, I substitute with shredded carrots and shredded cabbage or an equivalent amount of coleslaw mix. I would add 1-2 cups of frozen corn if I don’t have enough rice.

As I was updating this post, I realize that I needed to elaborate on why I recommend buying a high quality ground beef. It’s more of a food safety issue to buy very fresh ground beef that is well packaged. I learned from one of my favorite nutrition writers, Marion Nestle, (affiliate) that organic and/or grassfed beef is better for our health and environment so that’s what I buy whenever possible.

You could also substitute with other ground meats. Ground bison is very similar in taste and leaner than ground beef. You could also substitute with ground turkey or chicken if you like, but the taste would be slightly different.

Right: Make it with a coleslaw mix

Bottom left: Make it with julienned carrots and shredded carrots

Bottom right: Serve it over freshly cooked rice

Always Use Leftover Rice to Make Fried Rice

Always make fried rice with leftover rice that has been refrigerated overnight. If you have a large enough rice cooker, it’s easy to plan ahead and make a double batch of rice to eat half and save some to make fried rice the next day. If you don’t have a rice cooker, I have a recipe for making rice in a pot.

Store the cooked rice in a microwave container, let the rice cool to room temperature with the lid slightly ajar to keep the moisture in, keep dust and germs out, and allow the rice to cool to room temperature so that it can chill safely in your refrigerator.

I usually cook with a medium grain cal-rose rice for our everyday meals. I love that it’s a little bit sticky and soft. This recipe would work with long grain rice or Jasmine rice as well, but they’re less sticky and more fluffy.

If you forget to make extra rice, the beauty of this recipe is that if you only have freshly cooked rice, just serve the beef and veggies over rice, mix-mix, and you have yourself a yummy bowl of rice that looks like fried rice without the additional step of actually frying the rice. Fast and easy, right?

This recipe is peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, shellfish free, fish free, and sesame free as written. 

Allergy aware note: Our family likes to sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on this dish. If you choose not to use parmesean cheese, you can either substitute furikake (a Japanese seaweed and sesame seed sprinkle), or add 1-2 extra teaspoons of soy sauce to taste. And if you are preparing this dish for someone who has a soy or gluten allergy, you can take a look at a previous post I had written about soy sauce alternatives. Enjoy!!

Other Fried Rice Recipes

If you like this recipe, you might like some other fried rice recipes that I have on my blog:

Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe – This is a nut free, Thai inspired recipe, with pineapple, and is a perfect cook once, eat twice meal because it uses leftover Broiled Teriyaki Chicken Thighs Recipe.

Easy Vegetable Fried Rice with Egg – This is a simple vegetable fried rice recipe.

Smoked Duck Fried Rice, An Easy & Versatile Recipe – Fried rice when you are feeling fancy or have some extra duck.

Aromatic Cilantro Onion Ginger Fried Rice – Delicious and simple

Easy and Tasty Ginger Fried Rice Recipe – Simple and perfect for when you need to settle your stomach and ginger is your go-to food.

Beef Fried Rice with Cabbage and Carrots Recipe

This beef fried rice recipe is delicious and super easy to make, nut-free, and egg-free. All you need to do is to plan ahead to make extra rice the day before so that you have some cold rice to make beef fried rice!

Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese-American
Keyword Beef fried rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 460 kcal
Author Sharon Wong,


  • 1 pound lean ground beef 90% beef or leaner (organic and/or grassfed recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 8-oz julienned carrots
  • 1 8-oz shredded cabbage (or coleslaw mix)
  • 4 cups rice, cooked chilled overnight
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese optional


  1. Heat a large frying pan on medium heat for a 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add oil to the pan, swirl to coat, add the ground beef.

  3. Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef into smaller pieces and brown for 3-4 minutes until it's 50% cooked.

  4. Add the carrots and cabbage (or coleslaw mix) on top but don't stir and allow the ground beef to continue to brown for a few minutes.

  5. Stir-fry the beef and vegetables together until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the carrots are soft, another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the rice, gently press down on the large clumps of rice with a spatula and stir fry until the rice is hot. The smaller clumps will eventually separate when the rice heats up.

  7. Season with soy sauce and garlic powder and adjust taste (depending on whether or not you will top with grated parmesan).
  8. Serve immediately with grated cheese available on the side.

Recipe Notes

You can prep the carrots and cabbage from scratch if you like or you can use about 1 pound of coleslaw mix for convenience. If you do not eat beef, you can substitute with ground bison, ground turkey, or ground chicken. 

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


  1. I’m going to have to try this. I used to be a professional cook and even went to culinary school, but Asian food is my nemesis. We love eating it whenever we can find a safe place, but whenever I cook it never turns out. I’m wondering if I’m stirring too much. I was looking at step 4 and that is a great tip. I’m going to have to try your recipe. Maybe I can finally introduce my kids to some real and delicious Asian food!

    • Thanks, Michelle, it’s good, I try to mix it up sometimes and serve them with lettuce wraps or Korean seasoned seaweed or use ground turkey or ground bison instead of beef. So yum!!!

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