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Ground Beef Fried Rice

What happens when you combine crispy pan fried ground beef with a sweet and spicy sauce and a couple bags of frozen rice? Magic, that’s what! This ground beef fried rice is super easy to make in one pan, and you can make it low carb with frozen cauliflower rice or high enjoyment with frozen jasmine rice or brown rice.

Either way, you’re in for a treat.

ground beef fried rice in a bowl garnished with scallions

How to Make Fried Rice with Ground Beef

It’s as easy as browning and cooking ground beef, adding a sauce to the beef, and transferring to a bowl before adding olive oil to the skillet along with two bags of your choice of frozen (or cooked and chilled) rice.

Sauce for the Ground Beef

For the sweet and spicy sauce, you’ll need:

  • chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • fresh or frozen minced ginger
  • black, rice, or balsamic vinegar
  • corn starch slurry
whisking together corn starch and water, honey, chili garlic sauce, black vinegar, ginger, and soy sauce

Feel free to take creative liberties with the sauce. Other options might include my firecracker beef sauce or a pre-made sauce like in my teriyaki ground beef and broccoli recipe.

Cooking the Ground Beef

You want to brown the beef well on both sides. I like to use a nonstick skillet for this recipe. Whatever type of pan you use, make sure it’s hot before the beef goes in. A hot, dry environment is best for browning meat via the Maillard Reaction.

three photos of browning ground beef, adding a sauce, and finished sweet and spicy ground beef

Browning creates both flavor and texture. And I don’t know about you, but I love texture in my fried rice. Once the beef is cooked and broken into small pieces, you can add the sauce and cook that down. It won’t take long to reduce and coat the cooked ground beef.

Making Fried Rice with Frozen Rice

The recipe calls for one bag of brown rice and one bag of frozen rice cauliflower stir fry. You’re welcome to use any rice you want. But if you’re not using some kind of stir fry, you’ll want to add some ingredients like frozen peas and diced veggies, toasted sesame oil, fresh ginger and garlic, white pepper or maybe Chinese five spice, and some extra soy sauce or tamari when finishing.

pan frying frozen cauliflower rice and brown rice

You can also use cooked and chilled rice instead of frozen and even freshly riced cauliflower. Cook times may vary for other rice options, though.

I’ll also add that you could add some eggs to your ground beef fried rice. Check out my bbq chicken fried rice for an example.

sweet and spicy ground beef added to the fried rice with thinly sliced scallions

Once the rice is as crispy as you’d like, you’re pretty much done. Add the cooked ground beef and some freshly sliced scallions to the pan, toss it together, and voilà—ground beef and rice stir fry.

finished ground beef fried rice in a skillet

How to Serve Ground Beef Fried Rice

Something I love about this recipe is that it’s a true one pan meal. You don’t really need any pairings or side dishes.

I like to garnish with toasted sesame seeds, chili crisp, and extra scallions. If you have an ingredient like Bachan’s Japanese barbecue sauce, it’s also great drizzled over as you serve your hamburger fried rice.

ground beef fried rice in a bowl topped with chili crisp and toasted sesame seeds

I hope you enjoy your ground beef fried rice. I’d love to hear your thoughts or what customizations you make in a recipe review or comment on this post. You can also drop any questions about the recipe in the comments below.

large serving bowl filled with ground beef fried rice garnished with chili crisp, sesame seeds, and scallions

Ground Beef Fried Rice

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sweet and spicy lean ground beef combined with a blend of frozen riced cauliflower stir fry and brown rice.


  • 1 pound Ground Beef

For the Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Water + 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 cube Frozen Crushed Ginger (or 1" piece fresh)
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Vinegar (sub balsamic or rice vinegar)

For the Rice

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 12-oz bag Frozen Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry*
  • 10-oz bag Frozen Brown or Jasmine Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce**
  • 3-4 Scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Mix the water and corn starch together before adding the remaining beef sauce ingredients.
  2. Add the beef to a hot skillet over medium-high heat. Brown both sides for 2-3 minutes before breaking apart and fully cooking. You want as many crunchy browned bits as possible.
  3. Add the sauce to the cooked ground beef and stir everything together. The sauce should begin to caramelize and stick to the beef in 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet, followed by the frozen cauliflower rice. Create an even layer in the pan and let the rice cook for 6-8 minutes. Once the rice begins to brown and is fully cooked, add the soy sauce and stir before turning off the heat and adding the beef and sliced scallions to the skillet.


I use Tattooed Chef or Trader Joe's. Any cauliflower rice and veggie medley works. If unseasoned, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and maybe a bit more soy sauce. You can also use frozen jasmine or brown rice (or 1/2 and 1/2).

**I love using Bachan's Japanese Barbecue Sauce here if you have it.

With two bags of frozen cauliflower rice instead of half brown rice, each serving has 330 calories, 26g protein, 24g carbs, and 16g fat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: about 10 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 15gCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 26g

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