Turmeric Fried Rice

My kids are huge fans of fried rice, and I make a batch about once a week as I make rice probably twice a week as a side dish. Fried rice is one of those dishes where my pickiest of eaters will consume the eggs, peas, and carrots, only to get a bit or two of great pieces of chopped bacon. It is probably one of the reasons I continue to make fried rice during the week as well. Now I have came up with things such as kimchi fried rice, chorizo fried rice, and one of my kids favorites of all of my fried rice dishes, the bacon fried rice, so this time around I wanted to try something different and come up with a turmeric fried rice.

Turmeric Fried Rice

If you have never had turmeric, well, let’s just say it is really good for you. It’s a common spice in Indian cooking and has a ton of health benefits to say the least, plus it adds some really vibrant color to any dish. Did I mention that fried rice is a perfect way to use up any leftovers as well? In this case, I had some leftover grilled chicken that gave the fried rice some additional texture.

Let’s get started.


  • 3 cups cooked Jasmine rice (Best if this is leftover cooked rice from the following day)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp reserved bacon grease
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, optional
  • salt to taste, optional

Start by cooking your rice. Rinse the rice until the rice is no longer cloudy. We use a rice cooker, using a 1-to-1 cooking method; 3 cups of rice to 3 cups of water. Add the turmeric and the garlic to the rice cooker and give a good stir. Cook, and serve if you would like. That’s what I did, served alongside grilled chicken. I then used the remaining leftover chicken and cooked rice the following day for this recipe.

When you are ready to make your fried rice, start by cooking the bacon. Once cooked, remove and set aside on a plated lined with paper towel. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease, then add the butter and let that cook on medium heat until it is nice and bubbly.

How to make turmeric fried rice

Add the chicken and get a bit of color onto it, cooking for a couple of minutes. Add the rice and start breaking it up with your wooden spoon.

After a few minutes of cooking the rice, add the beaten egg, and start mixing up the rice.

Next add the bacon pieces, soy sauce, and continue to cook.

Turn up the heat to medium-high. Add the peas, and stir.

Continue cooking on medium-high heat until you get a bit of some crispy fried rice going on. Once you are satisfied, taste, and season with any salt, or other remaining things you might like in a fried rice such as chili flakes, or chopped chilies.

This turmeric fried rice was great, and as much as my kids questioned the color, the began to dig in, and realize that it was their standard fried rice, but with an added benefit of turmeric.

What’s your favorite way to make fried rice? I’d be curious to know… Hope you enjoy!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

One thought to “Turmeric Fried Rice”

  1. I bought a really big container of tumeric after talking to this Indian guy about the health benefits of tumeric. I’m always looking for ways to include it in my cooking. Love your recipe!

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