Yakimeshi is a Japanese style fried rice simply made with rice, ham, eggs, spring onions and soy sauce.

When we visited Japan several years ago, I never knew that they were big with fried rice too, in fact it’s so common, there are places where fried rice is served as a combo meal with ramen. Yup! it’s a carbs and carbs combo but why are the Japanese so fit, it’s something that perplexed me as well, but most probably they do walk a lot because when we were there we did the same thing, walked at an average of 20,000 steps every day and while we ate a lot of this combo, we did not gained any weight, in fact lost some.

Yakimeshi is what they call this dish, it literally means fried rice and like most Asian fried rice, it starts with a day old cold rice where ingredients are added and in a typical Japanese manner, making it is quite simple, they just add rice, ham, eggs, spring onions and soy sauce as a minimum, what they focus here more is the quality of ingredients used and that what makes the dish special and really delicious. Today we are making one at home which we will be paring with some Menchi katsu which I will be posting soon.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Japanese


Yakimeshi is a Japanese style fried rice simply made with rice, ham, eggs, spring onions and soy sauce.


  • 5 cups cold leftover rice
  • 1 cup bacon or ham, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 3 stalks spring onions, chopped
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
  • oil


  1. In a wok heat oil using medium heat.
  2. Add bacon into the wok then cook until brown and crispy.
  3. Add rice bring heat to high and continue to stir fry for 3 minutes.
  4. Push the rice on the sides of the wok to make a well in the middle then pour the eggs together with sesame oil, cook eggs until nearly dry then quickly mix it with the rice mixture.
  5. Add the spring onions and light soy sauce, stir fry for 2 minutes.
  6. Add kewpie mayonnaise, stir fry for a minute, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Turn off heat then serve.


9 Responses

  1. Well I’ve learned something here, too, Raymund. I was not aware that fried rice was common in Japan – and a fried rice + ramen combo? No way! This sounds like a delicious recipe, and I’m intrigued by the use of the kewpie in the recipe itself. I don’t think I’ve ever put kewpie into fried rice…but I can see how it would be delicious!

  2. Chef Mimi says:

    I also didn’t know that fried was common in Japan. Fascinating. And I love Kewpie! So I can make this immediately, after I cook some rice…

  3. Although I did know that fried rice was a thing in Japan, I didn’t realize it’s as big a deal as apparently it is. Neat recipe — don’t think I’ve ever had fried rice with kewpie. Thanks!

  4. This is the first time that I have seen fried rice with mayonnaise. It looks fluffy and very delicious.

  5. Pure and simple comfort food. This will ALWAYS hit the spot!

  6. Who doesn’t love carbs with carbs? We make fried rice occasionally for lunches the day after with leftover rice. This will be a new variation fir us to try!

  7. Ruby says:

    Thanks for this recipe! Btw, you mentioned ham a couple of times but the ingredient says bacon. Just wanted to point this out. Great recipe nevertheless!

  8. suituapui says:

    No msg? Uncle Roger will say, “Haiyarrrr!!!” LOL!!!

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