Healthier Benihana Fried Rice

If you guys know me, you know I freakin’ love Benihana’s fried rice. So much so, that I needed to find a way to make it at home, with just as much flavor, but a little less guilt. I swapped out the white rice for brown rice, then I used ghee instead of butter for sautéeing. At Benihana, they make their rice with a garlic infused butter…and lots of it. Now, I love my compound butters, but for this, I’m just cutting the amount of buttery-ness a bit, and using extra garlic and some soy sauce to spruce it up. My favorite protein at Benihana is the steak, so that’s what I used for this. Substitute any protein you want, or negate it all together!

I made this recipe in partnership with Ninja Foodi, and I used their pressure, sauté and air crisp functions to make it a one pot meal. However, you can just prepare your rice with water, then you can combine all the ingredients in your skillet. 

3 bowls of DIY healthy fried rice inspired by Benihana
3 bowls of Benihana Fried Rice Recipe

Healthier Benihana Fried Rice

Lightening up the classic Benihana fried rice with a brown rice version. I skipped the butter and added a hint of ghee for flavor. Of course, I spruced it up with some garlic, soy sauce, sesame seeds and scallions. Plus, vegetables and protein! You can make this any way you want!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3


  • 1 cups brown rice cooked (will need 2 cups water to cook)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup carrots

    diced (frozen or fresh)

  • 1 cup peas frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/4 lb lean steak diced (small cubes to cook quickly)
  • 4 eggs scrambled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 4 scallions chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  • In a rice cooker or pot, cook your rice.
  • Season a large skillet on medium high heat with 1 tbsp of ghee.
  • Sauté the onions for 2-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and steak and continue to sauté for another 6-7 minutes, until the steak is fully cooked.
  • Add the carrots and peas and sautée until all the vegetables are fully cooked.
  • If the pan needs more oil, add a little more ghee to prevent sticking. Pour in scrambled eggs and break them apart until they are fully cooked.
  • Add the cooked rice into the skillet and begin to mix all the ingredients together. Pour in the soy sauce and fully incorporate into the dish. Sauté for another 10 minutes, until the soy sauce reduces. Add any extra ghee that you may have or want for flavor.
  • Once the rice has a crispier fried consistency, mix in sesame seeds and turn off the heat. Spoon the rice into bowls and top with more sesame seeds and scallions.
Keyword benihana, Benihana friedrice

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