Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice Recipe

Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Greg DuPree
30 Minutes
30 Minutes


Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

This delicious Southern twist on fried rice is made with pantry and freezer staples, so you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.


  • 1 1/2 cups frozen baby lima beans
  • 5 scallions
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (about 8 oz.) cubed ham
  • 2/3 cup matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 2 (8.8-oz.) pouches microwavable white rice (such as Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice), prepared according to package directions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

How to Make

  1. Cook lima beans in boiling water to cover in a medium saucepan over medium-high until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice green parts of scallions, and set aside. Thinly slice white parts of scallions, and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Pour beaten egg into skillet; sprinkle with salt, and cook, without stirring, until egg is set on top and lightly browned on the bottom, about 1 minute. Flip and cook 20 seconds. Transfer cooked egg to a cutting board; fold in half, and roughly chop.
  4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium-high. Add white scallion slices, ham, carrots, and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until ham is lightly browned and vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add rice and sesame oil; cook, stirring constantly, until rice is hot, about 2 minutes. Stir in chopped egg, soy sauce, lima beans, and green scallion slices.