Tomato Rice

First posted in Mar 2008, updated in May 2015.

This sweet tasting, vibrant looking ketchup fried rice (tomato rice) is sure to please anyone with a sweet and savoury palate. Best of all, it is whipped up using common pantry ingredients (ketchup, rice, frozen vegetables).

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I kept this fried rice very minimalistic, suitable when I want a meatless meal for a change. To make the fried rice more exciting, I will add hot dog, bell peppers and/or button mushrooms (as I did in the previous version).  I’m really quite happy with this basic version most of the time though, since it’s delicious as it is.

Tomato Rice Recipe

Tomato Fried Rice Recipe

For best results when cooking fried rice, use cooked rice that has been refrigerated overnight. If you do not like the idea of overnight rice , you can also use freshly cooked rice which has been refrigerated for at least 2 hours in the fridge. Refrigerating the rice keeps the grains dry so that they won’t stick to each other during stir frying. Alternatively, ‘tabao’ (takeaway) extra rice the day before, for making fried rice the next day.


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 finger-length red chilli de-seeded and sliced to small wedges
  • 2 tomatoes cut to bite-sized wedges
  • 400 grams cooked rice (short or long grain) refrigerated overnight
  • 1 cup frozen vegetables (peas, carrot, corn) thawed


  • 2 heaped tbsp ketchup (tomato sauce)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce to taste
  • a few dashes white pepper powder to taste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt to taste

Serving suggestions

  • chopped spring onions
  • sliced cucumbers
  • fried egg


  1. Heat oil in a wok. Stir fry garlic, shallot, chilli and tomato briefly, until aromatic.
  2. Add rice, thawed frozen vegetables and seasonings. Stir fry on high heat, until everything is well combined and the rice is dry and of an uniform red-orange colour.
  3. Serve each plate of fried rice with chopped spring onions, cucumbers and a fried egg.