National Fried Rice Day | September 20
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


Order up a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice to celebrate National Fried Rice Day on September 20th.


During this food holiday, fried rice stars as the centerpiece of the meal. Its flavor captures the diners’ hearts and keeps them coming back for more. Together with shrimp, chicken or beef, fried rice makes a complete meal. More adventurous foodies can spice it up with Spicy Chicken Rice.

Made with a combination of long-grained rice, peas, carrots and onions, fried rice requires perfectly incorporated eggs to bring it all together.

While enjoying a meal with fried rice, remember that it compliments vegetables and protein equally well. Another great reason to celebrate is that fried rice goes well with your favorite flavors. Sweet, sour, spicy or a combination, you can’t go wrong with fried rice! When all the flavors and aromas add up to a memorable meal, the celebrating is easy.


The day encourages families and friends to enjoy a meal out or get your meal to go. Invite a crowd to celebrate. Order dishes to share or extra for delicious fried rice to take home. And don’t forget to share your favorites, too!

Join Benihana by celebrating the day with a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice. Share your favorite meal on social media using #NationalFriedRiceDay.


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Benihana founded National Fried Rice Day in 2018 because high-quality rice isn’t just another side dish to them; it’s a foundational element of every meal they serve. Benihana has been dishing the irresistible flavor of their famous fried rice to generations of foodies for over half a century. Since their founding, they’ve served roughly 2,720,350 pounds of California-grown rice each year. Fried Rice is beloved throughout the globe and an iconic part of the Benihana experience.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Fried Rice Day to be celebrated September 20th, annually.

Fried Rice FAQ

Q. What kind of rice is best when making fried rice?
A. Long-grained rice is best because it has less starch.

Q. Is fried rice cooked twice?
A. Yes. It is boiled before it is fried.


September 20th Celebrated History


The Pittsburgh Steelers play their debut game in the National Football League. With a score of 23-2, the Steelers lost to the New York Giants.


The first complete International Film Festival at Cannes, France opened. Originally scheduled to open in 1939, World War II cut the event short with only one film being shown. Twenty-one countries submitted entries for the first festival. One of the winning entries included the British comedy, Brief Encounter. Best Actor went to Ray Milland for his role in The Lost Weekend and Best Animation Design was awarded to Make Mine Music.


RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is unveiled from Clydebank, Scotland.


The Piano Man, Billy Joel, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Some names are more common than you think. In 2005, 164 people named Martha Stewart joined the television set of the show Martha! to break a world record for the number of people with the same first and last name gathered in the same place. Martha, Martha, Martha! 


The HBO drama, Game of Thrones, runs away with record-breaking 12 Emmy wins.

September 20th Celebrated Birthdays

Carleton Ellis – 1875

The prolific inventor patented more than 700 inventions and is credited with a long list of successful creations. As a chemist, plastic and petroleum became his medium. One of his most notable contributions was the development of margarine.

Upton Sinclair – 1878

Best known for his novel The Jungle, Sinclair would later earn a Pulitzer Prize for his work, Dragon’s Teeth.

Jay Ward – 1920

Ward is best known for producing animated series featuring Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody and Sherman among others.

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan – 1910

The mathematician is best known for her work on the SCOUT Launch Vehicle Program for NASA. The film Hidden Figures features Vaughn along with several other African American Women who worked for NASA.

Ruth Richard – 1928

The left-hander played eight seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The stellar catcher also played in exhibition games in South and Central America.

Kristen Johnston – 1967

The actress is best known for her role as Sally Solomon in the television sitcom Third Rock From the Sun.

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