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Easy Vegetable Fried Rice

Easy Vegetable Fried RiceOur fried rice is easily customizable and combines white rice, onions, peas, carrots, garlic, and eggs; make the recipe from scratch or use leftover rice for an even more convenient meal on a busy night; easy and satisfying, this recipe works as a snack, dinner, or side dish. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Sesame Oil: To be honest, this is my favorite addition to fried rice. I love to add a little at the end because it tastes amazing and smells delicious.
  • Onion: I use yellow onion in this recipe.
  • Garlic: I suggest using three cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use – go for it.
  • Peas and Carrots: You can use fresh vegetable, but convenience is king in this recipe- I use frozen vegetables to make fried rice.
  • Butter: Yes, I use butter in my fried rice. Why? Simply put, rice tastes better with butter in it.
  • Eggs: It would not be stir-fried rice without a bit of egg.
  • White Rice: Cook your rice ahead of time and place it in the fridge to chill. Chilled rice crisps nicely and doesn’t clump during the frying process. If you have leftover rice in your fridge, this recipe is the perfect way to repurpose it; in fact, it’s encouraged.
  • Soy Sauce: This sauce brightens and brings a depth of flavor to the fried rice.
  • Oyster Sauce: Oyster sauce adds a complex salty and sweet component to the dish.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  • Use the frozen vegetables suggested in this recipe or whatever you have on hand; this recipe is a great way to use up the vegetables in your fridge.
  • For added protein, include tofu, peanuts, or cashews.

HOW TO MAKE OUR VEGETABLE FRIED RICE RECIPE

In a saucepan, follow the instructions for cooking your white rice on the stove-top. Once cooked, allow the rice to cool, and then place it in the fridge to chill before using it. You can also use leftover white rice for this dish.

Warm 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a saute pan or wok on medium-high heat.

Oil warming in a pan to begin making vegetable fried rice.

Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions become translucent and soften. Then, add the peas and carrots and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Frozen peas and carrots are added to the cooked onions in order to build the base for vegetable fried rice.

Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and add 1/2 tsp of butter. Cook until melted, and then add the reserved egg mixture. Let the egg cook undisturbed for 30 seconds, and gently push the eggs from one side of the pan to the other, incorporating the eggs with the vegetables.

I move the frozen vegetables and onion to one side of the pan while I cook eggs undisturbed on the other side of the pan since eggs give stir fried rice its signature look.

Increase the temperature and add the reserved chilled rice, the remaining 1 tbsp butter, soy sauce, and oyster sauce; stir to combine. Allow the rice to cook with the rest of the ingredients for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Eggs are scrambled into the frozen vegetables for fried rice.

Off heat, stir in the remaining sesame oil to serve.

White rice, soy sauce, and oyster sauce are added to the vegetables and egg for vegetable fried rice.

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A serving of vegetable fried rice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m vegetarian. What’s a good substitute for oyster sauce?

Black Bean Paste
Fysh Sauce
Hoisin Sauce

Can I make vegan fried rice?

Use one of the suggested substitutes for the oyster sauce and crumbled tofu in place of the eggs.

Can I freeze fried rice?

Allow the rice to cool completely, then add it to a freezer-safe bag or container. Rice will freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost the frozen fried rice in the fridge overnight and warm it on the stove-top or in the microwave. Enjoy!

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A serving of vegetable fried rice.

Easy Vegetable Fried Rice

Tressa Jamil
Our fried rice is easily customizable and combines white rice, onions, peas, carrots, garlic, and eggs; make the recipe from scratch or use leftover rice for an even more convenient meal on a busy night.
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword easy fried rice, easy fried rice recipe
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 6 people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup peas and carrots, frozen
  • 1 ½ tablespoon butter, divided
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 cups white rice, cooked and chilled
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, follow the instructions for cooking your white rice on the stove-top. Once cooked, allow the rice to cool, and then place it in the fridge to chill before using it. You can also use leftover white rice for this dish.
  • Warm 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a saute pan or wok on medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions become translucent and soften. Then, add the peas and carrots and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Move the vegetables to one side of the pan and add 1/2 tsp of butter. Cook until melted, and then add the reserved egg mixture. Let the egg cook undisturbed for 30 seconds, and gently push the eggs from one side of the pan to the other, incorporating the eggs with the vegetables.
  • Increase the temperature to high and add the reserved chilled rice, the remaining 1 tbsp butter, soy sauce, and oyster sauce; stir to combine. Allow the rice to cook with the rest of the ingredients for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Off heat, stir in the remaining sesame oil to serve.

Notes

  • Use Chilled or Leftover Rice: Warm or even lukewarm rice becomes mushy during the frying process, so let’s avoid that issue altogether and ensure the rice is chilled. Make your rice ahead of time and chill, or use the leftover rice from Thai curry night to make fried rice at home. 
 
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Keyword easy fried rice, easy fried rice recipe
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