Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (2024)

ThisFried Rice Recipe is better than take out! It’s packed with flavor, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is completely customizable!

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Fried rice is one of my all-time favorites! Why? It’s quick, easy, so yummy, pan fried to crispy perfection, and made is with ingredients you probably already have on hand!

That’s like a win, win, win, win, win!


Fried rice is very forgiving, so use whatever ingredients you have on hand!

  • Olive Oil or Butter– for cooking the veggies and scrambling the egg. Use olive oil to keep this dairy free, but you can’t beat the flavor of butter in this recipe!
  • Yellow Onion, Carrot, and Frozen Peas– the classic fried rice veggie blend for contrasting textures and flavors.
  • Garlic– gives that nutty, garlicky flavor we all know and love.
  • Ground Ginger– adds a warm, spicy, and slightly sweet taste.
  • Black Pepper and Salt – more or less to taste.
  • Eggs– scrambled and cooked into the rice for that classic fried rice flavor! Omit if a vegan dish is desired.
  • Rice– cooked and chilled.
  • Soy Sauce, Seasoned Rice Vinegar, and Hoisin Sauce– this blend of sauces gives a salty, tangy, and sweet flavor. Vinegar and hoisin aren’t traditional, but I love these additions.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce– adds some heat. Do more or less to taste. I like more!
  • Sesame Oil– adds a rich, nutty flavor. You just need a drizzle, a little goes a long way.
  • Cilantro, Green Onions, Sesame Seeds, and Sriracha– optional for garnish!

Pro tip

Hate peas? Try edamame instead!

How to make

Because it’s so quick and easy, fried rice is a great “oops, I forgot about dinner” recipe!

  1. Cook onion, carrot, garlic, ginger, and black pepper in a nonstick skillet. Cook until the veggies are tender.Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (2)
  2. Push veggies to the side and add in egg. Scramble the egg until it’s cooked to your liking.Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (3)
  3. Combine the egg and veggie mixture.Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (4)
  4. Stir in rice, soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin, chili garlic sauce, and peas and cook until everything is fully heated then serve and enjoy!Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (5)

Pro tip

If you don’t have leftover, chilled rice, save time by cooking your rice, spreading it out on a baking sheet, and freezing it until chilled, about 20 minutes.

What rice to use

Use cooked and chilled medium or long grain jasmine or white rice for the best results.They’re sturdy enough to not fall apart and also aren’t overly soft, so it won’t clump together and turn to mush when “fried”.

Want a healthier version? Try another type of rice like brown, wild, or even quinoa! PSST – check out this quinoa fried ricerecipe!

Is fried rice healthy?

Fried rice is pretty darn healthy! However, since health is relative, adjust the recipe to suit your needs. Sub butter for olive oil, use low sodium soy sauce, or swap the white rice for a more nutrient dense grain.

1 serving of fried rice has about 365 calories, 16 grams of fat, 46 grams of carbs, and 9 grams of protein.

Is fried rice gluten-free?

Fried rice can easily be made gluten-free if desired. Just use a gluten-free soy sauce like Tamari or coconut aminos.

Pro tip

Be sure to check that all your ingredients are certified gluten-free before using them.

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  • Use butter.The flavor just can’t be beat!
  • Dice your veggies small.You want all the ingredients to be evenly distributed and cooked until tender. Nobody likes an overly crunchy carrot in their rice!
  • Use cold/leftover rice.Chilling your rice before cooking it into the rest of your ingredients allows it to dry up a little bit which really gives it that crispy fried rice texture.
  • Use high heat.This helps achieve the crispy texture.


  • Add protein.Try adding chicken, turkey pork, beef, shrimp, or tofu or check out my pork fried fried rice or turkey fried rice.
  • Add more veggies.Any stir-fry veggies will work. Try snow peas, water chestnuts, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, edamame, or bell pepper.
  • Use a different base. Try brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice.
  • Make it gluten-free. Use a gluten-free soy sauce like tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Make it vegan. Use olive oil and omit the egg! Feel free to add in some crispy tofu for more texture and protein.
  • Add pineapple.Give it a hint of fruity sweetness by adding diced pineapple chunks.

Pro tip

This is a great clean out the fridge recipe. Get creative! Use leftover cooked meats and veggies. You can’t mess up fried rice!

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What to serve with fried rice

I love this fried rice as-is but I also love bulking up the meal with some other Asian-inspired dishes.

  • Asian Salmon and Broccoli
  • Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps
  • Honey Sriracha Chicken
  • Orange Chicken
  • Egg Drop Soup
  • Chinese Chicken Salad Wonton Cups

How to store

Store any leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat, warm it in a skillet or microwave until heated through.

– Jennifer

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Fried Rice

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ThisFried Rice Recipe is better than take out! It's packed with flavor, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is completely customizable!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 people

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  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or butter divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 cups leftover unseasoned cooked rice chilled
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, sriracha for garnish, if desired

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  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter or heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

  • Once melted or heated, add in onion, carrot, garlic, ginger, and black pepper.

  • Cook, stirring regularly, until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Push veggies to the side.

  • Add in remaining 2 tablespoons butter/oil, allow to melt or heat, then pour in egg.

  • Scramble the egg until cooked to your liking.

  • Stir the veggies back into the egg then add in the rice.

  • Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin, chili garlic sauce, and peas.

  • Cook until everything is heated through, stirring regularly.

  • Drizzle with sesame oil then taste and re-season, if necessary.

  • Serve with optional garnishes and enjoy!

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Room Temp:N/A

Refrigerator:5-7 Days

Freezer:2 Months

Reheat:On stovetop or in microwave until heated through

*Storage times may vary based on temperature and conditions

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Fried Rice

Amount Per Serving (1 person)

Calories 363 Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Fat 16g25%

Saturated Fat 8g50%

Cholesterol 123mg41%

Sodium 897mg39%

Potassium 271mg8%

Carbohydrates 46g15%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 5969IU119%

Vitamin C 11mg13%

Calcium 53mg5%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.

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Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American, Chinese

Author: Jennifer Debth

Fried Rice Recipe - Easy Vegetarian Dinner - Ready in Under 30 Minutes! (2024)


How to make fried rice without it being a day-old? ›

To get that perfect day-old rice without waiting 24 hours, the process is actually fairly simple. Just rinse and drain fresh, raw rice and sauté in oil. Add a little less water than you normally would to the pan, and bring to the boil before covering and simmering.

What to serve with fried rice vegetarian? ›

Stir-fried vegetables: This is a classic side dish that goes well with fried rice. You can use any type of vegetables that you like, but some good options include broccoli, carrots, snap peas, and onions.

Can you make fried rice without boiling it first? ›

You can cook the rice easy-peasy in the pan with the veggies and eggs you want to use. The rice uses the moisture from the veggies and egs to soften up and turn into that perfect fried rice everyone loves.

What vegetables go well with rice? ›

Stir-fry vegetables: You can sauté your favorite vegetables, such as carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, and snow peas, and add them to rice. Grilled vegetables: Grilled vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus make a great addition to rice dishes.

Is fried rice good for dinner? ›

Fried rice is not a nutritionally balanced meal on its own, and you should enjoy it in moderation as part of a varied and balanced diet. Adding a variety of vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains can help to improve the nutritional value of fried rice.

What is the difference between Chinese fried rice and veg fried rice? ›

The preparation:

In the case of Chinese fried rice, chefs usually sauté all the vegetables in oil with black pepper and salt. After that, schezwan masala and cooked rice are added. However, in Indian fried rice, vegetables/meat are stirred fried, and then partially cooked rice is added.

How do you make fried rice taste like restaurant? ›

To get restaurant-quality fried rice at home, it's essential to use aromatics, a group of vegetables and herbs that are so named because they lend your dish a distinct aroma. Common aromatics that are used to flavor fried rice are onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and red peppers.

Does rice take 30 minutes to cook? ›

Ensure it's simmering and not boiling or the rice can cook too quickly. Simmer until water is completely absorbed and rice is tender – about 15-25 minutes (will depend on size and freshness of rice). Drain off any excess water if there is any (there shouldn't be).

How do you store rice for fried rice overnight? ›

Storing Cooked Rice In The Refrigerator

Transfer the cooled, cooked rice into an airtight storage container or a zippered plastic storage bag (remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing), then store in the refrigerator.

Can you make fried rice without overnight rice? ›

You could make fried rice from freshly cooked rice, but it's not likely going to have the right texture because it will be too moist. Leftover rice is ideal because it's drier and therefore, cooks great right in your skillet along with the other ingredients.

How do you keep fried rice fresh overnight? ›

If not eaten immediately, cooled cooked rice should be stored in a shallow container, covered tightly and refrigerated. Rice can be refrigerated for 3 to 5 days or frozen for up to six months. Cooked rice that has been properly cooled and refrigerated or frozen may be reheated.

Why do you need day-old rice for fried rice? ›

- Freshly cooked rice is hot, steamy, very moist and a little sticky ? this will make your fried rice clumpy and soggy. - Day-old rice is dryer and will give your fried rice a good texture and will bring out the individual flavours of the other ingredients.

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