Easy Fried Rice! We’ve always got some leftover rice in the fridge, and this simple dish is a classic go-to for our family.
Healthy, quick, and flavorful, this oil free Easy Fried Rice recipe is a veggie-studded rice dish that is lightly seasoned and deliciously filling! You won’t believe how fast it comes together with perfect texture and flavor and makes for a great main or side. It’s easily customizable, for even the pickiest of eaters.
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
We love fried rice. This recipe is so simple and easy, you can make it in less than 25 minutes. We make it often and it always disappears quickly.
We love to pair it with:
You gotta give this one a try!
Tips for Success:
- Flavor Profile: The flavor profile for this dish is a nod to an Asian fried rice dish. The flavor is simple and mild. It’s easy to make and great for children and adults who are looking for a mild, yet tasty flavor.
- Sauce: Be sure to make the sauce as indicated in the first step as this recipe moves quickly once the onions, carrots, and peppers are tender.
- Cooked and Refrigerated Rice: Cooked and refrigerated rice works best when making this dish. If you use recently cooked rice, it will be too gummy and sticky. Using cooked and refrigerated rice (preferably made the day before or earlier in the day). This method allows the rice to dry out enough to showcase distinct individual grains of rice making a better textured dish.
- Peas: You can use fresh, frozen, or canned peas with this dish. If using fresh peas, make sure they are the desired tenderness before using them in this dish. You can also substitute edamame if you wish. Canned peas tend to get a tad bit mushy, so if using canned peas, add them at the very end. We preferred using frozen peas as we felt the texture of frozen peas are perfect.
- Grated Carrots: We used a vegetable julienne peeler to cut the carrots into long thin strips, then cut those into small pieces. Grated carrots work perfectly in this recipe, we really enjoyed the texture of the peeled julienne carrots. We tried diced carrots as well, they were just a tad too crunchy. We suggest grated or julienned carrots. For those interested, we used a Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler.
- Red Bell Peppers: The red bell peppers are optional. We loved them in this dish. We sliced them into very tiny cubes to ensure they would be tender for this fast-moving dish.
- Sweetness: This is an Asian inspired Simple Fried Rice recipe which plays the umami against the sweet/sour. You can easily control the sweetness by increasing or decreasing the maple syrup to suit your own personal preferences. The great thing about this recipe is that you can taste the sauce before committing the sauce to the rice.
- Tahini: We tried this recipe with and without tahini. We definitely preferred using tahini in this dish. The tahini provides just enough fat to make the dish taste smooth on the palate. You can leave it out with the understanding that you may need to compensate by adding or ramping up other ingredients.
- Runny Tahini: We recommend using a runny tahini to ensure that it emulsifies into the sauce.
Leftovers and Freezing:
Leftovers will generally keep for 4 days in the refrigerator. Store in a covered container. Reheating can be done on the stovetop or microwave.
This dish freezes well.
Pantry Products Used:
- Vegetable Stock: We use Pacific Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Stock. We love this brand because it is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, as it does not contain MSG, has no oil, and does not contain any highly-processed ingredients.
- Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium. You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos.
Kitchen Products Used:
- Large skillet
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Healthy, quick, and flavorful, this oil free Easy Fried Rice recipe is a veggie-studded rice dish that is lightly seasoned and deliciously filling!
- 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
- 1 medium carrot, grated or julienne sliced *
- 1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper (optional) *
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- ¼ cup reduced-sodium tamari *
- 2 Tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth *
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (+/-) *
- ½ teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon tahini *
- 4 cups refrigerated cooked brown rice *
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed *
Optional Topping Ingredients:
- Sliced green onions
- Place the Sauce Ingredients in a bowl, mix well until smooth and emulsified, set aside.
- In a large skillet, add the diced onions, carrots, and red bell peppers, sauté over medium-high heat for approximately 7 to 9 minutes to soften. Add a splash of water or broth to prevent sticking and burning.
- Stir in the refrigerated rice and peas, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, then add the Sauce Mixture, stirring constantly until everything is heated through, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
- Serve immediately, top with sliced green onions, and enjoy!
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
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