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Skillet of Oil-Free Vegan Buffalo Ranch Rice

Oil-Free Vegan Buffalo Ranch Rice

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50-60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 65 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


Fun, healthy, and flavorful, this Oil-Free Vegan Buffalo Ranch Rice recipe is brimming with those delicious spicy Buffalo flavors with subtle hints of ranch herbs and spices.



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice (or of choice) *
  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic 

Sauce Ingredients:

  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup hot sauce *
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened plain plant milk

Sauce Herb/Spice Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chives (dried or fresh)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ to 1 teaspoons sea salt (+/- ) * 

Topping Ingredients:

  • Fresh chives, chopped *
  • Fresh parsley, chopped *


  1. Rinse the rice really well, then place into a bowl, cover with cold water, set aside to soak until ready to use.
  2. Place all the Sauce Ingredients and all the Sauce Spice/Herb Ingredients in a bowl, mix well to thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients, set aside until ready in Step 6.
  3. In a large skillet, add the diced onions, celery, and carrots; sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 9 minutes.  Add a couple of tablespoons or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  4. Add the minced garlic, sauté for one minute.
  5. Drain the water from the rice, give it a good shake to release any excess water, then place the drained rice into the skillet.  Sauté for several minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Then pour the Sauce Mixture into the skillet.  Stir to mix well.
  7. Bring to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes (or longer) until the rice is perfectly tender.  Do not stir*
  8. Remove from the stove, allow to sit for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to marry. Remove the lid and sprinkle generously with freshly chopped chives and parsley.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Servings: 4 to 5