Vegan Fried Rice

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had takeout from a Chinese restaurant. I used to get it ALL the time in undergrad. There was a small little Chinese food spot that was within walking distance from campus that I would visit. They were cheap, had a good sanitation score, and quick!

Whenever I was over the campus food, I would hop on over there. Anyways, I was in the mood for some comfort food so I decided to whip up some easy vegan fried rice. It’s super easy to make and seriously reminds me of takeout! Now it’s one of my favorites!

I’ve made fried rice a few times in the past, but this time I decided to go legit. By legit I mean actually using the right oil. In the past, I’ve just used whatever I had on hand (usually olive or vegetable oil). This time I picked up some roasted sesame oil. Y’all, it seriously made ALL the difference. Don’t sleep on sesame oil! Trust me!

On any other day I would have opted to toss in some marinated tofu (like this one). Unfortunately by the time I thought about it it was too late. So as a note, if you have time, I would definitely throw in some tofu.

It’s a great addition and an opportunity for some extra protein and substance! In lieu of the tofu, I decided pair this easy vegan fried rice with some bok choy. I pseudo grilled it in a pan and voila! Dinner is served.

Most people SWEAR by using day old rice for recipes such as this, but I’m here to tell you… Rice cooked a few hours beforehand will work too. Again, I wasn’t thinking too far ahead on this day so I kinda found this out by accident.

Vegan Fried Rice

I probably made the rice 3-4 hours ahead of time and let it cool on the counter. I stirred it every so often to release as much of the heat as I could.

Hungry yet? Check out the recipe below and whip some of this easy vegan fried rice for dinner! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Easy Vegan Fried Rice

Easy vegan fried rice recipe made with just 7 ingredients!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Fried Rice, Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rice Cooling Time 4 hours
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • ¼-½ diced yellow onion
  • 1 ½ tsp toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ cup diced carrots (can also sub with frozen carrots)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2-3 chopped green onions (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 cups cooked rice (preferably cooked and chilled 3-4 hours in advance)
  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pan heat the toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in the minced garlic, diced onion and carrots (if using fresh ones).
  • Once the carrots have softened, add in the frozen peas (if using frozen carrots, add them in now too) along with the ground ginger. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • One cup at a time, stir in the cooked rice along with the green onions and soy sauce. Once all rice is combined keep stirring until the rice has warmed through.
  • Garnish with additional green onions. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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