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This Best Vegan Fried rice recipe is a takeout classic that can simply make at home. Vegetable fried rice is a quick and easy one-pan meal that is gluten-free, filling, delicious, and budget-friendly. It makes a great lunch, side dish, and dinner.

a spoonful of fried rice

I love vegetable fried rice! We have a lot of delicious veg rice dishes in Asia and this fried rice recipe is my favorite.

Back home, vegetable fried rice is a way to use up leftover rice and whatever vegetables are in the fridge. I think a lot of people think you cannot freeze rice, but it’s perfectly ok to freeze cooked rice. I always make a big batch as meal prep or eat it cold as a flavoured rice salad

Vegan Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

a close shot of vegetable fried rice

This recipe is a quick Chinese fried rice, restaurant-style and highly versatile. Seasoned with light soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a touch of maple syrup( or organic sugar)

It looks simple but the flavor is so sophisticated. Surprisingly speedy to cook, and easy to adjust with your favorite or whatever-in-hand add-ins. So filling and comforting. You probably won’t spend money on takeout again once you know how to make such simply pro-levelled veg fried rice.

How to make Fried Rice?

Usually, I would use a carbon-steel wok for my fried rice at home to obtain the authentic charred flavor from wok-hei on a gas stove. ( Check my other recipes with wok-hei: Turmeric Vegetable Fried Rice, Curried Tofu Fried Rice, Singapore Noodles, Pad See Ew, and Stir-Fry Water Spinach…)

In this recipe, I used a large heavy-bottomed skillet for my vegetable fried rice, I’d like to show you that you don’t have to have a wok, and you still can make very tasty fried rice at home with a skillet on a conduction stovetop. 😚

However, there are my highlighted Tips down below for best fried rice:

scallion, ginger and garlic sauteed in a pan with oil
Sauté aromatics on very low heat
rice and other ingredients in the skillet
Always use” cold” rice
  • Always use” cold” cooked rice: It’s easier to make your fried rice with separated grains with long-grain rice such as Basmati and Jasmine rice. They are usually better than short-grain rice for fried rice. Leftover cold rice( a day old ) is the best for fried rice. The key is that the rice has to be cold and dry before stir-frying, otherwise, the rice will become mushy and sticky.
  • Always use a large frying pan or skillet– to move everything around easily while cooking.
  • Sauté aromatics on low heat: This is very important for bringing out the fragrance from aromatics such as garlic, ginger, and scallion. Saute scallion( white part) along with minced garlic and ginger in cooking oil on low heat( if they start getting color, you need to turn the heat lower as we don’t want to burn them) and constantly stirring for about 5 minutes. This gonna becomes the base flavor for our homemade vegetable fried rice.
  • Small diced vegetables: Have you ever seen fried rice with big chunky vegetables? Oh…that’s a big NO-NO to me. The cooked rice doesn’t need much time to heat up. Chunky vegetables in fried rice make fried rice look unappealing ( also make rice invisible…) and take a much longer time to cook. I like to use a mix of frozen small diced vegetables( frozen peas, carrots and corns) – defrost them before cooking, this will shorten your whole cooking time greatly.
  • Mix the stir fry sauce beforehand– the whole stir-frying process is very short and intense. Mixing all the ingredients for the sauce in advance will make the whole cooking process smooth.

Once you know these tips, you will become a master of fried rice !😎

Ok, let’s get right into the ingredients for today…

Vegan Fried Rice Ingredient List

We gonna make our vegan vegetable fried rice with everyday ingredients( inexpensive)- they start with cooked cold white rice( or brown rice), thinly sliced scallion/green onion (white part for sautéing, green part for garnish), crushed garlic, grated ginger and small diced frozen veggies as our main ingredients. You can add firm tofu or other ingredients you like for sure.

ingredients for the fried rice

For the seasoning sauce, I like to keep it simple. I use Light Soy Sauce( use gluten-free soy sauce if you’re a gluten-free eater), Rice Vinegar, Toasted Sesame Oil, and a touch of Maple Syrup( you can use 1/2 tsp organic sugar instead)

P.S. Here is the list of brands I use in my cooking. The quality of ingredients will directly affect the cooking result.

How to make Vegan Veg Fried Rice

I used a large skillet for a 3-4 portion fried rice( I use a 12″/ 30 cm skillet ). For larger quantities, I’d prefer to use a big wok.

The cooking time for vegan veg fried rice is less than 15 minutes. Make sure the preparations are ready before turning on the gas.👩‍🍳

a overview of 6 process shots

1. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl( light soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and maple syrup), ready for use.

2. Heat cooking oil( I use grapeseed oil) in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat, add sliced scallion( white part), minced garlic and ginger, constant stirring and saute for about 5 minutes without coloring. ( if they start getting color, you need to turn the heat lower as we don’t want to burn them)

3. Followed by small diced mixed veggies( defrosted), turn the heat to medium-high and saute them for a minute.

4. Add cold cooked rice into the pan, constantly stir and make sure all the rice until they’re separated. ( It takes around 5 minutes)

5. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan, and mix everything together until the rice is coated with the sauce. When mixing, you need to keep scraping the bottom of the pan to make sure no rice is burnt.

6. Add thinly sliced scallion(green part) into the pan and mix with everything. Serve veg fried rice when it’s hot, topped with your favorite veggies or tofu( such as baked tofu) and garnish with some toasted sesame seeds, sliced red chillies or red pepper flakes.

a bowl of fried rice on the table
Now you know it’s so easy to make Chinese fried rice at home.

If you’re looking for a vegan vegetable fried rice recipe to try, I hope you’ll enjoy this one😘 

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a spoonful of fried rice

Best Vegan Fried Rice

Vegetable fried rice is a quick and easy one-pan meal that is gluten-free, filling, delicious, and budget-friendly.
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 serving
Calories: 379kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil neutral-fIavored oil, I use grapeseed oil
  • 4 Cup Cooked Rice Note1
  • ½ Cup Scallion( White Part) thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Frozen mixed vegetables small diced, defrosted before cooking
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic or crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Ginger or grated

Seasoning Sauce

Garnish( optional)

Instructions

  • 1. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl( light soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and maple syrup), ready for use.
  • 2Heat cooking oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium low heat, add sliced scallion( white part), minced garlic and ginger, constant stirring and saute for about 5 minutes without coloring. ( if they start getting color, you need to turn the heat lower as we don’t want to burn them)
  • 3. Followed by small diced mixed veggies( defrosted), turn the heat to medium-high and saute them for a minute. 
  • 4. Add cold cooked rice into the pan, constantly stir and make sure all the rice is heated up and separated. ( It takes around 5 minutes)
  • 5. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan, and mix everything together until the rice is coated with the sauce. When mixing, you need to keep scraping the bottom of the pan to make sure no rice is burnt.
  • 6. Add thinly sliced scallion(green part) into the pan and mix with everything. Serve veg fried rice when it’s hot, topped with your favorite veggies or tofu( such as baked tofu) and garnish with some toasted sesame seeds, sliced red chillies or red pepper flakes.

Video

Notes

Note1- Always use” cold” rice: It’s easier to make your fried rice with separated grains with long-grain rice such as Basmati and Jasmine rice. They are usually better than short-grain rice for fried rice. Leftover cold rice is ideal for fried rice, but if you don’t have leftover rice in hand, don’t worry. Cooking rice and then leave them in the fridge till completely cools down. (This is what I always do😝) The key is that the rice has to be cold and dry before stir-frying, otherwise, the rice will become mushy and sticky.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3031IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg

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