Vegetable Fried Rice recipe is packed full of colourful vegetables, tastes and smells amazing, and is the perfect side for any meal.  It’s full of flavour, loaded with veggie goodness– and so good you can eat it plain!

 

This Fried rice is one of the best side recipes out there and one of my favourite things to order in an Asian restaurant.  Vegetable fried rice can be served as a side or a main.  It’s an easy-to-throw-together dish that is versatile, you can serve it with anything.

 

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What is Vegetable Fried Rice?

It is a dish of cooked rice that has been stir-fried in a wok or a frying pan and mixed with other ingredients such as eggs, vegetables. It is often eaten by itself or as an accompaniment to another dish.

 

Origin of Fried Rice

Fried rice is a dish that is found almost all over the world. However, Fried rice first developed during the Sui Dynasty in China and as such, all fried rice dishes can trace their origins to Chinese fried rice.

 

This delicious fried rice is one of those sides that can transform any recipe into something extra tasty. I really hope you try it one of these days!

 

If you have no idea how to make fried rice at home trust me, it’s so easy to recreate you won’t need to purchase takeout anymore! Simply follow this simple recipe step by step. 

 

It takes about 15 minutes to cook and is perfect as a side dish or main meal.  Always use leftover (one day old) or cooked rice that is some hours old for perfect fried rice.  Here I show you how to cook rice.

 

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What goes in Vegetable Fried Rice?

  • Cooking oil 
  • Garlic minced
  • Ginger
  • Green onions sliced (greens and the whites separated)
  • Frozen carrots or diced fresh
  • Frozen peas
  • Eggs lightly beaten
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Cold cooked white rice

 

Can you reheat Fried Rice?  

Absolutely.  The best way to reheat fried rice is either in a wok or in the microwave. 

To reheat in a wok, sprinkle a few teaspoons of water in the wok, heat and stir fry the rice till warm. 

To reheat in the microwave, put the rice in a plate, sprinkle a few tablespoons of water, cover and microwave for 2 to 3  minutes. 

Since we are using eggs (Salmonella infection risk) in this recipe, make sure the rice is steaming hot and consume within one hour after reheating. However, don’t reheat fried rice more than once for best results.

 

 

Storing and Freezing 

Properly stored, leftover fried rice will last for 5 days in the refrigerator. To further extend the shelf life of leftover vegetable fried rice, freeze it in airtight containers or freezer bags.

 

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How to make Vegetable Fried Rice

  1. Preheat a large skillet or wok on medium heat and pour Canola oil.

 

  1. Add whites of green onion, garlic and ginger and sauté till fragrant. To that, add peas and carrots and fry until tender.

 

  1. Slide the onion, peas and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable.

 

  1. Add the rice to the veggie and egg mixture (don’t overfill the wok). Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and lightly caramelised. Add sesame oil, chopped green onions; stir once more for 2 minutes and serve.

 

 

 

 

Tips to Make Vegetable Fried Rice at Home

  1. For the best fried rice, use leftover cold rice.   Freshly cooked rice has too much moisture and doesn’t crisp up as well and you may end up with mushy fried rice.  However, if you decide to use freshly cooked rice, cook it till it is 90 percent cooked. To do this, simply reduce the overall cooking water and proceed to cook as usual.

 

  1. For crisp and caramelised vegetable fried rice, make sure your pan or wok is hot before starting.

 

  1. Since the steps for making fried rice are very fast, make sure to prepare all ingredients before starting.

 

  1. Use soy sauce for authentic restaurant quality fried rice. The saltiness of the soy sauce does wonders to the slight sweetness of the rice.

 

  1. Just like soy sauce, sesame oil is highly recommended in this recipe. It gives this rice an authentic restaurant quality flavour.

 

More Tips

  • To stir fry vegetable fried rice, use two wooden spatulas, one on each hand. This makes it easier to stir the rice faster without breaking the grains. 
  • Don’t overfill the wok otherwise you will end up with mushy rice. Nobody wants that!
  • Don’t reheat leftover fried rice more than once and make sure to heat it thoroughly when you do so.

 

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword vegetable fried rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayne Rain

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 2 green onions sliced (separate the green and the white parts)
  • 1/2 cup frozen carrots 
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups cold cooked white rice

Instructions

  • Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat and pour Cooking oil and sesame oil.
  • Add onion (only the white part), garlic, and ginger and sauté till fragrant.
  • To that, add peas and carrots and fry until slightly tender.
  • Slide the onion, peas, and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable.
  • Add the rice to the veggie and egg mixture (don’t overfill the wok). Pour the soy sauce on top. Saute the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and lightly caramelized. Add chopped green onions; stir once more and serve.

Notes

  • To stir fry the rice, use two wooden spatulas, one on both hands. This makes it easier to stir the rice faster without breaking the grains. 
 
  • Don’t overfill the wok otherwise you will end up with mushy rice. Nobody wants that!
 
  • Don’t reheat leftover fried rice more than one and make sure to heat it thoroughly when you do so.

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