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Fried Rice

by Sophie

Chinese restaurant-style, perfectly seasoned and loaded with flavors – that’s my version of fried rice. It’s vegan, customizable as per your diet, with your favorite mix-ins and is super easy to make. Plus, it takes just Five Minutes to make this with every ingredients ready.

Fried Rice

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5-Minute Fried Rice:

This super delicious recipe is my all-time favorite. While they say this recipe originated from China or Japan(well, am not sure) we Indians even love our version of sauteed rice a LOT. We have our own versions(with chilies and vinegar, street-style burnt garlic and what not) and lots of Indian inspired, Garam Masala infused versions. But here is the most simple version of fried rice that comes together in just under five minutes.

Fried rice

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Many people say that this fried or sauteed rice is not healthy; well, who says that. Swap oil for some broth, use grilled veggies and replace white rice with some brown rice and quinoa or cauliflower rice for a low-carb twist, and for a new, healthier-tastier version.

Fried rice

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Back in my college days when I was in southern India, I loved the mushroom sauteed rice and schezwan fried-rice a lot. But after moving to the United States, I found a very new version of fried rice here. Chinese takeouts here has a lightly sweet version and annoyingly bland. Sadly, I like very few takeout fried rice here as it’s hard to find a perfectly well seasoned one. And, yes the rice used for Chinese fried rice is always jasmine or sticky rice unlike basmati rice used profusely in India for this recipe. But trust me, you can use any rice or quinoa and even cauliflower rice to make this rice recipe. The sauce and mix-ins are the key that adds an explosive flavor to a cold and bland batch of rice.

Fried rice

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The best part of my fried brown-quinoa rice is it’s super customizable. Without much discussion, let’s make our homemade fried rice in just five minutes.

Ingredients you will need for Fried Rice:

  • Cold rice – Basmati, jasmine, brown or brown+quinoa (cook and refrigerate rice for an hour or use a day-old rice for the best results) or cauliflower rice for KETO
  • Veggies – carrots, peas and broccoli or mushrooms, green beans and bell peppers, cauliflower, French beans and bean sprouts (in short, choose any veggies of your choice)
  • Fat – vegetable or canola oil for sautéing and sesame oil for flavoring, Ghee for KETO
  • Sauces – soy sauce(dark and light) or tamari, sriracha and ketchup
  • Herbs – Ginger or garlic (always freshly minced) or dried ginger and garlic powder
  • Garnish – green onions

Optional – protein (tofu, Paneer, eggs or meat)

How to Make Fried Rice?

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  • Heat oil in the pan or heat seasoned grill pan.
  • Add all the veggies and allow them to cook in high heat.
  • Give a toss to keep the veggies crunchy yet flavorful.
  • Now add rice/brown rice/brown rice+quinoa and give a good stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Now add sauces, ginger powder and baked tofu/seasoned soy curl/scrambled egg or cooked protein and give a good stir.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Now heat a teaspoon of sesame oil and add it to the rice.
  • Fried vegan rice is ready to savor.
  • Serve it with steamed veggies, salads or with your favorite Asian side dish.
  • Enjoy!!
Fried quinoa and brown rice

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How to Make Fried Rice in Instant Pot?

  • Put the pot in sauté mode.
  • Add a teaspoon of oil and sauté veggies for a minute. Keep aside.
  • In the same pot, add three cups of water.
  • Wash brown rice and red quinoa, 1 cup each and add it to the water. 
  • Season with salt(optional)
  • Cook till 12 minutes in high and quick release pressure. (This keeps the rice little chewy yet fully cooked)
  • Now add sauté veggies, season with salt, pepper and add in all spices and sauces.
  • Carefully, stir the mixture using a fork and season with toasted sesame oil. (No need to sauté the rice)
  • If oil-free, use aquafaba while sautéing so that veggies soften while cooking. 

NOTE: If you want to sauté the rice with veggies in the instant pot, allow the rice+quinoa mixture to cool before sautéing it with veggies. In that way, rice won’t be mushy. 

What to serve with fried rice?

Steamed veggies, sides, honey garlic tofu, Kung Pao veggies or protein and Chinese salads

What are the different types of fried rice?

Pineapple, basil, Thai, schezwan and kimchi – these are the top choices of authentic fried-rice often made with veggies, eggs and proteins. Read more about Asian cuisine here.

How many calories in this recipe?

A cup of fried rice made with white rice and veggies is approximately 228 calories. However, my brown rice fried quinoa is close to 195 calories.

How can I avoid sticky fried quinoa/rice?

Avoid using freshly cooked rice for making this dish. Also, don’t add raw eggs over the rice. Instead add soft scrambled egg or cook egg in one corner of the pan and start to mix as the egg sets in perfectly. That will help you avoid sticky fried rice. Starchy rice also stick to the pan while cooking; hence, avoid mushy rice while making this recipe.

Nutrition of Fried Rice with Brown Rice + Quinoa:

Fried brown rice

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This recipe yields two to four serving depending on whether you choose a half-cup serving size or a full cup. Here is the nutrition info for a 1.5 cup of serving.

Fried Rice with Brown Rice and Quinoa

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Lightly sticky, perfectly seasoned and loaded with flavors - that’s my restaurant style fried rice. It’s vegan, customizable with any toppings or with your favorite mix-ins and super easy to make. And, takes just Five Minutes with every ingredients handy.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 5-minute fried rice, easy fried rice, Fried Rice, fried rice recipe, indian fried rice, indo-chinese fried rice, recipe fried rice, vegan fried rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 195.4kcal
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Basmati rice/Brown Rice/Jasamine Rice/Brown Rice+Quinoa
  • 1 cup mix veggies (bell pepper, carrots, beans and mushroom) (Choose any veggies of choice)
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil or, aquafaba if oil-free
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce (low-sodium variety)
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce (use more if you like hot fried rice)
  • 1 tsp ketchup(optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 tsp Ginger+Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Green onions (to garnish)

Instructions

  • Start with sauté: Heat oil in the pan or heat a seasoned grill pan.
  • Add all the veggies and allow them two cook in high heat.
  • Give a periodic toss to keep the veggies crunchy yet well-cooked.
  • Now add rice/brown rice/brown rice+quinoa and give a good stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Now add sauces, ginger powder and baked tofu/seasoned soy curl/scrambled egg or cooked protein and give a good stir.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Now heat a teaspoon of sesame oil and add it on the rice.
  • Fried rice is ready to savor. Serve it with steamed veggies, salads or with your favorite Chinese side dish.
    Enjoy!!

How to Make Fried Rice in Instant Pot

  • Put the pot in sauté mode
  • Add oil and sauté veggies for a minute.keep aside.
  • In the same pot, add three cups of water.
    Wash brown rice and quinoa, 1 cup each and add it to the water. 
  • Season with salt(optional).
  • Cook in high for 12 minutes and quick release pressure. Separate grains with a fork.
  • Now add sautéed veggies, all the sauces and seasonings. (Ginger and garlic powder)
  • Carefully, mix the rice and sauces using a fork.
  • Season with toasted sesame oil, salt and you’re done. No need to sauté the rice; adjust seasonings based on your preference. I sometimes add more soy and sriracha for a balanced flavor.
  • NOTE: if you want to sauté the rice with veggies in the instant pot, allow the rice to cool before sautéing and mixing. It will not make the fried rice mushy.

Notes

  • Use cold rice for the best results.
  • If using cauliflower rice, saute just for two minutes after seasoning and then add sauce before giving a final toss.
  • Serve fried rice immediately or store in an air-tight container for three days.

Nutrition

Calories: 195.4kcal
Easy VEGAN fried rice with brown rice and quinoa. #mydaintysoulcurry #friedrice #veganfriedrice #plantbased

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22 comments

Meghna May 6, 2019 - 9:07 am

5 stars
That lip-smacking rice is screaming of deliciousness. How I love all those flavors that you mentioned and those gorgeous clicks. Super awesome share, I am making it for my family tonight.

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Sophie May 6, 2019 - 8:12 pm

Thank you so much!

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Elena May 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm

5 stars
This is super easy and looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try ?

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Sophie May 20, 2019 - 10:01 am

Thank you so much.

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Dipti May 16, 2019 - 11:04 am

5 stars
Could you please post a recipe of Brown Rice-Quinoa??

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Sophie May 16, 2019 - 11:17 am

Hey Dipti,

The recipe of brown-rice+quinoa is on the recipe card. It gives the instant pot method. You can however cook in stovetop or microwave too. The time will vary though.

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Noelle May 28, 2019 - 11:50 am

5 stars
I love this recipe, so many different flavors, great side dish or snack!!

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Sophie May 28, 2019 - 11:57 am

Thank you Noelle. Hope you enjoy this.

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Sandi May 28, 2019 - 11:56 am

5 stars
I love all of the easy tips you give to make this recipe.

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Sophie May 28, 2019 - 11:57 am

Thank you Sandi, hope you enjoy making this.

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Lisa Huff May 28, 2019 - 11:57 am

5 stars
Would never have thought about putting a little bit of ketchup. Genius!

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Sophie May 28, 2019 - 11:58 am

A little ketchup works like magic. Hope you enjoy making this.

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Lisa May 28, 2019 - 12:58 pm

5 stars
Yum, this stir fry looks so delicious! It also looks perfect for leftovers which I’m a huge fan of! 🙂

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Sophie May 28, 2019 - 3:04 pm

Thanks a lot. Enjoy making these

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Vicky May 28, 2019 - 1:11 pm

5 stars
I just love fried rice and the fact that you can make it 5 minutes makes it even better. I enjoy adding a little bit of duck sauce to fried rice for a little hint of sweetness.

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Sophie May 28, 2019 - 3:04 pm

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy making these.

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Mirlene June 12, 2019 - 3:23 pm

5 stars
WOWOWOOWW you have changed my view of fried rice. THIS LOOKS Absolutely beautiful. I could eat this off the screen! I currently have the ingredients mentioned in this recipe, so I will be making this soon. My family and I are BIG rice lovers as it is part of our main dish. So I know we will enjoy this recipe just as much. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to make it.

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy making these.

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The Frugal Samurai June 14, 2019 - 9:23 am

5 stars
Nice one! The photos look delish, might give it a try!

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Sophie June 14, 2019 - 5:21 pm

I hope you do and enjoy this.

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