Want a SUPER easy, cheap, and filling meal that you know your whole family will love? Look no further because this is the BEST veggie fried rice recipe that only takes a whopping 10 MINUTES to make! Roll up your sleeves because things are about to get delicious in here!
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like fried rice - even picky eaters gobble it up! It’s truly the ULTIMATE crowd-pleaser that takes only 10 minutes to make from start to finish. If you have a couple of extra minutes, you can whip up a quick & easy Tomato Egg Stir-Fry in 10 minutes!
What You’ll Need for the Best Veggie Fried Rice Recipe
The BEST Rice to Use
Yep, freshly cooked rice is NOT the best to use for fried rice. Ideally, you’ll use day-old cold rice because it creates a flakey texture and rehydrates by absorbing all the sauce. Fresh rice tends to be stickier and doesn’t pick up the sauce as well.
If you’re dying for fried rice asap and don’t want to wait until the next day, first of all, I don’t blame you! Second of all, no worries, I’ve got you covered.
Just slightly reduce the amount of water you use when cooking the rice. Then, once it’s done cooking, spread the rice on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool and further dry out.
Quick & Easy Mix-Ins
This is the best fried rice recipe that’s extremely versatile! Save time by tossing in frozen vegetables that are already chopped up and there’s no need to thaw them either.
Or, if you have any leftover veggies or meat hanging out in the back of your fridge, clear them out by transforming them into a mouthwatering meal! Fried rice doesn’t judge, all mix-ins are welcome!
Fried Rice Sauce
Making restaurant-quality fried rice comes down to the sauce. Once you’ve mastered that, you’re golden!
The sauce for this fried rice is salty, savory, and slightly nutty. Each ingredient brings something unique:
- Soy Sauces: Dark soy sauce for the deep rich color & light soy sauce for the saltiness
- Oyster Sauce: Adds just a touch of sweetness & so much umami
- Sesame Oil: A little goes a long way to create a deep nutty flavor
- Shaoxing Wine: The secret ingredients to taking your fried rice to the next level & restaurant-quality
- White Pepper: Spice up your fried rice with a little extra flavor & a touch of heat
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BEST Veggie Fried Rice (10 Minutes Only!)
- In a mixing bowl, make the sauce by whisking together soy sauce, shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, sugar, white pepper, & dark soy sauce. Set aside.
- Heat a wok on medium-high heat with about a tablespoon of oil. Pour in eggs and scramble until just cooked (still a touch wet) then remove & set aside.
- Add a little more oil if the wok looks dry, then toss in onions. Cook for a few seconds until the onions turn translucent, then toss in garlic & cook for a few more seconds. Keep a close eye so the garlic doesn’t burn.
- Add the vegetables & cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender & excess liquid has evaporated.
- Toss in the rice, mix well, & break up any chunks of rice. Increase heat to high, then pour in the sauce along the edges of the wok to create a char. Mix well until the sauce is absorbed into the rice, then spread into an even layer as much as possible & allow it to sit for about 30 seconds to allow rice to caramelize, then mix again.
- Add eggs back in, then drizzle in sesame oil. Mix well then turn off heat. Finish with green onions, give a final toss, & enjoy!
- Convenient Veggies: No need to thaw frozen vegetables. Keep the heat high to avoid steaming the fried rice. For fresh veggies, dice them finely and keep them uniform for quick and even cooking.
- Protein Boost: Add your favorite meat for extra flavor. Thinly cut bacon, ham, chicken, or sausage work well. Leftover protein can be used too. Saute the meat before adding onions, then continue with the recipe.
- Rice Tips: Cold leftover rice absorbs liquid better than freshly cooked rice. Long grain rice creates flakey restaurant-style fried rice. Avoid sweet, sushi, or glutinous rice as they become stickier.
- Soy Sauces: Regular and light soy sauces add salty flavor. Dark soy sauce provides a deep, rich color. It's highly recommended, but omitting it will result in a lighter-colored dish. Find both at Asian markets.
Exact calculations may vary. For the most accurate nutritional information, use your preferred nutrition calculator, actual ingredients, and quantities used for the recipe. Please consult with your physician or registered dietitian if more precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.