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Vegan Fried Rice

Vegan fried rice made tasty with ingredients like miso paste and sesame seeds. This recipe is totally egg-free and full of vegetables.

Vegan fried rice with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and corn in a bowl.

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Fried rice was one of the very first dishes my husband and I learned to make as a married couple. Back then, we used his mother’s recipe and ate it at least once a week. That recipe contained eggs and either shrimp or chicken, so we’ve definitely modified it since then to be a vegan recipe.

Our new revamped vegetable fried rice contains a TON of veggies – peas, corn, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. As a kid, I couldn’t stand cauliflower unless it was covered in cheese. Now, I add into like…everything. Sloppy joes, bolognese, soup…I just love the crisp and tender texture of cauliflower.

White rice is my preference in this recipe, but feel free to use brown rice. I don’t mind brown rice, but it’s not my favorite when I’m going for classic fried rice.

Close up of vegetable fried rice.

Ingredients

Unlike the original fried rice recipe we loved so much, we’ll be making a special sauce for this veggie fried rice. This is primarily because we’ll be using miso paste, which is really thick so turning it into a sauce will help distribute those tasty flavors.

My mom made fried rice with miso paste when we visited her house recently, and omg, I will never make fried rice without it again.

  • Leftover rice: Chilled. Fresh rice can work but it may turn out mushy.
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and corn.
  • White miso paste
  • Soy sauce: You can use lite if needed.
  • Brown rice vinegar: Other types of vinegar can work, too, like apple cider or regular white vinegar.
  • Garlic powder: Or fresh garlic.
  • Onion powder
  • Ginger
  • Pepper
Miso paste sauce for fried rice in a bowl.

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice ahead of time (preferably a day before) according to the package instructions. I love to make my rice in the Instant Pot! Chill in the fridge.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium heat and toast the sesame seeds a bit (about 3 minutes or so, stirring a few times.)
  3. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots to the skillet along with 2 teaspoons of oil or 2-3 tbsp of water. Saute the vegetables until fork-tender.
  4. In the meantime, mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
  5. Add the peas, corn, and rice to the skillet. Mix in the sauce.
  6. Cook until the rice is tender and hot, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Drizzle with sesame oil if desired!
  7. Garnish your fried rice with additional sesame seeds, or green onions, or serve as is!
Step-by-step collage for vegan fried rice.

The sauce can be prepared ahead of time, along with the rice, to save some time in the kitchen. Fried rice also reheats well, so you can always make the entire dish on a Sunday to enjoy for lunch or dinner during the week. Time is precious, especially in the evening!

A wooden spoon with a scoop of vegan fried rice over a pan.

Variations

The awesome thing about veg fried rice is that you can easily customize it to your preferences!

  • Throw in some crispy tofu for some added protein and deliciousness!
  • If you don’t have miso paste, no worries – leave it out and add more soy sauce to taste.
  • Soy-Free: You can make this recipe soy-free by using coconut aminos or liquid aminos.
  • Feel free to substitute with any of your favorite vegetables.
  • Add a pinch of chili flakes or a drizzle of chili oil for a spicy kick.
  • Oil-Free: Instead of using oil to sauté, you can use 2-3 tablespoons of water.
A bowl full of vegan fried rice with vegetables.

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Bowls of fried rice

Vegan Fried Rice

Karissa Besaw
Vegetable-loaded vegan fried rice made with a delicious miso paste sauce and sesame seeds.
4.81 from 41 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4
Calories 259 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups leftover rice chilled
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen corn

The Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Cook the rice ahead of time and chill in the fridge, preferably overnight. (I make my rice in the Instant Pot and it comes out perfectly every time!)
  • Heat a large skillet to medium heat and toast the sesame seeds a bit (about 3 minutes or so, stirring a few times.)
  • Add the broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots to the skillet along with 2 teaspoons of oil. Sauté the vegetables until fork-tender.
  • In the meantime, mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add the peas, corn, and rice to the skillet. Mix in the sauce.
  • Cook until the rice is tender and hot, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Drizzle with sesame oil if desired!
  • Garnish your fried rice with additional sesame seeds, or green onions, or serve as is!

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Nutrition

Calories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 774mgPotassium: 413mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3287IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2mg
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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for my family last night and everyone loved it! I’m hoping to make a double batch and freeze half, any idea how much that will effect the recipe? Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Well I had all intentions on freezing some containers of this, but it was SO GOOD it never made it to the freezer! Plus a win win my teenage daughter loved it! I couldn’t find the white miso paste and I thought I may not use it often to spend the money on it. I replaced it with a tablespoon of tahini paste. Note to self-double up on this one next time! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious! I will add some water chestnuts for the next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  4. This looks so tasty! I did have to look up what Miso was. I would have never thought to add that to fried rice. I am planning to try it. I love adding hidden nutrition to dishes

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