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Veggie Fried Rice

A quick, meatless meal (or side dish), filled with jasmine rice, lots of veggies, and a savory/sweet sauce to boot.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: fried rice, garlic, ginger, jasmine rice, red peppers, soy sauce, yellow peppers
Servings: 4
Author: Nicole Coudal


  • 2 Tb. Vegetable oil
  • 1 medium Carrot, peeled & quartered
  • 1/2 medium Zucchini, quartered
  • 1/2 c. Red Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 c. Yellow Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 c. Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic, peeled & grated or minced
  • 1" piece Fresh ginger, peeled & grated or minced
  • 4 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3 c. Cooked jasmine rice (see how to prepare - below)
  • 2 Tb. Toasted sesame oil (just before serving)
  • 1/4 c. Peanuts/almonds/cashews, chopped (optional)


  • 1/4 c. Low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tb. Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Orange zest
  • 2 Tb. Orange juice
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha (optional)

Rice (prepare at least 1 day in advance)

  • 1 c. Jasmine rice (dry)
  • 1 1/4 c. Water



  • Combine rice and water in small saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil then cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 12 minutes. Without removing the lid, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Remove lid, check for doneness (it should be perfect!) and fluff with a fork. (Note: if for some reason grains are not tender, put back on the burner with a few tablespoons of water and cook over low heat again for a few minutes). Transfer to a container, allow it to come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate 24 hours (until ready to use for this dish!). The yield is about 3 cups cooked rice.

Veggies & Prep

  • Cut veggies into similarly-sized pieces.
  • Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl; set aside until ready to use.
  • Add vegetable oil to a large skillet over high/medium heat. Add veggies and cook about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add garlic, ginger, scallions, cold rice; stir to combine and heat the rice through (about 2 minutes). Add sauce and stir 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in sesame oil and serve.


Note: as a main course, this will likely satisfy 2-3 people.  As a side dish, at least 4.