Easy Vegetable Fried Rice


1 ½ tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/3 cup thinly sliced carrots*
2 cups cooked rice
1 egg
1 cup broccoli*
½ cup peas*
½ cup green beans*
1 tbsp butter
dash of sugar
soy sauce to taste


*You can use any mix of vegetables you like - this is just what I happened to have around. First blanch any raw green vegetables by sticking them in a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes and then draining them. If you’re using frozen vegetables, follow the package cooking instructions, but stop shy of three minutes of cooking time so they don’t get mushy.
In large pan or wok, heat your sesame oil over medium heat. (Vegetable oil works fine here, but the sesame oil gives it an authentic, nutty flavor.) Throw in the garlic and ginger and fry that up for about a minute. Add the carrots (if you’re using them) and stir quickly for a minute or two. Then add the rice.
Now here’s where you add the soy sauce. Use a little if you’re not into salty. (Use a lot if you’re like me and sometimes secretly lick your Himalayan salt block when no one’s looking because you’re basically a small mammal that requires a salt lick and a wheel to run on.)
Let that sizzle while you whip your egg in a small bowl. Move your rice to the edges of the pan so you have an empty space in the middle. Add the egg and scramble it up. When it looks close to being cooked, stir the rice back into the middle of the pan. BAM – egg fried rice.
Next, throw in the broccoli and peas or other blanched vegetables of your choice. Add the sugar and stir for a couple minutes, then add the butter. Once the butter is melted through, let the rice sit there. Let it sizzle. Listen carefully – that’s the rice at the bottom getting crispy. Getting salty. Getting burnt-buttery. Getting awesome.
And that’s it! Plate it up and enjoy.


When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I make fried rice. When I have leftover rice that I think needs salt and butter but I don’t want to feel guilty for dumping salt and butter on rice, I make fried rice. When I feel like I should eat vegetables, but don’t want to feel guilty for dumping salt and butter on them because that’s the only way I feel like eating them, I make fried rice.

The point is, salt and butter.

But also vegetable fried rice. And here’s how I do it!

Other Names:

Vegie Fried Rice, Chinese Fried Rice


4 servings


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 8:49pm


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