Vegetable fried rice is a comforting dish that anyone can make at home and it takes no time to throw together. If you are looking for a fried rice without egg recipe, we've got you covered with this easy dinner. Serve this alongside Chinese chicken and you will have a complete Chinese restaurant experience.
About this fried rice
I don't know about you but fried rice is one of my favorite dishes to order when I am at a Chinese restaurant. It may not be the healthiest or even that traditional in Asian cooking, but it is good!
A few years ago I began trying to make my own version at home and didn't really like how it turned out. The recipes I was using just didn't really come together properly to create that restaurant-style taste.
After experimenting with different techniques and sauces, I finally found a fried rice recipe that tasted amazing. It omits the egg in the dish and rivals many of the restaurants that I have eaten at over the years!
It just tastes amazing!
How to make great fried rice:
The secret to this amazing fried rice recipe is in the sauce that you make and the heat to cook the vegetables and rice. The sauce is amazing and so easy to make.
The ingredients you will need
fried rice sauce
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- brown sugar
- freshly grated ginger
- Red pepper thinly sliced
- ½ red onion thinly sliced
- Snow peas that are cleaned trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
- Water chestnuts drained and sliced you can buy them already sliced in the can
- Uncooked basmati or jasmine rice This recipe works really well with pre-made rice too.
- Vegetable oil or coconut oil
All very simple ingredients and nothing that is complicated.
The best rice for this fried rice recipe
Traditional fried rice recipes will use already cooked and cooled rice. Leftover rice is perfect!
Cooled-down rice helps absorb the flavors of the sauce and it will change the texture of the final product a bit.
You can make your rice ahead of time if you want. I usually won't remember to do this step (or have time) so I will make the rice when I am ready to make the fried rice recipe.
When I am making the rice at the same time I am making the recipe, I like to let my cooked rice sit for about 10 minutes. You keep the lid off to let all the steam and heat escape.
You can also go one step further and scoop it into a bowl and place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes to achieve the same result as the rice made the day before.
No matter what method you use, I promise this rice will taste amazing! I have done all these methods and can attest to each one working out fine.
Adding egg to the fried rice:
The first thing you want to do is follow the recipe below from start to finish. The egg portion of the recipe is done separately from the main recipe.
To make the egg for the fried rice you will gather 2 eggs then crack them into a small bowl and whisk them well (like you are making scrambled eggs).
Next, you will add them to a small saute pan and cook it over medium heat until it looks like an omelet.
Once the omelet is cooked all the way through, just invert it onto a small plate and let it cool.
After the egg cools, cut it into very thin strips and add this to the fried rice before serving. Just make sure to mix it into the rice so the egg is well incorporated into the dish.
My last tip for making the best fried rice is to make sure all of your vegetables are cut very thin. This will help the vegetables quick quickly in the high heat
It will also create the perfect balance of rice and vegetables in each bite. This is a very important step!
This dish is so easy and so delicious and really makes the perfect quick meal! Go ahead and double this recipe and have enough for leftovers during the week either for quick lunches or meal prep!
For More Take Out At Home Recipes
We love making our own takeout meals at home because it is better quality ingredients and it is more economical!
Here are some of our favorites:
- Our favorite Asian meals to make at home are: Our Chinese Chicken and Indian Vegetable Curry and our Pepper Steak
- For Italian takeout meals: We love to make our Italian Meatballs and Pork Bolognese and our Mushroom Pizza
- For Spanish Takeout, we love our Sheet Pan Fajitas
Vegetable Fried Rice (Without egg)
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
- ¼ cup of water
- pinch of kosher salt
Rice and Vegetables
- 1 red pepper thinly sliced
- ½ red onion thinly sliced
- 2 cups of snow peas cleaned trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1 small can of water chestnuts drained and sliced you can buy them already sliced in the can
- 1 cup of uncooked basmati or jasmine rice This recipe works really well with pre-made rice too.
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil
If adding egg
- 1 egg
- in a small sauce pan, stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, water and grated ginger and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until reduced in volume by half, about 15-20 minutes⅓ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of low sodium soy sauce, ¼ cup of water, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
- While the glaze is reducing, in a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 ¾ cups of water and bring to a boil.pinch of kosher salt, 1 cup of uncooked basmati or jasmine rice
- Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low.
- Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
- When done, remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork and then set aside.
- Let the rice rest for 10 minutes. You can scoop your rice into a bowl and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to cool it down more (optional)
- In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil on medium high heat.1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or coconut oil
- Once heated, add your peppers, snow peas and onions and saute for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are nicely browned and starting to cook through.1 red pepper thinly sliced, 2 cups of snow peas cleaned, ½ red onion thinly sliced
- Now add your water chestnuts and cook for another 1 minute.1 small can of water chestnuts drained and sliced
- Add your soy sauce and mix well to coat all of your vegetables.
- Turn heat to low and now add your cooked and cooled rice to the pan mixing it into your vegetable and soy sauce mixture. Make sure to get your rice nice and coated with the sauce.
- Remove from the heat and plate!
- Top with toasted sesame seeds or serve alongside chicken or pork, your favorite meat or eat it just as is.
If adding egg
- If you are adding egg to your fried rice, there are in instructions in the post on how to prepare this.1 egg
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