Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

Top view of homemade vegetable fried rice on a white plate


2 cups cooked white or brown rice (leftover dried out rice is perfect for fried rice!)

3 T oil, divided into 3 portions as it will be used three separate times while making this recipe (canola, avocado, safflower, vegetable, peanut are all good oils for this)

1 T soy sauce, divided in half

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1/4 of an onion, sliced

1 clove fresh garlic, minced or pushed through a garlic press

23 cups small chopped vegetables (good vegetable options include any of the following: frozen corn and peas; frozen stir-fry vegetable mix; small-chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower; sliced cabbage; spinach and/or baby kale; green onions)

2 eggs, beaten in a small bowl with a fork or whisk with 4 pinches of salt

Salt & pepper to taste (if needed)


1. Gather all of your ingredients for the entire recipe and have them all prepared and ready to go. Also have an empty large mixing bowl ready. Use a rubber spatula for this recipe when cooking.

2. Place a large, deep 2-inch skillet on the stove over medium heat (5 on a dial of 1-10). Let frying pan (skillet) heat up for a few minutes, then add 1 tablespoon of the oil to it.

3. Add the sliced onions and cook until they look translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, stir well, cook 1 more minute. Using the spatula to scrape the frying pan well, carefully transfer the onions and garlic to the empty bowl.

4. Return the skillet to the hot burner and raise the heat to medium-high (7 on a dial of 1-10). Add 1 tablespoon of oil, 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce and the sesame oil to the frying pan.

5. Add the rice, stir well, then spread the rice evenly in the pan to cover the entire surface. Let it all cook about 1 minute, then stir and spread again. Repeat this process 3-5 times, until the rice starts to brown. Using the spatula to scrape the frying pan well, then carefully transfer the rice to the empty bowl with the onions.

6. Return the skillet to the hot burner. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce to the frying pan. Add vegetables to the pan. (If you are using spinach/kale and/or green onion, DO NOT add those to the pan at this point.) Stir and cook for 2-5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and hot. If you are using spinach/kale and/or green onions, add them at the end, cooking for about 1 more minute. Carefully transfer vegetables to the bowl with the onions and rice.

7. Return skillet to the hot burner. Add a splash of oil (about 1 teaspoon), tilt the pan around to spread the oil, then pour the beaten eggs into the pan. Let the eggs fill the entire surface of the pan, tilting the pan as needed to get the eggs to evenly spread. As the egg starts to cook through and look a little dried out on top, turn off the stove. Using the spatula, cut up the egg into bite-sized pieces, working quickly.

8. Add everything that’s in the bowl back to the skillet and stir to combine all of the ingredients well.

9. Serve immediately, adding salt and pepper to taste to individual servings. (Also delicious with sriracha hot sauce if you like some heat!)