In my humble opinion everybody should know how to make veggie fried rice. The good news is that it’s really simple to make. The most difficult part of it is to come up with the idea of making a fried rice dish in the first place.
The perfect leftovers dish
The best way to make really tasty fried rice is by using leftover rice from a day or two ago. If you use freshly made rice, chances are it forms as a massive dollop when added into the pan. The rice still contains too much water. Leftover rice on the other hand is much dryer – perfect!
You can use fresh rice, but make sure to spread it out evenly on a tray and let it cool down for 20 minutes or so beforehand.
Even though fried rice is awesome with just an egg, onion and some spices, why not add some leftover veggies too? Have a carrot, bell pepper, zucchini or broccoli that need to go? Chop it up and throw it in there!
Now, vegetarian fried rice is a super simple dish. But if you want to take it to the next level you need to follow these cooking steps!
First, prep time! Make the sauce, dice up your veggies, get your eggs and rice. How many veggies are fine? Any amount is fine, ideally don’t use more veggies than you have rice though. Make it max a 1:1 ratio.
Second, egg time! Start off the cooking show with some oil on medium to high heat and crack in the egg. Add a sprinkle of salt and a dash of vinegar to make it more flavourful. Scramble for about 60 seconds. Then set aside.
Third, veggie time! Add another tbsp of oil. Add your onion. After 30 seconds or so toss in the rest of your veggies. I hope you made sure to cut them into bite sized pieces! Stir and fry for about 3-5 minutes.
Fourth, bring it all together! Switch the flame down to medium heat. Pour in the sauce, let it bubble a little, add the rice and egg. Stir for another 1-2 minutes and taste test.
And there you have it, excellent veggie fried rice! So quick and so good. Plus, having recipes like those under you belt makes using up your leftover stuff so much easier.
Oh, and if you’d like further visual input for this recipe, check out this Indian chef. He makes the best version I could find. Simple, quick, and in the “correct” cooking order.
I’m also excited to mention we won’t be stopping here. Many of you told us you’d like waste less food. And so shall it be! There’ll be many more “leftovers” recipes under our “No Ingredient Left Behind Series”. To be continued.
- For the sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tsp vinegar (eg. white wine vinegar)
- 2 tsp olive oil (or any other oil you have at hand)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- For the fried rice
- 2 medium eggs or 1 large egg, beaten
- Drizzle vinegar
- Salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp oil
- 3 cups of cooked rice
- 1 onion, finely chopped (or 2 spring onions)
- About 2 cups of veggies of your choice
- Frozen vegetables are fine too, but make sure to thaw them before frying
- Prep time: In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for the sauce. Then chop your veggies into bite sized pieces.
- Get a pan to high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil and pour in the egg. While scrambling add a small dash of salt and vinegar. The egg should be done in about a minute, then set aside in a bowl.
- Add another tbsp of oil into the pan on high heat and add the onion. Let it fry for about 30 seconds (NOTE: If you use spring onions, add them in the end instead!).
- If you have any veggies: Now is the time to add them to the pan. Stir fry for a 3-5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat, add the rice, sauce and your eggs. Stir well. Now you can safely add your spring onions too.