Cheap, easy, and plant-based – this vegan fried rice dish is the epitome of this blog.
Additionally, if you’re focused on reducing or eliminating oil from your diet, you’re going to enjoy this vegan fried rice recipe.
What I really love about this “fried” rice recipe is that there are no hard rules for how you can load your rice. All veggies are totally welcome.
Okay, so let’s be real: oil makes a lot of things taste great. I’d be the first to raise my hand on that one. But there are ways to cook without it if you just don’t want it, or simply just on a vegan diet.
Depending on my mood, I’ll switch between an oil-free “fried” rice recipe or a bowl of traditional fried rice with a high smoke point oil. If you want to use oil, check out my “chicken” fried rice recipe. Instead of chicken, it uses extra-firm or firm tofu instead.
Take your plant-based meals to the next level and learn more on how to make tofu taste like chicken.
This recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to adjust along the way. If you want to add more soy sauce, go for it. If you want to add more vegetables, go for it.
My recommendation when using soy sauce is to add it little by little. Remember it’s always easy to add more than to reduce or pull back soy sauce. In just about all of my recipes, including this one, I use reduced-sodium soy sauce.
Examples Of Vegetables To Add To Oil-Free Fried Rice
You may use your favorite vegetables, frozen, fresh, or canned. Just make sure to cook everything long enough to yield tender vegetables. Examples of vegetables to use:
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Bell pepper
- Leafy Greens
- Bean Sprouts
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans
Can Fresh Rice Be Used?
Yes, fresh rice can be used for this recipe. Once your rice is done cooking, place it on a large plate or dish and allow the excess moisture to evaporate from the rice, for at least 30 minutes. You want your rice to dry out before using it in this recipe.
Quick Tips To Cooking Without Oil:
- Swap out the oil for water.
- Use a small amount of water at a time. We’re not boiling stuff. We’re just merely providing some lubrication between the pan and the food.
- Small amount = about a tablespoon at a time.
- Stir food often.
- Don’t be afraid to allow food to stick or brown (not burn) when cooking with water. This will bring out more of the flavor.
- Use a non-stick pan.
Can I Use White Rice?
Yes, you can use white rice for this recipe.
Whether you use brown rice or white rice, you want to make sure that the rice has already been cooked and cooled for some time.
Examples of rice you’re free to use in this recipe include jasmine rice, basmati rice, black rice, and wild rice. My favorite type of rice to use is brown basmati rice.
However, when it comes down to it, I just use whatever I have. My pantry is always stocked, but sometimes it’s not stocked with my preferred shelf-stable food.
More Rice Recipes:
- Stir-Fried Rice With Vegan “Chicken”
- Arroz Con Habichuelas (Rice With Beans)
- Arroz Con Gandules (Rice With Pigeon Peas)
- Easy Lentil Soup With Kale & Rice
Cooking Tool I Use And Love
Although this recipe does not require any fancy cooking equipment, there is a kitchen tool that makes cooking this fried rice recipe mess-free, easy, and delicious.
If you have ever used a normal non-stick pan for stir-fried rice, you’ll notice a large portion of your dinner landing on the stove. A wok’s deep surface allows a large volume of food to be cooked and flipped while maintaining its place in the wok.
Additionally, woks are known for distributing heat more efficiently and evenly – making cooking fried rice fast and easy.
What To Serve With Fried Rice:
If you want to make your dish more complete, here are side-dishes you can consider.
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
It’s a very healthy side dish that’s packed with flavor from the buffalo sauce. It’ll pair with the fried rice perfectly.
Vegan Teriyaki “Chicken” Stir-Fry
Similar to this recipe, but has a little more to it – including oil and vegan “chicken” made with tofu.
Made with extra-firm or firm tofu that has been frozen, thawed, and flavored with not-chicken seasoning, this is everything you want it to be. It’s tender, juicy, and “meaty.”
Roasted Green Beans
Roasted green beans are delicious all on their own. With a dash of salt and olive oil, the flavor comes alive. It’s a healthy side dish that needs no introduction. If you want to go oil-free, steam green beans until fork-tender, just a few minutes.
Other common dishes served with fried rice include roasted broccoli, glazed carrots, spring rolls, and vegan egg rolls.
For more quick and easy plant-based dinner recipes, check out 30-Minute Plant-Based Dinner Ideas.
Vegan Fried Rice Recipe [Oil-Free]
- Finely dice the onion and carrots. Mince the garlic.
- Set a large pan or wok over medium heat and add about 1 tbsp of water.
- Immediately after, add the chopped carrots, onions, and garlic.
- Cook and stir often for two minutes.
- Next, add the shredded cabbage to the pan.
- Increase heat to medium-high heat. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
- Then, add 1 tbsp of water when necessary throughout the cooking time.
- Next, add the frozen peas. Cook and stir everything for another 2 minutes.
- Finally, add your cooked brown rice, cooked tofu scramble, and low-sodium soy sauce.
- Cook and frequently stir for another 5 minutes.
- Don’t fret if you don’t have the exact measurements for any given vegetable. Seriously, just use what you have.
- You’ll want to start this recipe with pre-cooked rice. Or, use rice that has been dried out through evaporation.
- I used brown rice, but use whatever type of rice you have.
- You NEED to use a non-stick pan if you’re cooking without oil.
- Adjust the soy sauce for more or less – depending on how you prefer your stir-fry.
- Use a wooden cooking spoon or silicone cooking spatula. Non-stick pans hate metal spoons.
Did you try out this Vegan Fried Rice Recipe?