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Vegetarian brown fried rice

vegetarian brown rice recipe

Fried rice.. where do I start. A simple but tasty dish that frequented my childhood has made a comeback into my life. This fried rice recipe isn’t too hard to cook so it’s a perfect mid week recipe to keep in the back of your mind! 

The recipe is very simple but the secret to the perfect fried rice… are you ready.. is to cook the rice the day before. This ensures it has had time to dry and isn’t too gluggly.  You can thank me later. 

This recipe can also be quite healthy if you use brown rice or quinoa. I used a mix of brown rice, quinoa and some wild rice for mine and it was damn delicious.    

brown rice fried rice recipe

Making fried rice at home is one of those simple, throw together meals that you can make and is so much healthier (and cheaper) than buying takeaway.

You can add whatever veggies you wish to this meal and top with a fried egg! How good is that?! (we all know how I feel about eggs..) 

vegetarian fried rice recipe

This was so tasty you honestly wouldn’t even notice it wasn’t from a restaurant it’s that good – pinky promise. The brown rice gave the fried rice a delicious nutty chewy flavour and soaked up the flavours of the soy sauce perfectly. 

Here’s a behind the scenes shot of what I have to do to get ‘the perfect’ photo.. I follow the natural light and stand on all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff. My neighbours think I am crazy. 

vegetarian fried rice recipe

Do you have any fried rice secrets or must have’s? OR any other simple week night dinner recipes?

Lets get chattin’ in the comments below and if you like these recipes, sign up to the DTS newsletter in the sidebar to recieve even more recipes and foodspiration. 

Have a wonderful day, Bec x

vegetarian brown fried rice recipe

Vegetarian Brown Fried Rice

Bec Thexton
A low GI vegetarian fried rice recipe to make for a week night dinner
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4


  • 2 cups brown rice cooked as per packet instructions
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup peas and corn
  • 1 carrot sliced thinly
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon salt reduced soy sauce
  • 1 chili or spring onion to garnish


  • Spray/lightly coat large fry pan with olive oil and when hot, pour the egg mixture in and flip after 3 minutes. Remove when cooked and set aside.
  • In the same over medium heat, heat some olive oil and fry onion until fragrant, usually 2-3 mins.
  • Add the broccoli, carrot, peas and corn. Drizzle with the sesame oil and cook for 5-8 minutes until veggies are cooked but still crunchy.
  • Once veggies are cooked, add the rice in and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the egg and the soy sauce for final last 3-4 minutes and stir constantly – try not to burn the soy sauce it burns quickly. If you require a little more soy sauce and sesame oil, drizzle it on for the last few minutes.
  • Remove from heat, serve and garnish with chilli or spring onion. Enjoy!


Try have the rice cooked the day before - this makes for the best fried rice.
It freezes well and holds well for leftovers if kept in fridge for the next 2-3 days.

(27) Comments

  1. I am a chronic fried rice takeaway, but this looks so delish i gotta hope the homemade train! πŸ™‚
    (plus, gotta love a good vegetarian option πŸ™‚ )
    hehe love that behind the scenes shot πŸ˜›

    1. It’s pretty easy! let me know how you go x

  2. Yum! I make this quite often and love how simple it is πŸ™‚

    1. Me three, all you really need is rice and a few ingredients. It’s been added to the simple weeknight dinner list in my mind!

  3. Mmmm looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    Made in Mauve

  4. HA! SNAP! I made fried rice this week with leftover rice from the night before.

    So yum. I put capsicum, chinese broccoli, spring onions and egg in mine. And all the sauces too!

    p.s My photos are no where near as nice as yours, but yes, I do those weird stand on top of things and find nice light activities too, and my best light is on my front porch! Perfect for the neighbours to see….

    1. Chinese broccoli, yum! Here’s to holding photoshoots for the neighbours!

  5. YES to fried rice!!! so funny that you shoot in these odd positions too πŸ˜€ i often assemble mine on the floor (that’s where the light comes in) and my boyfriend is always like, why would you put food on the floor????

    1. I have been guilty of the floor shots too… you gotta do what you gotta do!

  6. Ahhhahah I shot my pics in a similar way. I must be crazy for my neighbors too! This yummy fried rice deserved your acrobatic shot πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, I’m sure if they had a taste of it they would get the whole standing on chairs thing πŸ™‚

  7. I love fried rice too! I’ve never tried making it with brown rice though, that sounds like a delicious (and healthier) alternative.

    ps. Love the behind-the-scenes shot πŸ˜‰

    1. I prefer brown rice and its just a benefit that it’s healthier! Haha.. My neighbours think I’m weird πŸ™‚

  8. We actually made fried rice yesterday and we always make the rice in advance, but usually just hours in advance, not a whole day.

    1. A few hours would be fine – I think it just needs at least an hour or to to sit πŸ™‚

  9. Mmm yum! I love fried rice and definitely don’t think this version would miss not having any meat – it sounds lovely. My trick is a splash of sweet chilli sauce. Thanks so much for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party!

    1. o0o0o a splash of sweet chilli would tie it all together very nicely. No worries, thanks for hosting!

  10. fish sauce. that’s my secret (i read it a blog once somewhere). just a splash, maybe a tablespoon, is all and it tastes JUST like it’s restaurant made.

    1. There you go! I have some fish sauce lurking down the back of my cupboard and will try it next time.Thanks for sharing!

  11. Definitely use day old rice! We’ve made it with fresh rice and it’s just not as good. I also like lots of lup cheong and char siu and peas πŸ˜€

    1. Day old rice for sure! Char siu… it would make my mans day if I included that. I might just do that πŸ˜‰

  12. I just love fried rice and what a perfect spin on making it at home.

    1. I love it too! Thanks! x

  13. I adore fried rice, particularly with brown rice – this looks awesome! My partner will love it.

    1. I love it with brown rice because its kinda chewy.. without that sounding WEIRD?!

  14. I always struggle to think of fried rice as yummy…I think I always associate it with the bad, bland, rubbery stuff from the local Chinese takeaway we got as kids!

    1. There are definatly some bad fried rice’s out there. Homemde is my favourite as you can put whatever you wish in there.

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