Vegetable Fried Rice with Brown Rice and Egg

This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Every Bento Box needs a starch, and I thought Vegetable Fried Rice with brown rice and egg would be a nice complement to my Chicken Teriyaki.  I chose brown rice because it has extra fiber and vitamins and I also included my favorite fried rice vegetables: carrots, peas, and onions.  A quick seasoning with soy sauce and garlic powder, and it was ready to hit the proverbial table which in my case is a Bento Box.

In general, if I’m cooking with brown rice, I go with the short-grain kind.  I first saw short-grain brown rice at P.F. Changs and I wondered how they got it be so, well, fluffy.  I was directed to short grain brown rice by my friend (and cooking muse) Becca after she prepared it for my husband and me one evening.  Short grain brown rice is not the easiest thing to find, and I’ve only ever seen it at Whole Foods.  Becca’s other trick that she so generously shared is to cook the rice in chicken broth instead of in water (use vegetable broth to keep this dish vegetarian).  This extra flavoring means that right out of the pot, your brown rice already tastes better than you thought it would.  I make the rice well ahead of time so when I’m ready to cook, it’s waiting for me.  I tend to make large batches of rice so it is available for eating throughout the week.

This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

As for the rest of the ingredients, I always start with frozen peas, carrots, and onions in the pan.  I soften them up, stir in the rice, and then clear out an empty space in the middle of the pan.  This is how I see them make fried rice at Hibachi restaurants.  In the space, I crack an egg and scramble it up right there.  A few shakes of sauce soy, a few sprinkles of garlic powder, and the fried rice is ready!  Other fried rice recipes use oyster sauce, ginger, or sesame oil, but I find they just muddle the dish.  If I have scallions on hand, they make a pretty garnish.  If not, no big deal.

And into the Bento Box the fried rice goes…

Vegetable Fried Rice with Brown Rice and Egg is a healthier version of your favorite Chinese takeout, and easy too!

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Vegetable Fried Rice with Brown Rice and Egg
 
This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 T. canola or olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
  • ½ cup frozen pearl onions (or chopped fresh onion)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 T. soy sauce
  • 1-2 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the peas, carrots, and onions and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the rice. Clear a space in the middle of the pan by moving the rice and vegetables to the edges.
  3. Crack the egg into the space and scramble until hardened, about 1 minute. Stir into the rice and vegetables.
  4. Pour 1 T. soy sauce evenly over the top of the rice and sprinkle with 1 tsp. garlic powder; toss to combine until heated through. Taste and adjust seasonings with additional soy sauce and garlic powder as desired. Serve immediately.

This Vegetable Fried Rice is faster, cheaper, and easier than buying takeout! It only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

3 Responses to “Vegetable Fried Rice with Brown Rice and Egg”

  1. #
    Bojack — August 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    How is this a 10 minute recipe? you still have to cook the rice `40 min

    • meggan — August 3rd, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

      The idea of the recipe is that you would be using leftover rice that you already have on hand. In my own experience, I would never set out to make fried rice and start off by making rice. That’s just way too much work! There is something really great that happens to rice when it sits in the refrigerator overnight and then you make fried rice with it the next day. I think it is less sticky, maybe. In any case, I will fix up my blog post so there is no misleading text, and I’ll change the recipe to say “leftover cooked rice” and I hope this is helpful. Thank you for your feedback and sorry about the confusion.

  2. #
    Peter — August 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe!  It is nutritious, inexpensive, and most of all delicious. (Not to mention that this is extremely easy.)

    I will definitely be making this again!

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