Easy Vegetable Fried Rice


  • 1 ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced carrots*
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup broccoli*
  • ½ cup peas*
  • ½ cup green beans*
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • dash of sugar
  • soy sauce to taste


  1. In large pan or wok, heat your sesame oil over medium heat. (Vegetable oil works fine here, but the sesame oil gives it an authentic, nutty flavor.) Throw in the garlic and ginger and fry that up for about a minute. Add the carrots (if you’re using them) and stir quickly for a minute or two. Then add the rice.
  2. Now here’s where you add the soy sauce. Use as much as you would like, depending on the level of saltiness you want in your rice.
  3. Let that sizzle while you whip your egg in a small bowl. Move your rice to the edges of the pan so you have an empty space in the middle. Add the egg and scramble it up. When it looks close to being cooked, stir the rice back into the middle of the pan. BAM – egg fried rice.
  4. Next, throw in the broccoli and peas or other blanched vegetables of your choice. Add the sugar and stir for a couple minutes, then add the butter. Once the butter is melted through, let the rice sit there. Let it sizzle. Listen carefully – that’s the rice at the bottom getting crispy. Getting salty. Getting burnt-buttery. Getting awesome.
  5. And that’s it! Plate it up and enjoy.


You can use any mix of vegetables you like – this is just what I happened to have around. First blanch any raw green vegetables by sticking them in a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes and then draining them. If you’re using frozen vegetables, follow the package cooking instructions, but stop shy of three minutes of cooking time so they don’t get mushy.

Recipe and Photo: Foodista / CC BY

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