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Are you missing your routine Chinese delivery these days? I am. Coronavirus has me making 72 meals a day and I usually depend on my friends at China Delight to bail me out once a week. I miss them and their crispy crab rangoons. Not to worry friends! We can make vegetable fried rice at home.
Peas, carrots, broccoli, and the fluffiest eggs are mixed with soft rice (I used brown), and salty soy sauce. Vegetable fried rice at home is so good, and you know what...it's better than China Delight; don't tell them I said that though. When this is over, I will need them again on those busy sports nights, or after long Girl Scout meetings when I come home exhausted and look around and there's no dinner.
What's better is that you can control how much of your favorite ingredients you put in. Our favorite ingredient in vegetable fried rice is the fluffy eggs.
How To Make Vegetable Fried Rice At Home
It starts with the rice. I used brown rice because that's what we usually have. If you have white rice, use it; I will include the instructions for that in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. I always make rice in the Instant Pot, but you can also make it on the stove top. In the Instant Pot, white rice takes 4 minutes, and brown rice takes 5 minutes. I am all about anything that takes single digit minutes.
If you are using frozen broccoli, like me, rinse it in the sink in a strainer and let it sit for 3-4 minutes. Cut it into 1" pieces while it is still a little frozen. This prevents it from getting soggy before it goes into the pan.
Add a little olive oil to a skillet, and saute the broccoli along with frozen peas and carrots (how easy is that), a little onion.
Add in the cooked rice when it's ready and give everything a stir. Then, scrape it all to one side.
Scramble the eggs and pour into the empty side. Let the egg sit for a few seconds and don't scrape too soon or too often, this is the key to fluffy eggs. Once the eggs are cooked stir everything together with the soy sauce.
This is a time that I really wish I had a wok. Much easier to stir everything together and get it going. An electric wok maybe? I have to look into this now that I'm in charge of running China Delight in my kitchen. I deserve a wok for that.
In the end, make sure you put it in a bowl. A bowl full of vegetable fried rice is just more cozy these days.
Let's talk about ways you can make this vegetable fried rice your own:
- Add more soy sauce, if you love extra soy sauce, do it.
- Add more oil. Chili oil would be SO GOOD.
- More eggs never hurt anyone.
- Throw in more veg. Spinach, snow peas, green onions.
- Go spicy, crushed red pepper is at the top of my list.
- If you want meat, throw in our Thai chicken meatballs with ginger!
Vegetable Fried Rice is so easy to make at home. Everyone will love this hot, filling, lunch or dinner.
1 ½ cups brown rice (or white rice*see notes)
2 ½ cups water
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
12 oz frozen broccoli, chopped into 1" pieces
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
½ red onion, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp soy sauce
Using the instant pot combine rice and 2 ½ cups water, olive oil, and salt
Close the lid and push the toggle toward sealing
Press Manual and the set the time to 5 minutes using the +-
When it is done, allow to manually pressure release (about 10-15 minutes)
While that is cooking:
In a skillet, saute broccoli, peas and carrots, and onion in olive oil
When rice is done drain any excess liquid and combine rice with vegetables
Push the mixture to one side of the skillet and scramble to eggs with 2 Tbsp water
Add the egg mixture to empty side of skillet and cook the eggs
Once finished, stir in eggs, soy sauce, and salt
Continue to cook, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes
White rice in the Instant Pot:
1 ½ cup white rice
1 ½ cup water
Manual 4 minutes, natural pressure release
- Category: Lunch
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Asian
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