Easy Fried Rice Recipe

This vegetable fried rice recipe is made with short grain brown rice, tons of veggies, and a protein-boost of eggs for a delicious Asian-inspired meal! Have you ever wondered how to make fried rice taste delicious AND healthy? Make this egg fried rice recipe as a healthy Chinese food option next time you’re craving takeout. 

Two servings of plated healthy fried rice with vegetables ready to be served.

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So this egg fried rice recipe, though. I have always looked at fried rice as something that isn’t a healthy Chinese food option and sort of a filler food. Not to mention, I’ve always wanted to figure out how to make fried rice taste delicious but still be healthy. I’m here to change the way we (I) think about vegetable fried rice. In this recipe, I made a few healthy swaps to turn this side into a complete meal packed with veggies and WHOLE grains. It’s lower in sodium, gluten-free, and vegetarian. What did I do?

Don’t be intimidated of the egg in this recipe! It’s actually super easy to scramble them amongst the veggies! Check out my little photo tutorial below.

Cracking eggs into healthy fried rice with vegetables to show how to scramble.

I’m bringing back one of my favorite grains – short grain brown rice. Really, once you go short grain you will never go back to long grain rice. It has the most amazing texture and is really good for digestion! The only down fall is that it takes a little bit longer to cook on the stove top. Believe me when I say this – patience is key. You want to make sure sure you let it simmer on LOW for about 40 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is a little spongey. If you try and speed things up and up it to anything hotter than low, you’re going to end up with some crunchy rice and no one ever liked crunchy rice. Amiright?

For those that need meat in their meal, feel free to add some sautéed chicken breast, ground chicken/beef, or even shrimpies. All of the above would be tasty and a great added protein option for this recipe. Or, if you’re feeling like eating this as more of a side, serve it with one of Fit Foodie Finds’ complementary Asian mains.

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Two servings of plated healthy fried rice with vegetables.
Recipe

Easy Fried Rice

This vegetable fried rice recipe is made with short grain brown rice, tons of veggies, and a protein-boost of eggs for a delicious Asian-inspired meal! Have you ever wondered how to make fried rice taste delicious AND healthy? Make this egg fried rice recipe as a healthy Chinese food option next time you’re craving takeout. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 whole red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 eggs, large

Sauce

Instructions

  1. In a medium-size pot, bring 1 cup of short-grain brown rice and 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer for around 40 minutes or until all water has absorbed.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet on medium/high heat. Add in minced garlic, red pepper, red onion, and frozen peas and carrots. Saute for about 3-5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Create a pocket in the middle of your pan. Crack two eggs and scramble with a fork. Cook egg for about a minute and then mix with the rest of the veggies.
  4. Add in cooked brown rice. Season with tamari and Roasted Garlic Nakano Rice Vinegar.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 887
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 48
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 11

Nakano Rice Vinegar’s Roasted Garlic flavor is my favorite behind their All-Natural variation. Feel free to use any of their flavors to get the most out of this meal :)

Healthy fried rice with vegetables plated and ready to be served.

This post is sponsored by Nakano Rice Vinegar. I was compensated and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting Fit Foodie Finds! 

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