Lazy Veggie Fried Rice

I generally have this rule against eating food with "fried" in the name.  It's not a hard and fast rule, as I can eat my weight in French fries, and deep-fried is the only way I will eat a pickle.  However, I've never been a huge fan of Chinese food, so avoiding fried rice has always been an easy win.  Sure, I've taken one for the team and ordered your basic veggies-and-sauce when my wife wants General Tso's chicken, but I may be coming around on fried rice after this latest discovery: veggie fried rice, made at home, with just a touch of the "fried" part. This sucker really does taste like take-out, packs in a ton of veggies, and takes all of 10 minutes to prepare.  The best part?  I don't have to drive anywhere, and odds are I have everything I need in my kitchen already.


Lazy Veggie Fried Rice

8 oz. sliced mushrooms (I use crimini)

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

1-2 cups other chopped veggies, if desired (broccoli and bell peppers work well)

2-3 tsp vegetable or other oil

2 cups cooked brown rice (Trader Joe's frozen microwaveable rice is awesome for this--3 minutes!)

1 egg

3-4 scallions, chopped

3 Tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

salt and pepper to taste


Yummy take-out, with no "out" required.










1. Sauté your veggies until they are nice and soft, but still a bit firm.  I like to add a touch of soy sauce to this sauté to get the flavors rolling. Set aside.

2. Heat 1-2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add cooked rice and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.  Turn down the heat to medium and push the rice to the side of the skillet.

3. Once the pan has cooled a bit, scramble the egg until soft-cooked, then combine with the rice.  You may need to add another teaspoon of the oil in order to cook the egg.

4. Add the veggies to the rice/egg mixture, then add the scallions and soy sauce to taste.  Heat through and serve!


- I've added some other fun Asian/Asian-inspired sauces in addition to soy, with mixed results.  Trader Joe's Soyaki is especially good!

- To add some staying power, brown some tofu over medium-high heat before beginning Step 1 above, and set aside.  Combine with the rest when you add the veggies back in.