Everyone can make fried rice – but it depends how special you want it to be! If you take a little more time, rather than just throw everything into a skillet and hope for the best, you can make a delicious and healthy fried rice recipe that everyone will love.
Many people who have not been vegan for a long time, may still ‘crave’ the texture of meat, but there are some tasty ways around this. You can use coconut flakes to make ‘bacon’ flavored crumble on top of your dish, or scrambled tofu to give that extra texture. We have included some instructions for these as well.
It is important as a vegan to get enough protein into your diet, as well as an array of vegetables and healthy carbohydrates. This recipe will certainly give you the right balance of nutritious intake.
Preparation Time :
25 - 30 Minutes
- 2 cups brown rice (you can use white but brown is healthier)
- 1 tbsp olive oil or canola oil
- 2 carrots, very finely sliced into matchsticks
- 2 sticks of celery, very finely sliced into matchsticks
- 2 handfuls green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 red peppers, finely sliced
- 1 red chili, finely sliced (it is up to you whether you remove the seeds)
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 4 scallions, sliced into 1 inch pieces (save the green ends for garnish, finely sliced)Sprinkle of sesame seeds for each portion
For The Sauce:
- 3 tbsp tamariLarge pinch of salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- ½ tsp liquid smoke
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 large cloves garlic, grated
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vegan chili sauce or sriracha (according to your taste)
Mix together, by whisking vigorously, all your sauce ingredients and set aside
Cook rice according to instructions and leave to one side.
Heat the olive oil over a medium heat (olive oil does not have a high burning point), toss in the carrots, green beans, scallions and celery. Cook for around 5 minutes until softened but not soggy.
Toss in the peas and red pepper slices and when lightly softened and heated through, remove the vegetables and place to one side, next to the rice.
Take your wok or a very large pan (grease with a little oil) and pour in your sauce, followed by the rice then vegetables. At this stage, if you are using tofu for more protein, add this in.
Keep cooking, and thoroughly combine all the ingredients until completely heated which should take 5-6 minutes. Do not allow to burn.
Serve into separate bowls and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and sliced scallion ends.
To make ‘coconut bacon’, it is wise to make batches of it in advance, if you want to add them to a stir fried dish. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months, if required. They can be added to salads, any rice dish or even served with avocado on toast!
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (they must be flakes, not desiccated!)
- 2 tbsp low-salt tamari sauce (you can use soy sauce, but that is up to you)
- 2 tbsp liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
Mix together the tamari sauce, liquid smoke and maple syrup. Spread the coconut flakes out on to a baking tray and pour over the sauce mixture, tossing well to coat all the coconut. Make sure the flakes are spread out evenly after tossing. Bake in the middle of a preheated oven at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Watch carefully, as they should be a golden brown color, and they tend to burn quickly once cooked.
Try this method first, you may find you really like the taste or that you would like it a little more ‘bacony’ in flavor. You can always adjust your flavorings.
If you prefer to stay with tofu in your meals, follow these instructions for ‘scrambled tofu’. You must use extra firm tofu for texture, as silken tofu does not scramble well.
- 1 lb extra-firm tofu, completely drained and dried2tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (for flavor)
- 2 tsp ground turmeric (for color and a little heat)
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp freshly chopped Holy Basil, or other herb of your choice
Break up the tofu, either by crumbling until fine (should look like curd cheese), or use a potato masher or similar implement.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan or skillet over a medium to high heat, toss in the tofu and cook for around 4 minutes, until you see some of the liquid in the tofu released into the pan.
Add seasoning (yeast, turmeric, salt) stir and continue to cook until the tofu is a golden yellow. Stir frequently to achieve this result.
Add chopped basil, stir and serve, either with your fried rice or as a breakfast dish or brunch with salad.
These different additions to your very special fried rice will delight your guests and give you more options for delicious meals. Enjoy!