Skip the takeout in favor of your own at-home Easy Veggie Fried Cauliflower Rice. Made with all of the classic ingredients (sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce) it tastes just like your favorite local restaurant’s!
Your new favorite easy vegetable fried rice recipe
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt like it was difficult to achieve restaurant-style fried rice right in my own kitchen. Something about it always tasted off, like it was missing something… until now.
Maybe it’s the sesame oil, or maybe it’s the perfect ratio of ginger to soy sauce. Either way, I have drummed up the perfect at-home fried rice, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
This easy veggie fried rice recipe is made with all of the classics: vegetables, garlic, soy sauce, eggs, etc. But to switch things up a bit, I ditched the grain rice in favor of cauliflower rice! It’s a perfect substitute and tastes just as delicious.
Ingredients in simple vegetable fried rice
Easy vegetable fried rice certainly doesn’t skimp out on flavor. Between the veggies, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and other ingredients, there are loads of flavorings in each bite.
- Avocado oil: We’ll start things off with 2 tbsp, as this will be used to sauté the vegetables.
- Veggies: You’ll want at least 12 oz. of veggies, either fresh or frozen. You can use whatever you’d like. Popular options include snap peas, carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, onions, and peppers!
- Cauliflower rice: Next up, we’re keeping things on the healthier side by using cauliflower rice in the amount of 12 oz.
- Garlic: For flavor, you’ll want 2 cloves of minced garlic.
- Soy sauce: Add in 1/4 cup of soy sauce to achieve a classic fried rice flavor.
- Sesame oil: Similarly, throw in 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
- Ginger: As far as ginger goes, 1 tsp grated or 1/2 tsp dried will do the trick.
- Salt & pepper: Don’t forget 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper (each).
- Eggs: Finally, finish things off with 4 eggs.
- For serving: Top your rice with whatever you’d like! I suggest sriracha, sesame seeds, and/or lime juice.
What you’ll need to make this dish
Though it’s loaded with ingredients, fried rice is a pretty simple meal. You’ll need only four main kitchen tools, along with 4 different measuring cups.
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Large skillet
- Spatula or stirring utensil
For measuring, you will need 1/4 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, and 1/4 cup.
How to make easy veggie fried cauliflower rice
Cooking fried rice couldn’t be easier unless it cooked itself. For starters, it’s a one pan dish (I know – those are the best). Then, all you do is layer the ingredients step by step until everything is warmed and cooked and ready to enjoy. The whole thing should only take about 15 minutes to make!
To begin, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with oil.
Once hot, add the stir-fry veggies and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until softened.
Next, add the garlic and stir. Once the garlic has become fragrant (about 1 minute), add the cauliflower rice. Let it cook until it’s no longer frozen.
Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, salt, and pepper, and stir until heated through.
Make a big empty area in the center of the pan where you will put the eggs.
Crack the eggs and break the yolks, then pour them into the center of the pan. Occasionally move them around as if you were scrambling them in the center of the vegetables.
Once the eggs are fully cooked, scramble them into the rest of the dish.
Serve with toppings if desired, and enjoy!
Want to spice things up with extra toppings? Here are some delicious mix-ins that you can include in your easy veggie fried rice.
- Almond slivers
- Pickled veggies (like onions!)
- Sliced green onions
- Oyster sauce
- Crushed red pepper flakes
How to serve it
Fried rice is great as a solo dish, but sometimes it’s nice to pair it with something else for a dual-flavor meal! Eat it alongside Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, Easy Tuna Patties, or even this One Pan Cabbage and Potato Skillet!
Fried rice should be kept in a securely sealed container and stored in the refrigerator for no more than 5 days. Because it is good for 5 days, this is a great meal for food prepping*!
*Shrimp only stays good for 2 days, so I recommend cooking that in two or three parts if you’re including it in your fried rice meal prep.
Additionally, many don’t realize it, but cooked fried rice can also be frozen for later! In fact, it actually maintains its flavor pretty well. For this reason, I love to cook up a double batch and save half for later. It makes the perfect meal when I’m not in the mood to actually cook!
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Need some more tasty entree ideas to fill your food schedule for the week? Here are some of my favorite Erin Lives Whole dinners, complete with tempeh tacos and Thai turkey meatballs!
- Healthy Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Vegan Tempeh Tacos
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Sesame Ginger Tempeh Stir Fry
- Thai Turkey Meatballs with Peanut Sauce
Recipe by Erin Morrissey + Photography by Moriah Sawtelle
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 bag or container of stir-fry veggies, at least 12 oz. Fresh or frozen. Any type of veggies will work here, think snap peas, carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, onions, peppers…
- 1 12oz bag frozen cauliflower rice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp grated ginger (or 1/2 tsp dried)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 4 eggs
- Sriracha, sesame seeds, and lime for serving
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with oil.
- Once hot, add stir-fry veggies in and cook for 8-10 minutes or until softened.
- Add in garlic and stir. Once garlic has become fragrant (about 1 minute) add in cauliflower rice. Let cook until no longer frozen.
- Add in soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, salt, and pepper, and stir until heated through.
- Make a big empty area in the center of the pan where you will crack your 4 eggs into.
- Crack the eggs, and break the yolks. Occasionally move the eggs around as if you were scrambling them in the center of the veggies.
- Once the eggs are fully cooked, scramble them into the rest of the dish.
- Serve with toppings if desired.
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