Now That’s What I Call Veggie Fried Rice

comfort food

Posted in Mains

Tags: Comfort food

Have you ever ordered vegetable fried rice and felt it was more like rice with six peas and half a carrot? Now presenting: the power to make your veggie fried rice as veg-packed as you so desire!

Preparation time Prep: 15 mins
cook 40 mins
Skill level Totally Doable

You will need:

  • 300 g firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 60 g (¾ cup) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 200 g fresh baby corn, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 spring onion, chopped diagonally
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Small red chilli, sliced, for garnish
  • Coriander, for garnish


  • 1Preheat oven to 180°C and line an oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2Cut the tofu into 1 x 1.5 cm cubes. Place in a bowl and lightly toss with 1 tablespoon tamari and five-spice. Transfer it to the baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes, until slightly dried out.
  • 3Meanwhile, place brown rice into small saucepan with 2 cups water and place over high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with lid and cook for 12-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • 4When tofu is done remove it from the oven, drizzle with maple syrup and toss to coat it on the baking tray. Set aside.
  • 5Place a wok over high heat and pour in peanut oil. After 30 seconds add peas, carrot, corn, mushrooms, ginger and garlic. Toss for 2-3 minutes or until cooked. Follow with spring onion, rice, tofu, remaining tamari and sesame oil, and toss for a further 1 minute.
  • 6Remove from heat and transfer into serving dish. Garnish with chilli and coriander and serve immediately.
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