Easy weeknight vegetable fried rice comes together in less than 15 minutes, with crisp veggies, tender rice, and a perfect balance of seasonings.
I’ve eaten this recipe nearly every day for the last two weeks. I’ve been cooking it in big batches and taking it to school for lunch. It heats up unbelievably well and is plenty filling.
My favorite kind of meal to prepare on a weeknight is the kind that comes together quickly and uses only one pot, but tastes like the flavors were developed over hours. Isn’t that everyone’s favorite kind of weeknight meal? This easy vegetable fried rice fits the bill with it’s crisp vegetables and tender rice.
easy weeknight vegetable fried rice
4 cups cooked rice (I use brown)
4 cups vegetables, chopped (I prefer fresh onions, peppers, and carrots; any combination of fresh or frozen will do)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs. oil (olive, sesame, vegetable, etc.)
1/2 cup stir fry sauce (I use this one, but it’s way cheaper at Walmart)
3 tbs. soy sauce
(Sometimes I add two cups of shredded chicken to the recipe; it’s a delicious but not-so-necessary addition)
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add vegetables and garlic and cook 5-7 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. Add stir fry sauce and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and cook two minutes more. Add rice and soy sauce and mix well. Remove from heat and serve.
What’s your favorite weeknight meal?
Looking for more one-pot weeknight meals that deliver big on flavor? Check out green chile chicken taquitos, sausage tortellini, or oven-fried chicken chimichangas.
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LOVE fried rice. It’s an easy one for me adapt to gluten-free thanks to GF soy sauce being readily available. I think I’ll make a shrimp version of this tomorrow night!
I didn’t even know soy sauce had gluten, but yay for the GF version! Let me know how the shrimp version turns out!
This looks yummy. I’m not a fan of the egg in most fried rice so I am happy to see a recipe without eggs.
Thanks, Micha! I know the egg is part of what makes it authentic, but in my opinion it doesn’t add enough flavor to be worth the extra time, effort, and expense.
Lauren English says
This has been one of my favorites since college! Before I could really cook at all, this was my go-to, throw it all in the pot meal and and I still love it today! Something similar is actually on our menu for tomorrow 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Lauren! This is definitely a good cooking for beginners meal. I love dishes that don’t taste as simple as they are. Thanks for stopping by!
Tiffany Khyla says
This seriously looks so delicious! I love fried rice. I need try this recipe ASAP!
Thanks, Tiffany! I just had it for lunch today and I can verify that it really is so delicious. Let me know what you think!
Lory from The Robin's Nest Designs says
Fried rice is one of our faves! Thanks so much for sharing at The Living With Style Linky Party! Have a great day.
Thank you, Lory!
Creatively Homespun says
This looks amazing!!! Seriously.. YOU ROCKED IT THIS WEEK! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! I have pinned both your posts to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board!! I hope to see you again this week! xo
Thank you, Danielle! These recipes are two of my favorites!