Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice

One of the simplest, yet most delicious, versatile, and crowd-pleasing dishes is fried rice. If done well, it’s the star of the show at any hibachi restaurant. But it usually has a fatal flaw — it’s oily, and we’re trying to avoid oils as much as possible, right?

Enter Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice. It’s a bit different than your traditional fried rice, but its pretty damn good! With this dish, we’re straying away from the oily, salty flavors and moving toward a sweet/savory/nutty theme. This one is a hit with the whole family.

Note: I recommend following the recipe the first time, then tinkering until you get this the way you like it: less sweet, more salt, less nutty, etc. This one is pretty easy to adjust to your own preferences.

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vegan WFPB fried rice

Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice

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Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

What you'll need


  • 9 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • sriracha, to taste

The Rest

  • 3 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • ¼ cup garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced

How you'll do it

  • Cook rice in Instant Pot or rice cooker according to directions (or your preferred method).
  • While rice is cooking, whisk together all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • When rice is done, heat a few tablespoons of water in a nonstick wok or similar pan and add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, then add peanuts and the rest of the veggies. Add more water as needed to prevent sticking.
  • Cook for a few minutes until carrots are tender but still have some crunch.
  • Add sauce to wok along with about 2/3 of cooked rice and combine well. If there is still liquid in the wok, add more rice until it’s all used up to coat the rice.
  • Continue to mix until everything is well combined and heated thoroughly.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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