This vegan fried rice with tofu egg is so easy to make, you'll be glad you didn't call for takeout. Using frozen or leftover rice and frozen peas and carrots, it's ready in just 15 minutes.Jump to Recipe
Why you'll love this vegetable fried rice
This rice dish is a great recipe for the whole family, and the best thing is that it's quick and easy for busy nights!
Plus, you don't have to press the tofu, so there's no need for a tofu press.
This brown rice version is more nutritious than Chinese takeout, and it will be on the table faster than takeout can arrive!
This vegetarian recipe is also vegan-friendly and gluten-free.
Ingredients you'll need to make this easy tofu fried rice recipe
- Avocado or Olive Oil
- Yellow Onion
- Frozen Green Peas & Carrots Blend
- Extra Firm Tofu
- Kala Namak (you can leave this out, but it does add an "eggy" flavor to the dish)
- Frozen Brown Rice (I used 365 brand) or leftover rice
- Reduced Sodium Gluten-Free Tamari (you can use soy sauce instead if not avoiding gluten)
- Toasted Sesame Oil (optional for garnish, but adds a nice nutty flavor))
How to make vegan tofu fried rice
If using frozen rice, prepare in the microwave according to package directions.
If using leftover rice, skip and move on to the next step.
While the rice is cooking, dice the onion on a cutting board and heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Once the oil is heated, add the onion to the hot pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
Open the package of tofu and drain any excess liquid.
You can also pat the tofu a little with a paper towel to soak up some excess water.
Use your hands to crumble the tofu into the pan.
Add turmeric and kala namak.
Stir to combine the tofu and seasoning mixture.
Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the veggies, warm rice and tamari and cook until veggies are warmed throughout, stirring frequently.
If you are using leftover cold rice, it may take a few minutes longer as you want to be sure the rice is thoroughly heated.
Drizzle with toasted sesame oil if desired.
You could also garnish with toasted sesame seeds if you'd like.
Storing and reheating
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Leftover rice can be reheated in a non-stick skillet over medium heat with a bit of avocado or olive oil or in a covered microwave-safe dish in the microwave until warmed throughout.
Frequently asked questions
Take-out fried rice is typically not vegan as it is usually made with scrambled eggs. Some versions also contain sauces that are not suitable for vegans, such as fish sauce or oyster sauce.
To make this fried rice vegan, this recipe uses scrambled tofu instead of the scrambled egg that is traditionally used.
If you prefer you can use white rice or jasmine rice instead.
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Easy Vegan Fried Rice with Tofu Egg
- 20 oz bag of frozen brown rice or (2) 10 oz. bags (you can use 4 cups of leftover cooked rice if preferred)
- 2 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cup frozen peas/carrots blend
- 14 oz extra firm tofu, excess water drained
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon kala namak (aka Indian black salt) (you can leave this out, but it does add an "eggy" flavor to the dish)
- ¼ cup reduced sodium gluten-free tamari, plus more for serving if desired (you can use soy sauce instead if not avoiding gluten)
- toasted sesame oil, for garnish, optional
- Cook rice in the microwave according to package directions. If using leftover rice, skip and move on to the next step.
- While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
- Use your hands to crumble the tofu into the pan. Add turmeric and kala namak. Stir to combine the tofu and seasoning mixture. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the veggies, rice and tamari and cook until veggies are warmed throughout, stirring frequently. If you are using leftover rice, it may take a few minutes longer since the rice will be cold, and you want to make sure the rice is thoroughly heated.
- Drizzle with toasted sesame oil if desired.
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