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Vegetable fried rice – your new go-to midweek meal

Vegetable fried rice – your new go-to midweek meal

This vegetable fried rice recipe is a ‘throw it all together’ one pot meal that my family are ga-ga for. It’s pretty much made with all the stuff you have in the freezer on any given Sunday and it’s yummy. If you’ve got brown rice, frozen or fresh veggies, eggs and oyster sauce, you can make a version of this vegetable fried rice. It just won’t be quite so ‘vegetable’ some nights, that’s all.

If we have pork chops or any other pork dish on one night, I’ll save some meat to chop through vegetable fried rice the next night. Bacon is also a nice addition, but then, bacon is a nice addition to any dish. A shredded roast chook would also be damn fine. The pork mince as seen here is a-okay, though.

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The nuts add texture and crunch but if you’re not nut-friendly, leave them out. Or if you don’t like cashews (and honestly, that’s nobody, right?) you can substitute peanuts or even slivered almonds. I like to add a handful of pepitas or sunflower seeds into the mix some nights, too.

You can put any veggies you like into this vegetable fried rice – diced or shredded carrot is fab, diced capsicum likewise. Broccoli or Brussels sprouts might be interesting. You can make it with white rice, if brown isn’t tolerated at your place. Or even with cauliflower rice, if you are foolish enough to be on a low-carb diet like me right now (it’s actually pretty good!).

Pork, egg and vegetable fried rice

Egg and veg fried rice - your new go-to midweek meal

Makes 4 servings
Takes about 20 minutes

•  4 eggs
•  3 tablespoons oyster sauce
•  1 tablespoons sesame oil (use any kind of stir-fry oil if you don’t have sesame)
•  1 large red onion, finely diced
•  500 gm pork mince
•  2 cups cooked Basmati brown rice
•  200gm mushrooms, finely chopped
•  2 cups frozen peas, cooked
•  2 cups frozen corn, cooked

Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl, add the oyster sauce and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat half the oil in a large frypan (I use my Le Creuset French oven) and once hot, pour half of the egg into the pan. Cook one side then flip and cook the other. Remove from the pan and do the same with the remaining egg. Set aside.

Put the remaining oil into the pan and add the onion, fry over medium heat until just translucent. Add the pork mince and fry almost cooked. Add the mushrooms and fry until mince is fully cooked.

Add the cooked rice to the pan and mix well. Then add the cooked egg, peas and corn and mix everything together well. Season with salt and lots of cracked black pepper to taste and serve while hot.


•  Goes great in a Thermos for school, too.

•  Substitute the pork mince with chopped pork meat, bacon, chicken or leave out for a vegetarian meal.

•  Use whatever vegetables you have on hand: grated carrot, shallots, finely diced red capsicum, broccoli florets, cauliflower, diced pumpkin or sweet potato.

Have you got a go-to vegetable fried rice recipe at yours?

Egg and veg fried rice - your new go-to midweek meal