Easy fried rice with frozen vegetables is a dish that is perfect for the whole family. Enjoy it for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
It’s also great to make for meal prep and great for lunch boxes or even pot lucks.
Making fried rice is always a great choice for dinner. It’s quick to make and is perfect to use up any leftovers you may have. This easy fried rice with frozen vegetables is on exception.
If you’re after an easy weeknight dinner recipe, or something for your meal prep rotation.
Frozen vegetable fried rice is a convenient and delectable culinary delight that brings together the goodness of nutritious vegetables and the savory allure of traditional fried rice.
Bursting with flavors, this dish harmoniously combines tender, frozen veggies like carrots, peas, and corn with fragrant rice, elevated by a medley of other delicious flavors.
Quick and effortless to prepare, frozen vegetable fried rice offers a balanced and wholesome meal option for those seeking a delicious and time-saving solution, perfect for satisfying cravings without compromising on taste or healthfulness.
This recipe for frozen vegetable fried rice is a great way to use up any leftover rice you have and any frozen vegetables that have been sitting in your freezer. You can also add fresh vegetables to this dish if you want.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- This recipe for easy fried rice with frozen vegetables is budget friendly.
- Great way to use up any leftover vegetables you have in your fridge or freezer.
- Customize this recipe to your tastes. Use the frozen veggies you love the most.
- Frozen vegetable fried rice is a quick meal to make, which makes it great for weeknight eats, lazy weekends, or even to bring to a potluck.
- Great for meal prep.
- Fried rice with frozen vegetables is vegetarian, vegan friendly, and ready in under 30 minutes.
Cost To Make
Estimated cost = $4.45 or $1.11 a serve
Please note that below is a guide for some of the ingredients we used in the recipe. The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
- Cooking Oil of Choice: Such as vegetable oil.
- Brown Onion
- Minced Garlic
- Frozen Vegetables of Choice: You could use a mix of frozen vegetables such as corn, broccoli, or beans.
- Day Old Cooked Basmati Rice: Using day-old cooked rice is recommended for making excellent fried rice because it keeps the grains separate and crispy. Preferably use a long grain rice like basmati rice. Avoid short grain rice types as it can make your fried rice sticky and clumpy in texture.
- Soy Sauce
- Green Onions: Also known as spring onions.
- Salt and Pepper
Step One: Heat cooking oil in a wok or deep frying pan over high heat. Once hot, add the finely chopped brown onion. Fry until the onions start to become translucent and golden brown. Then add the minced garlic and fry for about 1 minute.
Step Two: Add the frozen vegetables of choice and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
Step Three: Add the cooked basmati rice. Break up any clumps of rice. Stir fry the rice for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step Four: Next, add the green onions and soy sauce. Toss through and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes.
Step Five: Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir fry for a further 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat and then serve.
Tips for Success
- To prevent the fried rice from becoming mushy, use day-old or precooked and chilled rice. Cold rice maintains a firmer texture and prevents it from clumping together.
- For that classic restaurant-style fried rice flavor, cook the dish on high heat. This technique ensures a good sear on the veggies and gives the dish a delightful smoky aroma.
- If desired, add some protein such as scrambled eggs, tofu, tempeh, or cooked shrimp/chicken.
Substitutions / Variations
- Introduce a tropical twist to the fried rice by adding diced pineapple chunks and roasted cashews.
- Add a kick to this dish by adding some Szechuan sauce or chili paste.
- Sprinkle chopped cilantro, green onions, or Thai basil on top to add a burst of freshness and color to the dish.
- Serve with extra soy sauce and chili oil on the side.
- Lime wedges.
- With a side of kimchi
- Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top.
This easy fried rice with frozen vegetables can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
To reheat, you could place a portion in a microwave safe bowl or container. Alternatively, you could reheat in a wok or deep frying pan.
No, you don't have to boil frozen vegetables before frying. It's best to stir fry them directly from frozen, as boiling can make them mushy and lose nutrients.
To avoid soggy stir fry, use high heat and cook the frozen vegetables in small batches. This ensures they get properly seared, retaining their texture and preventing excess moisture.
You do not need to thaw frozen vegetables before stir frying.
What rice is used for what?
Ever wondered which might be the best rice to use for a dish you’re about to make.
Or maybe you’re just curious and want to know more about rice in general.
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Easy Fried Rice with Frozen Vegetables
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil e.g. vegetable oil
- 90 grams (3.17 ounces) small brown onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 130 grams (4.59 ounces) mixed frozen vegetables of your choice e.g. broccoli, corn, string beans, cut into small pieces
- 3 cups (360 grams, 12.70 ounces) day old cooked basmati rice
- ½ cup (40 grams, 1.41 ounces) green (spring) onions finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat cooking oil in a wok or deep frying pan over high heat. Once hot, add the finely chopped brown onion. Fry until the onions start to become translucent and golden brown. Then add the minced garlic and fry for about 1 minute.
- Add the frozen vegetables of choice and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
- Add the cooked basmati rice. Break up any clumps of rice. Stir fry the rice for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Next, add the green onions and soy sauce. Toss through and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir fry for a further 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off heat and then serve.