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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Healthy Vegetable Fried Rice

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Egg Fried Rice

Fried rice has always been one of mine and the husband’s favorite Asian dishes. I usually avoid it at restaurants because it’s just full of fat, made with white rice (empty calories!) and is so easy to eat a ton of without even realizing it. I was convinced that I could make a healthier version of fried rice that still tasted as sinful as the original recipe. The husband was skeptical.

But with a few secret swaps: tofu and edamame for the egg/meat traditionally used, and brown rice instead of white rice — this recipe turned out great! Thanks to the veggies, lean protein and healthy grains, this dish is also a one-pot meal. Hope you like it as much as we did!

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Healthy Fried Rice with Edamame, Veggies, and Tofu

Thanks to the veggies, lean protein and healthy grains, this dish is also a one-pot meal. Hope you like it as much as we did!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 240kcal


  • 1 tbsp  extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp  minced ginger
  • 1/2-3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 4 cups leftover cooked brown rice or freshly cooked minute brown rice
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red pepper Equals about 1 red pepper
  • 1/8 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup cooked shelled edamame (I use the frozen kind and just defrost it - works great)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen thawed, corn
  • 6 ounces firm tofu cut into 1/4-inch cubes 
  • 3 tbsp  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp  Thai Red Curry Sauce I use Trader Joe's version
  • 1/8 cup sliced green onion for topping


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet until very hot (over medium high heat)
  • Add the garlic, red pepper, onion, and ginger and cook, stirring, until softened and aromatic, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the rice, edamame, corn, carrots, peas and tofu and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce and incorporate thoroughly
  • When cooking is almost complete, add the Thai Red Curry Sauce and top with green onion. 


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.3g | Protein: 9.5g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320.2mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2.7g



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Add some international flair to your meals! Skip the take-out and try making a healthy version of fried rice or an easy, comforting Thai chickpea curry.

27 responses to “Healthy Vegetable Fried Rice”

    • This would work great with quinoa Kathryn! Just follow the recipe exactly the same way you would for rice and it should turn out well.

  1. I also love fried rice but I’m trying to stay away from it now because it is fatty, which is why I’m really glad that there is a way I can enjoy it without having to worry about my health. That veggie rice looks so yummy I can almost taste it, I am writing that recipe down and I would try my best to make it on my own. I prepare my own meals now since I’ve decided to make healthier food choices. I haven’t had rice for a week now and you can only imagine how much I’ve been craving for it but I’ve been trying so hard to resist. Good thing I found this post, now I can satisfy my craving without sacrificing my health. Thank you so much for sharing this.


  2. I love fried rice, specially in the morning.. My mama always cook fried rice and the whole family would be so happy.

  3. I first had veg fried rice during my trip to India! It is regarded as a delicious and spicy lunch dish and is phenomenal in taste. I think I cannot forget the taste; mind blowing, rich and exotic. This sounds similar, thank you so much for sharing information 🙂 I am going to try this for sure and thanks for acknowledging the fat/calorie count!

    • Oh nice!! Veg fried rice in India is absolutely delicious. I’m sure you’ll love this recipe Anna, keep me posted on how it turns out!

  4. OMG! I love this dish! My mom swaps the soy sauce for tomato sauce and it become a more Mexican-inspired saucy style….try it it’s delicious!

    • Oh nice!! Love the idea of swapping out the soy sauce too — I can see it becoming more Mexican inspired with tomato sauce. I’ll have to try that next time!

  5. I made this over the weekend and it turned out really awesome. I added a pinch of sugar and made it taste really good! Thanks Anjali

    • Awesome!! That’s so great! And what an interesting idea to add a pinch of sugar – I’ll have to try that next time! 🙂

    • I love edamame – it’s a great source of protein and fiber 🙂 You can use it in other meals too – it’s great on salads and in stir frys. Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

  6. mmmm – I like the look of that and a great way to sneak some tofu in the meal for my meat-loving husband!

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