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Fried Brown Rice with Vinaigrette

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Fried Brown Rice with Vinaigrette is a quick and easy dinner option that can be paired with your favorite protein and vegetable combination. Simple, flavorful, delicious!

overhead view fried brown rice in white serving bowl with forks, cloth napkin, and small blue bowl with green onion

While I was in college there was a restaurant that I loved to go to due to the fact that they specialized in stir-fry! This place was so amazing and I remember the menu was divided up into options for the base, veggies, protein, sauce, toppings, and you could choose any combination that you wanted. There was so much to choose from that you could literally have a different combination each time that you went there.

This place is also what made me begin to have an appreciation for brown rice. My favorite combination would usually be brown rice, chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, green peppers, spicy ginger sauce, with a topping of feta cheese. The serving was always affordable and enough to last for at least two meals.

I still find myself creating this dish at home when I need something filling and in a hurry. This meal certainly can be pulled together in minutes and enjoyed any time of day. I will also let you in on a little secret, are you ready? It is a great way to use up any leftover rice from Chinese takeout that you may have in your fridge because of day-old rice fries up so much better than freshly cooked rice.

What ingredients are needed to make this recipe for brown fried rice?

ingredients for fried brown rice in small bowls on marble surface

  1. Cooked brown rice
  2. Olive oil 
  3. Onion 
  4. Garlic 
  5. Ginger 
  6. Green onion 
  7. Chili powder 
  8. Soy sauce 
  9. Rice vinegar 
  10. Sesame oil 

How to make easy fried brown rice:

Begin the recipe by whisking together in a small bowl some soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. This is the vinaigrette that will flavor the brown rice. Set the mixture aside and begin cooking the rice.

ingredients for vinaigrette in small glass bowl

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add in the olive oil. Once the oil has heated, add the thinly sliced onion and cook stirring often until the onion is soft and translucent about 3 minutes. Next, add in the garlic and ginger. Cook until fragrant about 2 minutes. Add in the rice and cook until the rice has had a chance to warm up. Make sure to use cooked and cooled rice. Again leftover rice and day-old rice is perfectly fine for this recipe. 

fried brown rice with onion, garlic, and ginger in cast iron skillet

Sprinkle in the chili powder and stir to distribute evenly among the rice. Continue cooking the rice moving around in the pan often with a spatula, about 5 minutes. You will know the brown rice is ready once it has firmed up a bit and has lightly browned. 

fried brown rice topped with chili powder in cast iron skillet

Carefully remove from the heat and add the vinaigrette sauce. Toss to fully coat the rice in the mixture.

cooked fried brown rice in glass bowl with wooden spoon

Serve the rice warm with your favorite protein and vegetables.  Enjoy!

close up side view fried brown rice in white bowl beside a fork.

fried brown rice topped with green onion in white serving bowl

Fried Brown Rice with Vinaigrette

Fried Brown Rice with Vinaigrette is a quick and easy dinner option that can be paired with your favorite protein and vegetable combination. Simple, flavorful, delicious!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried brown rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 252kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked and cooled brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 green onion, chopped

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by whisking together in a small bowl some 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil. This is the vinaigrette that will flavor the brown rice. Set the mixture aside and begin cooking the rice.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add in the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once the olive oil has heated, add the 1 small thinly sliced onion and cook stirring often until the onion is soft and translucent about 3 minutes.
  • Next, add in the 3 cloves minced garlic and 2 tablespoons fresh ginger. Cook until fragrant about 2 minutes. Add in the 2 1/2 cups cooked and cooled brown rice. Cook until the brown rice has had a chance to warm up. Make sure to use cooked and cooled rice. Again leftover rice and day-old rice is perfectly fine for this recipe. 
  • Sprinkle in the 2 teaspoon chili powder and stir to distribute evenly among the rice. Continue cooking the rice moving around in the pan often with a spatula, about 5 minutes. You will know the brown rice is ready once it has firmed up a bit and has lightly browned. 
  • Carefully remove from the heat and add the vinaigrette sauce. Toss to fully coat the rice in the mixture. Top with the 2 green onion and serve the rice warm with your favorite protein and vegetables.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

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    Tamara
    March 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    I absolutely love fried rice. Cassidy makes it every now and then and it’s divine. I have never tried the fried egg! We have used scrambled eggs, though. Both sound delicious.

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      admin
      March 9, 2016 at 3:58 PM

      It is the best! I have also had it with scrambled eggs as well….either way is delicious.

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    Sonya
    March 9, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    I love making fried rice too for a quick and easy meal that is also pretty cheap. It’s on my menu for this week 🙂

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      admin
      March 9, 2016 at 10:58 PM

      Yes!! Awesome!! I love that it is so cheap and easy and you can do so many different things with fried rice.

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