Sometimes there’s nothing better than just a warm bowl of rice. It’ll usually be on a chilly, rainy day, and I’ll just get hit with that carb-craving of either rice or pasta, and nothing will do until I have a steaming bowl of either in my hands. And, of course, I love taking recipes and healthifying them using whatever tricks I can, which is how this vegan fried rice recipe was born.
It all started with a hibachi grill. I love learning how my favorite foods are made, so I always watch the hibachi chefs with a fierce concentration, sometimes even asking them what they’re using in their recipe. Through many visits to the Japanese grill, I finally nailed down the ingredients to their hibachi rice – white rice, oil, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sake. While I love the classic, short-grain Japanese white sticky rice, it has little to no nutritional merit. But through research I discovered that brown rice is actually the same grain as white rice, just with the outer hull kept on, making it a whole grain. This outer hull is what provides the brown rice with so much fiber, making it more satiating and nutritious than white rice. Brown rice is also a great source of Vitamins B1, B3, and B6, in addition to containing minerals like iron and magnesium. So it was a no-brainer to replace the white rice in the recipe with brown rice. Everything else I pretty much kept the same, except the sake (of which I didn’t have any). The result was an awesomely delicious, decently healthy, and pretty accurate copycat recipe of hibachi rice!!
This bowl of rice is super satisfying and is wayyy better than takeout (in my humble opinion). I hope you all love it as much as I do!!
A Healthier Take on Vegan Fried Rice
- 1 1/2 Cups Long-Grain Brown Rice
- 3 Cups Water
- Drizzle of Olive Oil
- 3 Large Cloves Garlic about 1 1/2 tbs, minced
- 2 Tbs Neutral Oil like coconut or grapeseed
- 1 1/2 Tbs Shoyu or Tamari soy sauce
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Ground Ginger
- 2 Tbs Sesame Seeds I used black and white
- Shichimi Togarashi optional but recommended
- Start by cooking the rice. Bring the rice, olive oil, and 3 cups water to boil together. Then, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed.
- Note - the cooking time may vary depending on the type of rice you use. When in doubt, follow the package directions.
- When the rice is done cooking, let rest in the pot for about 10-15 minutes. This ensures that all of the water is absorbed.
- Next, bring the neutral oil to medium-low heat in a pot (I used the same pot that I used to cook the rice, just wiped down a bit). Add in minced garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until the garlic becomes fragrant. Be careful not to let garlic brown!!
- Once garlic is fragrant, add in the rice and stir well. Then add in soy sauce, powdered ginger, and sesame seeds (and shichimi togarashi if using). Mix well and sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
- When done, serve rice in bowls and garnish with more sesame seeds.
Natalie | Feasting on FruitMay 19, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Hibachi fried rice is one of my favorite restaurant foods ever! Heck just one of my favorite foods period. I would go to hibachi just for that tbh. I can’t wait to try this!!
SarahMay 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm
Hibachi rice is the best!! Thanks girl!! :D
Demeter | Beaming BakerMay 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm
Loving this healthier take on vegan fried rice! Is it just me, or do the black sesame seeds make this fried rice look EVEN tastier? :) I’m gonna go ahead and second your humble opinion that this rice is better than takeout. It’s clear from the ingredients list that there won’t be a fast-food hangover afterward. ;) Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe Sarah. :) Can’t wait to see more!
SarahMay 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm
Thank you so much, Demeter!! :D
Zoe and MiaMay 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm
LOVE THE SIMPLICITY of this recipe! Most of the Fried Rice we ate at home was never very fancy, so this definitely reminds me of home! We had this a lot growing up! Can’t wait to try putting sesame seeds next time I make fried rice!
SarahMay 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Thank you!! I hope you like it! :D
MoniqueMay 28, 2016 at 8:14 am
I am such a sucker for a GOOD fried rice! Love the addition of the Shichimi Togarashi on the top, going to try that for sure next time!
SarahMay 28, 2016 at 8:26 am
The shichimi togarashi adds such a nice spice! Hope you like it :)