Oil-Free Fried Rice and Gardein

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Oil-Free Fried Rice

I’ve been making oil-free fried rice since before we removed meat and dairy from our diet. I’ve never been a big fan of oil and would omit it every chance I got. This is one of those recipes that I didn’t even think of sharing but after having people ask about it, I decided it was time.

Like most of my recipes, it’s also really easy.

Oil-free Vegan Fried Rice

Oil-Free Fried Rice


  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2-3 Tbsp’s Soy Sauce, Tamari or Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 4 cups cooked Brown Rice
  • a little water as needed


  1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle a few drops of water in the skillet to make sure it is hot.
  2. Once hot add the onions and garlic. Stir regularly. As the onions begin to brown (see the photo), pour a little water into the pan then give it a good stir. Continue to cook the onions repeating the step of adding water as often as necessary until the onions are translucent and soft.
  3. Add the veggies and stir them into the onions. Cover with a lid and cook until carrots are soft.
  4. Add the cooked rice and soy sauce and stir once more. Reduce the heat to low and heat until everything is warm.Oil-Free Fried Rice

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You can add a little more umph by adding Gardein™ to the dish! Gardein is deliciously meat-free and really convenient. I cooked the Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n in a skillet in just a few minutes. It’s so easy, you don’t even need a recipe! Cook the chick’n until it is nice and crispy. While it is cooking, defrost the sauce packet in a bowl of warm water. Once it is defrosted simply snip the corner off the sauce packet and pour it over the Crispy Chick’n. Stir it quickly so that all of the chick’n gets covered.

This was a huge treat for my 5 year old. He kept asking for more, then finally said, “Can I just have the whole bowl.”

If you want to try the Crispy Chick’n or the Sliders I made last month you can get a $1 off coupon on the Meet Chef page.

Gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick'n and Fried Rice

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Gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick'n and Fried Rice

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  1. I sometimes do this with homemade veggie stock, also oil free, in place of water.

  2. I LOVE Gardein….isn’t it the best? However, I do use for gluten free “beyond meat” grilled “chkn” strips and they are good also. I pan saute them in a separate pan to brown them first and then add to rice or salad. Have you tried them and what do you think of them? I am making your fried rice tonight. I just love your recipes. Thanks for this one.

    • Kathleen, Gardein has been a recent discovery for me. It is really nice to have a quick option in the freezer that takes just minutes to prepare. I haven’t tried any other brands though.
      I think you will love the fried rice recipe too! You can add in extra veggies if you have them.

      • Made the fried rice tonight from this recipe. Yum I was surprised how good it was without added oil. This recipe is definitely a keeper and on the menu for next week.
        I may add extra veggies…I don’t know it was good just as is in the recipe. Don’t want to jinx it. It seemed to have just the right amount of veggies as is so we shall see.

        • Oh good! I’m glad you liked it. I hope to share another version with more veggies soon!

          Kathleen, If you get a minute send me an email, I have a question for you! 🙂

  3. Made this for dinner using leftover rice from last night’s stir fry. It was SO easy and we loved it! Definitely a “keeper” recipe!

  4. This was really good. I replaced carrots and peas with broccoli and mushrooms. Was pretty quick to make as I had all the veggies and rice ready to go.

    • I’m glad you liked it Ilene! It is one of those meals that comes together so easy and works great with substitutions. I like to change up the sauces sometimes too. I’m craving pineapple now, I think that would be a great addition too!

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