Just 20 minutes to the easiest and most flavorful vegetable fried rice. There’s no need for take-out when have a few simple ingredients and use what vegetables you have. We all know that takeout fried rice is loaded with fat and sodium. I always say, homemade is always best. This is a basic recipe that can be the foundation for an easy side dish or with additions for a quick meal.

A bowl of colorful vegetable fried rice from above

Serve this 20 Minute Fried Rice with the Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Wraps with Orange Sauce that I made last week and dinner is done and you will have leftovers for days. It’s only about 10 minutes prep and 10 minutes cooking time, because you use leftover or pre-cooked white rice.

A closeup showing the rice with red peppers, egg and green onion

My tips for the best fried rice

  • Use cold leftover rice. Even better if you can use microwave in the bag frozen or rice in a bag.
  • Use the largest skillet possible so there is plenty of room to mix all the ingredients. You want to sauté everything not boil, which they will do in a small pan.
  • Cook the egg first. If you add the egg with the rice, it just sticks to the rice.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce so you can control the salt level.
  • Once the sauce is added, mix well and fast because you want every grain of rice to absorb all of the flavors.
A bowl of vegetable fried rice with chicken lettuce wraps

Want to spice up your fried rice? When I’m in the mood to kick up the heat, I like to stir in Sriracha, Sambal, red chili paste or red pepper flakes. Whatever you have that adds a nice spice will work.

More Meal Ideas to Serve with Fried Rice:

Yield: 4 servings

20 Minute Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable fried rice in a black bowl

Fried rice with carrots, red pepper, egg and a delicious soy sauce mix.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup (140 grams) yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (135 grams) bell pepper
  • ½ cup (67 grams) carrot, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 cups (316 grams) leftover white rice
  • 2 green onions/scallions, thinly sliced


  1. To a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, honey ginger and sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. To a large sauté pan, add the teaspoon of oil over medium heat. Pour in the egg and allow to cook until it starts to firm, then flip. Break up the egg using a spatula, remove and set aside.
  3. Add the tablespoon of oil to the pan over medium-high heat. When it starts to ripple add the onion, bell pepper and carrot. Toss while cooking to soften, about 7-8 minutes.
    Stir in the garlic and rice, breaking up the rice and mix well with the vegetables. Evenly pour the soy sauce mix all over the rice and stir well. Add the egg and mix. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 93mgSodium 367mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 7g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.