A white bowl filled with vegan basil fried rice with peas and corn.

Vegan Basil Fried Rice

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai, Vegan

This fried brown rice dish makes a quick and easy, healthy plant-based dinner the whole family will love. Serve on its own or with your choice of protein such as tofu, tempeh or edamame. 



  • 1 tbsp water or vegetable broth or 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, to spice preference (omit if you don’t want it spicy)
  • 1 cup packed, chopped fresh basil 
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to a skillet with a splash of water or broth or 1 tsp of sesame oil. Cook for 5-8 minutes until fragrant, softened and starting to brown. 
  2. Add everything except the basil, salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes. 
  3. Stir in the basil. Spread the mixture around the pan so it’s sitting evenly then allow to sit for 1-2 minutes before scraping and stirring. Repeat 2-3 times. This allows the rice to brown and crisp on the bottom. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper if desired and serve hot or store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

Keywords: healthy fried rice, easy fried rice, quick, vegetarian, plant-based