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This broccoli fried rice comes together quickly and tastes delicious! Serve this fried rice as a light main dish or hearty side. It’s so much better than takeout!
Leftover rice becomes the star of the meal with this delicious broccoli fried rice recipe. This is a simple dish to make, and it tastes so good.
Fried rice comes together easily with the addition of veggies, scrambled eggs, and soy sauce. There are no special, obscure ingredients in this recipe, and I often have everything on hand to make this dish.
Even if I don’t have leftover rice in the fridge, I sometimes cook a batch of rice just to make fried rice. It’s that good! I prefer this broccoli fried rice to the takeout version because I know everything that’s in it. At just $.91 per hearty serving, you can’t beat this easy meal.
Step by Step Instructions for Broccoli Fried Rice
Step One: Scramble the Eggs
In a small bowl, scramble the eggs with a fork. In a large non-stick skillet or wok, melt ½ tablespoon of butter over medium heat and add the eggs. Cook them, stirring constantly, until firm and scrambled. Remove the cooked eggs from the pan and set them aside in a small bowl.
Step Two: Cook the Vegetables
Melt an additional ½ tablespoon of butter in the same large skillet, and add the onion, carrot, red pepper, and broccoli (remove the broccoli stems). Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are tender (4-5 minutes).
Step Three: Stir in the Remaining Ingredients and Fry
Melt the last tablespoon of butter, and stir in the cooked rice, soy sauce, and scallions. Stir-fry over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until you have the texture of fried rice (3 to 4 minutes). Add the sesame oil and scrambled eggs, and stir to mix evenly.
Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
I like to use long grain white rice for this broccoli fried rice, but you can also use brown rice. I’ve even used a mixture of white rice and brown rice, and nobody can tell because it all looks brown after the soy sauce is added. Jasmine rice works well, too.
Toasted sesame oil and soy sauce provide the classic fried rice flavor. Cold, day old rice helps give this dish the right texture. If you use warm, just-cooked rice, it will come out mushy. Make sure to cool it in the fridge or freezer for a little while if you’re making rice specifically for this recipe.
There are several ways to reheat fried rice. I prefer to heat it on the stove top. I add a little water to a non-stick skillet, and heat the fried rice over medium until it’s heated all the way through. You can also reheat it in the microwave or oven. If you use either of these methods, I recommend adding a bit of water and covering the container so the rice doesn’t get too dry.
This broccoli fried rice recipe is gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free soy sauce (tamari). The remaining ingredients are naturally gluten-free. If you must strictly avoid gluten, look for rice that’s certified gluten-free to avoid any possible cross-contamination in the packaging.
Avocado oil can be used in place of the butter, but I like the extra flavor the butter gives. I use non-dairy butter. You can also add meat for added protein, such as ground beef or sausage. I like this recipe with Impossible plant-based sausage as well. For a more traditional fried rice, you can add a half cup of peas to this recipe.
Broccoli Fried Rice
- 2 tbs butter divided (I use non-dairy butter)
- 3 eggs
- 6 oz onion 1 medium, diced
- 6 oz carrot 2 medium, diced
- 6 oz red pepper 1 small, diced
- 6 oz broccoli florets chopped small
- 4 1/2 cups cold leftover long grain white rice (1 ½ cups uncooked white rice)
- ¼ cup soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free), to taste
- 2 scallions diced
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- Scramble the eggs with a fork in a medium bowl.
- In a large non-stick skillet, melt ½ tablespoon of butter over medium heat and add the eggs. Cook them, stirring constantly, until firm and scrambled. Remove the cooked eggs from the pan and set them aside in a small bowl. Make sure to remove any bits of cooked egg that are stuck to the pan.
- Melt an additional ½ tablespoon of butter, and add the onion, carrot, red pepper, and broccoli. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the vegetables are tender (4-5 minutes).
- Melt the last tablespoon of butter, and stir in the cooked rice, soy sauce, and scallions. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until you have the texture of fried rice (3 to 4 minutes). Add the sesame oil and scrambled eggs, and stir to mix evenly. Serve warm.
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Broccoli Fried Rice Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $5.47 to make, or $.91 per serving (1 ⅔ cups). Try this easy, delicious broccoli fried rice for a hearty side dish or light meal.