As someone who can easily lose an hour-plus prepping dinner when I really only had 30 minutes to spare, this super-easy 12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice is a welcome respite.

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice recipe - Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!

Instead of the more traditional eggs, this vegan fried rice recipe uses a good amount of tofu to increase the protein quotient and make it vegan while it’s at it.

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice recipe - Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!

If you’re a vegan, you undoubtedly know all about tofu scrambles. But if you don’t? Basically, you crumble up extra-firm tofu and saute it with spices and maybe a few veggies. The end result is remarkably reminiscent of scrambled eggs, especially if you throw a little turmeric into the mix to lend the tofu a yellowish hue while it cooks.

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice recipe - Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice recipe - Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!

I adapted this recipe from Pinch of Yum’s 10-Minute Fried Rice. My version takes a couple more minutes because it includes onions, which isn’t necessarily normally found in fried rice, but I love the flavor it lends to the tofu.

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Fried Rice recipe - Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!

Because we’re a mixed-diet home, sometimes my guy will crumble a little cooked bacon over his plate of fried rice. Leave it to our household to top a vegan dish with bacon!

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 9 mins
Total: 12 mins

12-Minute Scrambled Tofu Vegan Fried Rice

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Tofu replaces eggs for a protein-rich (and vegan) fried rice recipe. From chopping board to table in 12 minutes!
Yield: 3

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces (half of a 14-ounce block) extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion (about 1/2 small onion)
  • 1 medium clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (divided)
  • 1 thumb-sized knob ginger (peeled and minced) (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I like brown Basmati rice) (cold, day-old rice is best)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2-3 tablespoons Tamari or soy sauce

Optional toppings:

  • Chopped chives or other herbs
  • Chopped scallions
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon
  • Diced avocado

Instructions

  • Set the tofu on a large cutting board and mash with a potato masher or fork until it's crumbled. Set aside.
  • Place a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion. Saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
  • Add one tablespoon of the sesame oil, then add the ginger, smoked paprika, turmeric, and mashed tofu. Cook, stirring until the spices are well-incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium-high. Add the remaining sesame oil and the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until the rice sizzles and is thoroughly warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the corn, peas, and Tamari (or soy sauce) and cook until the veggies are warm, about one more minute.
  • Taste and add additional Tamari or soy sauce if desired.
  • Serve topped with chopped chives or other herbs of choice, chopped scallions, or even a little crumbled bacon for the carnivores' portions if you like. We like to pass the Sriracha with this fried rice, as well.
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Notes

Meat option

Top the carnivores' portions with some cooked and crumbled/chopped bacon.
Adapted from Pinch of Yum's 10-Minute Fried Rice

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 490kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 719mg, Potassium: 550mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 669IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 3mg
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