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Vegan Baked Fried Rice

Baked Fried Brown Rice Recipe

FINALLY! “Fried” rice you can love without the self-loathing! Although baked fried rice takes longer than fried fried rice, it’s not any more work–in fact, it’s probably a little bit less. And you end up with that perfect fried rice texture and taste in a healthier package!

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Baked Fried Brown Rice

Baked Fried Brown Rice Recipe

Baked fried brown rice made with sriracha, pineapple, cashews, and edamame.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings as main dish, 6-8 servings as side

Ingredients

  • 4 c. cold leftover brown rice
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 c. pineapple chunks (I used fresh, but I’m sure canned would be fine)
  • 1 c. frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 c. raw cashew pieces
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted (peanut, vegetable, or canola oil would work too)
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha (more for spicier fried rice, less if you like it milder)
  • Oil mister or cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine rice, green onions, pineapple, edamame, and cashews in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, soy sauce, and sriracha. Pour oil mixture over rice mixture and stir until well-combined.
  3. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with oil or cooking spray. Pour rice onto sheet in an even layer. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring about every 20 minutes, or until rice is dry and just beginning to get crispy. Serve with additional soy sauce and sriracha, if desired.

Notes

The rice I used for this was 2 days old.

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132 Comments

  • Reply
    Jade
    January 6, 2013 at 2:46 am

    This looks AMAZING. Along with a number of other recipes on your blog that I’ve just looked at! Can’t wait to make them this week, thanks for making a vegetarian’s life easier 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you! And I hope you like the recipes you try! 😀 This one is probably my favorite from all of last year.

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    Abby
    January 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This looks amazing and totally do-able! I’m making this!!
    Thanks ill return and let you know how it went! I may add a tiny bit of sesame oil just at the end of the baking time.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Adding sesame oil would be delicious! I hope it turned out well! 😀

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    Katy
    January 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I made this for my family tonight and they loved it. My husband thought is was fantastic and is looking forward to work tomorrow so he can have leftovers for lunch. The only thing I did differently was add broccoli and asparagus instead of soy, since we don’t eat that. I also cooked my rice (brown & black ) in veggie broth. It was fabulous, thank you.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I’m so glad your family liked it! It’s one of my favorite recipes too. 🙂

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    Alissa
    January 23, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Made this last night and it was awesome! The rice had that perfect, crispy fried rice texture and the pineapple/cashew/edamame combo was a fantastic mingling of flavors. Oh, and it was like the easiest ever weeknight dinner to prepare. Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Yay, thanks for letting me know! I’m happy to hear it turned out well. 🙂

  • Reply
    Virginia
    January 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This turned out so well! Thanks for a unique recipe. I added 3T of orange juice to the wet mixture.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      February 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Ooh, I’m going to have to try adding orange juice next time! Glad it turned out well! 🙂

  • Reply
    Annalise
    February 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I have made it maybe half a dozen times. When I have them handy or remember to buy them I add mung bean sprouts while the rice is still hot. Adds a bit of moisture and even more texture. Either way this recipe is really good! Thanks again!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      February 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Yay, I’m so glad you like it enough to make it that many times! 😀 I’m going to have to throw in some bean sprouts next time I make it.

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    Dawn Nugent
    February 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is so good! I will admit to altering it a bit (I used mushrooms & carrots & no nuts) but I did the rest the same (oh & canned pineapple in pineapple juice is wonderful). I just love this recipe!!! Soooooo good!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      February 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I’m glad it turned out well! I’ve been meaning to try it with mushrooms too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Missa
    February 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is such a great recipe! I work in a restaurant and one of the cooks made this a few months ago. I couldn’t stop snagging pieces of fantasticly chewy/crispy rice. I’m making it for supper tonight, with a few variations (gluten-free soy sauce and different veggies … And three times the amount of sriracha) and it smells amazing!! I can’t wait to eat it. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      February 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

      I hope it turned out well! That’s a wee bit too much sriracha for me, but I have low tolerance for spiciness. 🙂

  • Reply
    Denise
    May 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I have everything on hand to make this, and I am positive I am going to love it, tonight’s the night. Thank you for the recipe .

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      I hope you like it! It’s one of my favorite recipes–I’m actually making it for dinner tomorrow. 😀

  • Reply
    Lynne
    June 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I can’t wait to try it tomorrow. What is srirachi? I am sure I will be able to find it because I am only a short distance from Chinatown in Chicago. I am excited! Could I substitute something for the edemone (green bean)? I am sure my son won’t eat them. He is 31 and is just now starting to develop food allergies, especially lettuce and broccoli. I know he is not making this up because I have seen him when he eats those things. Funny thing is that most of the stuff he is allergic to is green and so I know he won’t take a chance with the rice, even though he could just take them out, he gets scared.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Sriracha is a sweet hot sauce. Most regular grocery stores sell it, so you shouldn’t have to go to Chinatown for it. 🙂 I know people have added mushrooms, carrots, and other veggies to this recipe, so you can substitute whatever your son can eat for the edamame.

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    Doraville
    June 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve made this recipe several times – though the ingredients vary each time. Thank you so much for this versatile recipe! I usually use Alton Brown’s recipe for baked brown rice, usually doubling the recipe for meals throughout the week. Your recipe is my favorite use of his brown rice. I like to add butternut squash to your recipe and whatever leftovers I need to get rid of. This recipe never disappoints. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoy it–it’s one of my favorites too! (We just had it this week, in fact.) I will have to try adding butternut squash! 🙂

  • Reply
    Andrea
    August 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I love this idea!! I used quinoa instead and no pineapple as my husband does not care for it. I added broccoli and juice of half of an orange. It is really good. It is probably my favorite Pintetest recipe ever! 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Yay! I’ve wanted to make quinoa fried rice because I’ve seen that floating around Pinterest too, but I never thought to use it in my baked fried rice recipe. 🙂

  • Reply
    Trina
    September 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I tried this recipe for the first time a week and a half ago and my family loved it. I now double it and have made it three times already. They never complain that I am feeding it too them too much and it is so easy to make.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      I’m glad it’s a hit–thank you for your comment! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lucy
    January 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I have been wanting to make this for months, but my husband hates cashews. He is out of town this week and I cannot wait to try it! Bought all the ingredients for it tonight and made a batch of brown rice earlier. So pysched! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 21, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Woo hoo! Well, you can always leave the cashews out for him in the future, but I LOVE them in Asian food. 🙂

  • Reply
    Shirley
    January 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This was an absolutely wonderful recipe! great idea to bake all the ingredients together.
    Next time I make it I want to try scrambling a few eggs and mixing it in for the last 15 minutes of baking.
    The variations you can introduce are endless – when I have a few too many veggie and rice left-overs, it’s time to make this again.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      January 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve heard from people who’ve made this so many different ways–it really is versatile!

  • Reply
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    April 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Ohhhh … you definitely doubted yourself for no reason here! I’m going to have a go at this sometime very soon … I’ll try to remember to let you know what I thought when I do. Brilliant idea … plus bonus that you can shove it in the oven and pretty much forget about it until it’s done!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      April 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I hope you like it! Of all the recipes on my blog, this is probably the one I have made the most. Anytime I make more rice than we can use. 🙂

  • Reply
    Melissa
    May 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Cooked this for dinner and it was wonderful. It was the perfect end of week dish to clean out the veggie drawer… a little of broccoli, onions, asparagus , and zucchini.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      May 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe–thanks for your comment!

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    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen
    May 23, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Made this tonight, but added some braised tofu – it was delish! Love the super-low prep time. I actually had it divided between two pans and discovered that my dark coated non-stick baking sheet made the rice much crispier than my usually preferred uncoated light baking sheet. Thanks for the simple recipe:)

  • Reply
    Rosie
    May 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I LOVE your website, can’t wait to try this one. I always end up wasting the leftover brown rice, now I won’t! 🙂

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    Stephanie
    July 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Made this for dinner tonight with cauliflower ‘rice’ (1/2 a cauliflowers worth) instead of brown rice and it worked out so well that there were no leftovers. I spread it over 2 cookie trays and cooked at 200*C for 30 minutes, stirring every 10. Also in the mix was corn, chili, green beans, peas, spring onions, cashews and 1tbs grated ginger. Thanks so much for posting this recipe, I would never have thought to oven bake fried rice or fried ‘rice’.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I’ve never tried this with cauliflower rice before – I’m going to have to do that! 🙂

  • Reply
    Crystal
    August 3, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    You’re a life saver because I always have leftover brown rice! Thank you for the recipe, I love how versatile it is and you can just throw in whatever vegetables are around the kitchen and it will still taste awesome. I’ve also made this with a combo of brown and wild rice, the wild rice came out extra crunchy – yum yum 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Yes, it’s the perfect way to use all all those stray vegetables that tend to accumulate in the crisper! 🙂 I’m going to have to try adding wild rice!

  • Reply
    Lyf
    April 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for this recipe, it’s one of the easiest stress free dinners on earth but no less delicious than normal fried rice. Love it.

  • Reply
    Tom
    May 22, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Hi, technical question. Do you mean one whole green onion plant, or the variable 5 or 6 that you buy as a bunch? Looks great, am cooking it now, with one onion.

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    Sarah
    September 1, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Just loved this. So wonderful. We used a ton of veggies (mushrooms, peppers, cabbage–as well as your recommendations) and leftover rice from Chinese takeout (so, white) and it still had the lovely crunch and flavor. Thanks so much! It’s a keeper! Loving oh my veggies since we went totally vegetarian a couple of weeks ago, you have been a total life saver.

    • Reply
      Oh My Veggies
      September 9, 2016 at 8:03 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! It’s one I make often too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy
    March 25, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This is so wonderful. I lived downstairs in my daughter/son-in-laws house. I have a mini-kitchen with a full size frig, microwave, slow cooker and a Foreman grill. For Christmas, they gave me a table-top convection oven, so I’m expanding my meal opportunities. Fried rice can get expensive to order so I love the idea of being able to make my own. Thank you.

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