Vegetarian Chahan (Japanese Fried Rice)

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Make a quick and delicious Vegetarian Chahan in just 15 minutes! When you’re short on time but hungry, this fried rice recipe is here for you. Give it a try!

Looking for simple rice dishes? Try my Tamago Don, Daikon Takikomi Gohan, and Egg Onigiri Recipe!

Vegetarian chahan served on a plate.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This vegetarian chahan recipe is straightforward, requiring only 7 ingredients.
  • It comes together in just 15 minutes with minimal prep, making it perfect for a quick meal!
  • Plus, it’s easy to customize by adding your favorite protein to the dish. Explore more options later on!

Chahan

Chahan is a Japanese fried rice dish with cooked rice, eggs, vegetables, and various proteins, such as seafood, fish, or meat, seasoned with simple ingredients. Known for its savory taste and ease of preparation, it’s a favorite for a quick meal.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Japanese Fried Rice:

Vegetarian chahan ingredients.
  • Cooked rice: In Japanese cooking, we use short-grain rice, but you can also use long-grain rice if preferred. If you’re new to cooking Japanese rice, please take a look at this recipe: How to cook Japanese rice on the stove.
  • Oil: I recommend using sesame oil for its excellent aroma in fried rice, but feel free to use your favorite oil.
  • Garlic Ginger Soy Sauce: This homemade sauce features a blend of ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. It’s best prepared in advance, but if you’re in a hurry, you can substitute it by mixing soy sauce with grated garlic and ginger.

How To Make Vegetarian Chahan: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! You can go to the printable recipe card below for the video and detailed ingredients and instructions.

How to cook vegetarian chahan.

Step 1

Chop scallions.

How to cook vegetarian chahan.

Step 2

Beat the egg and mix with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.

How to cook vegetarian chahan.

Step 3

Stir-fry the egg. (I use an electric griddle in this recipe, but you can also use a wok or skillet.)

How to cook vegetarian chahan.

Step 4

Stir-fry the rice and chopped scallions. Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetarian chahan served on a plate.

Serve on your plate and enjoy your chahan! It’s delicious and super simple to make. I hope this fried rice will be your new favorite!

Recipe Tips

  • Leftover rice or frozen rice works best for chahan. Just warm it up a bit before stir-frying. I don’t recommend freshly cooked rice as it can become soggy.
  • When stirring the rice, use a spatula to cut through the stir-fry quickly. Avoid pressing down too hard from the top, which can crush the rice.

What To Serve With

To complement this Vegetarian Chahan, I recommend serving it with tofu miso soup, pickled napa cabbage, and vegetable gyoza!

Variations

Since this vegetarian chahan recipe is quite simple, you can just personalize it by adding your favorite ingredients. Here are some suggestions to get you started!

  • Seafood Chahan: A blend of various seafood, such as shrimp, squid, and mussels, for a seafood-packed chahan.
  • Corn Chahan: Sweet corn kernels and crisp lettuce add freshness. I make this often, especially during corn season when I can get fresh corn at a store.
  • Natto Chahan: This chahan is perfect for those who love natto, the fermented soybeans.

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Vegetarian Chahan (Japanese Fried Rice)

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Juri Austin
Make a quick and delicious Vegetarian Chahan in just 15 minutes! When you're short on time but hungry, this fried rice recipe is here for you. Give it a try!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare Ingredients: Chop scallions. Beat eggs and mix with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.
  • Prepare the Pan: Heat a large wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add the sesame oil and spread to coat the pan.
  • Stir-fry the Egg: Pour in the beaten eggs and allow them to set until they start to cook slightly. Once the edges begin to firm up, use a spatula to stir-fry the eggs gently.
  • Stir-fry the Rice: Add the cooked rice and chopped scallions, and stir-fry with the eggs until everything is well combined.
  • Season: Salt and pepper to taste.

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Notes

  • Storage: Store the leftover chahan in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
  • Leftover rice or frozen rice works best for chahan. Just warm it up a bit before stir-frying. I don’t recommend freshly cooked rice as it can become soggy.
  • When stirring the rice, use a spatula to cut through the stir-fry quickly. Avoid pressing down too hard from the top, which can crush the rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese fried rice, vegetarian chahan
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