Are you looking for a simple yet delicious vegetarian meal that can be prepared quickly? Look no further than this flavorful rice stir fry recipe, perfect for busy weeknights!

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Rice Stir Fry Recipe - Perfect for Busy Weeknights


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Begin by heating the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions to the pan and fry until translucent.
  3. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  4. Add the sliced bell pepper and broccoli florets to the pan along with a pinch of salt to taste.
  5. Mix well and sauté for about five minutes or until veggies are tender-crisp.
  6. Pour in soy sauce/tamari over vegetables; let it simmer for an additional two minutes while stirring continuously.

Cooking time:

Approximately ten minutes.

My Pro-tips:

To make preparation even quicker try pre-chopping your vegetables ahead of time so they are ready to go straight into your stir-fry dish. Additionally, cooking brown rice from scratch takes approximately forty-five minutes thus I suggest preparing it ahead of time as well.

Seasoning Options:

Garlic chili paste is excellent caught up with soy sauce gives it an extra punchy flavor!

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe:

Large frying Pan/Wok.

This quick vegetarian rice stir-fry is packed full of nutrients while still being incredibly easy to prepare, making it the perfect choice for a busy weeknight meal.


Q1. Can I substitute the vegetables in this recipe?

A1: Yes! This recipe is very versatile, and you can easily swap in your favorite veggies or whatever you have on hand. Some great options include bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, snap peas, or zucchini.

Q2. Do I need to use soy sauce in this recipe?

A2: While soy sauce adds a lot of flavor to the dish, it’s not strictly necessary. You could try using tamari (a gluten-free option) instead of soy sauce if needed or even coconut aminos if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Q3. Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A3: Absolutely! This stir-fry reheats well and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat it either microwave or saute over low heat until heated through.