Full of veggies? Check. Topped with mayo and fried things? Also check.
Let’s be honest. The Spicy Chili Garlic Aioli is the star of the show here friends. Also the crispy shallots. And, well, the rice is pretty darn good too. BUT… when you put it all together? OMG. It is a serious party for your mouth.
If you make the rice ahead of time (hint: you should make the rice ahead of time), this dish comes together quickly and makes for an easy meal that’s also impressive and super yummy.
The secret to making really, really good fried rice at home…
If you want your fried rice to really satisfy that takeout craving I’m going to let you in on the secret trio of ingredients that will give you what you’re looking for: garlic, soy sauce & sesame oil. If you have these three ingredients in your fried rice you can pretty much put anything else you want in and you will be happy. Promise.
Anything Special You Need to Know About this Veggie Fried Rice? Or the Spicy Chili Garlic Aioli? Or the Crispy Shallots? Or literally anything else at all?
I’m tempted to say absolutely any veggie you like and/or have, but that might be a stretch… I’m not sure turnip or like, taro root would be all that great. So I’ll say ALMOST any veggie you like and/or have. Cabbage is my fave and I have to have celery & onion in there… green beans are good, asparagus is fun, broccoli is awesome… sky’s the limit friends.
Ok, let’s be honest here, this is a cheater’s aioli. Real aioli requires garlic, olive oil, a mortar and pestle and… lost me there… sounds like a lot of work. We are going to mix some stuff into mayo and call it good. And it is good. So good.
Of course you can! The vegetarian in my house does not like eggs. At all. Any little microscopic piece of egg will be immediately detected and the whole dinner is off. So, feel free to just leave the eggs out altogether. It’s still amazing.
I like to cut them in half lengthwise and then into thin slices crosswise. Then I use my hands to separate all the pieces before placing them in the oil. You can sub in onions instead, but the result won’t be exactly the same. Love this fun little piece on what shallots are all about.
One final Veggie Fried Rice pro-tip:
If you want to add a protein to this by all means do!
I usually make this with crispy pieces of tofu cooked like I do in this dish. You can also add egg, chicken, shrimp or even bacon! It all works and it all tastes amazing.
Veggie Fried Rice with Spicy Chili Garlic Aioli and Crispy Shallots
For the shallots:
- 2 shallots thinly sliced
- Oil for frying
For the aioli:
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tsp sriracha
- 1/2 tsp sugar
For the rice:
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 4 cups napa cabbage chopped
- 1/2 white onion small diced
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 1 carrot julienned
- 2 celery diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger minced or grated
- 4 cups cooked rice cooled*
- 1/2 cup peas
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 scallions sliced
- Heat about 1/2” oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and add in the shallots.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes.
- Drain on paper towel, sprinkle with salt and set aside.
- Whisk all aioli ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
- To make the rice, heat the oil in a wok or large skillet.
- Add in the onion, carrot, red pepper, and celery. Stir fry 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the cabbage and stir fry 2 minutes more.
- Add in the garlic and ginger and stir fry 2 minutes more.
- Add in the rice, peas, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir fry until well combined and heated through.
- Serve with the shallots, scallions and mayo.
Let me know what you think!
If you like this Recipe for Veggie Fried Rice with Spicy Chili Garlic Aioli and Crispy Shallots then you’d love my Singapore Fried Rice Recipe.