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Japanese Fried Rice (Hibachi-Style)

This Hibachi-style Japanese fried rice is flavorful, versatile, low-budget, and can be made in 15 minutes- for a fantastic weeknight meal option. Plus, this simple recipe is meat-free, egg-free, vegan, and gluten-free!
Course Main Course, Side
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4-5 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 small carrots finely chopped
  • 1 oz dried and rehydrated mushrooms finely chopped (or use 5 oz fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) edamame (*see notes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups (600 g) cooked rice (*see notes)
  • 1 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp mirin (optional)
  • Green onions or parsley to garnish


  • Heat oil in a wok or skillet and add the garlic. Fry over low to medium heat for about 60 seconds, then add the finely chopped carrots and mushrooms.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then stir in edamame, salt, and pepper, and cook for a further few minutes.
  • Add cooked rice, tamari, and mirin (if using) and stir to combine. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve with baked tofu or tempeh. Drizzle with this Yum Yum Sauce and enjoy!


  • It's best to use leftover rice (it can be a day old). You can use Japanese short-grain rice but any rice will be fine (even brown rice).
  • If you use freshly cooked rice, make sure to let it cool completely before you add it to the skillet. You will need 1 1/2 cups (300 g) of dry rice for this recipe. Cook as per the directions on the packaging (cooking times will vary depending on which rice you use).
  • Feel free to use other veggies of choice. You could use peas instead of edamame and add broccoli, etc. Other options include green beans, leek, onion, spinach, bok choy, zucchini, etc.
  • Use finely chopped veggies that have a short cooking time. If using other veggies that have a longer cooking time, I would recommend frying the garlic for 60 seconds and then remove it from the skillet and add it later. Otherwise, it can become bitter.
  • I sliced one additional garlic clove, fried it in a little oil, and garnished the rice with it. This step is optional.
  • You could add Scrambled Tofu with a little black salt for the eggy flavor. Fry it up first, remove it from the pan while you cook the remainder of the dish, and then incorporate it back in with a couple of minutes left of cooking.
  • Check out the blog post for more tips and variations and step-by-step photos.
Nutrition Facts
Japanese Fried Rice (Hibachi-Style)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.