Tofu Fried Rice

November 24, 2020
tofu fried rice in a white bowl with added kimchi.

I'm going to go ahead and admit that fried rice was not my goto order at Chinese restaurants. I always preferred to get a stir fry with steamed rice. But when at home, I love making Tofu Fried Rice! 

You know how you always have bits and pieces of orphan veggies leftover in your refrigerator? Or partial bags of frozen veggies? Tofu Fried Rice is the perfect way to use those up. Feel free to add up to four cups of veggies to this dish. As a matter of fact, just plan to make it once a week and use it as your dumping ground for all those veggies you won't be using otherwise.

Also, it doesn't have to be Tofu Fried Rice. Use up leftover proteins in this dish. As long as the flavors make sense, of course. Sometimes we use leftovers from a takeout meal.

brown and white rice grains on a wooden surface.

Now, I have white rice in the recipe because it's the cheapest, but we use brown rice. I like to cook a big batch of brown rice and use it with multiple meals throughout the week. This dish makes great leftovers, too.  

There is something different about this Tofu Fried Rice recipe. I don't use oil. Because of the Bragg Liquid Aminos and ketchup, the sodium does come in a bit high. If you want to lower the sodium, use lower sodium versions of those ingredients. You can find options in most grocery stores.

This meal is also delicious sprinkled with slivered almonds, a few shakes of gomashio, or with kimchi on the side as pictured above.

Tofu Fried Rice

Always make extra rice so you can whip up this quick and tasty dish when you're short on time.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 302kcal
Cost: $5.05


  • ¼ cup Bragg Liquid Aminos soy sauce or tamari ($0.57)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup $0.05
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar $0.18
  • 1 tablespoons tahini $0.21
  • 1 medium red onion $0.50
  • 2 carrots $0.33
  • 4 garlic cloves $0.20
  • 4 ounces sliced white mushrooms $1.20
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated ($0.20)
  • 7-8 oz. firm or extra-firm tofu cut into small cubes ($0.90)
  • 3 cups cold cooked long-grain white rice $0.30
  • 1 cup frozen peas $0.40
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper $0.01


  • In a small bowl, mix together the Bragg Liquid Aminos, ketchup, rice vinegar, and tahini and set aside.
  • Add onion and carrot to pan over medium heat and saute 4-5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add garlic, mushrooms, and ginger and saute another minute or two.
  • Crumble in tofu and cook for another 4 minutes. Add sauce and stir to combine. Add rice and peas, stir to combine and cook until heated through. Season with ground black pepper. This is a great recipe to use up veggies in the fridge or partial bags from the freezer.
  • $5.05/recipe $1.26/serving


The costs were all calculated using Kroger’s online shopping feature but these prices do reflect what we usually see in the store. I picked the cheapest option, usually the store brand.

How about you? What was your goto order at your favorite Chinese restaurant?

Laura Nunemaker

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