Breakfast Fried Rice

It’s always a good day when it starts with Breakfast Fried Rice.

When you think of breakfast, fried rice probably isn’t the first thing you think of. To be honest, it may not even be the last thing you would like of, but for Kat it’s one of the first. As a big rice lover, she often has leftover rice from takeout or making too much the night before (have we ever told you can’t literally can never make the right amount of food?). As a way to use up the leftover rice she’d made a big batch of fried rice for breakfast.

sliced avocado atop breakfast fried rice

This recipe started as just regular fried rice. Kat would take some old rice and fry it up with whatever veggies she had in the fridge, plus soy sauce of course. Inspired we decided this recipe could be made for breakfast, instead of simply a way to use up leftovers. With a few simple tweaks this Breakfast fried Rice is simple, delicious and so easy to make.

Why this is the ultimate easy breakfast:

  • 15-minute meal
  • Customizable
  • Filling
  • Easy to make

breakfast fried rice

vegan breakfast fried rice

All you have to do is start off with some day old rice. Day old rice is recommend as it has better structure than fresh rice. If you don’t have day old, just be sure that the rice you’re using is cold. We have yet to try this recipe with other grains like quinoa, couscous or cauliflower rice however if you do we’d love to hear how it goes. Next up is prepping all your add-ins. For this breakfast version we used vegan breakfast sausage, red bell pepper, onion, garlic and topped with avocado. The beauty of fried rice is that you can customize it to your liking!

Breakfast Fried Rice

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Course: Breakfast
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) canola oil
  • 400 g (2 cups) day old rice
  • 200 g (1/2 cup) vegan sausage crumble
  • 90 g (1/2 cup) red bell pepper, diced
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) onion, diced
  • 9 g (3 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 25 g (1/4 cup) green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • sesame seeds, for topping (optional)


  • In a wok on high heat add oil. Once heated add onion and sausage, cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper and cook another 2-3 minutes. Add rice and cook until it begins to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in soy sauce and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in black salt.
  • Serve topped with sliced avocado, green onions and sesame seeds. Optionally you can drizzle with a little sesame oil.

How to make Vegan Breakfast Fried Rice

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