Japanese Chahan or Fried Rice (Vegan Recipe)

Updated: Apr 5

The perfect easy recipe for whenever you're looking to clear your fridge of whatever veggies you have lying around. I love having 'chahan' or fried rice in Japanese restaurants so decided to make my own!

Using short grain rice, like Japanese rice, plays a big role in this because it's sticky unlike other types of rice! Cooling it well too before cooking it is important--so day old rice or leftover rice is perfect!

After cooking, I scooped some of the rice and then stuffed it in a bowl before flipping it over on a plate to create this dome shape!

I'll share the really simple recipe below. :) Enjoy!

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Japanese Chahan or Fried Rice

Good for 2-3 servings

3 cups cooked and cooled Japanese rice or other short grain rice*

2 tbsp canola oil or other neutral oil

1 onion, diced

1 carrot, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup corn kernels

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 cup diced rehydrated shiitake mushrooms (I used dried shiitake mushrooms that I soaked in hot water but feel free to use other mushrooms!)

1/2 to 1 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

1 tsp salt, or to taste

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

Sesame seeds and chopped spring onions for garnishing


Leftover rice and even day old rice is perfect for this!

The veggies and mushrooms are totally up to you! Feel free to use what you have on hand. I used frozen corn and peas.


  1. Break apart the cooked rice in a bowl.

  2. Heat a pan or wok. Add 2 tbsp of canola or neutral oil. Once hot, add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until aromatic. Add in the carrots. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add in the rest of the corn, peas, and mushrooms. Season with 1 tsp salt. This will be a little salty but once the rice is mixed in, it will be just right.

  4. Add in the cooked rice. Season with soy sauce and black pepper. Mix well. Cook over high heat, mixing constantly to avoid the bottom from sticking. Feel free to season with more salt or soy sauce if desired.

  5. Finish off with some sesame oil and then mix well. Transfer rice to a bowl and pack with a spoon. Place a plate over and flip to create a rounded dome shape. Garnish with some sesame seeds and spring onions, if desired. Enjoy while hot!

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