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Japanese-Style Fried Rice (Chahan/Yakimeshi)

A vegetarian fried rice studded with beans, carrots and sweetcorn
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese


  • 2 cups UNCOOKED Jasmine rice or about 5 cups cooked
  • 150 grams green beans about 30 in number
  • 150 grams carrot 1 very large
  • 4 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
  • 1 - 3 tsp lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • 2 -3 eggs, beaten
  • any unflavoured oil & salt as needed
  • toasted sesame oil, chopped spring onions, sesame seeds, chilli oil as garnish/flavourings optional


The Rice:

  • If starting with uncooked rice, cook either according to packet directions or follow my Instant Pot directions in the next step.
  • (Please note that these instructions are for jasmine rice only - this won't work for other types of rice which may absorb less or more liquid)
    Add the 2 cups jasmine rice into the Instant Pot and cover with 2 cups of water. Add a tsp of oil and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then open, fluff the rice and spread in a large bowl to cool to room temperature

The Rest:

  • While the rice is cooking, prep & cook the vegetables.
  • Wash the beans and top and tail them. Slice them in half lengthwise then cut each length into thirds, so you have six 1.5" pieces of beans. Repeat with all the beans. Peel and cut the carrot into similar pieces.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat, then add the beans & the carrots. Fry, stirring regularly, for about 8 minutes until nearly done. Now add the sweetcorn, soy sauce and ketchup and continue to fry for a few more minutes until all liquid evaporates & the vegetables are done to your liking. Transfer the vegetables to the bowl with the rice.
  • In the same pan, heat a tsp of oil, add the eggs and stir until scrambled. Add to the rice.
  • Mix well, then add salt & lemon juice or vinegar to taste and any/all of the other optional ingredients listed.
Keyword friedrice, japaneses, rice, vegetarian