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Turmeric Garlic Fried Rice

Photo by Food Heaven Made Easy

Photo by Food Heaven Made Easy

Now that we've got brown rice available for all of our customers, we know you'll end up with some leftover rice sooner or later. Here's a fun and healthy way to spice up your leftover rice so that it doesn't go to waste. Packed full of incredible flavors, this Turmeric Garlic Fried Rice dish is so easy to make and sure to please. Add a fried egg on top to round out your next meal.

Recipe by Katherine Knowlton 


  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 carrots, washed and scrubbed, thinly sliced
  • 2 c green cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 c cooked Imperfect brown rice, cooled
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek (or other hot sauce or red pepper flakes)
  • 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • To serve: finely chopped cilantro, fried eggs, lime wedges, sambal oelek (or other hot sauce), roughly chopped cashews


  1. For the rice: Combine 1 ½ c of water with 1 c of Imperfect brown rice in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover pot with a lid, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from heat (with lid on) and steam for 10 minutes
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large non­stick pan over medium. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and turmeric; continue to cook until fragrant, 1­2 minutes.  
  3. Add the carrots and cabbage and continue cooking until vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the cooked brown rice, sambal oelek, and tamari to the pan and toss to combine, breaking up any lumps in the rice. Pat down into an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until beginning to crisp, about 2 minutes. Toss again and continue to cook until rice and vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes.  
  5. Divide rice into serving bowls. Top each serving with a fried egg, freshly chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and sambal oelek, if desired.

Recipe Notes and Variations

Fried rice is best made with day­-old, cooled rice, resulting in crispy fried rice! Try topping yours with something crunchy and savory like sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, or fried garlic. If you want to make it even heartier, add your favorite protein on top!