Fried rice with shiitakes and asparagus

At home, we follow a plant-based diet, so we eat a lot of rice and grains. All sorts of grains like farro, millet, amaranth, but definitely, rice is a huge favorite at home. And prepared in many different ways: steamed, in soups in salads or I prepare it as fried rice with this easy vegan recipe.

Fried rice, vegan and easy on bowls.

I also try to vary and eat all types of rice: long and short-grain, brown rice and white rice, basmati rice, jasmine, sticky rice, black, red, you name it. And I usually prepare two or three batches of it. Yes, I make a lot. I usually prepare grains and legumes in large batches. That makes my weekday cooking easier. And this recipe for fried rice with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus comes together really fast.

Asparragusprepared for fried rice

How to prepare this easy vegan fried rice?

  1. RICE. Start by deciding on your rice. Are you using leftover rice or cooking a fresh new batch. If you use freshly made rice, let it cool a bit before adding it to the pan, this will prevent it from sticking. Once you have that sorted go to step number 2.
  2. Start by prepping your veggies. Clean and cut into small pieces the asparagus. Clean and cut the shiitake mushrooms and prepare your aromatics (Garlic and ginger)
  3. Prepare the sauces. Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili. 
  4. Make the fried rice. Heat a pan add a bit of oil saute the asparagus, take out of the pan. Sautee shiitake and take out of the pan, then the garlic and ginger. Add the rice, the sauce mix, the vegetables, and you’re done.
A pot of rice and asparragus

Tips for making the best fired rice.

  • If you want to use more veggies, feel free to add anything you like. This is the perfect recipe to use any old vegetables you find in the fridge.
  • You can finish this dish with chopped scallions, chopped cilantro, or even some scrambled vegan egg.
  • It is better if you use a non-stick pan or a wok to make this recipe, however, if you don’t have one don let this stop you.
  • Have fun, adding more vegetables. Add peas, carrots, red bell peppers, etc. Just think of your favorite takeout fried rice and try to recreate it.

Fun spins and variations for this rice

  • Add fried tofu to it.
  • Serve it in lettuce cups.
  • Try different chili sauces or make you own, Like this sriracha sauce.
  • Finish it with nuts, peanuts or fresh basil
  • Don’t forget to buy chopsticks to eat your rice.
chopsticks holding an asparragus tip.

Here are some delicious recipes that you can serve this delicious fried rice with:

So, here is the recipe for this vegan fried rice with shiitake and asparagus and I hope you like it. Share a picture of your rice on FB or Instagram. On the other hand, you could also save this recipe for later on Pinterest.

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fried rice with shiitakes

Fried rice with shiitakes and asparagus

Perfect idea for leftover rice.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine vegan asian food
Servings 4 servings
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1 +2 tablespoons vegtable oil
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus into small pieces about a handful
  • 1 cup shiitake mushroom 5 or 7 mushrooms sliced, stems removed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups cooked rice about 1½ to 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste sambal Olek or sriracha


  • In a large skillet add 1 teaspoon oil and the asparagus. Let them cook for three to five minutes. Until they are cooked but crunchy and delicious. When they are done, put them on a serving platter and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the mushrooms, move constantly until cooked through and slightly caramelized. Take them out and put them next to the asparagus.
  • In the same pan add 2 more tablespoons neutral oil, add the garlic and ginger, leave it for 30 seconds, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
  • Add the rice and move until it is warm.
  • In a small bowl, mix sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar and chili. Add it to rice and mix carefully
  • Add the mushrooms and asparagus, add a pinch of salt.
  • Test for seasoning and serve immediately.


Serving: 234gCalories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 9gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 819mgPotassium: 393mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 507IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy fried rice, fried rice, healthy fried rice, vegan friead rice


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