Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice

Get ready to elevate your cooking game with my Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice recipe! Inspired by the flavors of hibachi-style fried rice, this dish features a medley of veggies like onions, carrots, and green peas, all sautéed in rich garlic butter for that authentic taste you love. It’s quick, easy, and tastes just like your favorite dish from a hibachi restaurant, right in your own kitchen!

Japanese style garlic butter vegetable fried rice served in a white bowl with serving spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

I love my Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice recipe because it’s a true reflection of hibachi restaurant-style fried rice, prepared right in the comfort of your own kitchen using my proven hibachi cooking method! Building on the success of my Garlic Chicken Fried Rice and Japanese Beef Fried Rice recipes, I’ve taken out the protein and replaced it with a vibrant mix of vegetables, making it a lighter yet equally satisfying main dish that I promise is so easy to make!

What makes this recipe truly special is my signature garlic butter, also featured in my Chicken Mushroom Stir Fry and Garlic Butter Vegetable Stir Fry, infusing every grain of rice with rich, creamy flavor. With a tender texture and a delightful garlicky finish, this vegetable fried rice is perfect for anyone craving the taste of hibachi without the need for special equipment. Don’t wait another moment to recreate the magic of hibachi-style fried rice at home – let’s get cooking!



  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe. If using white rice, best to use leftover rice or day old cooked rice for best texture.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Carrots – freshly chopped. Can also use frozen.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Garlic Clove – grated garlic.
  • Egg – fresh egg.
  • Green Peas – use fresh or frozen.
  • Corn – kernels in a can or fresh from the cob.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Ingredient Add Ins for Fried Rice

Chopped Broccoli, Bell Peppers, and Bean Sprouts are excellent choices to add variety and substance to your dish.

🍚 Rice Note

For optimal results, use Leftover Cold Rice or Day-Old Cooked Cold Rice. This technique efficiently reduces excess moisture, making it easier to get the proper fried rice texture with home cooking.

Ingredients for a Japanese style garlic butter vegetable fried rice laid out on the counter top.


☑ Before Getting Started

Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that signature sizzle and pop.

Step 1 First, beat some eggs in a mixing bowl and cook them in a frying pan until partially cooked. Set aside.

Partially scrambled eggs in a frying pan.

Step 2 In a large skillet or wok, add some oil if using traditional white rice, then add carrots, onions, and rice. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the rice is heated through.

Fried rice being cooked in a wok.

🍳 Hibachi Cooking Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan to ensure there’s enough space for all the rice to cook evenly under high heat and within the correct temperature range. If making a large serving, it’s better to Cook in Batches instead.

Step 3 Next, add the rest of the veggies such as green onion, green peas, corn, and any additional veggies of your choice. Add the partially cooked eggs, soy sauce, grated garlic, butter, and seasonings like salt and black pepper. Stir-fry everything together until well combined.

Vegetable fried rice in a wok.

Step 4 Finally, top with some toasted sesame seeds for extra flavor and crunch, and transfer to a bowl.

Vegetable fried rice served in a bowl with fresh green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

🧈 Garlic Butter Recipe Note

Feel free to customize the amount of garlic butter in this recipe to match your personal taste. While the suggested quantity serves as a starting point, you have the flexibility to increase or decrease it to reach your preferred level of garlic butter flavor.

Recipe Variations

Elevate your fried rice by swapping out the garlic butter for kimchi and chicken, creating a flavorful Kimchi Chicken Fried Rice. Alternatively, for a comforting option, add spam to make Spam Fried Rice. Both variations offer unique twists on this hibachi style fried rice recipe.

Pairing Recommendations

Create a complete Japanese hibachi dining experience at home! Begin with a Japanese Ginger Salad and Tofu Miso Soup. For the main course, choose between Hibachi Chicken or Pan Seared Cod, served with Hibachi Ginger Sauce. End with creamy Matcha Ice Cream for a sweet finale.

Japanese style garlic butter vegetable fried rice in a frying pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh rice instead of leftover or day-old rice?

Yes, you can. While it will still taste great, the texture may be slightly softer compared to using leftover or day-old rice.

What type of oil is best for frying rice?

High-temperature neutral cooking oils like canola, vegetable, safflower, and peanut oil are ideal for frying rice.

Can I freeze the leftovers for future meals?

Yes, you can! Once cooked and cooled, place the leftovers in a freezer-safe bag. When ready to eat, reheat the frozen fried rice in a wok until heated through.


Japanese style garlic butter vegetable fried rice served in a white bowl with serving spoon, top down angle.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and refrigerate. They will remain fresh and safe to eat for 5 to 7 days.

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Japanese style garlic butter vegetable fried rice served in a white bowl with serving spoon.

Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice

Indulge in the savory delight of Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice, a flavorful twist on classic fried rice featuring vibrant veggies and rich garlic butter.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Asian American
Keyword: vegetable fried rice
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 275kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for vegetable fried rice recipe in mixing bowls.
  • Finely dice onions, carrots, green onions and set aside.
    Diced onions, carrots, and green onions on a cutting board.
  • Grate garlic with a grater and set aside.
    Grated garlic.
  • In a small mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs.
    Beaten eggs in a mixing bowl.
  • In a small non-stick skillet, spray cooking oil, pour eggs on medium-low heat, mix as if you are scrambling eggs for 1 minute and remove from heat. Eggs should only be partially cooked.
    Partially scrambled eggs in a frying pan.
  • In a large fry pan or Wok on high heat, add oil and bring up to temp. Add leftover rice, onions and carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes or until preferred tenderness is attained.
    Fried rice being cooked in a wok.
  • After 2-3 minutes, add partially cooked eggs, green pea, optional corn, Soy Sauce, grated garlic, butter, salt and black pepper. Mix well and continue to cook for an additional 1 minute or until eggs are fully cooked.
    Vegetable fried rice in a wok.
  • Lastly, mix in the Toasted Sesame Seeds and green onions, transfer to serving bowl.
    Vegetable fried rice served in a bowl with fresh green onions and toasted sesame seeds.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3270IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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