Onion Saute

Budget- Friendly Fried Rice

*This recipe is quick and easy for any date or regular night. The rice can be cooked beforehand and the vegetables can be prepared beforehand as well. The actual cooking process takes mere minutes and will get quicker as you get more practice. I have used this recipe for my friends and family for years, so believe me when I tell you that it’s a hit. 


-Half a medium Onion (can be less)

-1 or 2 Cloves Garlic

-1 Bag of Mixed Vegetables (Corn, Peas, Carrots) (Thawed)


-2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce 

-2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce (half if you want to use honey)

-1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil (if desired)

-Sriracha (if desired)


-Salt & Pepper

-3 Cups of Steamed Rice

-1 Cup of Tofu (or any meat you’d like)

-2 Eggs (if desired)

-1 Tablespoon of Oil (Canola or Vegetable preferred)


  1. Mince the garlic and dice the onion into corn-sized pieces. The mixed veggies should be already diced and drained as well as possible.

  2. The rice is warmed up to at least room temperature for easier cooking.

  3. The tofu is diced and fried separately for texture purposes. (Any meat substitute is cooked beforehand). 

  4. Heat a pan and put enough oil to cover the bottom or more if desired.

  5. Test the oil by putting some onion in. Onions should sizzle immediately.

  6. Throw in onion and garlic. Cook for a minute until the aroma is prevalent and the onions are translucent before putting the mixed veggies in. Make sure to stir occasionally. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. 

  7. Add your protein component into the pan after the vegetables are cooked. 

  8. Whisk an egg and pour it into the pan at this point if you’re using eggs. Adding a small amount of oil will prevent the eggs from sticking. I like to make a well in the middle of the pan for eggs. 

  9. Place rice into the pan when all other ingredients are hot and cooked. Stir the rice to incorporate everything in the pan. Turn the heat down once the rice is in to prevent burning.

  10. Add the sauce until the rice is seasoned to your liking. Turn off the heat once you add enough sauce. Let the rice continue cooking in the hot pan for a minute or two to coat the rice. The rice should be constantly stirred to mix the ingredients well.               

  11. Done. Happy cooking!