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Oven baked veg fried rice with crispy tofu

Serves: 6
Prep: 15
Cook: 50

    This baked veg fried rice is a meal-prep winner that helps you easily incorporate more veggies into your week! With crispy tofu bites to add delicious texture this is sure to be a family favourite, thanks to Sneh Roy @cookrepublic.

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    For the rice 

    • 2 cups (400g) uncooked basmati or brown rice 
    • 1 Tbsp neutral oil (e.g. canola, grapeseed) 
    • 1 tsp garlic, minced 
    • ½ cup (40g) onion, diced 
    • ½ cup (40g) carrot, diced 
    • 1 ½ Tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce 
    • ½ tsp raw sugar 
    • ¼ tsp white pepper 
    • 3 cups (750ml) water 
    • ½ cup (60g) green beans, sliced 
    • ½ cup (60g) frozen green peas 
    • ½ cup (80g) red capsicum, diced 
    • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced (green part only) 
    • 1 cup (100g) lettuce, sliced 

    For the tofu 

    • 350g firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes 
    • ½ tsp iodised table salt 
    • ¼ tsp crushed black pepper 
    • 1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder 
    • 1 Tbsp corn starch 
    • 1 Tbsp neutral oil 


    1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). 

    2. Wash, rinse and drain the rice. Add rice to a 35cm X 25cm rectangle baking dish. 

    3. Add oil and garlic to the rice. Using your fingers, mix the garlic and oil into the rice until it is evenly coated. 

    4. Add onion, carrot, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and water. Mix well. Cover the dish with aluminium foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. 

    5. Meanwhile, add tofu, salt, pepper, Chinese 5-spice powder and corn starch to a bowl. Toss the bowl to coat the tofu thoroughly with the corn starch mix. 

    6. Heat oil in a large non-stick or cast-iron frying pan on medium-high. Add tofu and pan-fry for approximately 8 minutes, turning occasionally until tofu is crisp and golden all over. Remove and set aside.  

    7. Remove the baking tray from the oven and take off the foil. Add beans, peas and red capsicum to the fried rice. Mix gently and return to the oven. Bake uncovered for a further 10 minutes at 200°C (180°C fan-forced). 

    8. Remove from the oven. Add spring onion, lettuce and cooked tofu. Mix well. Cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

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