Best One Pot Veggie Rice Bowl Recipe
You can never eat more of these quick and easy “emergency” foods. Things you can prepare with very little effort, using what you have on hand. I love this one-pot veggie rice bowl because it uses very few ingredients. Not required, and perfect for those with limited cooking equipment (dorms, RVs, hotel stays). Plus, as always, there are tons of ways to customize it.
Cook the rice and eggs in the same pot
When discussing favorite potato salad recipes with our community last summer, several people mentioned that they boil eggs in a pot with potatoes for their salad. It got me thinking. The rice takes about 15 minutes to steam, which is really close to the time it takes to hard-boil an egg. So I had to try cooking rice and hard-boiled eggs in the same pot. what do you think? it works. But you definitely want to wash your egg(s) thoroughly first. 😉
Single serving recipe
This recipe is designed to be a quick and easy single serving meal for anyone. This is perfect for those who are traveling or staying in accommodation with limited cooking equipment. If needed, you can increase it by adjusting the number of servings in the recipe card below. Cooking times do not need to be adjusted if the recipe is extended. Here’s a similar one-pot chicken teriyaki and rice recipe that serves four.
Use a pot or rice cooker.
The instructions below are for making this recipe using a saucepan on a burner or hot plate, but you can also make it using a rice cooker. To use the rice cooker, simply add everything to the rice cooker in the order described below, then select the cook function. The only caveat with using a rice cooker is that you have a little less control over the cooking time, so if the programmed cooking time is too long, you may end up with egg yolks that stick to the edges. There is little green around.
Greenish egg yolk is a classic sign that the egg is overcooked. This does not mean the egg is bad, rotten, or unsafe to eat and in most cases the taste is not affected. It is simply a chemical reaction between the naturally occurring hydrogen, sulphur and iron in the egg with a certain amount of heat.
Can I use brown rice?
This recipe is best served with white rice. Brown rice takes about three times as long to cook, so your eggs and vegetables will be overcooked. Cook brown rice separately for best results.
What else can I add to my veggie rice bowl?
The other great thing about this bowl is how flexible it is. You can use any kind of frozen veggie mix (a stir-fry mix works great), you can adjust the seasonings to your liking, and you can have all kinds of fun if you have it on hand. Can add toppings! Here are some things that would be great as an extra topping for your veggie rice bowl.
Leftover cooked meats (ham, rotisserie chicken, etc.)
One pot veggie rice bowl
This simple veggie rice bowl can be made with just one pot and a hot plate or rice cooker. This is a simple meal when resources are limited!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
1/2 cup long-grain white rice ($0.31)
1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
1 cup frozen vegetables ($0.38)
1 cup water ($0.00)
2 tsp soy sauce, divided ($0.04)
1 large egg ($0.21)
1/2 tsp sesame oil ($0.05)
1 green onion, chopped ($0.11)
1 tablespoon Sriracha (or to taste) ($0.11)
Place the rice, garlic, and frozen vegetables in a small saucepan.
Mix the water with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, then pour it into the pot. Stir to combine with rice, vegetables and garlic.
Wash a large egg well, then place it in the center of the pot, on top of the rice.
Put a lid on the pot, turn the heat to high and let the water boil. Once it reaches a full boil, reduce the heat and let the water simmer for 15 minutes without removing the lid or stirring.
After boiling for 15 minutes, turn off the flame. Remove the egg from the pot and immediately replace the lid. Let the rice sit with the heat off and the lid in place for another five minutes.
After removing the egg from the pot, place the egg in a bowl of ice water or run it under cold running water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process.
After the rice and vegetables have rested for five minutes, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Season rice and vegetables with sesame oil and another 1 teaspoon soy sauce, or to taste.
Transfer the rice and vegetables to a bowl. Peel the egg and cut it in half or quarters, then place it on top of the rice. Top the bowl with chopped green onions and a drizzle of Sriracha.
HOW TO MAKE A ONE POT VEGGIE RICE BOWL – STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Combine ½ cup long-grain white rice, 1 cup frozen vegetables, and one clove of minced garlic in a small saucepan.
Mix 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Add it to the sauce and stir to combine everything.
Wash a large egg well, then place it on top of the rice in the center of the pot. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat to high, and bring the water to a full boil. Once the water comes to a full boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes without removing the lid or stirring.
After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the egg from the pot. Replace the lid on the pot and let the rice sit for another 5 minutes. Place the hot eggs in a bowl of ice water or run them under cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process.
After turning off the heat and covering the rice for five minutes, remove the lid and mash the rice and vegetables with a fork.
Toss the rice and vegetables with ½ teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and another teaspoon of soy sauce, or to taste.
Transfer the rice and vegetables to a bowl. Peel your egg, cut it in half or quarters, and add it to the bowl. Top the bowl with chopped green onions and a drizzle of Sriracha to taste. Enjoy!