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Fried Rice in the Thermomix

This is a very easy, quick and healthy way to make a big batch of fried rice. It easily feeds our family of six, with leftovers. The rice, veges and egg are actually steamed – no oil is needed. You can use basmati rice and it will cook in about 20 minutes, or with brown rice it will cook in 35 minutes. And you don’t have to stand there stirring! Thanks to my friend Nancy for teaching me this method years ago with bacon and veges – there’s lots of possible variations, so be creative and make up your own versions too. You can use as much meat and veges as will fit in the Varoma – I’ve just given some suggestions, not definite amounts.

[Update for TM5!!] If you own a TM5, just make sure you add an extra 100g water to the bowl when you make this, as the bowl is bigger and needs that bit more water for the rice to cook through properly.]

Fried Rice in the Thermomix
Serves 6
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  1. 1 onion, halved, or spring onions, quartered
  2. 1 clove garlic
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 400g coconut milk
  5. 500g water (for basmati rice) or 700g water (for brown rice)* (see note for TM5)
  6. 400g of raw basmati or brown rice (or less if you want a smaller batch)
  7. 100g - 200g of cubed chicken, fish, bacon, or some shelled prawns
  8. 2 carrots, sliced or julienned
  9. 1-2 stalks celery, sliced
And some of the following
  1. broccoli/cauliflower florets
  2. kohlrabi, peeled and thinly sliced
  3. cabbage, shredded
  4. spinach/silverbeet/bok choy, sliced
  5. frozen peas & corn
  6. cashews/slivered almonds/sesame seeds
  1. Place onion or spring onions and garlic into Thermomix bowl and chop 4 sec/sp 5. Remove to Varoma dish.
  2. Place eggs into bowl and mix 5 sec/sp 3. Line Varoma tray with a large piece of wet baking paper (so that paper overlaps sides of tray approx. 2 cm) and pour eggs into tray. Set aside.
  3. Rinse bowl. Weigh coconut milk and water into bowl and place lid on top.
  4. Place rice basket on top of lid, and weigh the rice into the basket. Rinse well under running water, then insert basket into bowl.
  5. Place Varoma into position, and start cooking - 20 mins (basmati) or 35 mins (brown)/Varoma temp/sp 4.
  6. While rice begins cooking, chop up meat and/or veges, placing it into the Varoma as you go, harder veges and meat on the bottom, softer veges and nut/seeds on top. (The steam will not begin cooking what's in the Varoma until about 10 mins into cooking time, so you have time to get it all in the dish before then. Replace Varoma lid after each addition.)
  7. Check after 20 mins to see if everything is cooked. (With brown rice, just add the veges and eggs when there's only 15 minutes left to go, so they don't overcook.)
  8. Remove Varoma and place lid underneath.  Remove rice basket using spatula, and tip rice into Varoma bowl.  Add the meat and veges. Slice the egg up in tray (see photo below) and tip into Varoma bowl with rice.  Season with some tamari sauce / soy sauce / sweet chilli sauce, mix together gently, and serve!
  1. Poke a hole through the meat and veges in the Varoma, so that the steam can get through easily.
  2. Don't pack the Varoma too tightly or the meat and veges may not cook well.
  3. * If you own a TM5, add another 100g water, or rice may not cook through properly due to larger bowl size.
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Slice egg in the Varoma tray and add to veges in dish

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Add rice to veges and egg in Varoma dish, set on lid to catch drips


  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful recipe!!! I didn’t remove egg immediately from paper so it stuck, which actually caused quite an issue.
    But other than that…:) super yummy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The first time, ever,I have cooked Fried Rice (as my gorgeous Mum makes a delicious one and I’ve never wanted to try as it could never replicate hers )! But…..Oh my, I so love this dish Jo, so much so that I’m even going to cook it for Mum ! I’d also not cooked eggs in the Varoma before,well I’m converted 🙂 Thank you !

  3. Emma says:

    Omg cannot believe how quick and easy this recipe was…and my 6yr old just devoured it for dinner! Still relatively new to my Thermomix and have been caught up with too many not so good for you recipes. A friend told me today about all the things she’s cooked from your page…yummm thanks so much for sharing ��

  4. Jade says:

    Jo, I’ve only had my tmx for two days, and I’ve just made this tonight. Kids didn’t like it but they don’t like dinner at the best of times! Hubby loved it (had seconds) and said he would be happy to take it to work to share with “the guys”, I think the veg was a little under done, as was the egg, but I’ll just make it smaller/put it on sooner next time. Thumbs up here 😀

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jo

    Am so excited as my TM was delivered yesterday, so today has been a cooking day!! I have spent the last week “fixed” to your site reading and salivating over your fantastic recipes.
    Our first meal cooked in the TM tonight is going to be the Butter Chicken EDC accompanied by your fried rice as it sounds delicious. I was however, reading your menu plans and read that you reheat the Fried Rice in the TM. Can you please let me know how you do this, as l am planning on making enough for a couple of meals (only cooking for Hubby & I) and have always found it difficult to reheat. Thanks SOOO much for your great site and all the info. I am looking forward to making so many things with my new TM. Also looking forward to getting your new Cookbook. Sue W

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love this recipe, except the egg always gets stuck to the paper. Do you waxed BP or plain? I did try waxed first but found it didn’t cook the eggs. Any suggestions? TIA!

  7. Soooo sooooo good!!! Hubby and I both said it was the best fried rice we’d ever eaten! We had about half a cup of liquid left at the end which I poured over each dish! Omg!!! Such a good idea that was 🙂

  8. Sarah Mews says:

    Yummy! Made this for lunch today and it is delicious and so easy! Thank you for another great recipe Jo. So glad I’ve found your site 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just made this – even easier than it sounds, and tastes great too. Thx Jo!

  10. Rebel says:

    One word for this recipe…. DELICIOUS!!!
    Thank you Jo

  11. Christine says:

    I’m making this tonight and I’m unsure what im doing wrong but I’ve been cooking the rice an hour and a half and it’s still not done. I followed the directions for brown rice with the extra time and liquid but it’s just not cooking! Any ideas? There is plenty of steam and my vegies were cooked fine.

  12. Natalie says:

    I made this last night for the first time, veggie’s only then added BBQ chicken that I had. Only thing is my egg was green & yellow, which was random, I didn’t add the egg but threw it out, it didn’t smell but the colour threw me, would broccoli discolour the egg or were they off? They were fresh backyard eggs from a friend. From a very unmotivated TM user (but I’m trying :))

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi Natalie- Im not sure. Mine aren’t usually bright orange colours either as when they steam the colour does fade to a lighter colour, but I wouldn’t say green and yellow either.. HMM.. A mystery? Maybe give it another go! 🙂

  13. Del Davies says:

    My husband and family and friend love this recipe. He and his family are indigenous and eat a lot of rice so to get a compliment from them is great.

  14. Joan says:

    Wow! Just tried it and added oyster sauce instead of soy. Love it! So tasty.

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  16. Jacqui says:

    I just made this, but ommite the coconut milk… (added more water) and its YUMMO.. thanks

  17. Maureen A says:

    My husband had a double helping – and that’s saying something. Verry yummy and super easy!

  18. Rach says:

    Great recipe. My kids (15,13,11,9) devoured it.
    I added chorizo, bacon, prawns and capsicum. Definitely going to be on high rotation in our place!

  19. SolB says:

    This has now become a staple in my house. I add a bit of sesame oil and GF soy sauce before serving. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  20. Heather K says:

    We love this recipe. We make it with brown rice and quinoa.

  21. Tracy says:

    Our whole family loved this! I loved cooking it even more! I’d been recommended to do this ages ago, I don’t know why I took so long to get around to making it. Super easy, hassle free, great flavour. will def be making again.

  22. QuirkyJo says:

    You can just leave them out! 🙂

  23. Robyn Hurst says:

    Hi Jo, if I leave out the coconut milk, how much water do I substitute when cooking brown rice? Thank you.

  24. Noni says:

    I want make this but half the recipe. Still cook it for the same time?

  25. Lulu says:

    Awesome recipe. Worked out beautifully. I filled he caroms with veg, so it needed an extra 12 mins.
    Made so much! Does it freeze ok?

  26. Deb says:

    What can I use instead of coconut milk? I’m not a fan of coconut milk – could I use normal milk or just add more water?

  27. Kate says:

    Sorry confused with cooking the meat, add it to Verona dish? With the veg?

    • Alesha says:

      I cringe everytime i make fried rice but making it in my thermie made it sooo simple and this recipe was absolutely amazing. I made it with brown rice as hubby prefers and i made it for his work lunches. I literally had to try stop myself from eating it all.
      My egg did go a little rubbery so next time ill make sure its not in for longer.

  28. Joanna says:

    Hi Jo. Great recipe as always! I’ve no kitchen at the moment and you are my go to for healthy family recipes. This was a winner with Miss Four! Thank you! Joanna

  29. Denise Baxter says:

    Beautiful recipe. Clean, quick,easy and fun to make. Thanks Jo💗💖💗

  30. Charlotte says:

    What temperature is it meant to be cooked on? It says 20 mins speed 4 but no temp?? It’s all raw!

  31. Amy says:

    I’ve just stumbled across this recipe and after reading the reviews I’m giving it a go tonight!! I have only minced chicken, would I still put into the varoma and reduce the cooking time?

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi Amy! 🙂 Yes, you can put the minced chicken into the Varoma and you will still need to cook the recipe for the same amount of time. Enjoy! xx

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  33. Erin Madsen says:

    Soooo yummy!! Has anyone tried freezing this?

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