‘Forbidden’ Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice with Mushrooms and Snow Peas

A takeout favorite, veggie-fied

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This recipe features black rice – a good source of fiber and antioxidants – and more veggies than you might find in many fried rice recipes. Cooking can dampen the health benefits of probiotics, so the kimchi part of this kimchi fried rice comes in at the end, after cooking and just before serving. Black rice is also known as “forbidden rice” — a name you’ll see on some packages. We suggest adding a 2-inch piece of dried kombu to the cooking water to help with digestion, but that’s not essential. If you’re not making your own kimchi, take a second to confirm you’re buying one that’s plant-based.

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‘Forbidden’ Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice with Mushrooms and Snow Peas

Prep Time
50 min
80 min


  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, divided
  • 3 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 3/8 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 6 green onions, white and light green parts only, sliced diagonally
  • 8 oz snow peas, trimmed and halved diagonally
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup drained vegan kimchi, chopped, divided
  • 2 cups cooked black rice, warm
  • 2 tbsp reduced-sodium tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp agave
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil


1. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tbsp avocado oil on medium-high. Add mushrooms; season with ¼ tsp salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to turn golden, about 8 minutes. Add remaining 2 tbsp avocado oil, green onions and snow peas; season with remaining 1/8 tsp each salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and ½ cup kimchi; cook, stirring often, until ginger and garlic are softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

2. Stir in rice, ¼ cup water, tamari and honey and cook, stirring, until well combined and heated through, about 1 minute. Season with remaining 1/8 tsp pepper. Drizzle with sesame oil. Divide among bowls. Top with reserved ¼ cup kimchi.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 352
  • Carbohydrate Content 33 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 22 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 654 mg
  • Sugar Content 5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 13 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 5 g