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Instant Pot Thai Fried Rice

Jyoti Behrani
Quick and easy, restaurant style Instant Pot Thai Fried rice, made from scratch. One-pot dish, perfect for weeknight cravings. It’s great on it’s own or serve it as a side dish with your favorite Thai curry.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

INGREDIENTS FOR THAI FRIED RICE

    FOR RICE

    FOR FRIED RICE

    • cooked rice **above recipe
    • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
    • 8 ounce (225 g) firm tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes (optional)
    • 1 small head broccoli, around 6-8 broccoli florets
    • 10-12 snow peas
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
    • 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise
    • 3 large eggs
    • 4 tablespoon oil, divided
    • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce
    • salt & pepper, adjust to taste
    • Handful of fresh Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped
    • Handful of roasted nuts, cashews or peanuts (optional)
    • 2 green onions, chopped

    Instructions
     

    PREP FOR THAI FRIED RICE

      STEP 1: PREP RICE

      • You will need Fine Mesh Strainer
        Using a fine-mesh sieve, rinse the rice under cold running water for a couple of minutes or until the water runs clear.
      • Place the strainer on a bowl and allow it to drain completely for around 5 minutes.
        Note: This is an important step, please do not skip it or the rice turns sticky.

      INSTANT POT THAI FRIED RICE

        STEP 2: COOK RICE USING AN INSTANT POT

        • You will need Instant Pot   
          Turn ON sauté (more), when it displays “HOT”, add oil. Add rice, and gently toss the rice in oil to coat. Turn OFF sauté.
        • Add water and give it a good stir.
          Note: Make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the inner pot.
        • Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and vegetarian oyster sauce. Mix well.
        • Turn ON Instant Pot to MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK mode (high) for 4 minutes. Turn OFF “keep warm” mode. Let pressure release naturally, around 5 minutes.
        • After 5 minutes, manually release the remaining pressure. Fluff the rice and transfer it to a serving dish. Set it aside to cool.

        STEP 3 [OPTIONAL]: BAKE OR AIR FRY TOFU

        • Preheat an oven/air fryer to 350 F. Place the tofu pieces on an air fryer tray and spray with some cooking oil. Bake for 8 minutes.

        STEP 4: SAUTE VEGGIES

        • Turn ON sauté (more), when it displays “HOT”, add oil, and wait for a few seconds. Add onion, ginger-garlic, red bell peppers, broccoli, and snow peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
        • **For vegans, skip this step
          Push the veggies to one side, add some more oil, and beaten eggs, and cook stirring occasionally, until they just begin to set.
        • Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.

        STEP 5: COMBINE RICE AND VEGGIES

        • Add rice and mix everything well. Turn OFF sauté.
        • Toss in baked tofu (optional), fresh basil leaves, green onions, and roasted nuts (optional). Enjoy restaurant-style Thai Fried Rice!!

        STOVETOP THAI FRIED RICE

          STEP 2: COOK RICE

          • Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat, and add oil. Add rice, and gently toss the rice in oil to coat.
          • Add 1 and 3/4 cups of water and give it a good stir.
            Note: Make sure the rice is not sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
          • Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and vegetarian oyster sauce. Mix well.
          • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and cover the saucepan.
          • Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and rice is cooked through.
          • Turn OFF the heat. Allow rice to rest for 10 minutes.
          • After 10 minutes, fluff the rice and transfer it to a serving dish. Set it aside to cool.

          STEP 3 [OPTIONAL]: BAKE OR AIR FRY TOFU

          • Preheat an oven/air fryer to 350 F. Place the tofu pieces on an air fryer tray and spray with some cooking oil. Bake for 8 minutes.

          STEP 4: SAUTE VEGGIES

          • Heat the saucepan. Add oil, onion, ginger-garlic, red bell peppers, broccoli, and snow peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
          • **For vegans, skip this step
            Push the veggies to one side, add some more oil, and beaten eggs, and cook stirring occasionally, until they just begin to set.
          • Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.

          STEP 5: COMBINE RICE AND VEGGIES

          • Add rice and mix everything well. Turn OFF heat.
          • Toss in baked tofu (optional), fresh basil leaves, green onions, and roasted nuts (optional). Enjoy restaurant-style Thai Fried Rice!!

          Video

          Notes

          Please refer to the recipe post for the following:
          1. Pro Tips For Best Thai Fried Rice
          2. Easy Thai Fried Rice Variations
          3. Frequently Asked Questions
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