Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Spring Fried Rice

Plate of vibrant Spring Fried Rice garnished with fresh vegetables, perfectly scrambled eggs, and a hint of soy sauce, showcasing a colorful and appetizing dish ready to be enjoyed.

Welcome to “Helping Hands in the Kitchen,” where we bring you delicious, budget-friendly recipes that are perfect for sharing with family and friends. Our mission at Helping Hands Food Bank is to provide nutritious food to those in need, and through our weekly blog, we aim to inspire everyone to create wholesome meals with simple, affordable ingredients. This week’s recipe is a delightful Spring Fried Rice, featuring fresh seasonal vegetables and a medley of flavors that celebrate the vibrant tastes of spring.

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Spring Fried Rice Recipe

Servings: 2-3
Estimated Cost: $3.40
Cost Per Serving: $1.70


  • Large skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups


  • 2 cups cooked rice (any variety)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen seasonal spring vegetables, chopped (such as asparagus, peas, carrots, or broccoli)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Pan: Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  2. Sauté the Onion and Garlic: Add the chopped onion and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is softened. Then add the garlic and stir for 1 more minute until fragrant.
  3. Cook the Vegetables: Add the seasonal spring vegetables to the pan and stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes, until they are tender-crisp.
  4. Scramble the Eggs: Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and crack the eggs into the other side. Scramble the eggs with a spatula until cooked through.
  5. Combine with Rice: Add the cooked rice to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until the rice is heated through and starting to get crispy.
  6. Season and Serve: Drizzle the soy sauce over the rice and stir-fry for another minute or two, until everything is well combined and the rice is evenly coated with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Health Benefits:

  • Rice: A staple food for many cultures, rice is an excellent source of carbohydrates, providing energy for the body. Depending on the variety, it can also be a good source of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and selenium.
  • Onions: These flavorful vegetables add great taste to many dishes and are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They contain phytonutrients that may help support immune function and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain types of cancer.

References: Recipe from Gabrielle La Chappelle, 2023