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Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried rice is packed with colorful veggies, sesame seeds and a sweet and salty teriyaki sauce you will LOVE! Such a delicious one-pot dinner! This easy Japanese restaurant-style fried rice is ready in 20 minutes making it family-friendly for busy weeknights.

overhead shot it a bowl with vegan instant pot teriyaki fried rice topped with green onions and sesame seeds

I love me a quick, no fuss, one-pot meal with minimal washing up to take care of after eating! This Teriyaki fried rice is my new favorite! Picture a complete Asian-inspired veggie-packed meal made in one-pot! Trust me, this Vegan Instant Pot Fried Rice will be on constant dinner rotation. It’s so easy and SO good!

vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice in a pot

Making teriyaki fried rice in an Instant Pot is a real game changer! No sticking, or stirring, no water boiling over. Set and forget and the rice comes out perfectly cooked every time.

The beauty of this easy restaurant-style Instant Pot fried rice recipe is that you can add whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. I used zucchini, peas, bell peppers, and carrots but the possibilities are endless.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice with a fork on the side

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Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice

5 from 19 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Pressure build up and release: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
This Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried rice is packed with colorful veggies, sesame seeds and a sweet and salty teriyaki sauce. It makes a delicious Asian one-pot dinner! An easy Japanese restaurant-style fried rice that is ready in 20 minutes making it family-friendly for busy weeknight dinners.
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Ingredients 
 

For the Teriyaki Sauce-

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, or use tamari to make it gluten-Free
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5-2 tbsp Brown sugar or regular sugar
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp water

For the Fried Rice

  • 1.5 cups white rice, washed and soaked for 15 minutes, I use basmati
  • 2 cups veggies, such as zucchini, stir fry mix, peppers, carrots, peas, etc
  • 7 oz of extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed into small pieces. You can also use 1 cup of slightly mashed chickpeas instead.
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
  • chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions 

  • Mix the soy sauce, maple syrup, sugar, ginger, garlic, vinegar, molasses and water, until well combined. Reserve half of the sauce. Add the sesame seeds to one half of the sauce, and add cornstarch to the other half of the sauce.
  • In an instant pot, select saut√© then add 2 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add in the tofu and cook until it is golden on some sides.
  • Switch off saut√©. drain the rice and add it to the instant pot. Add in the vegetables, salt, pepper, and half of the teriyaki sauce that has sesame seeds. Add 1.5 cups of water, and mix really well.
  • Close the lid, select pressure cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally for 8 minutes. Then carefully quick release, then open the lid.
  • Meanwhile, mix the teriyaki sauce that has cornstarch in it so that the cornstarch that has settled will mix in again. Then heat that mixture in a microwave or in a skillet until the sauce thickens a little bit.
  • Remove the fried rice from the instant pot into a large bowl and fluff it. Then drizzle the thickened teriyaki sauce all over, but don't completely mix it so that there are swirls of some concentrated teriyaki sauce all over in the fried rice. You can also serve half of that sauce on the side instead of mixing all up, for people who want that extra punch of the teriyaki sauce, while eating the fried rice.
  • Top it with Green Onions, and more sesame seeds, and serve.

Video

Notes

You can also make this with different grains such as quinoa, or millet. For quinoa,  pressure cook it for 4 minutes
Stove top: Soak the white basmati rice for 20 mins then drain. Folllow steps 1,2 from above. Add in the vegetables, salt, pepper, and half of the teriyaki sauce that has sesame seeds and drained rice. Add 3 cups of water, and mix. Partially cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 to 17 minutes.  Then Follow step 4 to thicken the remaining teriyaki sauce. Open the lid, fluff the rice then Swirl in the thickened sauce. Garnish and serve 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal, Carbohydrates: 88g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 730mg, Potassium: 378mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 4658IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 140mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Ingredients for making Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice:

  • soy sauce – the dark kind is recommended here. You could also use tamari to make this gluten-free
  • maple syrup, molasses, and sugar for sweetness and that signature dark color
  • plenty of minced fresh ginger and garlic are a must for making anything teriyaki
  • rice wine vinegar adds some more tang to the frying sauce
  • cornstarch helps thicken the teriyaki sauce
  • sesame seeds are great addition as they add some crunch and a nice nutty aroma to this recipe
  • white rice washed and soaked for 15 minutes – I recommend long grain rice
  • veggies: I use zucchini, stir fry mix, peppers, carrots, peas, etc but you can mix it up
  • ¬†extra firm tofu works best here. Make sure to press it before you cut it into small pieces

ingredients for making Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice

 

Tips & Substitutions:

  • About the peas – feel free to add them right in the end if you want them to maintain their gorgeous green color. When cooked for the entire duration they might look a bit grey and less attractive. For a simple dinner, I don’t mind them that way but if company is coming, add them in once the pressure has been released. The heat from the rice cooks them in a minute.
  • You can also make this recipe with different grains such as quinoa, or millet. For quinoa, ¬†pressure cook it for only 4 minutes.
  • To make this without tofu, you can add in 1 cup of slightly mashed chickpeas instead.

tofu cubes being fried in a pot

Mix the soy sauce, maple syrup, sugar, ginger, garlic, vinegar, molasses and water, until well combined. Reserve half of the sauce. Add the sesame seeds to one half of the sauce, and add cornstarch to the other half of the sauce.

In an instant pot, select sauté then add 2 tsp of oil. Once the oil is hot, add in the tofu until it is golden on some sides.

rice being mixed with teriyaki sauce, vegetables and tofu in an Instant Pot

Switch off sauté. drain the rice and add it to the instant pot. Add in the vegetables, salt, pepper, and half of the teriyaki sauce that has sesame seeds. Add 1.5 cups of water, and mix really well.

ingredients for Vegan Teriyaki Fried Rice being mixed in an Instant Pot

Close the lid, select pressure cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally for 8 minutes. Then carefully quick release, then open the lid.

vegan teriyaki fried rice in an Instant Pot

Meanwhile, mix the teriyaki sauce that has cornstarch in it so that the cornstarch that has settled will mix in again. Then heat that mixture in a microwave or in a skillet until the sauce thickens a little bit.

teriyaki sauce being added to Instant Pot

Remove the fried rice from the instant pot into a large bowl and fluff it. Then drizzle the thickened teriyaki sauce all over, but don’t completely mix it so that there are swirls of some concentrated teriyaki sauce all over in the fried rice.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice in a black dish with a small dish with green onions and sesame seeds on the side

You can also serve half of that sauce on the side instead of mixing all up, for people who want that extra punch of the teriyaki sauce, while eating the fried rice.

Top it with Green Onions, and more sesame seeds, and serve. You can also make this with different grains such as quinoa, or millet. For quinoa,  pressure cook it for 4 minutes.

Vegan Teriyaki Fried Rice served in a black dish with a side of sesame seeds and green onions

WHICH RICE SHALL I USE FOR MAKING TERIYAKI FRIED RICE?

I would recommend long-grain rice for making this recipe. It holds its shape better and stays separate when cooked. Basmati rice is great but you can also go for Jasmine rice.

 

 

About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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67 Comments

  1. Aussie_mum says:

    5 stars
    OMG this is great.
    Our family is vegan & love fried rice.
    Made it for 4 servings and will have enough for lunches for work.

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Awesome!

  2. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. One question: when you say “pepper flakes” do you mean black pepper? That’s what I used.

    1. Richa says:

      Red pepper flakes

  3. Sarah says:

    Is the cook time in the Instant Pot the same if you want to double the recipe? Thanks- it looks delicious!

    1. Richa says:

      Yea same cook time