20+ Creative Vegan Rice Recipes

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You’ll love these creative vegan rice recipes, from easy sides to hearty mains and sweet treats! Budget-friendly, delicious, and kid-approved ideas.

Whether it’s jasmine, wild, brown, or sushi rice: this tasty grain is always a win at any dinner table!

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Primarily Asian and Mexican recipes incorporate rice as the main ingredient — however, many soups, casseroles, and colorful bowls can also be made with rice.

Enjoy our following list of lunches, sides, desserts, protein-packed mains, and more!

Delicious Vegan Rice Recipes

Quick Green Curry Fried Rice
An umami-rich meal perfect for dinner! This simple fried rice is made in 1 pan and ready in 20 minutes. The perfect way to use up leftover rice!
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Vegan Risotto with Mushrooms & Peas
Enjoy this creamy one-pot vegan risotto, made with mushrooms, peas, and leeks in under 30 minutes! It’s an easy, low-fat and satisfying meal idea the whole family will enjoy.
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Easy Vegan Bean Burrito
Make these easy vegan bean burritos in only 15 minutes or less with cooked rice, beans, avocado, and tomatoes! It’s a healthy and filling lunch or dinner idea, full of delicious Mexican flavors and exciting textures.
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Flavorful Mexican Buddha Bowl
These customizable Mexican Buddha Bowls combine everything you love about Mexican cuisine: filling rice, spicy cooked beans, creamy guacamole, and fresh mango tomato salsa.
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Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry
Skip the takeout and try this flavorful 20-minute stir-fry. The recipe includes crunchy cashews, homemade sauce, and colorful veggies! Serve over your favorite rice and make your taste buds dance!
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Tofu Rice Bowl
Perfect for meal prep and incredibly healthy, this tofu rice bowl includes a creamy tahini dressing and lots of delicious flavors! It’s high in protein and packed with fiber. This recipe is easily customizable!
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Hearty Chili Sin Carne
The whole family will love this hearty vegan bean chili with rice and avocado! It’s healthy, budget-friendly, and tastes even better when reheated the next day.
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Healthy Vegan Bibimbap
Colorful veggies meet cooked rice and a spicy homemade miso sauce in this healthy vegan Bibimbap recipe! Made with accessible ingredients, it’s suitable for weeknights and meal prep — find exact instructions in our free Week of Bowls eBook.
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Fresh Lemon Herb Rice
Upgrade this staple grain with bright flavors! Lemon herb rice is delicious as a side or base to a main meal — the pairing options are endless.
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Baked Brown Rice Pudding
This baked vegan brown rice pudding is a healthier twist on the sweet and creamy classic dessert. The pudding is also fantastic for breakfast, with flavors coming from cinnamon, maple syrup, and raisins!
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Sushi Burrito with Crispy Tofu
Fuse Mexican and Japanese by rolling up this oversize sushi burrito! A "sushirrito" is filled with crispy tofu, sushi rice, chipotle mayo, avocado, kimchi, and baby spinach. All ingredients are neatly rolled into nori sheets, making the perfect finger food.
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Easy Spanish Rice
This simple Spanish rice recipe is infused with saffron making it golden, fragrant, and flavorful. Only 30 minutes are needed to make it, and it pairs well with all your favorite Spanish, Mexican, and Middle Eastern meals.
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Spanish Rice
Easy Mexican Rice Casserole
If you love Mexican food, try this flavorful rice casserole. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, filled with beans, corn, and rice. It’s also very budget-friendly!
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White Bean Kale Stew
Wholesome, creamy, and easy to make, this beginner-friendly white bean and kale stew over wild rice is a great weeknight dinner idea. It’s made with wholesome everyday ingredients and is very hearty!
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Mango Sticky Rice
Have you been to Thailand before? Then you’ve probably fallen in love with this country’s traditional dessert: mango sticky rice. Sweet and creamy rice meets juicy mango — so delicious.
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Lentil Rice Soup
A hearty lentil rice soup packed with protein and veggies is perfect for filling your belly. It is flavorful and made with simple ingredients. This lentil rice soup recipe will become your family’s favorite.
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Fried Rice Bowls
This vegetable fried rice recipe is bold, filling, and flavorful! It takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is excellent for using vegetables from your fridge or freezer. This customizable fried rice bowl never gets boring.
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vegetable thai fried rice bowls
Brown Rice Salad
Use cold, already cooked brown rice to make a colorful salad for lunch or a side for dinner! Loaded with beans, herbs, and spices, you can make many different flavor combinations and bring them to your next potluck.
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Brown Rice Salad
Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
You’ll love this nourishing and comforting wild rice mushroom soup on a cold fall or winter day! It’s creamy, flavorful, and great for batch-cooking.
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Vegan Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
Middle Eastern Stuffed Peppers
This recipe should be in your weekly dinner rotation! Tender baked bell peppers filled with rice, lentils, vegetables, and a zesty herbed tomato sauce. This recipe is family-friendly, affordable, and flavorful.
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Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Vegan Biryani
Fragrant fluffy rice layered with crunchy vegetables and spices makes this aromatic vegan Biryani delicious! A blast of warm spices and exotic flavors awaits you with every bite.
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Vegan Biryani
Vegan Poke Bowl
Bring this vegan poke bowl to work with you for a healthy and tasty lunch idea! The poke is loaded with rice, edamame, grated carrots, cucumber, avocado, and spicy mayo.
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Curried Rice Salad
This curried rice salad is great for make-ahead meal prep lunches or as an easy side dish. It packs healthy veggies and legumes alongside a lot of flavors!
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20+ Creative Vegan Rice Recipes (Savory & Sweet)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
You’ll love these creative vegan rice recipes, from easy sides to hearty mains and sweet treats! Budget-friendly, delicious, and kid-approved ideas. The following pineapple fried rice is a great way to use up cooked rice and is ready in under 30 minutes!
Serves 4

Ingredients

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped veggies of choice 130 g
  • 1 ½ cups pineapple cubed (340 g)
  • ¼ - ½ cup stir fry sauce
  • 4 oz firm tofu 110 g, crumbled
  • 3 cups cooked rice 600 g

Instructions

  • Place a large pan over medium heat and add sesame oil and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add ginger, veggies, and pineapple. Cook until soft, then add tofu and the stir-fry sauce. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add cooked rice, mix thoroughly, and heat until warm.
  • Serve topped with fresh herbs or green onion!

Notes

  • Carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms work well for this recipe.
  • Make it oil-free by sautéing your veggies in water or broth.
  • Find 20+ more vegan rice recipes in the article above.
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: Asian
Nutrition Facts
20+ Creative Vegan Rice Recipes (Savory & Sweet)
Amount per Serving
Calories
262
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Sodium
 
15
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
47
g
16
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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