Quick and simple fried rice with just 3 ingredients! Chinese Olive Vegetable Fried Rice is full of flavor and so easy to make. All you need is cooked rice, garlic, and a jar of Chinese olive vegetables.
This is one of my favorite fried rice dishes and the easiest one to make!
Chinese Olive Vegetable Fried Rice is a Chiu Chow / Teochew dish. We grew up eating a lot of Chiu Chow / Teochew food so this holds a special place in our family dinner repertoire ^_^
You only need 3 ingredients: rice, garlic, and Chinese olive vegetable.
The whole dish comes together in less than 15 minutes. It's so packed with flavor and could be easily served by itself for a simple meal. Or you could top it with a crispy fried egg to make it extra tasty.
What Is Chinese Olive Vegetable
What is Chinese olive vegetable?
It's a delicious Chiu Chow / Teochew condiment.
90% of the time we use it to make fried rice. The other 10% of the time we use it to make a pork and vegetable stir fry (recipe for that coming soon :).
Chinese olive vegetable is not actually an "olive vegetable."
It is a blend of green olives and Chinese mustard greens. Both ingredients are chopped and mixed together.
The green olives are boiled, and then stir fried with the Chinese mustard greens. Oil is added (the oil ends up being super tasty) along with seasonings.
Chinese olive vegetable is not a preserved vegetable condiment. It's a fully cooked condiment.
Note: you'll typically find a few olive pits in each jar, that is normal ^_^
A unopened jar of Chinese olive vegetable can be stored at room temperature. Once you open the jar, make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
Here's what you'll need:
- Rice, cooked and cooled - Fried rice is the perfect dish to make with leftover rice! If you don't have leftover rice, just cook and cool the rice for a few hours before making this recipe.
- Chinese olive vegetable - You can purchase this online or in most Chinese supermarkets.
- Garlic, minced - Feel free to use more garlic if you like. The more garlic, the merrier ^_^
See recipe card for details and quantities.
Let's get cooking!
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic Chinese olive vegetables to the pan.
Saute for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add the cooked rice (use the back of a spatula to help break up the rice grains).
Pan fry for about 5 minutes until the rice is evenly coated in garlic and the Chinese olive vegetables.
Turn off the heat. Remove the rice to a big bowl. Eat and enjoy ^_^
Substitutions and Variations
A few popular ideas:
- Scrambled eggs - Scramble a couple of eggs before making the fried rice. Then break it into small pieces and mix it in with the fried rice right before you finish cooking.
- Bok choy - Stir fry chopped bok choy. Set it aside, and then mix it back into the fried rice 1-2 minutes before you finish cooking.
- Fried tofu - Get a block of fried tofu (we love the ones from Aloha Tofu Factory), and pan fry them for a couple of minutes. Set aside and add it back to the fried rice 1-2 minutes before you finish cooking.
Leftovers can keep in the refrigerator 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments.
There is a lot of (super flavorful) oil in the jar of Chinese olive vegetable. Instead of adding regular oil to the pan when cooking, you can add the oil from the jar. It's packed with seasonings and is very tasty. Don't dump that oil! Any leftover oil can be use for cooking in other recipes.
Make sure to try our recipes for:
- Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice - never worry about what to do with leftover eggs whites again.
- Kimchi Fried Rice - add kimchi, Spam or Portuguese sausage (sometimes we add all three)
- Ginger Fried Rice - a great postpartum dish and also perfect for the colder winter months.
- Spam Fried Rice - a local favorite!
- Yang Chow Fried Rice - you've definitely seen this fried rice on the menu of many Chinese restaurants ^_^
This fried rice can be served alone for a simple meal. You can jazz it up with a fried egg or little octopus hot dogs (no actual octopus involved).
This fried rice is wonderful with many vegetable and tofu side dishes like Garlic and Fish Sauce Eggplant (which is one of my all time favorite dishes), Hot Sesame Oil Tofu, and Avocado Tofu.
If you want to pair with meat, I recommend a more sauce-y meat dish like Shoyu Chicken and Shoyu Hot Dogs (clearly we love hot dogs haha).
Chinese Olive Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
Chinese Olive Vegetable Fried Rice
- 3 cups rice cooked and cooled
- 1 tablespoon Chinese olive vegetable
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic Chinese olive vegetables to the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the cooked rice (use the back of a spatula to help break up the rice grains). Pan fry for about 5 minutes until the rice is evenly coated in garlic and the Chinese olive vegetables.
- Turn off the heat. Remove the rice to a big bowl. Eat and enjoy ^_^
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