Heavenly Vietnamese Beef Fried Rice

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This Vietnamese beef fried rice is a quick meal-in-one. Garnish with cilantro and a wedge of lime.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 cup jasmine rice

  • 1 cube beef bouillon

  • 5 makrut lime leaves

  • 14 ounces lean ground beef

  • 1 cup torn cilantro leaves

  • 1 cup torn mint leaves

  • ½ cup sliced green onions

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup chopped green chile peppers

  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • 1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large red onion, sliced


  1. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Add rice, beef bouillon, and lime leaves. Boil for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let rice stand for 10 minutes. Spread onto a platter and let cool completely, at least 40 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, marinate beef with cilantro, mint, green onions, lime juice, chile peppers, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce for up to 1 hour. Marinate tofu in the remaining soy sauce.

  3. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Add red onion; cook for 1 minute, then add marinated beef. Saute until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Discard lime leaves from the cooled rice and toss rice into the wok. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add tofu, stir gently, and fry for 3 minutes more. Serve hot.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute Thai basil for mint. Use any green chiles you prefer.

You can substitute ground chicken or pork for beef.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
32g Fat
49g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 835mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 350mg 27%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 607mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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