Red Vietnamese Fried Rice: A Quick and Easy Meal

Most Asian countries have their own version of fried rice; Thailand has pad Thai, China has chow mein, Indonesia has nasi goreng, Vietnam has cơm tấm and the list goes on and on! But what makes Vietnamese red rice different? Well, instead of regular white steamed rice, it’s actually just regular white rice that’s been cooked in tomato sauce! This turns it into more of a stir-fry than regular fried rice which is what makes it so much quicker to make and perfect for busy weeknights.

What you need

You will need to fry up the tomato rice with garlic for a few minutes. Once that is done, add in your peas, ham and egg. This recipe is super easy to make with only three ingredients! Once you’re done frying up your rice, it’s ready to eat! You can eat it as-is or serve it with some soy sauce for added flavour. My personal favourite way of eating this fried rice dish is by adding a fried egg on top of it. It tastes so good when you mix all the flavours together, especially with an extra bit of salt and pepper! What are some dishes you like to eat for lunch? Share below in the comments.

How to make it

This is a quick and easy meal that tastes delicious too. Start by frying up the tomato rice with garlic, and add peas, ham, and some oyster sauce to give it extra flavour. And the egg is fried in the pan as well. This recipe is so easy to make and it’s great for when you need to cook something quickly or if you are cooking for one as well! It can also be turned into vegetarian food by swapping out the meat for tofu or tempeh. Or made vegan by removing the eggs from the dish. But this dish is perfect because of how versatile it is – not only does it taste good, but it’s healthy too! I hope you enjoy my red Vietnamese fried rice recipe.

Before serving

1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and ham to the pan and fry until the onions are translucent. Add the rice, tomatoes, sugar, salt, peas and water then stir to combine.

2. Bring to a boil then cover with a lid, reduce heat to low-medium and cook for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat when done but keep covered for 5 minutes before serving so that it can continue cooking in its own steam.


1 cup rice (I used long grain)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons of sugar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


This fried rice is great for a quick meal or can be used as a side dish. The recipe is so easy to follow. All you need are the ingredients, a pot, a frying pan, and some oil. Cooking this rice with garlic adds extra flavour which makes it stand out from other red rice dishes. You can also substitute different vegetables in this dish such as corn or green beans. I like to enjoy my fried rice with some fresh cilantro on top for some added freshness!

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