beautiful stir fry

15 Nov

IMG_1753Love stir fry, but are a getting a little tired of using brown rice as your base?

Switch it up, and swap in some black rice instead.

Not only will it add extra dimension and excitement to your otherwise common stir fry, it will also add in other nutrients like the antioxidant anthocyanin (which can also be found in blueberries, acai berries, blackberries, red cabbage etc…), along with packing in added protein and fiber, in comparison to brown rice.

So why not give it a go? Here’s how (use up those lonely veggies in your fridge):

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6


  • Black rice, 1 cup
  • Water, 2 cups
  • Sesame oil, 2-3 tbsp
  • Tamari, 3-4 tbsp
  • Ginger, 1 inch piece, peeled
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, pressed
  • Tofu, 1 package, drained, and marinated for at least 30 minutes
  • Yellow onion, 1, chopped
  • Carrots, 2 medium, chopped
  • Broccoli, 4 florets, chopped
  • Cauliflower, 4 florets, chopped
  • Celery, 2 stems, chopped
  • Sesame seeds, garnish


1. Marinate tofu: Drain water out of package. Place tofu on a plate, then cover with another plate. Place a heavy book or pan on top, let sit for 5 minute intervals, draining the water each time. Once most of the water is drained, drizzle tofu with tamari, cover and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Cook rice: While your tofu is marinating, make your rice! Add black rice and water to a pot, bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Let cook for ~30 minutes, or until water has dissolved.

2. Prep: While the rice is cooking, prep your veggies, and take out a pan and a wooden spoon.

3. Cook: Over medium heat, add sesame oil to your pan. Then add in your onion and let cook until translucent. Add your veggies, then drizzle 1/2 of your tamari into the pan. Cover, cook for 10-12 minutes, mixing periodically, until all veggies become tender. Add in tofu, and mix in. Add in black rice, and mix in. Drizzle remaining tamari, mix again.

4. Serve: Plate the stir fry, and garnish with sesame seeds for a beautiful juxtaposition of colors. Enjoy!

6 Responses to “beautiful stir fry”

  1. sproutsandstilton November 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Just discovered black rice the other day, it’s great! Your recipie looks great. Now I know what to cook for dinner tonight, I have all the ingredients at home. Many thanks ; )

    • Wonderful, so glad you like the recipe, black rice is really an awesome grain! Enjoy it, and feel free to use any veggies you have on hand that might go with the tamari/sesame oil/ginger/garlic flavor profile. Cheers!

    • Simone November 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      Do I need to worry about my daughter’s nut allergy with this dish?

      • Hi Simone, Thanks for asking. The dish does include sesame oil, sesame seeds, tofu and tamari. It is best to check if the sesame oil, sesame seeds, tofu or tamari you use have been processed in a facility that also processes nuts. Tofu and tamari are made from soybeans, which is technically a legume, and sesame oil and sesame seeds, are seeds, and black rice should be nut-free as well – since it’s simply rice. I hope this helps!

  2. Thanks for trying out the stir fry recipe and sharing with your readers! I love your additions!


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