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Pesto Fried Brown Rice with Mushroom and Broccoli

Pesto Fried Brown Rice with Mushroom and Broccoli

I am about to throw you a curve ball with this recipe, it's one of the most common dishes in Asian cuisine but with an European twist, or you could say, it's one of the most known flavours in Europe with an Asian twist, either way, I would just call it an European Asian fusion recipe. 

Today I'm sharing with you this pesto fried brown rice with mushrooms and broccoli recipe that will give you the best of two worlds. Also, it's one of those recipes that even though it's crazy easy to make it has a gourmet feeling to it that will keep you hooked.

Lately, I've been obsessing over pesto sauce a bit too much but I just love the fact that you can put a bunch fresh ingredients in a food processor and have a masterpiece ready in a few seconds. Last week, in the midst of this obsession I went a bit overboard with it and made way too much, I didn't want it to go to waste so I had to get creative to put it to a good use. 

Pesto Fried Brown Rice with Mushroom and Broccoli ingredients

Pesto sauce has that kind of flavour that can easily enhance many other ingredients and it can turn a simple meal into something special. With this in mind I decided to use ingredients I don't normally combine with pesto to make something different and I was immensely happy of how everything turned out. 

With just a bunch of ingredients this pesto fried rice underlines the nutty taste of the mushrooms combined with the walnuts, the different flavours balance each other out and you have a creamy texture given by the walnuts blended with the basil and olive oil.  

Don't be tempted to buy pre made pesto from the store! Using fresh ingredients and making everything from scratch is so much better than buying prepackaged stuff, and this recipe allows you to do just that without it being too much of a hassle. You can find every ingredient you'll need at your local market; I personally like going to the farmers market over the weekend to get organic ingredients grown locally to make sure my food will be as fresh as possible.

vegan pesto ingredients

Back to the recipe now.

There's a few things we'll need to have ready but they're all quite simple; cook the rice, boil the broccoli and make the pesto, if you can manage, you can always multitask at this stage and have all three things happen at the same time. Usually, I have to chase my son around the house while cooking so multitasking doesn't really go that well. 

The rest is super quick and it's where we go back to the basics of Asian cuisine, making the fried rice. Just fry all the veggies in a pan, add the rice and the pesto and stir fry for a few minutes, make sure you mix in the sauce very well and if you can, I recommend to make a big batch, everyone will be asking for seconds!

Pesto Fried Brown Rice with Mushroom and Broccoli top down

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Mushrooms


For the pesto

  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh basil (washed)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 lime juice
  • 2 tbsps nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup walnut halves (crushed and roasted)

For the vegetables

  • 2 cups broccoli (florets)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 8 oz mixed mushrooms (cleaned and chopped)

For the rice

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a big pot cook the rice in water for about 30 minutes until soft.
  2. In a frying pan, heat up a tiny bit of the oil from the pesto ingredients and fry one minced garlic clove for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry on high heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. In another pot, boil the broccoli florets for 3-5 minutes, depending on their size, until they are slightly soft.
  5. Add all the pesto ingredients to a food processor, you can also use an immersion blender, to achieve a smooth mixture.
  6. Add the rice, broccoli and pesto to the frying pan where you previously fried the mushrooms and stir fry for about 5 minutes on high heat.
  7. Adjust taste and serve the pesto fried rice in a bowl or on a plate. Enjoy!

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