Fire up your pan for a nutritious and delicious side dish! In this recipe, we let the caramelized onions, garlic, soy sauce, black pepper, and fresh scallions do the heavy lifting in terms of adding flavor to your regular brown rice.
Immerse yourself in the umami flavors of soy sauce and mushrooms, the comforting bites of rice, and the fresh taste of scallions. This dish will leave you craving for more! Serve the mushroom rice with your favorite Asian-flavored proteins and stir-fried vegetables.
Asian Mushroom Rice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms sliced
- 3 tbsp lower-sodium soy sauce divided into 1 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp portions
- 4 cups long-grain brown rice cooked
- 4 cups spinach leaves
- 1 scallion sliced
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Prep all of the ingredients before cooking.
- Heat the pan to medium heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add olive oil and onions, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add garlic cloves to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
- Increase heat to medium-high.
- Stir in mushrooms and cook for 1 minute.
- Add 1 Tbsp soy sauce and cook for 6 minutes, or until onions have caramelized and mushrooms have softened.
- Mix in brown rice with the onions and mushrooms. Cook for 4 minutes.
- Add spinach, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, and black pepper. Mix evenly and cook for 4 minutes, or until spinach have slightly wilted.
Aside from the amazing flavors, the mushroom rice is a nutritional powerhouse. Unlike white rice, brown rice provides fiber and minerals which makes it a more nutritious option.
Mushrooms deliver a satisfying, meaty texture, but they are also a good source of protein, potassium, and minerals. Surprisingly, mushrooms contain antioxidants and can have more antioxidants than tomatoes!
Lastly, a vitamin pill in the form of spinach was added to the rice. This powerful green enhances your vision with its vitamin A content and boosts your immune and nervous systems.
Mushroom Rice Variations & Substitutions
Have fun with this dish by experimenting with different mushrooms, grains, and greens.
- Use shallots or white onions instead of yellow onion.
- Substitute scallions with cilantro or chives.
- If you are foraging your fridge and freezer, add in whatever vegetables you have on-hand like peas or broccoli.
- To add spice or heat to the rice, mix in Sriracha, red pepper flakes, chopped jalapenos, or Thai chili peppers.
- To decrease your prep time, purchase pre-sliced mushrooms, pre-washed bagged spinach, and cooked, frozen rice from the grocery store.
- A wok will work best for cooking the mushroom rice. If you do not have a wok, use at least a 12-inch pan. If you are using anything smaller, divide the recipe in half so there will be room for the ingredients.