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Romanesco Fried Rice

Photo: Jamie Vespa
Active time 15 mins
Total time 20 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Romanesco is this year's vegetable to get to know. It’s part of the brassica family (other members include cabbage, kale, and cauliflower), and has a flavor similar to broccoli. Look for romanesco heads that are bright in color with perky leaves as a sign of freshness. Here, we use romanesco in place of traditional cauliflower for a plant-powered tofu fried rice dish. This simple, vegetarian version comes together in less time than it takes to cook actual rice, and is much healthier than takeout. You can easily substitute chicken, pork, or shrimp for the tofu, and adjust the seasonings to your liking.


  • 2 heads romanesco broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 (14-oz) package extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 311
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 8 g
  • polyfat 7.6 g
  • protein 18 g
  • carbohydrate 17 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 93 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 483 mg
  • calcium 175 mg
  • sugars 4 g

How to Make It

  1. Place half of romanesco in a food processor. Pulse until romanesco resembles granules of rice. Repeat with remaining batch. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add tofu to pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes; flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 Tablespoon canola oil. Add shallots, garlic, snap peas, and carrots; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add green onion; cook 1 minute.
  3. Clear an open spot in the center of pan. Add eggs, stirring occasionally to lightly scramble. Before egg is completely set, stir in romanesco. Drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Top with toasted sesame seeds and additional green onion, if desired.