Part 1, Takeout Fakeout: Vegetarian Sweet Potato “Fried Rice”

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Have you ever heard of that expression, “Takeout Fakeout?” When I first started reading food blogs (ya know, at about 3 months old), I remember seeing a blogger recreate a classic takeout food for the home cook.

My interest was peaked (who doesn’t love takeout?), but I was disappointed when I saw the ingredient list: butter, rice, and sugar! And yes, it looked phenomenal – but sure didn’t make you feel phenomenal.

Today, I’ve got a real fakeout for you: riceless fried rice that’s good for you and tastes JUST like the real thing. Now that’s an Inspiralized fakeout.

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Well, it’s riceless in the fact that there’s no grain rice. The rice in this fried rice dish is made from sweet potato noodles! As you learned in this video, it takes an additional couple of minutes (if that!) to turn your spiralized veggies into rice.

Although the jury’s still out, I think that sweet potato rice tastes the most like real rice.

Lu and I got back from the gym last night and I practically had to fight him for a portion. Normally, I usually give in, but this fried rice is so tasty, I couldn’t concede this time. It’s filling without the post-feast bloat, as I like to call it.

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Plus, the ingredients are simple: soy sauce, sweet potato, green peas, eggs, onions, vegetable broth and oil. If that’s not clean eating at its finest, I don’t know what is!

You might notice that this post is titled “Part 1, Takeout Fakeout.” That’s because tomorrow, there will be a “Part 2” where I share my tips on how to Inspiralize your takeout orders! With my tricks, you’ll never feel guilty about ordering takeout again – whether you’re at work with coworkers ordering in, home on a Friday night or eating takeout leftovers.

This fried rice will be featured tomorrow as well! Here’s a sneak peek:

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Dieting shouldn’t mean giving up and sacrificing all the good stuff. You shouldn’t have to only “have a bite” – you can have a whole bowl! Don’t believe me? Check back here tomorrow for my updates.

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Vegetarian Sweet Potato "Fried Rice"

Yields 2 cups

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 large (340g+) sweet potato, peeled, Blade C
  • 1 tbsp oil of choice (vegetable, olive or coconut - I used olive)
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, low-sodium (or chicken broth, if not vegetarian)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cooked green peas
  • 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce


  1. Place your sweet potato noodles in a food processor and pulse until made into rice-like "bits." Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, place in your oil. Then, add in the onions. Let cook for 2 minutes and then add in the sweet potato rice. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Stirring frequently, let cook for 1 minute. Then, add in the vegetable broth and stir. Let reduce fully.
  3. While the rice is reducing, place a medium skillet over medium heat and pour in eggs. Scramble and set aside.
  4. Once the rice has reduced, taste. If still crunchy, stir and let cook for another 2 minutes. When done, fold in the egg and peas. Add in the soy sauce and toss everything to combine. Once combined, divide into bowls and enjoy!

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice

Vegetable Sweet Potato Fried Rice


  1. this looks seriously amazing!! must try!!
  2. I don't like fried rice, but I am going to make this! And guess who has an already spiraled sweet potato in the fridge? Yup, spiraled one too many for my spiralized grilled ham and cheese 'sandwich'!
  3. That looks so good, but I think it would be even better with white sweet potatoes.
  4. wow! this looks delicious! I never thought about using sweet potato as "fried rice".
  5. Who needs REAL rice when there are sweet potatoes to be eaten! This takeout fakeout looks way better than any takeout I've ever had!
  6. Previously did this with cauliflower "rice", which was good but sweet potato rice is much tastier! I added shrimp and a little of my favorite gluten-free stir fry sauce and it was perfect. Thanks for the great suggestion.
  7. oh ali, yumm! made my first batch last night, hard to put 2nd half in fridge. this morning i'm thinkin' it could very well be bfast : ) loving our new community, thank you for all your hard work : ) and congrats on the ginormous response!! well done.
  8. This was one of my favorite meals of all time. DELICIOUS and guilt-free. Just my style! I am LOVING your site! It's given me so many idea for my spiralizer!
  9. I tried this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
  10. Just like left over take out. I ate it for breakfast. Cold and right out of the container. Sooo good.
  11. I just made this today, and it was a hit! Even with my husband. I'm intolerant to soy & eggs, so it lacked the Asian flavor that I miss after I've gone gluten-free. I used coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. And, to some Asian flair, I added toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, julienned scallions, and a bit of sriracha chile sauce. It might even taste good with a little hit of fish sauce since I can't get the saltiness from soy sauce. Thanks for this idea.
    • I don't do soy or eggs either. I do have some "Asian" luck with toasted sesame oil and ginger, as well as garlic.
  12. I just got my spiralizer a few days ago, and I made this tonight. It was delicious! I used chicken broth and added chicken breast because I wanted some extra protein. My husband loved it too. Thanks so much for the recipe!
  13. We made this for dinner tonight--it was delicious! When I said, "it is healthier than fried rice," my husband responded, "it tastes better than fried rice."
  14. I made this last night and it was great! I added chicken when I was cooking the onions and I thought it turned out well.
  15. I made this tonight and it was very good. I didn't have peas so I substituted broccoli. Yummy!!!thanks for the recipe
  16. Just made it, absolutely amazing! So easy!
  17. Is there any way you can go back on old recipes and add the nutrition facts? It's so convenient when those are listed!!
  18. do you have nutritional info on this recipe?
  19. Wow! First recipe I've made from your book - received today - and it's a winner. Thank you so much for writing it!
  20. OMG I made this last night with some marinated chicken. I had a HUGE sweet potato so I added in another egg and some more onions/peas. It was AMAZING. I am so excited about this now. I thought it was really intimidating to spiralize the SP and then rice it, but I found that if I did it in steps (like in the morning I spiralized it.. before the gym I threw it in the food processor.. then when I was ready it was all set) it made it easier. I realize that most people can't or don't have that much patience lol but it worked for me. Seriously what a great recipe and so customizable!! Thank you Ali -I was officially "WOW'd" by this recipe and I said "this might be the best spiralized dish to date..." Until the next one :)
  21. Just made this recipe last night for dinner. Added chicken to it and it was FANTASTIC!!
  22. I don't get that excited about many recipes but this one was amazing and I just had to comment and agree with all those previous posts. Thank you for a definite keeper!!
  23. Hi Everyone, I'm new to all this...just came across the website yesterday...already ordered my Inspiralizer and the cookbook. I'm very excited! My question is, how far ahead can you spiralize and how does it come out if you freeze it? Thanks!
  24. Finally tried this Ali! Big hit with the kids- especially Holden. Note to mom's: this recipe is perfect for infants especially if you overcook it a bit! (I did not do the soy sauce, though. Used coconut aminos instead) We'll definitely do this again. Easier then I expected as well.
  25. Fabulous. Love this fried rice Reciepe. So satisfying and healthy.
  26. Sweet potatoes are too starchy carb for my health so I would sub carrots in the place of sweet potatoes. But that's just me. I eat low carb spiralized.
  27. You need to come over to Ghana for live seminars with my organization. I just bumped into your information on food and nutrition, and the "fake rice" is superb. I'll try it here, if great, will spread it to schools for their feeding program. Best, Sam. Cape Coast, Ghana.
    Just made this today! Absolutely love it and delicious! I never even tried sweet potato before, I would always skip it at meals. I love inspiralized, it has broaden my horizon!
  29. I have done this reciepe several times and I always find it delicious. Thank u Ali for all your lovely reciepe
  30. Great recipe! Thank you
  31. I made this recipe last night with a few additions and deletions. I loved it! Thank you!
  32. What stove setting/temperature does the onion/rice get cooked at?


  1. […] That was before I discovered Inspiralized. If you haven’t checked out this blog, do it now! Ali has been a huuuge inspiration to me as I try to navigate the challenge of planning nutrient-rich vegetable oriented meals. She brilliantly discovered how to make “rice” out of sweet potatoes using a vegetable spiralizer. If you don’t have one of these, I definitely recommend buying one – it makes cooking with vegetables way more versatile. (For more fried rice amazingness, check out Ali’s vegetarian version!) […]
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  6. […] to make spiral noodles. This turned out to be an awesome recipe! So delicious! It was inspired by a recipe in the Spiralizer recipe […]
  7. […] Sweet potato’s are in season right now so scoop some up! I found a fun recipe using sweet potato as rice in Chinese take-out style fried rice dish. It was absolutely amazing! recipe here […]
  8. […] Forget oily Chinese takeout, this healthy version of your favorite fried rice is the perfect fakeout for any diet. Total time: 20 minutes (via Inspiralized) […]

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