Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet is a dish with orzo, carrots, broccoli, peas, onions and eggs in a soy/ginger sauce – a yummy twist on fried rice!
Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet is a dish with orzo, carrots, broccoli, peas, onions and eggs in a soy/ginger sauce - a yummy twist on fried rice!

Do you like Chinese fried rice? Well, the recipe I am sharing today is very similar in flavor to that classic Asian side dish, but this one uses orzo pasta instead of the “traditional” white rice. How’s that for a nice twist?

This hearty, low calorie dish is packed with colorful, healthy vegetables like broccoli, carrots, peas, carrots, yellow and green onions!

When you add cooked orzo, garlic, soy sauce, ground ginger, and salt and pepper to these veggies, the result is an absolutely delicious side dish! You can also enjoy it as a tasty vegetarian main dish, if that appeals to you, too!

This recipe makes 8 servings, and because it reheats well in the microwave, it’s a great dish to have around! Here’s how to make this Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet.

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Cook The Orzo

You will need COOKED orzo for this recipe. Orzo is a type of pasta that can easily be found in most grocery stores with the other pastas, and it looks like an elongated grain of rice.

Cook 1 cup uncooked orzo in boiling water, according to the package directions. When the orzo has finished cooking, drain and then rinse it well with COLD water to prevent the pasta from continuing to cook.

Set the pasta aside. It will be added to this dish at the end, so you can make it ahead of time, if that’s more convenient.

Orzo pasta is cooked in boiling water, then drained well.

Cook The Vegetables

Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on Medium-high in a large skillet. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), add diced carrots and chopped onion.

Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the veggies become slightly tender, then add minced garlic and cook an additional minute.

Diced onions and carrots cook in oil in a large skillet.Minced garlic is stirred into the cooked carrots and onions.

Stir in the fresh broccoli florets and cook, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes until the broccoli becomes slightly tender.

Transfer all the veggies out of the skillet and into a large bowl. Set aside, and then wipe the skillet clean.

Broccoli florets are added to the veggie mixture in the skillet.

Scramble And Dice The Eggs

Heat the remaining oil (1 Tablespoon) on Medium in the cleaned skillet. Add 3 beaten eggs and let them cook, stirring often, until they’re fully cooked. Use a spatula to break the cooked eggs up into small pieces.

Three eggs are scrambled in hot oil in a large skillet.The scrambled eggs are chopped into very small pieces in skillet.

Stir the reserved vegetables back into the skillet with the cooked eggs until they have been combined. Add the cooked orzo, frozen peas (not thawed!), sliced green onions, soy sauce, ginger.

Season everything with salt and pepper, to suit your taste, then stir gently until all the ingredients have been well-combined.

Cooked veggies are added back into skillet with the scrambled eggs.Peas, orzo, spices, green onions, soy sauce and spices are added to skillet.

Heat, Then Serve The Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet

Turn the heat to Medium-High and stirring often, continue to cook the Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet until it is fully heated through.

Once everything is hot, the dish is ready to be served. You can serve this dish straight from the skillet OR you can transfer servings to individual plates.

We enjoyed this flavorful, colorful and delicious dish alongside our main dish of Lemon Pineapple Chicken Bites, and these two dishes complimented each other well. YUM!

The Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet is fully heated through and then served.A serving of Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet on plate with lemon pineapple chicken.

I hope you like the Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet as much as we do, and trust you’ll have the chance to make it for those you love. It is a great tasting side dish, but could also be enjoyed as a vegetarian main dish!

Thank you for stopping by, and I invite you to come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, may God bless you, and have a GREAT day!

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Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet is a dish with orzo, carrots, broccoli, peas, onions and eggs in a soy/ginger sauce - a yummy twist on fried rice!

Category: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian
Keyword: Asian orzo veggie skillet
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 163 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil **DIVIDED USE**
  • 1 cup broccoli florets bite sized florets
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ¾ cup frozen peas do not thaw
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions bulb and stalk
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Cook orzo in boiling water according to package directions. When done, drain well; rinse orzo with COLD water to prevent it from continuing to cook. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil on Medium-high in a large skillet. Once oil is hot, add carrots and onion. Cook 3-4 minutes stirring often, until they're slightly tender; add garlic, cook 30 seconds, stirring often.

  3. Stir in broccoli florets; cook, stirring often for 5-6 minutes until broccoli is slightly tender. Transfer veggies from skillet into a bowl. Set aside. Wipe skillet clean.

  4. Heat remaining oil (1T.) on Medium in cleaned skillet. Add beaten eggs; cook, stirring them often until fully cooked. Break up cooked eggs into small pieces.

  5. Stir reserved veggies back into the eggs in skillet until combined. Add orzo, frozen peas, green onions, soy sauce, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste; stir until combined.

  6. Turn heat to Medium-High. Cook, stirring often, until all ingredients are fully heated through. When hot, it's ready to be served straight from the skillet OR onto individual plates. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Asian Orzo Veggie Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/8 of total))
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 331mg14%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 2887IU58%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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