Sesame ‘Scallop’ Fried Rice

Sesame ‘Scallop’ Fried Rice – a plant based scallop gets a taste of the sea with a secret ingredient, and works well with this vibrant and savory vegetable fried rice!


Sesame 'Scallop' Fried Rice

I love a good bowl of fried rice. I have a combination of ingredients that combine to recreate that typical Chinese take-out flavor we love so much – mine is plant based.

While shrimp is a typical fried rice protein, scallops are not. I never liked shrimp much anyway. My scallops have a tangy flavor, and more resemble a scallop in texture and looks:

Sesame "Scallops"

To mimic a sea flavor that magically transforms heart of palm into scallops, I added arame to the sauté. Arame is a sea vegetable I learned about and used in Mark Reinfeld’s training, and it imparts a savory, umame sea flavor. The dried shiitake is another favorite I like to pair with the arame – the flavors and textures combine well.

Broccoli, spinach and other greens round out the veggie and protein quotient, and sesame oil brings another Asian flavor I love.

Sesame 'Scallop' Fried Rice

sesame heart of palm fried rice

egg, dairy and gluten free, vegan

serves 4-6

2-3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1 can heart of palm, drained
1/3 cup dried arame
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 to 1 1/2 cups snap peas, cut in half
2 cups fresh baby spinach
2-3 trees broccoli, chopped
1/2 box silken tofu
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
4 servings cooked brown rice
1/3 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
vegan / gluten free soy sauce

In large pan or wok over medium heat, warm sesame oil and garlic. Sauté heart of palm, arame, onion, snap peas, spinach, and broccoli until soft. Whisk silken tofu with turmeric, onion powder and splash soy sauce, add to sautéed veggies. Cook several minutes, stirring often, until the liquid consistency cooks off to solid, tofu will cling to veggies. Add cooked rice and shiitake, stir to combine. Add soy sauce to taste.

Sesame 'Scallop' Fried Rice







    • Kristina Sloggett says

      oooh, I am intrigued – and trying to picture this… unraveling them like a noodle maybe? or more like a gnocchi?

  1. says

    Thank you for showing me that not only CAN you cook hearts of palm, I’m not the only one who finds their texture to be eerily similar to seafood. (I had made a hearts of palm ‘ceviche’ before, but it had so much other stuff in it, I’m not sure the whole seafood concept went through.) This looks wonderful, and I do believe you might have inspired me to go with a particular recipe for next week I’d been mulling over…

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      YAY, I love to inspire! I look forward to seeing what you’re making! I have wanted to do exactly this for a while now, and I was happy with the result! :)

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      yes! while my previous life I stayed as far away from it as I could? :) (I am not a swimmer…)

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      ha, me too! they often end up on salads. I’ve had this idea for a while, so I am happy I finally did it and that it worked well!

      happy weekend, friend! XO

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      thanks, Linds – the texture is there, and I think the flavor is better than a scallop 😉

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing one of my favourite and childhood dishes. But “scallops” sound so interesting to the dish! Have you tried adding white pepper and toasted sesame oil to the dish? It’s the key to the best fried rice in Taiwan 😉

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      I am halfway there, the sesame oil I used was toasted! :) I’ll have to pick up some white pepper, thanks for the tip! :)

  3. says

    I’ve always loved rice, and Asian flavors are my favorites! Currently I’m happily eating tons of rice. My bowls tend to look very similar to yours, but I don’t use oil anymore and also haven’t tried any vegan seafood imitations. I’m not sure what heart of palm is, and I think I’ve never stumbled across it. Your idea to turn it into scallops looks lovely, though.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      why the no oil? palm hearts are the inner core of palm trees (harvesting from multi-stemmed palms does not kill the palm) :) to me, the flavor and texture is similar to an artichoke, tangy!

      • says

        Sounds really nice!

        I’ve started eating a whole-food diet, therefore the no-oil thing. (Oils are refined foods such as white flour.) This is according to the recommendations of T. Colin Campbell, John McDougall, Caldwell Essylston, Neal Barnard, and some others. I actually feel better without them, but I’ve never really bin into fat anyway. I rather use nuts and seeds which contain the healthy fats plus all fibers, protein, and micronutrients. The hubby still likes a little coconut oil for roasting onions and garlic though.

  4. Cindy says

    When you say to whisk tofu do you mean to
    Make it creamy like a paste? This dish sounds
    Great! I love hearts of palm.

    • Kristina Sloggett says

      hi Cindy! yes, the silken tofu easily turns into a ‘paste’ (I use it here to replace the traditional egg) since it is thinner consistency.

      I love hearts of palm too – their tangy flavor pairs well with many things. enjoy!


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