Rice Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Got just 15 minutes to whip up a tasty, filling dinner tonight? No worries, I’ve got you covered. This is a super quick stir-fry with just a handful of ingredients but a pleasing variety of textures and flavours.

Easy rice vermicelli stir-fry. A tasty and vegan dinner ready in 15 minutes!

If you’ve got a few more than just 15 minutes, then this easy rice vermicelli stir-fry would also make a great side dish to something along the lines of sweet and sour tofu or orange and ginger glazed tofu.

A white bowl of rice vermicelli and stir fried vegetables with chopsticks on the side.

If you were to take a look in my pantry, you’d find all manner of noodles, rice, and rice noodles.

The separate ingredients for the stir fry before preparing them.

You’d also find four different types of soy sauce, which my husband thinks is the most bizarre thing he’s ever seen and doesn’t hesitate to announce the fact to all his friends and family whenever we get together for a meal.

The cooked rice vermicelli noodles in a colander.

Should I tell him that I’ve been very tempted to buy a bottle of mushroom-flavoured soy sauce, thereby bringing the pantry stock up to five?

A wok with the stir fried vegetables and a pile of noodles on top.

Then he’d really think I’m weird. But don’t worry about all that, for this recipe you only need one type of soy sauce!

The wok after the noodles and vegetables have been combined and the sauce added.

My hoard is the result of numerous trips downtown to the specialty Asian supermarket since the selection of Asian products in Barcelona supermarkets is pretty much limited to one kind of soy sauce (hence my husband’s ignorance of soy sauce) and instant ramen.

A hand sprinkling green onions into the wok full of noodles.

That’s why I was delightfully surprised when rice vermicelli appeared on the shelves of our corner store sometime last year.

A pair of chopsticks holding up some of the stir fry above a white bowl filled with stir fry.

Although they’re more expensive than what you can get at an Asian supermarket, they’re easy to pick up when I need to make something fast and don’t have time or inclination to make a trip downtown and I also like to use them for these curry-spiced Singapore noodles.

Rice Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Rice Vermicelli Stir-Fry

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Got just 15 minutes to whip up a tasty, filling dinner tonight? No worries, I’ve got you covered. This is a super quick stir-fry with just a handful of ingredients but a pleasing variety of textures and flavours.


  • 125 grams (4.5 oz) vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 shallot, minced or two green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 large carrot
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of sugar


  1. Prepare the vermicelli noodles according to the package directions. Normally soak them in warm water for 2 – 3 minutes then drain and rinse them under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Shred the cabbage and peel and slice the carrot into thin, noodle-like strips. A mandoline works well for this or use a sharp knife if you don’t have one.
  3. Heat a wok or large pan over high heat. Add the oil, shallot or white part of the green onion, garlic and ginger and fry, stirring for 10 – 20 seconds. Add the carrot and cabbage and stir fry until soft. Add the rice noodles, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, sugar and green parts of the green onion, if using. Mix well and stir fry for a couple of minutes until warmed through.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, adding more soy sauce, red chili flakes, sugar or salt to taste.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 604mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I just made this am it is quite tasty despite a few mistakes I made along the way…shredded cabbage too fine and didn’t have red pepper flakes substituting ground red pepper. I will most definitely be making it again. Thank for sharing your recipes, Melissa! ❤️

    • Reply
      March 13, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it!

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    April 5, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    This recipe is awesome! We had it for a quick lunch and loved it. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you!

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    Gulshan kanodia
    June 19, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Hi… I have made it with semolina vermicellies. Tasted good .. and also add some Channa dal and curry leaves to it ..before adding veggies… Enhance the taste a…little bit of lemon if u like…. Perfect…. Nice receipe…

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    August 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Delicious!! Next time I will just add some extra veggies and tofu. Better than Chinese take out and healthier. I topped with crispy chow mein noodles. Loved the texture of the vermicelli much more than fried rice.

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      August 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Thank Dawn!

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    Jake Dennis
    March 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Terrific recipe Melissa! I made it tonight with your recipe for the basis but put my own mark on it. Check it out:

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    June 9, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Oh so yummy! I substituted cabbage with spiraled zucchini and added roasted cashews at the end. So good!

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    Teala Suters
    October 11, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I made this tonight and it was fabulous! This will probably be my go-to stiryfry recipe now!

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    Alexander Bergman
    December 12, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I tried using a mandolin to slice the carrots and now the thing is way out of key!!

    Just kidding,

    Important to follow the order of the ingredients when frying. I should not have started with these delicate noodles. I ended up a little on the mushy side, still delicious though!

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    January 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe! OMGOODNESS! Quick and super tasty! Last i used vermicelli was umpteen years ago when a Egyptian friend showed me how to make rice a roni. Thanks so much!

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