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    Layers of a loco moco dish from bottom to up: rice, patty, sauteed onions & mushrooms, egg, gravy

    Our vegetarian take of a beloved local Hawaii dish, featuring a veggie patty, sauteed onions & mushrooms, a sunny-side egg, and simple loco moco gravy over a bed of (brown, white, or fried) rice. The best loco moco recipe that will give you the satisfaction of comfort food, but vegetarian!

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    Time:45 min (10 prep, 35 cook)
    Calories:793 (663 for single serving of rice, patty, egg + 130 per half-cup gravy)
    Good For:Lunch or dinner as comfort food

    We are lucky to live in Hawaii, where numerous cultures come together to come up with a stunning variety of food options. This is our vegetarian take on one of the favorite local staples, the loco moco.

    What is loco moco?

    Loco moco is a super popular dish in Hawaii that consists ofa hamburger patty topped with a fried or sunny side-up egg & gravy, all sitting on a bed of rice. It is often served with a side scoop of macaroni salad, although you can substitute that for tossed greens if you prefer something healthier. You can find it served in virtually every diner on the islands, and likely a variation of it at most other local restaurants.

    Although loco moco is very much a Hawaii dish, it is not considered Hawaiian food. People of all kinds of races found their way to Hawaii over its history, so the local cuisine is influenced by numerous cultures. Only the traditional foods of the indigenous Hawaiian people are referred to as Hawaiian food. Foods like loco moco that are popular in Hawaii, but are not the original fare of the indigenous people, are referred to instead as local food.

    Loco moco is considered one of the most quintessential examples of local food, but can be made quite easily with common ingredients found outside the shores of Hawaii.

    Ingredients

    Supplies

    How to Make Vegetarian Loco Moco Recipe – Step by Step

    Step 1. Cook rice in a rice cooker.

    .Step 2. Preheat oven, place patties on a foil lined sheet, and bake according to package instructions.

    Step 3. Make mushroom gravy.

    Step 4. Combine mushrooms and julienned onions in a large saute pan with some cooking oil. Saute over medium heat stirring occasionally for approximately 10 minutes or until everything is nicely browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove from heat and set aside.

    Step 5. Cook eggs sunny-side-up, 2 per serving.

    Step 6. In each bowl, lay out a bed of white rice and top with hamburger patty, mushrooms and onion, sunny-side-up eggs, and gravy. Serve immediately.

    Tips & Uses

    This dish was not originally intended to be the healthiest meal per se; however, you can make this dish more health-conscious by swapping brown rice for white rice and omitting the egg.

    Because this dish is traditionally carb-heavy, you’ll probably experience what local Hawaii people call a kanak-attack. This is when you’ve eaten so much that you start to feel incredibly sleepy. So, prepare to rest after this meal. It is highly advised not to eat this dish as a workday lunch, or else you will probably be very unproductive.

    Variations & Substitutions

    Popular local variations for the loco moco include using fried rice instead of plain rice, substituting chili or Japanese curry for the loco moco gravy, and using over-easy eggs instead of sunny-side-up.

    Best Loco Moco Recipe for Vegetarians
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Our vegetarian take of a beloved local Hawaii dish, featuring a veggie patty, sauteed onions & mushrooms, a sunny-side egg, and simple loco moco gravy over a bed of (brown, white, or fried) rice. The best loco moco recipe that will give you the satisfaction of comfort food, but vegetarian!

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Hawaii
    Keyword: loco moco
    Servings: 6 people
    Calories: 793 kcal
    Author: munchmunchyum
    Ingredients
    • 6 Morning Star Grillers Prime patties or other patties of choice
    • 4 cups white rice measured before cooking
    • 1 medium yellow onion julienned
    • 8-10 white mushrooms sliced
    • 12 large grade A eggs
    • 6 cups vegetarian mushroom gravy (see below for link to recipe post)
    • salt & pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Cook rice in a rice cooker.

    2. Preheat oven, place patties on a foil lined sheet, and bake according to package instructions.

    3. bowl of gravy next to mashed potatoes with gray towel
    4. Combine mushrooms and julienned onions in a large saute pan with some cooking oil. Saute over medium heat stirring occasionally for approximately 10 minutes or until everything is nicely browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove from heat and set aside.

      vegetarian loco moco recipe - mushrooms and onions being cooked in a non-stick pan
    5. Cook eggs sunny-side-up, 2 per serving.

      vegetarian loco moco recipe - 2 large eggs frying in non-stick pan on top of stove - sunny side up
    6. In each bowl, lay out a bed of white rice and top with hamburger patty, mushrooms and onion, sunny-side-up eggs, and gravy. Serve immediately.

      vegetarian loco moco recipe - porcelain bowl with white rice, meatless hamburger patty, and sauteed mushrooms and onions on patty
    Recipe Notes

    Variations & Substitutions:

    If you don't have time to make our delicious gravy from scratch, substitute with a super easy vegetarian gravy mix packet.

    Popular local variations of a loco moco include using fried rice instead of plain rice, substituting chili or Japanese curry for the loco moco gravy, and using over-easy eggs instead of sunny-side-up.

    Nutritional information displayed for rice, veggie patty, mushroom and onion topping, and fried egg. Additional 130 calories per half-cup of homemade vegetarian gravy used.

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