Thai-Style Pork Fried Rice

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This Thai-style pork fried rice comes together in under 30 minutes, and it makes a satisfying one-dish meal.

thai pork fried rice

Somewhere near the top of the list of things that make me happy as a mom is discovering a weeknight recipe my whole family loves — and if it can be made inexpensively from pantry staples and a just few fresh ingredients from the supermarket, all the better. This Thai-style pork fried rice is one of those recipes, and it comes together in under 30 minutes. I use ground pork, which, while not traditional, is so much easier and more flavorful than pork tenderloin or pork chops. This fried rice reheats beautifully in the microwave, making it the perfect dinner for those nights when everyone is running in different directions.

what you’ll need to Make Thai-Style Pork Fried Rice

how to make pork fried rice

Before we get to the recipe, a few words on the ingredients. I’ve made this dish with jasmine rice and regular long-grain white rice — both work well. While most fried rice recipes call for cold rice (so that the rice doesn’t stick together when fried), it doesn’t make much difference in this recipe, so feel free to make the rice ahead of time or at the last minute — whatever is most convenient for you.

To flavor the rice, I use a combination of fish sauce and oyster sauce. Fish sauce is a salty, savory condiment often used in East Asian cuisine. It adds a rich umami flavor to sauces, marinades, and salad dressings. Oyster sauce is a thick, dark brown condiment made primarily from oyster extracts. Despite its name, oyster sauce doesn’t taste strongly of oysters; rather, it has a salty, savory, slightly sweet flavor. You can find both sauces in the Asian section of most supermarkets.

Step-by-Step Instructions

how to make pork fried rice

In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Season the beaten eggs with a generous pinch of salt, add them to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until scrambled. Transfer the eggs to a plate and set aside.

how to make pork fried rice

In the same pan (no need to wash it), heat the remaining tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the light green scallions, garlic, and ginger.

how to make pork fried rice

Cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.

how to make pork fried rice

Add the pork and continue cooking, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.

how to make pork fried rice

Add the cooked rice, peas, broccoli, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes.

how to make pork fried rice

Cook, stirring to evenly combine, until the rice and vegetables are hot.

how to make pork fried rice

Stir in the dark scallion greens and cilantro.

how to make pork fried rice

Mix in the scrambled eggs.

how to make pork fried rice

Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve with Sriracha, if desired.

thai pork fried rice

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Thai-Style Pork Fried Rice

This Thai-style pork fried rice comes together in under 30 minutes, and it makes a satisfying one-dish meal.

Servings: 4 (as a main course)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely sliced, light and dark green parts divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 cups cooked white rice (from 1-1/3 cups uncooked rice)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked broccoli florets (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sriracha, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Season the beaten eggs with a generous pinch of salt, add them to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until scrambled. Transfer the eggs to a plate and set aside.
  2. In the same pan (no need to wash it), heat the remaining tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the light green scallions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute. Add the pork and continue cooking, breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked rice, peas, broccoli, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring to evenly combine, until the rice and vegetables are hot. Stir in the dark scallion greens, cilantro and scrambled eggs. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve with Sriracha, if desired.
  3. Note: Defrosted frozen broccoli florets will work in a pinch, but they tend to get a bit mushy so fresh-cooked (or leftover fresh-cooked) broccoli is preferable. You can also substitute any other leftover cooked vegetables you have in your fridge.
  4. Gluten-Free Note: To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. Many sauces, condiments, and other ingredients contain hidden gluten so if you're following a gluten-free diet, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are, in fact, gluten-free.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 701
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Saturated fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 31 g
  • Sodium: 1455 mg
  • Cholesterol: 221 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • While I usually love all of the recipes I try from this site, this one just did not hit the spot for me. It was okay, but I would not cook it again.

    • — Lauren on August 12, 2021
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  • This was good but I think it needs something additional to spice up the recipe. It was a little bland and I don’t want to use hot sauce to spice it up. I think there must be something else besides the fish and oyster sauces and sugar as seasoning.

    • — Mary on May 17, 2021
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    • Hi Mary, you could add a pinch of red pepper flakes or use a little more scallion, garlic, and/or ginger.

      • — Jenn on May 18, 2021
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  • This was so so delicious! We made it with frozen cauliflower “rice” which I cooked separately in the skillet to kind of crisp it up first. This provided more veg and kept it low carb. Added some chopped peanuts on top of each serving with the sriracha. Kept everything else as written. I think you could change up the vegetables in this depending on what you have in the fridge. I will add diced red pepper next time for color.
    We will be making this again. Thanks!

    • — Lynn on April 22, 2021
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  • Amazing! You were right…the kids loved it!

    • — Linda Farell on April 12, 2021
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  • Made this last weekend, along with the Vietnamese meatballs. Both recipes were a big hit with my dinner guests. The rice was simple to make and so flavorful. Unfortunately, no leftovers because it tasted so good! Love all of your recipes. Keep ’em coming!

    • — Karen on April 7, 2021
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  • Made with big fat shrimp!! Excellent but I think I’d reduce the fish sauce and oyster sauce as our taste is reduced salt. Will repeat!!!

    • — Valerie Jill on March 10, 2021
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  • Another fantastic Once Upon a Chef recipe! We subbed in some different vegetables due to what was on hand. Loved the flavors and spice. Won my husband over.

    • — Jenny on March 8, 2021
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  • Another winner Jenn! I was looking for something fast, easy and delicious and this dish lived up to my expectations. Everyone loved it, even my picky 17 y.o. It was delicious both with and without the sriracha. Definitely adding it to the rotation!

    • — Sheri on March 8, 2021
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  • I made this with a couple of variations: I used kecap manis instead of fish sauce so I left out the sugar, otherwise it would have been too sweet. I doubled the quantity of red pepper flakes to spice it up a bit more. The result was good but I felt the peas were a little out of place and next time I’ll use peppers and celery. It actually tasted better the day after, when I refried it with addition of some sesame oil.

    • — Peter on March 8, 2021
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  • Another Winner! Made last night, added some cooked green beans and carrots, otherwise followed the recipe as written. Delicious and easy! Thank you, Jenn!

    • — Stef on March 8, 2021
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  • We just finished. Very flavorful, definitely add to “rotation”. I’m slow so it took me about 50 minutes. We (my wife and I) are big fans of all your receipes.

    • — Dave S on March 7, 2021
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  • Fantastic! Subbed gluten free oyster sauce and honey for sugar. Went a little heavy on the garlic (I always do). While cooking the rice, prepped the veggies and the whole thing came together in fifteen minutes after the rice was done. Easy cleanup and so DELICIOUS!!!

    • — David Rubin on March 6, 2021
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  • I have a broken wrist so my husband has been cooking. I showed him this recipe and he thought he could handle it. He wanted to have plenty of leftovers so he used 1.5 pounds of freshly ground sausage, used same ratio for sauce but used the amount of rice & eggs called for in the recipe; otherwise, he followed the recipe as printed. We thought it was wonderful, really flavorful but not overly spicy. He said it was pretty easy to make and the cleanup was not too daunting. Thanks!

    • — Jamie on March 5, 2021
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  • I am so surprised this recipe doesn’t have more reviews! It is all the things Jenn claims – easy, fast, inexpensive and delicious! My son asks for this so he can claim dibs on leftovers for lunch. One addition I make is to add diced and easily steamed carrots with the peas for extra color and nutrients. (It may not be as authentic but I always am looking for ways to boost more vegetables into our meals.)

    • — Margaret on March 4, 2021
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  • Oh Jenn ! I had high expectations of this dish. I have made many of your recipes with great results. Unfortunately, for my husband and I this one was a HUGE disappointment. Made exactly as written. We did not care for the ground pork and the overal toast was “eh”. Sriracha sauce helped, but will not make again.

    • — Maggie on March 4, 2021
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  • I almost never alter Jenn’s recipes because they are perfect as written. But, I did want to share that we make a”semi-homemade” version of this recipe to save even more time. The pork, eggs, and all seasonings, sauces, herbs, and aromatics remain the same, but we use 2 bags of Trader Joe’s frozen Japanese fried rice in lieu of the rice and vegetables. It’s a wonderful combination that the kiddos love, and it’s extra easy to whip up when you’re short on time or energy!

    • — Yvonne on March 4, 2021
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  • Could I use ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version of this recipe?

    • — Veronica on March 4, 2021
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    • Hi Veronica, Between the two, I’d go with ground chicken (preferably not extra-lean all breast meat) over turkey. Either way, I’d increase the second addition of oil to two tablespoons. I’d love to know how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on March 4, 2021
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