Thai Pork Fried Rice

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This Thai-style pork fried rice comes together in under 30 minutes.

thai pork fried rice

Somewhere near the top of my list of things that make me happy as a mom (and a chef) is discovering an easy weeknight recipe that my whole family loves. And if it can be made inexpensively from pantry staples and just a few fresh ingredients from the supermarket, all the better.

This Thai pork fried rice is one of those recipes. It’s a much more delicious variation of the usual Chinese fried rice, and it comes together in under 30 minutes. I use ground pork (not traditional, I know, but it’s easier and tastier than the alternative) and a lot of it, which makes this fried rice a filling one-dish meal. And since fried rice reheats beautifully in the microwave, it’s the perfect dinner to leave on the stove for those all-too-frequent nights when everyone is running in different directions.

what you’ll need to Make Thai 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 any 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. Please don’t skip the fish sauce: in combination with the other ingredients, it gives the dish that balance of salty, sweet, acidic, and spicy flavor that is so prominent in Southeast Asian cooking.

How to Make Thai Pork Fried Rice

how to make pork fried rice

To begin: 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 Pork Fried Rice

This Thai-style pork fried rice comes together in under 30 minutes.

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

  • Made this for dinner tonight and it was great! The store was out of ground pork, but thanks to previous reviewers I felt brave enough to try with ground turkey. It was awesome. Thanks Jenn for another great recipe.

    • — Michelle on October 12, 2020
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  • This dish was yummy! The only change I made was to season the pork with just a little salt; it was flavorful and my husband and I both went back for seconds. I’ll definitely make this again!

    • — Kathryn G on September 8, 2020
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  • Hi Jen,

    This recipe and the photos call for peas, but the instructions (both in the recipe and in the photo narrative) do not mention when to add the peas. Not too hard to figure out, of course, but wanted to let you know of this minor omission. Cheers and thank you for such wonderful recipes that always taste fantastic, and are easy to put together!

    • — Teresa on August 24, 2020
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    • Hi Teresa, thanks for your nice words about the recipes and sorry for any confusion with this one! I mentioned in the recipe to add the rice vegetables (which include the peas and broccoli), and several other ingredients, but I think I will update the recipe to specify the vegetables that need to be added are the peas and broccoli. Thanks for pointing that out!

      • — Jenn on August 25, 2020
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  • I absolutely loved this. So good! So easy! Thank you for sharing this one 🙂

    • — Jenna on June 15, 2020
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  • Yum! Easy weeknight dinner for sure. Didn’t have cilantro so topped mine with chopped basil. Also subbed hoisin for the oyster sauce since I didn’t have any. Would
    definitely make it again.

    • — Angela D. on June 15, 2020
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  • Jenn, you’ve done it again—another fabulous recipe of yours! Made this tonight and it was a hit, even amongst picky toddlers! I threw in some sautéed bok choy for even more variety. Will be making this again.

    • — Lauren Sheridan on May 21, 2020
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  • Excellent. Everyone loved it and easy to make.

    • — Lauren on March 29, 2020
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  • This recipe is absolutely delicious. I am diabetic, I used only a cup of rice and used riced cauliflower. It was very quick to make and very satisfying. The flavor is wonderful with a nice sweet heat. Thank you so much for the recipe. I will absolutely keep this again.

    • — Kathleen Ealing on March 21, 2020
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  • I made this Thai Pork Fried Rice TONIGHT!!! I was a tad bit skeptical of the ground pork, BUT it was DELISH!!! The ONLY place I messed up was, I missed cooking the broccoli florets so they were…um crunchy!! My fault! I also added peas and carrots, instead of just frozen/thawed peas, otherwise I followed this recipe to a T!! Like Jenn said, it’s best to have everything chopped up and ready to go, beforehand!!
    GREAT Recipe Jenn, thanks!!

    • — Gigi B on January 30, 2020
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  • Super easy and delicious! I switched up the green onions with shallots because I do not always have green onions but always have shallots. I think the shallots add a little bit more flavour than the green onions.

    • — Lillian on January 14, 2020
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  • If you wanted to make this vegetarian, would you add anything else to keep it tasty, other than add more vegetables?

    • — Barbara on January 5, 2020
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    • No, Barbara, I don’t think you’d need to add anything else to the recipe — I’d love to hear how a vegetarian version turns out!

      • — Jenn on January 6, 2020
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  • We love this dish! Easy to make and delicious

    • — Olga on December 13, 2019
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  • This was very good – the only thing I would add would be some color besides green vegetables – like a red pepper or carrots. With just broccoli, peas, cilantro and green onions, there is not enough different colored vegetables to make it more eye appealing. That being said – it is still delicious!

    • — Marilyn on July 21, 2019
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  • I made it with ground chicken (white meat) and whole grain rice and it was delicious. Thanks!

    • — Carol Hinckley on April 13, 2019
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  • Delicious, fast and easy! We whipped this up in less than thirty minutes and we were so surprised by the complexity of flavors! Would love to try it with different ground meats and perhaps some chili’s for a pop of heat and color. Great base recipe to get creative! Will definitely make this again.

    • — Elizabeth Mallon on April 11, 2019
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  • Just washed up the dishes from this wonderful meal. My husband and I throughly enjoyed it. Husband was a little skeptical on this one but agreed it was worth 5 stars. Thanks Jen for another winner!!

    • — Dawn on January 28, 2019
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  • Yum. Yum. Yum. We loved this and it came together very fast. I used brown rice that I made the day before and 1/2 the sugar. Everything else I did exactly as written. Has anyone tried adding shiitakes?

    • — Stacy on January 7, 2019
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  • My family loves fried rice and this was a great addition to our meal
    Rotation!

    • — Angela on December 20, 2018
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  • Hello!!! This is a great recipe. I decided to try a paleo/whole 30 version and it turned out great. I first substituted ground pork for ground turkey but of course you can choose any ground meat. Then I substituted the rice for cauliflower rice. I didn’t just add a bag of riced cauliflower, I first sautéed it in a little avocado oil, salt and pepper until it was browned. Lastly, I left out the sugar.
    What’s so nice about Once upon a chef is that you can take her awesome recipes and make it your own depending on your diet. Now this recipe is perfect the way it is but if you need to make it a little lighter you can. Thank you for all of your recipes!!! The family loves them😊

    • — Suzanne on December 20, 2018
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  • The Thai Pork Fried Rice was delicious! My husband and I are previewing recipes in advance of our children and grandchildren visiting us during the Christmas holidays. This recipe is a real crowd pleaser and one that will make even our littlest grandson happy and satisfied. We added carrots since we didn’t have broccoli on hand, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. Thanks so much for this excellent recipe.

    • — Gail on December 7, 2018
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  • This dish, as all of Jenn’s dishes, is amazing! I added a ton of veggies! Great way to get the house smelling good, and the little ones to eat veggies!

    • — Nader Jazayeri on November 29, 2018
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  • The only Thai recipes I have made have come from this website! I followed the recipe but used brown basmati rice and only 2 eggs, as I am not fond of scrambled eggs. I added chopped and steamed carrots as I thought the dish needed color. (Everything seemed to be brown-colored, except the broccoli and peas). My family loved it – that’s why the 5 stars and have asked me to put this into our dinner rotation. I prepped everything while the rice cooked and easily made this dish in 40 minutes – from start to table. The recipe is ample – there were 2 lunch servings left from serving 3 people for dinner.

    • — Margaret on November 8, 2018
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  • This is so good !! Every recipie I try from your site or your cook book is amazing !! Made this yesterday and it turned out great ! Thank you !

    • — Linda on November 5, 2018
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  • DELICIOUS! I love fried rice & never thought I could make it so well at home. The whole family loved it. Made as recipe was written.

    • — TracyV on November 3, 2018
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  • If you are making this earlier in the day, would you wait to add the egg until just before dinner? Does it matter? Thank you!

    • — Aileen on October 31, 2018
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    • It really doesn’t matter – I’ve reheated it the next day with the egg already in it and it’s still delicious. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 31, 2018
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  • This is great for quickly reheated lunches and dinners in the microwave. I made a lot because the smallest pork package was 1 1/2 lbs. so I added more broccoli, rice and peas. I did not add the sugar, nor the cilantro at the end. Everyone really enjoyed it, and I will definitely make it again!

    • — Meg on October 28, 2018
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  • If one does not use oyster or/fish sauce, what should one use instead? 5 Tablespoons of soy sauce or a combo of hoisin and soy sauce? This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Hi Becky, I’d start with 3 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 tablespoon hoisin and add more hoisin sauce to taste, if necessary. I’d love to know how it turns out.

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2018
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  • Hey Jenn-
    Looks amazing! Do you think it will go well with cauliflower rice??

    • Hi Laura, I haven’t tried it with cauliflower rice, but I think it would work nicely. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it this way!

  • Made this tonight just as noted. Everyone loved it and I will definitely be adding this meal to our dinner rotation. Thanks Jenn

  • I cooked the pork first before the vegetables- pork tends to have a lot of fat. I drained it off and the meal was great. I do agree the key is to have everything chopped and ready for cooking.

  • Delicious! I used basmati rice, and added diced carrots, onions and jalapeńo and it turned out marvelous. Subbed basil for cilantro. Next time, I plan to double this recipe and freeze additional portions— it was eaten far too quickly!

  • It was very good meal. I really appreciate the recipes with moderate amount of the spice and using condiment to warm it up if needed. That way all tha family can enjoy the dish.

  • We loved this meal-in-a-bowl recipe. The flavor was excellent! I might try reducing the rice a bit and adding more veggies as we are trying to be lower-carb. My only other comment in that unless you have everything prepped, there is no way this comes together in 30 minutes.

  • “Oh, this is gooood. You can make this part of the rotation.”—persnickety son, who even ate the broccoli. Due to the aforementioned son, I made it with double pork and 1.5 times the sauce. This is savory, quick and should reheat nicely for after school fueling. Thanks Jenn!

  • Absolutely delicious, so quick and easy. Thank you.
    I don’t think it needs the cilantro though, feels out of place. Otherwise I’ll be making this over and over!

  • I added pineapple to this. It nicely balanced off the salty fish sauce. Very nice recipe. Even better the 2nd day!

  • Hi Jenn,

    Love your recipies! Can this be made with brown rice?

  • Hi Jenn, I absolutely love your recipes. We don’t eat pork or shellfish in our family. I will use ground chicken as you have suggested to others, but is there something I could use to replace the oyster sauce?

    • Hi Amarilys, You can replace the oyster sauce with soy sauce and then a bit more sugar to taste at the end, if necessary.

  • Another awesome recipe Jen! I used ground chicken because the store did not have any ground pork. Also added some diced jalepeno and a squeeze of lime when serving. Delicious! Thank you for continuing to create amazing dishes!

  • I love your recipes

  • Can I substitute beef or chicken for pork?
    Thanks

    • Hi Sohair, this is best with pork, but you could substitute ground chicken (but not extra-lean all breast meat). Because the chicken contains less fat than pork, I’d increase the second addition of oil to two tablespoons. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you make it this way!

  • Hi Jenn,

    I’m so excited to try this! We don’t eat pork – I assume ground turkey would work ok with it as an alternative? Is there anything else I should add with the turkey? Thanks.

    • Hi Elizabeth, I’d go with ground chicken (preferably not extra-lean all breast meat) over turkey, if possible. If you use turkey, just be sure it’s not too lean. Either way, I’d increase the second addition of oil to two tablespoons. I’d love to know how it turns out.

  • What do you suggest as a substitute for the cilantro – we all hate it!

    • Hi Lisa, Thai basil would be good or a combination of Thai basil and mint — or you could just omit the fresh herbs. It will still be delish. 😊

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