This Simple Fried Rice with Pork and Veggies is made the authentic Asian style with a secret ingredient of my own. My take on Chinese fried rice is better than take-out and super easy to make. Combining ground pork that’s been marinated overnight, with veggies and eggs makes this pork fried rice recipe the best-fried rice you’ll ever have!
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I have been getting back into doing Facebook Live cooking videos because I love interacting with others and learning what my audience wants to know about cooking. (If you would like to watch these Facebook Live videos every week, be sure to like my Facebook Page.) Recently I had a request to make a simple fried rice, which I absolutely love and was more than happy to make! Little did I know that I was going to create the best-fried rice that is better than take-out!
The viewer that suggested my simple fried rice video is a bigger lover of fried rice than I am! Which is hard to imagine but he is. After the video was over and I had finished taking pictures, I ran some fried rice over to my friend’s house and his wife exclaimed that he was going to be so excited to see this! She totally was a tease to him and waited until he was full from dinner before telling him he had fried rice. I later got a text from her saying that “this simple fried rice was the best I’ve ever had.” Her words.
This pork fried rice recipe is so easy to make and can be done for a quick dinner!
How to Make Pork Fried Rice
Marinating the Pork
When thinking about how I was going to make this super easy fried rice recipe, I wanted to stick to easy-to-find ingredients that are very low maintenance. I chose to work with ground pork because it has great flavor and there is no work to be done with it! No butchering of any kind, no guesswork. Nothing.
What makes this pork so tasty is the seasonings I put in it! Here are the basics
- Soy sauce
- Fish sauce
- Dried cilantro
Super simple. These are classic Asian flavors but they pack a punch! For optimum flavor, let this pork sit with this sauce overnight to really develop an awesome taste. If you’re in a pinch, a quick 15-30 minute sit would work just fine.
If pork isn’t your jam, I would definitely suggest doing these meats instead (or even a combo would be excellent!)
- Shrimp or Salmon
Using Leftover Rice
One thing that I love about this simple fried rice is that it’s great for using up leftover rice! For the video, I cooked about 3 cups of rice but you can definitely use leftover rice and scale it down if you need to. I prefer to use Jasmine rice as it stays pretty fluffy after cooking and won’t be too starchy. Basmati rice is another great rice to go with making this pork fried rice recipe.
What veggies to use in a simple fried rice?
I like to keep my fried rice pretty simple, though there are some really creative recipes out there. For this recipe, I just used a frozen bag of peas and carrots! I loved using the frozen bag of veggies because as the veggies warmed up in the wok, it sort of de-glazed the pan and lifted up the bits from the ground pork that might have been left behind. If you want to add other veggies, I would consider edamame, corn, and broccoli!
What Tools Do You Need to Make This Pork Fried Rice Recipe
Making fried rice is super simple and doesn’t really require any special tools or cookware. The only thing that might be special is a wok, but who don’t have a wok?! If you don’t, this is the one I use.
I love using my wok when making this simple fried rice or any type of stir fry because it retains heat so well! It also allows liquid to evaporate quickly which means that your fried rice is going to be full of flavor but not runny with water.
If you don’t have a wok and have no interest in getting one, I would encourage using a stainless steel pan with high edges, like this one!
My Secret Ingredient For This Simple Fried Rice with Pork and Veggies
As I was preparing for my Facebook Live video, I was doing research to make sure that I was being true to form in creating an authentic recipe. I had noticed that there was nothing to deglaze the pan once the eggs cooked and I was afraid that the rice was going to stick to my wok and burn. Then I had this genius idea.
I thought about how take-out fried rice just tastes so heavy and greasy with the oil and meats, that there was nothing to cut through all of that and refresh your palate as you ate. So I decided to add rice vinegar as I cooked the fried rice and it was amazing! Adding a touch of vinegar throughout the cooking process cuts through the fatty taste found in fried rice and allows you to taste more of the different seasonings and veggies! Definitely a fist bump moment.
I truly hope that you enjoy this recipe and that it replaces take-out pork fried rice for you! If you like it a lot, feel free to leave a 5-star rating along with your comment!
This Simple Fried Rice with Pork and Veggies is made the authentic Asian style with a secret ingredient of my own. My take on Chinese fried rice is better than take-out and super easy to make. Combining ground pork that’s been marinated overnight, with veggies and eggs makes this pork fried rice recipe the best fried rice you’ll ever have!
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 3 garlic cloves sliced
- 1 shallot sliced
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
- 24 ounces ground pork
- 3 cups cooked long grain rice
- 12 ounces peas and carrots
- 24 ounces marinated ground pork
- 4 eggs whisked together
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- 2 green onions
- ½ cilantro bunch
In a medium bowl, mix together pork with marinade ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit anywhere from 15-30 minutes to overnight before using.
Place a wok over high heat and allow to heat up. Place a tablespoon of oil on the bottom of the wok and swish around the bottom half of the pan.
Cook ground pork in the wok until pink is gone, about 5 minutes. As the pork is cooking, using a wooden spoon, break up pork into tiny pieces. Remove cooked pork from the wok.
Add frozen veggies to wok and cook until hot. Remove from wok.
Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok and scramble eggs over high heat, breaking eggs into small curds. Add cooked rice and vinegar and cook until heated through.
Add cooked veggies and pork and stir until well combined. Add scallions and cilantro to fried rice and mix.