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Pork Fried Rice, made with tender pork tenderloin, is a delicious and complete meal your family will love. See how easy it is to make in your own kitchen just like you would enjoy in a Chinese restaurant!

Pork Fried Rice in bowl with chop sticks
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Why this recipe works:

Pork fried rice is a recipe I’ve been making for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I always used leftover skillet pork chops, which you can totally do. For this recipe, I used an uncooked pork tenderloin, however leftover oven baked pork tenderloin will also work.

I’ve been craving authentic pork fried rice for quite some time now, and thought pork tenderloin would be so much better than using leftover pork chops. Turns out I was right.

This recipe is outstanding because it is full of great flavor. Unlike other fried rice recipes, you’ll find that this one has a great texture too because there’s a trick with the rice.

Read on to find out how to make pork fried rice like a Chinese restaurant. YUM!

Ingredients you will need:

  • Short grain white rice – I cook mine in the Instant Pot
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Pork Tenderloin – this will be cut into tiny pieces prior to cooking
  • onion, carrots, peas, garlic, green onions – all sliced and diced into small pieces
  • Soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, salt and pepper
chopped onion, carrots, garlic on black cutting board with knife and frozen peas

How to make it:

This recipe is cooked in phases and then all combined together at the end. Before you start making the fried rice, you will need to make the rice. For this recipe to work, the rice needs to be at room temperature or cooler, so I recommend setting it out on a baking sheet which helps it get extra sticky.

  1. Cook the scrambled egg until set in some butter (photo 1). Set that aside. Next cook the pork pieces in butter (photo 2). Spread it out as much as possible and stir it infrequently to give it a nice crispy brown. Set that aside.
  2. Next, you’ll saute the vegetables in butter (photo 3) and set them aside once they are limp and begin to brown. Finally, you’ll melt more butter in the pan and add the rice (photo 4). Let that sizzle and crisp up before you stir it.
  3. Finally, you can add all the cooked ingredients back into the pan (photos 5 and 6), toss everything together, and add the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, green onions, and salt and pepper.
Step by step photos of how to make pork fried rice

Cooking tips:

  • This recipe can be made in a large fry pan, but for best results you will need a wok.
  • For the best results, be sure to dice the vegetables into really small pieces. You want to be able to eat this meal with a spoon or chopsticks, and the smaller the vegetables are, the easier they will stick to the rice.
  • You can easily make a vegetarian version of egg fried rice or vegetable fried rice, but I much prefer the addition of meat.
  • You need to cook the egg, meat, and vegetables all separately and then combine them at the end. This will give you soft eggs as well as meat and veggies with a nice, flavorful, golden brown sear.
  • Soy sauce and toasted sesame oil are to be added at the very end for flavor.

Substitutions:

  • You can make slightly different versions of this recipe by swapping the pork tenderloin with boneless skinless chicken or shrimp.
  • If you’re looking to make healthier version, you can easily replace the white rice with brown rice.
  • I have replaced the frozen peas with fresh sugar snap peas and that was delicious.
  • If you don’t have sesame seeds but you have some of that everything-but-the-bagel seasoning, try that!
  • Butter can be replaced with oil, however butter is what gives you the tastiest browning on your meat, veggies and rice.
Authentic pork fried rice recipe with egg and vegetables

How to reheat pork fried rice:

Leftover fried rice is excellent, however you must reheat it carefully so as to not over cook the meat or the egg. There are two methods I recommend.

  1. First option would be the microwave. I recommend heating it on a lower power setting or, if your microwave offers, the reheat setting. Heat, uncovered, just until warm. Fried rice tastes better when it is really warm as opposed to super hot.
  2. My other recommendation would be to melt a bit of butter in a saute pan and reheat over medium heat, uncovered, with very little stirring. This method will heat your pork fried rice all the way through without over cooking the meat or the egg.
How to make pork fried rice with egg

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Pork Fried Rice

Prep20 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Total50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Pork Fried Rice, made with tender pork tenderloin, is a delicious and complete meal your family will love. See how easy it is to make pork fried rice just like a Chinese restaurant in your own kitchen!

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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups short grain white rice cooked and chilled
  • 5 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced thinly (mostly whites but some greens)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce more if preferred
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil more if preferred
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds more if preferred
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions 

  • Ahead of time, you’ll want to cook your rice. Rice typically triples in size when it cooks, so you’ll need at least 1 1/3 cups uncooked rice to start with. I typically make more just to have it on hand for the kids. You want the cooked rice to be cold when you make the pork fried rice, so if you need to chill it quickly, you can spread a thin layer on a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator or even freezer.
  • Cut the pork tenderloin into very small pieces. This is easier if the meat is partially frozen and you use a serrated edge knife.
  • In a very large pan over medium heat, melt 1 T of the butter. Add the whisked egg and cook to a slightly underdone scramble. Transfer to a plate.
  • Increase heat under pan to medium high and melt another 1 T of butter. Add the tenderloin pieces, stirring only occasionally in order to get them to brown. Once mostly cooked, add the garlic, stir, and cook for a few more minutes. Transfer to a large plate.
  • Add another 1 T of butter to the pan. Saute the carrots, onion, and peas until slightly golden brown, stirring only occasionally. When done, transfer to the plate with the meat.
  • Add the remaining 2 T of butter to the pan. Add the cold rice and spread to an even layer. Allow to cook for a couple minutes before stirring to get the bottom layer to crisp up a bit. Then give it a good stir to heat through. Add meat and veggies back to the pan (along with any juices on the plate). Stir to combine to heat through. Add scrambled egg, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper and additional soy sauce and/or sesame oil, if needed.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

Cooking tips:

  • This recipe can be made in a large fry pan, but for best results you will need a wok.
  • For the best results, be sure to dice the vegetables into really small pieces. You want to be able to eat this meal with a spoon or chopsticks, and the smaller the vegetables are, the easier they will stick to the rice.
  • You can easily make a vegetarian version of egg fried rice or vegetable fried rice, but I much prefer the addition of meat.
  • You need to cook the egg, meat, and vegetables all separately and then combine them at the end. This will give you soft eggs as well as meat and veggies with a nice, flavorful, golden brown sear.
  • Soy sauce and toasted sesame oil are to be added at the very end for flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 664mg, Potassium: 512mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3902IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally created in January 2018 and has been updated with process photos, helpful information and cooking tips. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

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85 Comments

  1. Krissy….Just to add to your recipe as I’ve been making Fried Rice for 30 years or more! For best results you should use cooked rice that has been cooled at room temperature….and then you put that rice in plastic containers in the fridge for at least 24hrs or even longer. You then take it out and dump it into a large stainless steel bowl and break up with your hands. You dont want ANY clumps. It yields a non-sticky gooey end product. Just my 2 cents….You could also purchase some cooked Char-Zshu pork if you live by an Asian market….just dice it up.
    Mike drop.

  2. 5 stars
    I used two boneless pork chops. Left out the carrots, green onions, sesame seed, & sesame oil bc I didn’t have any. And added a bell pepper and frozen corn. I also used minute brown rice instead of white. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 😋

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe last night and loved it! Never thought of cooking things separately before when I’ve done fried rice. The only tweaks I made was I used leftover poek belly/tenderloin from the sunday roast and marinated it in soy/honey/mirin and garlic and added an extra egg. Delicious thank you 🙂

    1. YUM! Yeah, once I started cooking things in batches, I was so much more pleased with the results. When the weather is nice, I much prefer to make this recipe on my 36″ griddle on the deck. Talk about super fast! I feel like a chef at Benihana when I do that.

    1. There are six dinner sized servings in this recipe. It usually feeds my family of four (two parents and two teenagers) with enough leftovers for a lunch or two.