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Who needs takeout when you can whip up your very own pork fried rice at home? Seriously, put down the menu and step away from the phone. This recipe is loaded with tender pork, crispy bacon, and just the right amount of veggies and seasonings.

It is fast and easy and especially great for a week-night dinner! Plus, it’s a genius way to use up those leftover pork chops lurking in the fridge. 

Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice with Leftover Pork

Got some leftover pork chops and not sure what to do with them? Say hello to pork fried rice, the superhero of leftover transformations. This recipe takes humble leftovers and turns them into a recipe that’s anything but boring.

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t need any special ingredients. It comes together with a handful of ‘this’ and a handful of ‘that’. If you’re down to just a few straggly vegetables, a small piece of last night’s pork dinner, a couple of slices of bacon, and a delicious sauce blend, then you are in luck!

If you love this recipe, try our shrimp fried rice or Instant Pot pork fried rice.

Pork Fried Rice
Pork Fried Rice is an easy, one-pot meal, make a double batch!

Ingredients for Pork Fried Rice:

Here is a quick preview of the ingredients but keep reading because we have tips and ideas for substitutions.

  • Rice. The best pork fried rice is made with leftover rice. Sometimes I make an extra-large batch of rice just so I can make fried rice the next day.
  • Cooked pork. I used 2 leftover pork chops in this recipe but you don’t even need that much. This recipe will make a small amount of meat stretch enough to feed a whole family.
  • Bacon. Bacon adds a TON of flavor to this meal and all you need is 2 or 3 strips.
  • Veggies. If you only have 1 or 2 carrots and a stalk of celery, don’t throw them away. Alone, they won’t even feed one person, but dice them up and toss them into fried rice, bam! Dinner is done. If you have frozen peas, toss those in too.
  • Eggs. The eggs add extra protein and give the fried rice a special texture and flavor.
  • Onion, garlic, ginger. These ingredients are flavor bases that really add an extra layer to the dish. There is something about fresh ginger and garlic that makes the flavors pop. I realize that a lot of people do not always have fresh ginger, but if you do have it, you will love the flavor it adds.
  • Soy sauce. Most kitchens have a bottle of soy sauce stashed in the back of the pantry. It adds a great umami flavor and kicks things up a notch.
  • Oyster sauce. Oyster sauce is kind of like an Asian BBQ sauce. It adds complexity to the pork fried rice.
  • Mirin. Mirin is a sweet rice wine. It does contain alcohol. If you can’t have alcohol you can substitue with rice vinegar and a dash of sugar.
  • Sesame oil. We recommend using toasted sesame oil which has more flavor than regular sesame oil.

The ingredients for the sauce are the same as our sauce for fried rice. If you make a large batch of sauce ahead of time, it will be even faster to cook this dinner.

Pork Fried Rice
This Pork Fried Rice is great with Kimchee on the side!


Pork fried rice is so customizable. If you don’t have some of the ingredients don’t worry. There are so many ways to make this work.

This recipe calls for fresh carrots and celery but if you want to toss in some frozen vegetables then that works as well. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take very much. All you need is about 1-1/2 to 2 cups of frozen veggies. It is easy to get carried away and add a whole bag of veggies but if you do that then you will quickly run out of room in the skillet.

If you don’t have any bacon then toss in some ham or some prosciutto. It will do just fine in a pinch.

The Best Rice for This Recipe

Long grain white rice works best for fried rice. If you want authentic, restaurant-style fried rice, use Jasmine or basmati rice.

Day-old rice makes the best fried rice since it has time to dry out. If you use fresh, hot rice it will taste fine but it can turn mushy.  

However, here is a trick if you cook the rice fresh: spread the fresh rice out on a baking sheet and stick it in a 200°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes then let it cool completely in the refrigerator or freezer. That will help the rice dry out so the texture will be right.

You can certainly make fried rice with fresh rice but it won’t have the same texture that you find in the restaurants. We made our instant pot pork fried rice with fresh rice. Even though it isn’t as authentic, it still tastes great.

Tips for Success

  • Use a large wok or skillet. You want one large enough to toss everything around.
  • Cut the scrambled eggs into large chunks. Large, fluffy chunks of scrambled eggs help make this fried rice ‘meaty’ and give it a great texture.
  • Dice the veggies small. Fresh veggies will take a bit longer to cook than the frozen ones so chop them up small and they will cook quickly.
  • Add frozen peas last. The frozen peas will cook from the residual heat so you can even take the skillet off the stove when you add them.

Pork Fried Rice
We put a lot of pork in there!

Recipe Variations

Spicy Pork Fried Rice: Turn up the heat by adding a tablespoon of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce. Toss in some diced jalapeños or a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Curry Pork Fried Rice: Add a tablespoon of curry powder to the vegetables or stir in some curry paste.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Instant rice to make pork fried rice?

Certainly. If you use instant rice, make sure it is completely cooked and left in the fridge to dry out. See our tips in the notes of the recipe card if you don’t want to wait for the rice to dry out overnight in the fridge.

What gives fried rice its flavor?

Using the right blend of seasonings is the secret to great fried rice. Fried eggs, sauteed vegetables, and leftover rice are some more essential tips for making the best fried rice.

What cut of pork do you use in pork fried rice?

You can use any cut of pork you have on hand. We used two leftover pork chops in this recipe but you can use pork tenderloin, pork shoulder, or pork butt. You can either chop it into bite-sized pieces or add shredded pulled pork to the recipe.

Storing and Reheating

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you need to keep it longer, freeze the fried rice for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Zap the fried rice in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Stop the microwave intermittently to stir. Alternatively, you can add the fried rice to a hot skillet with a splash of water and stir frequently until thoroughly heated.

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A dish of pork fried rice with leftover pork chops.

Pork Fried Rice

A delicious mix of pork, rice, eggs, and vegetables with a savory, umami sauce for an Asian taste. This is a fast and easy recipe that works well for lunch or dinner.
Pork fried rice tastes great if you make it with leftover pork or if you cook a couple of pork chops just for this recipe.
4.86 from 27 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3 strips of bacon cut into small dice
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 8 oz. cooked diced pork (I used 2 leftover pork chops)
  • 4 cups cooked rice cold
  • ½ cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced for garnish


  • Break the eggs into a small bowl, add the salt and pepper and whip gently with a fork as if you are making an omelet.
  • In a wok or large skillet over medium-low heat add the oil and use a pastry brush to coat the skillet (or non-stick spray). Add the eggs and tilt the pan so the eggs cover the skillet bottom completely. Remove the skillet from the heat when the eggs are set and firm. Cut the eggs into small pieces and reserve.
  • Using the same skillet/wok add the diced bacon and cook over medium heat till crisp. Push to the far side of the skillet and add the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and grated ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin and sesame oil. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the pork and rice, breaking any clumps of rice loose, and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add the peas and toss to combine. Remove from heat, the peas will continue to cook in the hot mixture. Add the reserved eggs and toss them together with the rice mixture.
  • Transfer the rice to a serving dish and garnish with the chopped scallions.


  • Leftover white rice works best with fried rice recipes. Make the rice in advance and store it in the fridge overnight. The next day, the rice will be dry and firm which gives it the perfect texture for fried rice.
  • If you don't have leftover rice you can make fresh rice and dry it out in the oven. Spread it on a baking sheet and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes at 200°F. After you dry it out in the oven, stick it in the fridge or freezer to cool it down.



Serving: 1 | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 670mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

This post was originally published on October 3, 2016. We updated the photos and added a video. Part of the original post is below.

It wasn’t until 1975 when Don accepted employment to the U.S. Naval Shipyard Repair Facility at Subic Bay, Philippines that I finally learned to cook rice without it being mushy or gluey.

Our entire family re-located to the Philippines for five years; our four kids were 15, 13, 11 and 7 years of age.  We returned to the U.S. in 1980 and by 1987 Don and I were empty-nesters and we returned to the Philippines for another five years. 

It was during that first tour in 1975 that I learned to cook rice properly.  We had this really nice local lady by the name of Naty that helped me in the home and she taught me how to cook rice. She couldn’t understand how I could have any problems with something so simple.  But then she had been cooking rice most of her life.

We survived that huge volcano eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 and returned to the U.S. one year after that event when the U.S. base closed.  The Filipino people are gracious, loving and kind-hearted people and we will always treasure our friendships, experiences and memories while living in their country.

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Shannon K

Monday 10th of April 2023

This was excellent. I used shrimp instead of pork. I also used the stir fry sauce from your site (8 TBSP) and added 1 TBSP Rice Vinegar. The sesame oil is an excellent touch. Very authentic. Thank you.!

Dahn Boquist

Monday 10th of April 2023

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It's lovely to hear how you adapted it with shrimp and added a few extra touches. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience--it's always appreciated!

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