Pork Fried Rice Recipe

This “better than take-out” Chinese Pork Fried Rice Recipe comes together in under 30 minutes! Loaded with bacon and pork loin, kids and adults go nuts for this!

Pork fried rice in a bowl held with chopsticks

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This pork fried rice recipe is on my easy weeknight dinner rotation because not only is it SO easy to make, but it’s SO GOOD!

I’m ALL about fresh, fast flavor and this recipe totally delivers! Skip the Chinese take-out and make this homemade easy pork fried rice recipe instead. Trust me! Who’s ready for restaurant-quality fried rice in fewer than 30 minutes? I am!


This recipe is packed with the best ingredients— and I bet you have most of them on hand already!

  • Butter – adds a rich, buttery flavor to the pork and veggies.
  • Pork Loin Filet – use Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Fresh Pork Loin Filet for maximum flavor.
  • Frozen Veggies – I used a stir fry blend of broccoli, soybeans, carrots, and water chestnuts.
  • Eggs – scrambled to fluffy perfection.
  • Garlic – gives a nutty kick of flavor.
  • Soy Sauce – adds additional saltiness and umami flavor to enhance the pork and bacon flavor.
  • Seasoned Rice Vinegar – adds a delicious tang.
  • Hoisin – gives the rice some extra sweetness to balance out the savory flavors.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce – adds some spice. Use as much or as little as you like.
  • White Rice – leftover chilled rice is your best friend for this recipe!
  • Sesame Oil, Cilantro, Green Onions, Sesame Seeds, Sriracha – optional garnishes!
Pro tip
If you can’t find the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Fresh Pork Loin Filet, use whatever cubed pork loin you have on hand, and throw in some diced bacon!

How to make

Making pork fried rice is so quick and easy. Less than 30 minutes and you’ve got a well-rounded meal ready to go!

  1. Cook pork in a large, nonstick skillet.
  2. Add in frozen veggies and cook.
  3. Push the pork/veggie mixture to the side then melt butter and scramble eggs on the empty side of the skillet.
  4. Stir the pork/veggie mixture and the eggs together then add in garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin, chili garlic sauce, and rice.
  5. Serve with optional garnishes and enjoy!
Pro tip
Make a double batch! Leftovers are amazing!

Bowl of pork fried rice held

What is the best rice to use for pork fried rice?

Medium or long grain white rice is the best rice for pork fried rice, because it’s sturdy enough to not fall apart and also isn’t overly soft, so it won’t clump together and turn to mush when “fried”. Be sure to use unseasoned, chilled leftover rice for the best results.

If you’d like to mix it up a bit, feel free to use other types of rice like brown, wild, or even quinoa! PSST –  check out this quinoa fried rice recipe!

Do i cook the rice before frying it?

Yes! Definitely cook your rice before frying it. Then let it cool completely before placing it into an airtight container in the fridge. I like to make my rice the day before. The colder the rice, the better!

Pro tip
If cooking rice intimidates you, just use instant rice. No judgement here . . . I hardly ever use anything else! 😉 

Does my rice need to be cold?

Chilling your rice before cooking it into the rest of your ingredients allows it to dry up a little bit which really gives it that crispy fried rice texture. I highly recommend chilling the rice for as long as possible before using it in your pork fried rice.

Pro tip
If you’re short on time, cook up some instant rice, then spread it out on a baking sheet and stick it in the freezer for a few minutes to cool it off quickly!

Bowl of fried rice above


  • Use cold rice. Cold rice fries better than warm rice because it’s more dry and less sticky.
  • Use butter. Oil is fine, but use butter if you can. It just tastes THAT much better and really gives the rice that crispy texture and buttery flavor we all love.
  • Customize it. Play around with your sauces and seasonings. I like mine extra spicy so I usually add in more chili garlic sauce at the end.

How many calories are in pork fried rice?

This pork fried rice recipe contains roughly 330 calories per serving (and serves four people.)

Can i make this gluten-free?

This recipe can easily be made gluten-free using a gluten-free variety of soy sauce like coconut aminos or tamari.

As always, be sure to check your all products to verify that they are certified gluten-free.

Pro tip
On a low-carb diet? Check out my cauliflower fried rice recipe!


  • Use a different meat. Try it with another meat like beef, chicken, or shrimp.
  • Use a different rice or grain. Brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower “rice”, etc.
  • Make it vegetarian. Just leave the meat out. Feel free to supplement with more veggies or tofu.
  • Add pineapple. Add some freshly chopped or canned pineapple for a fun, fruity twist.

Bowl of fried rice held both hands

How to store

This pork fried rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

To reheat, just pop it in the microwave or fry it back up in your skillet so it’s crispy.

– Jennifer

Bowl of pork fried rice held


Pork Fried Rice

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This "better than take-out" Chinese Pork Fried Rice Recipe comes together in under 30 minutes! Loaded with bacon and pork loin, kids and adults go nuts for this!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword One Pot, pork, scrambled eggs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 323kcal



  • tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1/2  pound  Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet cubed into large bite sized pieces
  • 1-2 cups frozen diced veggies I used a broccoli, soybeans, carrots, and water chestnuts blend
  • large eggs beaten
  • cloves  garlic minced or pressed
  • tablespoons  soy sauce
  • tablespoons  seasoned rice vinegar
  • tablespoons  hoisin
  • 1/2  tablespoon  chili garlic sauce plus more to taste, if you want more spice
2 cups leftover unseasoned cooked white rice chilled in the fridge

Optional Garnishes

  • Sesame oil
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sriracha


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large non stick pan over medium/medium high heat.
  • Add in fresh pork and let cook for about 7 minutes.
  • Add in frozen veggies* and continue cooking for another 7 minutes, or until pork has cooked and the veggies are tender.
  • Push cooked pork and veggies to the side.
  • Melt remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan.
  • Add in beaten eggs and scramble.
  • Stir pork/veggies into eggs.
  • Add in garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, hoisin, chili garlic sauce, and rice.
  • Stir until the rice has warmed through.
  • Serve with optional garnishes and enjoy!


*My veggies needed 7 minutes to cook, yours may differ depending on what veggies you have. The pork needs about 10-15 minutes to cook depending on the size of your cubes, so add the veggies in accordingly.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 715mg | Potassium: 401mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2465IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.6mg

This post was originally published August 22, 2018 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.

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