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Easy Pork Fried Rice Recipe

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Easy Pork Fried Rice is a delicious combination of garlic, soy sauce, green onion and meat in a rice mixture.

There is something so pleasing about a one dish meal to me. The ability to cook everything using only one skillet creating less mess and at the same time simplifying the dish. I can’t really think of anything worse in the aspect of cooking than when you finish a long process of cooking; only to look over and find a sink stacked with dishes to wash. Now I realize so much can be said about this and I do tend to clean while cooking. So if that was your first thought, I am right there with you. But even with those attempts of cleaning while cooking it just doesn’t always work out. Some meals require multi pans be used at the same time which then leads to the stack of said dishes.

But lets not get too caught up in the one pan aspect of this Easy Pork Fried Rice because that only takes away from the fact that this dish is as delicious but at the same time so easy to make.

The recipe calls for rice that has been made up the night before. If you can’t accommodate that step, try your vary best to cook the rice earlier in the day to give it a chance to dry out a bit. I know it may seem a strange request but it really does make a difference when cooking a rice dish such as this.

For more one pan meal ideas be sure to check try my Skillet Chicken Pot Pie, Creamy Broccoli Bake or Easy Black Bean Chili. All great options for a one pan meal idea that everyone will love.

Why I Love This Easy Pork Fried Rice Recipe

In our house, I try to use the whole food approach to what I serve and how we eat. It is not always easy to cook foods entirely from scratch especially on long days when you just don’t have a lot time. Or you don’t have those quick fresh items to make one up on the spot. I use little techniques like having precooked rices in my fridge that I can quickly grab, sauté some veggies and mix it in to make a quick rice dish. This dish was perhaps born out of one of my quick meal attempts but one that is so delicious that I make it all the time. With the protein of the ham and eggs, it can be served as a main dish or you can serve it along side some homemade egg rolls, or chicken. I have done nights where I have made a few asian style dishes to create a restaurant night at home with this Easy Pork Fried Rice. But no matter what I serve alongside this Easy Pork Fried Rice, there is almost never any rice left over after serving.

What You’ll Need To Make Easy Pork Fried Rice

1 full ham steak or 2 cups cubed leftover ham 

2 eggs

 1 entire bundle of green onion

4 garlic cloves

½ cup low sodium soy sauce

4 cups cooked jasmine or long grain white rice (cook the day ahead and let sit in fridge overnight) 

Cracked black pepper

3 tbsp Olive oil

Directions For Easy Pork Fried Rice

ham in a skillet for easy pork fried rice

In a large cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add the ham and saute until golden. Lower the heat to add the garlic and half he green onion. Allow it to cook for a few seconds. Then mix in the cooked rice and pour over the soy sauce to let all the flavors combine.

Make a well un the center of the pan to clear a spot to add the eggs. Crack them over the skillet and then spread them around the pan as they cook. Garnish with the remaining green onions. Serve immediately.

easy pork fried rice in a skillet

Cooking Tips For Easy Pork Fried Rice

  • As mentioned prior, it is best to use rice made the day prior or at the very minimum that morning. It allows the rice to dry out a bit and become perfect for frying.
  • If you don’t have green onions, chives also work well for this dish.
  • You can substitute the soy sauce for liquid or coconut aminos as a healthier option.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it five stars!

easy pork fried rice in a skillet

Pork Fried Rice

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A flavorful rice cooked with ham, scallions, soy sauce and lots of garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1 full Ham steak or 2 cups cubed leftover ham
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 entire bundle of green onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine or long grain white rice (cook the day ahead and let sit in fridge overnight)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ham and saute until golden.
  3. Once the ham is golden, add the garlic.
  4. Stir in the cooked rice and pour the soy sauce directly over.
  5. Make a well in the center of the rice to add the eggs. Crack them over the skillet and then spread them around the pan as they cook.
  6. Make sure to mix the entire contents of the pan until all is combined.
  7. Garnish with the rest of the green onions,
  8. Taste test, if desired you can add a bit more soy sauce.

Notes

*when making fried rice it is best to make the rice a day ahead and place in the fridge when ready to use

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1287mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g

FAQ for Easy Pork Fried Rice

Can I use bacon in place of the ham in this?

You actually can. I have used a thick cut of bacon before to make this recipe and it worked really well. I just took about 5 to 6 slices of thick cut bacon, cubed it just the same and followed the recipe accordingly. It does give a slightly different taste with smokiness of the bacon but it actually tastes really good.

Can I use coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce?

You absolutely can. Coconut aminos do have a slightly sweeter taste that soy sauce does not so it alter the flavor a tad. But it comes out delicious all the same.

Does this reheat well?

It does. I have made a double batch of this when I had left over holiday ham. And the next day to heat it back up I heated skillet, adding a touch of olive oil and did it that way. But you can also reheat it just fine in the oven or microwave even.

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