Easy Pork Fried Rice

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 creates less mess and at the same time simplifies the dish. I can’t think of anything worse when it comes to cooking than to look over and find a sink stacked with dishes.

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 to be used at the same time which then leads to the stack of said dishes.

But let’s 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 very 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 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 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 of time. Or you don’t have those quick fresh items to make one up on the spot. I use little techniques like having precooked rice 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 alongside 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 rarely any rice left over after serving.

What You’ll Need To Make It

1 full ham steak or 2 cups of 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


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 sauté until golden. Lower the heat to add the garlic and half the green onions. Allow it to cook for a few seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic. 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

  • 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.
  • When adding the eggs, make sure to stir them in as they cook to spread them throughout the mixture.

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Yield: 6

Easy Pork Fried Rice

easy pork fried rice in a skillet

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a large cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the ham and sauté 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.


*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:



Serving Size:


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

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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 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 the smokiness of the bacon but it 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 than 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 made a double batch of this when I had leftover holiday ham. To heat it up the following day I heated a skillet, added a touch of olive oil, and tossed the rice in the pan until it was evenly heated through. But you can also reheat it just fine in the oven or microwave oven.

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