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Pork fried rice is a popular dish to be sure. But the stuff you get in restaurants is a stroke in a bowl. Not very appetizing if you ask me. So I made this healthy pork fried rice that is much better and just as tasty!
While this dish will always be a little high on the sodium scale, homemade and clean is the only way to go if you just cannot live without it. The best way to make this dish is by using up some leftovers. This is just like making stir fry. Plus, you can add or subtract any veggies you want or don’t want.
The essence of this dish lies in its versatility. This is really a “left-over” dish. So save yourself some work and wait until you have some cold, cooked pork and brown rice in the fridge that you need to use up. This recipe is perfect for that occasion.
But making it from scratch (like I did) is not so bad either. Top with a little soy sauce and you’ve got a wonderful dinner!
Best Pork Cuts To Use
While any cooked pork will work here, I find that the best cuts are either boneless pork chops or pork tenderloin. Just don’t overcook it or it will become rubbery. Add it in at the last minute and cook it just long enough to warm it up.
Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe Variations
- You can make this dish with small cuts of beef as well.
- Try adding bell peppers or tofu (if you eat soy).
- Use up leftover cooked rice (jasmine rice works great)
- Add toasted sesame oil for extra flavor.
- Make this in a wok or a large skillet.
- Try adding a splash of rice vinegar.
- Try using shrimp instead of pork!
- Add some fresh, minced ginger and/or garlic.
About The Ingredients
Cooked pork – Cubed.
Cooked brown rice – Plain. This can be long grain or short grain. Using leftover rice is fine.
Shiitake mushrooms – Sliced thin.
Green peas – I used frozen peas, but fresh peas work too.
Bean sprouts – Chopped if needed.
Green onions – Sliced (I included the white parts). Note that these may be labeled as scallions at the store. A scallion and a green onion are the same thing.
Onion powder – Onion granules work too.
Oil – Use any oil you like, but keep the smoke point in mind. Typically, something like avocado oil or coconut oil will work best in a recipe like this. Avoid olive oil due to its very low smoke point.
Chicken broth – On reserve (see note above)
Low sodium soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos – For garnish
How To Make Healthy Pork Fried Rice
Gather all your ingredients. Note that this recipe assumes your pork is already cooked.
In a large pan, cook the mushrooms, peas, and carrots in oil until the mushrooms are wilted. Add the eggs, and stir until cooked then add all the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Top with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos, and serve.
Store this in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This freezes well if packed well. Store it in the freezer for up to 4 months.
If frozen, thaw in the fridge for a full 24 hours first, or until completely thawed.
This reheats well in a microwave, or you can put a little oil or broth in a skillet and reheat it that way.
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Pork Fried Rice Recipe
- 2 cups cooked pork, cubed
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- ½ lb. shiitake mushrooms
- ½ lb. green peas (I used frozen)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup bean sprouts, chopped
- 3 large whole eggs
- 5 medium green onions, sliced (I included the white parts)
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- chicken broth on reserve (see note above)
- low sodium soy sauce for garnish
- Gather all your ingredients. Note that this recipe assumes your pork is already cooked.
- In a large pan, cook the mushrooms, peas, and carrots in oil until the mushrooms are wilted. Add the eggs, and stir until cooked then add all the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Top with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos, and serve.
This recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 11/09/2011.