Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe

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.

Two plates hold servings of Healthy Pork Fried Rice. Chopsticks rest to the sides of the dishes.

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!

An overhead view looking down into a white dish filled with Healthy Pork Fried Rice.

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.
A white plate sits on a white surface filled with Healthy Pork Fried Rice.

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.

Grated carrots

Bean sprouts – Chopped if needed.

Large eggs

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

Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe ingredients gathered together on a white surface.

Gather all your ingredients. Note that this recipe assumes your pork is already cooked.

Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe ingredients cooking in a wok.

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.

A spoon lifts a portion of Healthy Pork Fried Rice out of a wok.

Top with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos, and serve.

The finished Healthy Pork Fried Rice served in a white bowl with some chop sticks resting on the side of the bowl.

Storage

Store this in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing

This freezes well if packed well. Store it in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Reheating

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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A white plate sits on a white surface filled with Healthy Pork Fried Rice.

Pork Fried Rice Recipe

If you love regular pork fried rice from your local Chinese restaurant, give this homemade version a try. It’s a yummy way to use up leftovers too!
Note that if you are trying to keep the fat content low, keep some chicken broth at hand to continue cooking when the oil runs out. Or use just chicken broth for cooking. If you don’t mind more fat, then use more oil as needed for cooking.
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Course: Grains, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 502kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients. Note that this recipe assumes your pork is already cooked.
    Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe ingredients gathered together on a white surface.
  • 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.
    Healthy Pork Fried Rice Recipe ingredients cooking in a wok.
  • Top with soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos, and serve.
    A spoon lifts a portion of Healthy Pork Fried Rice out of a wok.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 922mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6179IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 11/09/2011.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Carrot cake oatmeal for breakfast and this for supper…wow, fantastic!! Everybody loved it. So happy I found your site. I’ve been clean eating for 3 weeks now and I don’t miss any of that other stuff at all. Thank you so much!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trudy – That’s FABULOUS!!! Keep up the great work!

  2. 5 stars
    Let me just start by saying that I made many changes to this recipe, based on what I had on hand (chicken, not pork; button mushrooms, not portobello; beef stock, not chicken; etc etc!). Turned out GREAT! I usually follow recipes to a T, but your recipes are so simple….simple ingredients, simple steps….so even if I mess up by changing it up, I feel as tho I haven’t “wasted” too many ingredients or too much valuable time. So thank you for your clean and simple recipes – I can’t wait to try more!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Fabulous! That’s the great thing about pork fried rice too. You can pretty much throw anything in to it and get a great tasting dish. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this and it was great i loved it and so easy to make

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Blake – Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Love gracious pantry. Its a place that I count on for good and simple recipes. Also, no need to hunt for appetizing yet clean food.I have tried several of your recipes. Havent tried this one but I’m anxious to get started.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dian – Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. I wish there was a little more detail in the recipe.
    I dumped everything in like the directions stated and it was a big mushy mess. I am guessing there is a trick to adding the egg in. Once i did the dish went south.
    I am a novice cook and need more direction.