This Chinese Pork Fried Rice Recipe is made with simple veggies, an irresistible blend of common Chinese sauces and gets done under 30 mins. You can make this ground pork fried rice recipe in the instant pot and freeze it for future use. Discover the irresistible blend of flavors and textures in this popular comfort food with our recipe.
Best Pork Fried Rice Recipe
It's easy to make an authentic pork fried rice recipe at home with simple ingredients like chopped veggies, simple sauces, ground or minced pork and rice. We prefer using jasmine rice, however you can also use basmati rice.
If you are pressed for time you can replace the fresh diced veggies with frozen veggies like green beans, green peas and carrots! This easy pork fried rice recipe will turn out amazing every single time with perfectly cooked rice and authentic layers of flavor.
Pork Fried Rice Ingredients
- Pork: Ground pork or mined pork. If you are using minced pork add 1 tbsp soy sauce and mix well with the minced pork before sauteing the meat. This will enhance the flavor of the dish almost instantly.
- Aromatics: Yellow onion and garlic. This will boost the flavor.
- Veggies: Carrots, green peas. You can also add extra veggies like chopped green beans, thawed corn kernels and also diced mushrooms (baby bella or white mushrooms). We did not add these veggies this time.
- Eggs: The addition of scrambled eggs will make this instant pot pork fried rice recipe irresistibly good!
- Sauces: Dark soy sauce and low sodium regular soy sauce. You can replace the regular soy sauce with coconut aminos or tamari.
- Toasted sesame oil: Adding a small amount of toasted sesame oil at the end of cooking enhances the overall aroma and flavor of the fried rice. We mixed the toasted sesame oil in the blend of sauces and added it to the fried rice. You can also sub the toasted sesame oil with chili sesame oil. You can buy them at any Asian supermarket.
- Cooking fat: Avocado oil or extra light olive oil.
- Liquid: Water.
- Optional garnish: Roughly chopped green onion. Use only the green part.
Tips for success
- Rinse rice: Rinse the rice very well under running tap water by gently rubbing the grains with your fingers until clear water runs through. This will help remove the surface starch from the rice. You will have non-gummy rice every single time.
- Choose the Right Rice: Use long-grain rice like jasmine or basmati for better separation of grains. Avoid using short-grain or sticky rice, as they can become too gummy.
- Brown pork: It will boost the overall taste of the dish and add so much more complex flavor.
- The rice to liquid: Do use the same cup to measure the rice and the water for this recipe.
- Best fried rice ever: For best authentic flavor add the sauces, thawed green peas and the scrambled eggs at the end (after the pressure cooking cycle is over) and toss everything very well until the rice is well coated with the blend of sauces.
- Avoid Over-Stirring: While it's important to keep the ingredients moving, avoid excessive stirring to prevent the rice from breaking and becoming mushy.
- Taste and Adjust: Before serving, taste the fried rice and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add a final drizzle of soy sauce or other seasonings to balance the flavors.
- Instant pot scrambled egg hack: Some more oil and a controlled heat setting in the Instant Pot will make the best ever scrambled eggs that will never stick at the bottom of the pot and make a mess.
How to make pork fried rice?
Find the detailed step by step recipe along with measurements + Video at the bottom of the post.
Step #1 Scramble eggs & Brown pork
- Scramble eggs: Set the instant pot on sauté mode on high heat, add oil and stir the beaten eggs briskly until they are scrambled. Set them aside.
- Brown ground pork: In the same pot add more oil. Sauté the aromatics and than brown the ground pork. Cancel the sauté mode.
Step #2 Deglaze pot, layer rice
- Deglaze pot: Add water in the instant pot and deglaze the pot very well by scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of a spatula. This will help loosen any stuck food particles and prevent the burn error.
- Layer rice: Rinse and drain the jasmine rice very well. Transfer the rinsed rice into the instant pot and layer it in a single layer on top of the ground pork. Do not stir or mix.
Step #3 Pressure cook, fluff rice
- Pressure cook: Now layer the diced carrots on top of the rice layer. Do not stir or mix. Secure the lid, seal the valve and pressure cook on high for 4 mins followed by 10 mins natural pressure release. Open the lid carefully. Turn off the instant pot.
- Fluff cooked rice: Now add the thawed green peas and gently fluff the cooked rice with the help of a fork.
Step #4 Add sauces & scrambled egg
- Add sauces: Now add the sauces and toasted sesame oil mixture into the rice. Mix well until the rice is well coated with the sauces. Add the scrambled eggs and gently mix. Allow the pork fried rice to rest for at least 5-10 mins before serving. Serve the fried rice with chopped green onion and enjoy!
Stove Top Method
- Make Scrambled eggs: Set a wok over high heat on the stove top. Add oil, gently pour the beaten eggs and stir briskly until the eggs are scrambled. Set it aside.
- Brown ground pork: In the same wok add more oil. Add the ground pork and sauté until well browned. Set it aside.
- Sauté veggies: Add more oil in the same wok and throw in the chopped onion and minced garlic. Stir fry for 2 mins. Add the diced veggies like carrots, green beans, thawed corn kernels, sliced mushrooms and stir fir until the veggies become crisp tender.
- Add chilled rice: Add chilled leftover rice, thawed green peas, the sauces and the toasted sesame oil. Stir fry for 2 mins. The rice will be well coated with the sauce now.
- Add scrambled eggs and pork: Now add the browned ground pork and the scrambled egg. Mix well.
- Serve: Serve the pork fried rice with chopped green onion and enjoy!
What to serve with pork fried rice?
You can serve the pork fried rice as such. It's a complete meal all by itself. We love to serve it with sriracha sauce or chili garlic sauce for an extra spicy flare. You can also serve it with the following sides:
- Stir fry bok choy.
- Chinese cucumber salad.
- Egg rolls.
- Egg drop soup.
- Sesame roasted brussel sprouts.
- Fried egg.
- Shrimp and broccoli.
- Stir fry shrimp.
- Chili garlic potatoes.
- Chili garlic tofu.
Leftovers & storage
Fridge: The homemade pork fried rice with egg will last for up to 5 days in the fridge. Store it in air tight containers.
Freezer: It can be frozen for up to 3 months. We love freezing it in individual freezer safe bags. It makes thawing the dish an easy and hassle free process.
How to reheat
Microwave Oven: Reheat the ground pork fried rice in the microwave oven until warm or hot.
Stovetop: You can also reheat in a skillet on the stovetop over medium high heat. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
The secret ingredient to restaurant fried rice is the sauces. A combination of soy sauce and oyster sauce is often used to season and flavor the rice. These sauces add a depth of umami flavor and a rich, savory taste.
Chinese restaurants normally use white Jasmine rice for fried rice.
The best oil for fried rice is any neutral flavorless oil like extra light olive oil, peanut oil, avocado oil.
Overcooked rice and over stirring the cooked fried rice will always make fried rice mushy. Use perfectly cooked rice and never over stir the dish while making it.
Seasoning thoroughly, right blend of sauces, perfectly cooked rice, the right amount of heat and the right addition of vegetables will make fried rice always taste better.
More Asian take-out recipes you might like
- Instant pot pork lo mein.
- Instant pot drunken noodles.
- Authentic chicken lo mein recipe.
- Instant pot ramen stir fry.
- Instant pot pad Thai.
- Instant pot shrimp and broccoli.
- Thai peanut chicken instant pot.
- Instant pot sweet and sour pork.
- Instant pot egg roll in a bowl.
- Instant pot cashew chicken.
- Instant pot sweet and sour meatballs.
- Instant pot chicken teriyaki.
- Instant pot stir fry shrimp.
- Instant pot orange chicken.
- Instant pot Chinese chicken and broccoli.
- Instant pot Mongolian chicken.
- Instant pot chicken fried rice.
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- 2 cups Jasmine Rice (**white jasmine rice rinsed & drained very well.)
- ½ pound Ground Pork (**regular ground pork.)
- 1 cup onion (**yellow onion roughly chopped.)
- 1 tbsp garlic (**minced.)
- 1 cup carrots (**diced into ½ inch squares.)
- ¾ cup Green Peas (**thawed.)
- 3 Eggs (**medium or large eggs beaten.)
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil (**extra light or light olive oil. )
- 2 cups Water
- Crack the eggs in a bowl and beat them well until smooth. Set them aside.
- Set the instant pot on sauté mode set at high heat. Add 2 tbsp oil, when the oil becomes moderately hot gently pour the beaten eggs and stir briskly until the eggs are scrambled well. You need the scrape the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of your spatula while stirring the eggs. This will prevent the eggs from sticking at the bottom of the pot. Transfer the scrambled eggs in a separate bowl.
Brown ground pork
- Add 2 tbsp oil in the instant pot, when the oil becomes moderately hot add the chopped onion and sauté for 1 min. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Now, add the ground pork and sauté until the pork begins to turn brown. Cancel the Sauté mode.
- Add water and deglaze the pot very well by scraping the sides and the bottom of the pot with the help of a spatula. This will help remove any stuck food particles from the bottom of the pot and prevent the burn error.
Rinse & drain rice
- Rinse the rice under running tap water by gently rubbing the grains with your fingers. Repeat this process until the water runs clear. This will help rinse out the surface starch from the rice and prevent the rice from getting gummy. Drain the rinsed rice with the help of a colander. Set aside.
- Now transfer the drained rice into the instant pot and spread it out in single layer on top of the ground pork. Do not mix or stir. Layer the diced carrots on top of the rice layer. Do not stir or mix.
- Secure the lid of the instant pot and seal the valve. Pressure cook on high for just 4 mins. Once, the cooking cycle is over the instant pot will begin to beep. Wait for 10 mins natural pressure release and than release the rest of the pressure manually by moving the valve from the sealing to the venting position. Open the lid carefully. Turn off the instant pot.
Add sauces & scrambled egg
- Now, add the thawed green peas and gently fluff the cooked rice with the help of a fork or a pair of forks. In the meantime, add the dark soy sauce, the low sodium regular soy sauce and the toasted sesame oil in a small bowl and whisk with a spoon to mix well. Add this to the rice and gently mix with the help of a spatula until the rice is well coated with the sauces. Add the scrambled eggs and mix well. Allow the pork fried rice to rest for 5-10 mins before serving. You may serve the pork fried rice garnished with chopped green onions. Enjoy!
- Rinse rice: Rinse rice very well to avoid sticky, gummy rice. The surface starch will rinse out and make the rice fluffy and light.
- More flavor: You can toss the ground pork with 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce before browning the meat. This will elevate the flavors of the pork. We skipped this step!
- Gluten free sauce option: Tamari is the best gluten free alternative of light soy sauce.
- More veggies: You can add diced green beans, thawed corn kernels and even diced baby bella or white mushrooms. Add them along with the diced carrots in a single layer.
- Spicy pork fried rice: Add about 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes along with the sauces.
- Can I use Brown Rice? No you can't use brown rice for today's recipe. Brown rice has different cooking time.
- Soy Sauce contains salt so do add salt carefully in the recipe. Otherwise you'll end up with salty fried rice. We didn't add any extra salt. The sauces provided enough saltiness.