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Easy Pork Fried Rice with Frozen Vegetables

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You can make this Easy Pork Fried Rice any time of the year thanks to frozen vegetables. Add them straight from the freezer to your skillet. Want to use frozen rice? That makes dinner even easier!

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Even when there’s “not much” in the fridge, I can usually scrounge together enough ingredients to make a fried rice happen! This fried rice recipe requires a tiny bit more planning because of the pork, but otherwise, it calls for ingredients you most likely already have on hand, like frozen peas and frozen carrots. (You can even use frozen rice, if you have it!)

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FRIED RICE MADE WITH FROZEN PEAS AND CARROTS

Frozen peas and carrots makes it easy to make this fried rice any time of the year – just add the vegetables straight from the freezer to your skillet when you get to that step. I still recommend chopping an onion and a little garlic and ginger and adding that as well; it really adds to the flavor of the fried rice!

USE FROZEN RICE!

Using frozen peas and carrots is a no-brainer for this recipe, but you can also use frozen rice if you have it! You’ll just need to thaw the rice before adding it to the skillet – not steaming hot, but thawed just enough so the grains can separate.

You can also use leftover cooked rice or fresh rice. If you are using fresh rice, spread it out on a baking sheet before frying and make sure it is completely cool. This ensures the grains separate and the rice won’t clump together.

Scalloped plate with pork fried rice scooped on it. Chopped scallions, peas and carrots are visible in the rice. A fork is under the rice on the left side.

TIPS FOR COOKING FRIED RICE

There are two keys for great fried rice:

  1. Make sure the rice is chilled and dry. This keeps the grains from clumping together. When you add the rice to the skillet, stir it into the oil to separate the grains, then let it sit without stirring for a minute or two to develop some browning color. Great fried rice will have no clumped rice; individual grains mixed with the add-ins is what you’re going for!
  2. Make sure to cook the ingredients in the right order. Cook the pork first, remove from the skillet, then cook the onions, garlic, ginger, and frozen peas and carrots. Once those have cooked, remove them from the skillet, cook the rice and eggs, and then stir everything back together! Cooking in phases ensures you don’t burn any single ingredient.

HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE FRIED RICE

Fried rice will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Frozen fried rice will keep in the freezer for three months. Reheat fried rice in the microwave with a splash of water so the rice rehydrates.

DAD ADD – CHILI SESAME OIL

This fun little condiment is really good on fried rice. Stir together toasted sesame oil, chili oil, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds. Then, if you have the time, very gently heat this combination over low heat to open the flavor. Drizzle it lightly on any stir-fry or fried rice dish!

Young boy sitting at a table with pork fried rice with frozen peas and carrots on a plate. Markers and papers are spread on the table while he colors. Little girl is playing in the background with a blanket.

REPORT CARD

If you round up from 50%, then 100% of my kids ate this dinner! I’m joking, of course. My older kid absolutely loved this fried rice, even if he insisted on finishing his coloring while he ate it. He does have a thing against cooked carrots right now which I haven’t quite figured out. He piled those up separately, but in general ate a good portion of the fried rice.

My three year old danced in the background while we ate dinner and legend has it that she hasn’t eaten a full meal to this day.

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Easy Pork Fried Rice with Frozen Vegetables Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rice, fresh or frozen
  • 10 ounces lean pork loin, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 cup frozen carrots and peas
  • 3 large eggs, scrambled
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

For the Chili Sesame Oil (Dad Add):

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of sesame seeds

Method

1 Prepare the rice: If using freshly-cooked rice, spread onto a baking sheet and let cool for 10-15 minutes. You can also stick the rice in the fridge to cool it quickly.

If using frozen rice, thaw the rice just enough so the grains can be separated.

Cooked white rice spread on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper for Pork Fried Rice recipe.

2 Cook the pork: Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Season the pork cubes with the salt and pepper. Add the pork cubes to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until pork is cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the skillet.

A small glass bowl with chopped raw pork and seasonings inside. A spoon rests inside the bowl. A black skillet has chopped sauteed pork inside it.

3 Cook the vegetables: Pour another tablespoon of oil into the skillet. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for a minute until fragrant and then add the frozen carrots and peas. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onions have softened and the frozen vegetables are warmed through. Remove from the skillet.

A black skillet with frozen peas and carrots sauteing inside.

4 Make the Chili Sesame Oil (optional): While the vegetables cook, in a small bowl stir together the toasted sesame oil, chili oil, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds. If you have the time, very gently warm this oil mixture in a small pan over low heat for a few minutes. Be careful not to make it so hot that the spices burn.

Blue speckled bowl with sesame seeds and sauce ingredients for Pork Fried Rice with Frozen Peas and Carrots.

5 Finish the fried rice: Add the remaining two tablespoons of vegetable oil to the empty skillet. Turn your heat to medium (your skillet or wok should still be hot), add rice and spread it out in an even layer. Let the rice fry for 1-2 minutes or until it has some color. Then stir the rice, push it to the edges, and form a well in the center of the skillet.

Pour the eggs into the well. Let sit for a minute until they begin to cook, then stir just the eggs until they are 90% cooked. Once they are mostly cooked, stir the rice and eggs together to combine, then immediately stir in the cooked pork, vegetables, and soy sauce.

Toss or stir to combine well. Garnish with scallions and Chili Sesame Oil if using. Serve immediately.

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LEFTOVERS! Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days and can be reheated in the microwave on high heat until steaming hot. I recommend adding a tablespoon of water to each serving when you microwave it to rehydrate the rice a bit.

Once the pork fried rice is cool, you can scoop it into freezer-safe storage bags and store for up to three months.

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Nick Evans

Nick has been writing delicious recipes for the home cook for almost a decade. He lives in Denver, CO and embraces a delicate balance of diaper changing, trail running and beer drinking. His website is Macheesmo and his first book is Love Your Leftovers.

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  1. Carole

    Frozen carrots are rubbery as are frozen green beans so those with texture problems are not fond of them but may love them fresh or steamed.
    Also frozen vegetable are the better choice for nutrition unless, of course you have your own garden… I found a way to freeze green beans so they are not rubbery haven’t tried carrots yet…
    Plan to make this recipe soon…

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  2. clyde

    the recipe is fine 5stars for the stuff about your kids

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