Simple Pork Fried Rice

Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse, quick, frugal, cheap, family meal

Chinese New Year falls on 31 January this year and marks the start of 15 days of celebration. This year is the year of the horse which is said to bring prosperity and wealth (well I think we could all do with some of that)! We have been lucky enough to be invited to be invited to a celebration in a restaurant in February by one of our Chinese friends so I look forward to that.

As a nod to this celebration I thought I’d offer up a quick, cheap and easy midweek dinner dish, Simple Pork Fried Rce which is ideal to make the day after a roast dinner. I made mine with pork but you could easily use leftover roast beef or chicken and even throw in some prawns or peanuts if you have them. In fact this recipe is great for clearing out the odds and ends of vegetables you have in your fridge so use what you have. I always seem to cook far too much green cabbage so I keep the leftovers in the fridge and pop them in this dish the next day.

When I was in Tesco yesterday I saw a small pot of Egg Fried Rice for £2 and couldn’t believe the price. Not only is it far cheaper to make from scratch at home but it tastes a million times better too. In fact I find Chinese food in general doesn’t suit sitting around on a supermarket shelf and needs to be freshly cooked and eaten immediately for the best flavour and texture.

Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse, quick, frugal, cheap, family meal

My family loved this simple dish and even my daughter who won’t eat roast pork ate every scrap of this meal! Both children insisted on using chop sticks to add to the fun but admittedly only my son managed to finish his meal without resorting to cutlery. The photographs do not represent a whole serving but I’m a food blogger and wanted to make the dish look pretty! If you wanted to make this into a side dish you could half the quantity and serve it with another Chinese dish. I’m going to make this dish regularly now with whatever left overs etc that I happend to have as it is such a tasty and cheap meal.

As I made this meal from scratch I’m entering Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge. Due it’s frugality I’m also entering Credit Crunch Munch run by myself (and hositing this month) and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours. I’m also sending this dish to the No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as it uses up leftovers and odds and ends of vegetables.

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Simple Pork Fried Rice for a quick and tasty midweek supper that will please the whole family.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 300g Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 3cm Ginger root, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 170g Leftover roast pork (or other meat), cubed into small pieces
  • 1 Large carrot, halved & finely sliced
  • 125g Chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ Red pepper, chopped
  • ½ Yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 Celery stalks, chopped
  • Large handful of shredded green cabbage
  • 1 Egg, beaten with a small splash of milk
  • Soy Sauce
  1. Cook the rice according to the instructions (once cooked drain, fluff with a fork and set aside).
  2. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the onion, garlic and ginger gently for 5 minutes without browning.
  3. Turn up the heat and add the pork and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add another tbsp of oil and all the vegetables then fry for 5 minutes tossing constantly.
  5. Add the cooked rice.
  6. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg mixture.
  7. Slowly combine with the cooked rice as it thickens.
  8. Mix the rice, vegetables and meat until well combined and serve with a generous splashing of soy sauce.

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  1. Eb Gargano

    Oooh, this looks just my kind of recipe. Quick and easy, but I bet it tastes wonderful! Must try!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Eb, have it all the time, a firm family favourite:-)

  2. Ursula Hunt

    used this recipe with chicken and it was delicious

    1. Camilla

      Yes I use chicken too, thanks:-)

  3. William Gould

    I love this one, especially using chicken instead of pork!

    1. Camilla

      Yes it’s a really versatile dish, glad you enjoy it:-)

  4. Abigail Cullen

    Love these sort of dishes.

  5. Sarah Lewis

    Ohh I do enjoy a good stir fry hope I van get around to trying this.

    1. Camilla

      We make this regularly now:-)

  6. bev

    Looks lovely – not too much rice!

  7. Ursula Hunt

    Great easy meal

    1. Camilla

      It is and such a family favourite now:-)

  8. Heather Haigh

    Fried rice. Pork. Together. Oh yes, I could go for that.

  9. bev

    I bet this would go really well with spring rolls.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh you had me longing for Spring Rolls when I read that, yes they would be just perfect:-)

  10. Felicity Kelly

    I love rice dishes yum

  11. Carolyn Clapham

    Going shopping later, so will make sure I have everything I need to make this (and a few of your other recipes too) :)

    1. Camilla


  12. Stephanie Coals

    A brilliant alternative to buying it from the chinese to add to a meal! It looks delicious

    1. Camilla

      A regular here now:-)

  13. Carolyn Clapham

    Quick, nutritious and tasty. What’s not to like :)

    1. Camilla

      A firm favourite here:-)

  14. Rachel O'neill

    ohhh I love stir fries and I have some leftover pork from yesterday. Well tea’s sorted for me tonight!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, hope you enjoyed it:-)

  15. Tracy Sinclair

    This looks so delicious and, I think, easy to make, I will definitely give this a try, maybe use chicken instead, only cause I’ve got loads of breast in the freezer. I will pass the recipe onto my son aswell, he is always trying new recipes and I’m sure he would love this x

    1. Camilla

      Chicken works well too:-)

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Stir Fry for tea tonight, one of my favourite healthy meals

  17. Tracy Nixon

    I’m making this on Saturday for my parents coming round in the evening!

    1. Camilla

      Do let me know if they liked it:-)

  18. @auntygeek

    WOW. This looks gorgeous. Even though I’m stuffed full after dinner tonight, I could just eat more.. of this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s become a firm favourite here:-)

  19. Heather Haigh

    I’m always on thre lookout for recipes to use up cooked meat leftovers and a succesful fried rice recipe too. Will definately be trying this out soon.

    1. Camilla

      Great, hope you enjoy it as much as my family does:-)

  20. SpikesKitten

    Fast and easy dish, delicious too!

  21. Paul Wilson

    Simple, delicious and healthy, I’ll wager.

  22. Jenny Shannon

    looks yummy and very healthy

  23. SusieWilkinson

    I shall definitely be trying this out with prawns!

  24. Gail Bennett

    Great recipe – I look forward to trying it! I wonder whether it would work with chicken too … :-)

    1. Camilla

      Yes, as I said, any left over meat:-)

  25. JudeVFR400

    Think I’ll put a request in for this – we have to really watch the pennies this month (I know, who doesn’t) and this sounds great.

  26. Anthony Gonsalves

    My family love stir-fried dishes and they’re nice and healthy if prepared the right way. Would make this with pork, chicken or any leftover meat I happen to have.

  27. Edward Guerreiro

    Chinese food is my favourite. I will definitely try this recipe. Although, I will cook the rice the night before and leave it in the fridge. I think that most fried rice recipes include this step.

  28. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe, could also be done with chicken

  29. Tracy Nixon

    Super duper – thank you!

  30. Laura Wilce

    It sounds good, and looks delicious as well. Gotta try this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it:-)

  31. clair downham

    my daughter would love this as she loves pork and fried rice yummy

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure she’ll love it then:-)

  32. Elizabeth

    A fantastic recipe! I love these versatile throw-them-together ideas. Thanks for sharing with the no waste food challenge!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth – me too:-)

  33. Anne Wallwin

    nice and easy. will try with chicken tho!


    Looks delicious – I do a chicken version with brown rice. Never done it with pork before but will give it a try! Gong Hei Fat Choy! x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle – I look forward to making it with other meats:-) x

  35. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe to celebrate the Chinese New Year

    1. Camilla


  36. Maya Russell

    Next time I have leftover pork I’ll be making this! I love the recipe, thanks.

    1. Camilla


  37. K Mayers

    I’m glad I found this – I’ve been looking for fried rice recipe for a while. No offence but will probably use beef or chicken breast as I’m not a pork lover. Thank you :)

    1. Camilla

      No offence taken LOL:-) Glad I could help!

  38. Javelin Warrior

    I could have used this recipe a couple days ago 😉 I make a big pot roast and had a bunch leftover. And it’s never as good the next day… But I totally agree – good Chinese needs to be made fresh and eaten immediately. Nothing else comes close…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark:-) I’ve never liked left over pork until now:-)

  39. Heidi Roberts

    That looks really delicious. I love making home made stir frys and egg fried rices!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heidi:-)

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