An easy, veggie-loaded spicy pork fried rice that comes together in just 25 minutes!
How was your Memorial Day weekend? Did you travel? We stayed in town, but it was nice to have a day off and some extra play time with the kiddos. We made it to the pool (3 times!), had a cookout, waved a flag and said a quiet thanks to all of those who sacrificed to make these things possible.
We also said happy birthday to our chocolate lab puppy Dixie, who is now 7 years old and not a puppy at all. Still sweet as ever though!
After a weekend of all American food and fun, I’m bringing you another quick and easy weeknight dinner.
And you know a dinner is delicious when you fight with your husband over the leftovers. We couldn’t get enough of this spicy pork fried rice!
I love the balance of flavors – the sweet, tender vegetables (and I like to use LOTS of veggies in my fried rice), the fluffy rice, the meaty pork pieces and the silky soy sauce running all over everything.
Plus, the spicy sriracha sauce infuses such a great background heat and is cooled down with the crisp cucumber spirals that add so much freshness to the final dish.
We didn’t end up adding any extra sriracha at the table and this was perfectly spicy for us – not burning our mouths but had a kick.
And it was addictive! My husband and I had seconds that night and did battle over the leftovers a couple days later (I won. Cook’s advantage ;)) Just means I will be making it again soon! And again and again after that.
Which is great because it’s so fast and easy — ready in under 30 minutes — and is full of veggies. And it uses my new favorite shortcut, ground pork, which I also used for my quick and easy pork and broccoli slaw stir fry.
If you want to tone down the heat, you could skip the sriracha (a travesty, in my opinion, but I know not everyone loves spicy like I do). You can also add it only at the table so that this fried rice is more kid-friendly. We make these adjustments often because my little ones are still warming up to spicy foods.
M will dramatically grab at her tongue and tell me something is “too spicy for my mouth.” I love the way she phrases it. 🙂
I hope you give this easy pork fried rice a try soon.
Cheers to a short work week! And enjoy!
Spicy pork fried rice
An easy, veggie-loaded pork fried rice that comes together in just 25 minutes!
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup broccoli, finely chopped
- 1 small bell pepper (any color), finely chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons spicy Asian chili-garlic sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (plus more for serving, if desired)
- 1 cucumber, spiralized (see notes)
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add ground pork and season with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook the pork for 4-5 minutes, stirring and breaking it up, until it’s browned and mostly cooked.
- Add onion, broccoli, bell pepper and peas and carrots to the pan and season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until pork is cooked through and veggies are softened.
- Add cooked rice and stir to combine and warm it, 1-2 minutes.
- Clear a small area in your pan (I just push everything to one side) and crack in your eggs. Stir to scramble and cook the eggs, 1-2 minutes, then stir them into the rest of the stir fry.
- Add soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce and sriracha and stir to combine.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Serve topped with spiralized cucumber and extra sriracha, if desired.
Cooked rice is needed for this recipe. Plan ahead accordingly.
No spiralizer? You can cut the cucumber into matchsticks or use a vegetable peeler and do some long thin strands of the cucumber.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 586kcal Calories from fat 273|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 30g||46%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||24%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|