If you’re anything like me, you occasionally get the hankering for some Chinese food. And sometimes, you just don’t feel like going out or ordering in. One of my favorite staples is this delicious pork fried rice recipe! And, if you don’t feel like pork, you can exchange it for chicken, beef, or even shrimp! Just want the rice as a side dish to another excellent Chinese dish (perhaps this Chicken with Broccoli!), omit the meat all together for some delicious veggie fried rice!
This recipe calls for avocado oil to be used. You can use any oil you prefer, just make sure it can stand up to the higher cooking temp. I find that avocado oil gives a much smoother flavor to the overall dish.
The pork should be cubed into bite sized pieces, as you can see below. I love adding some seasonings to the pork when I make this, and, depending on my mood that day, I will change up what I use. My typical combo is the garlic powder, cayenne, and paprika as listed in the recipe below. But don’t be afraid to omit or add to those spices!
I LOVE jasmine rice for fried rice dishes!! A key note to making fried rice turn out great instead of mushy is to make sure your rice is cooked a little al dente. You don’t want to over cook it! Then you just get a mushy mess instead of a delicious dish. I recommend adding less water than you normally would to cook the rice. If you are following the recommended 2 cups of dry rice as this recipe calls for, lessening the water by even 1/4 cup will turn up nice, fluffy, al dente rice!
The eggs can easily be done in the same pan, without having to dirty another pan. But if you find it difficult to keep your eggs from wandering throughout the rest of the pan while cooking them, you can absolutely cook them in a separate pan and just add it to the rice mixture once they are cooked. What I love most about this dish, is that even though you add a little oil to the pan in the beginning, because of the oil you get from cooking the meat, no additional oils are needed to finish cooking this dish. There is enough oil to keep the eggs from sticking to the bottom, and you don’t end up with overly oily fried rice. Which, let’s face it, just isn’t appealing!
When all is said and done, what you end up with is a delicious meal all on its own, or you can add some delicious dim sum as an extra treat!
Give it a whirl, and come back and let me know how yours turned out!