This pork fried rice is a great easy meal for a weeknight dinner – and it’s low-carb! I use frozen cauliflower rice and frozen mixed veggies to make it such an easy recipe.
I looooove fried rice! My mom always made such good fried rice – she always got it really crispy (lotsa butter!) and it was so full of flavor from the soy sauce 🙂 so yummy!
If you’re looking to cut back on carbs, but you still want to enjoy yummy meals, like fried rice, then this recipe is perfect for you. Plus, if you’re busy, this meal can be whipped up in no time.
These are two Aldi finds that I have in my freezer at all times. I love being able to have easy-to-make meals on hand for busy weeknights. This riced cauliflower comes in handy for so many meals! I used the plain rice here but Aldi also sells a garlic and herb seasoned cauliflower rice as well.
I’ll be honest here – I’m dealing with pregnancy brain fog these days and I didn’t realize until my husband and I were halfway through eating our fried rice that I completely forgot to put the egg in it :-/ It was great without it haha, but I do know that traditional fried rice has egg(s) in it. And I typically make fried rice with an egg or two . . . 😉
Ok, now that I have that off of my chest, let’s get into the recipe for this fried rice!
If you choose to add meat to your fried rice, here’s what I did: I used about a pound and a half of thinly sliced boneless pork chops that I had leftover from a previous sheet pan meal. I cubed up the meat and marinated it in about 1/4 cup of soy sauce, a couple tablespoons of garlic, and about a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. I let that sit for a few hours before I started cooking dinner.
Start with half of a stick of butter in a pan. Let it melt, add garlic and ginger, and let those cook for a few minutes.
Break up the veggies and rice in their bags, and add to the hot butter. Stir everything around until the butter is coating the rice and veggies.
Here’s the key to a nice crispy fried rice – press down the rice in the pan nice and flat so it really crisps up. My mom taught me that years ago and it really makes the difference in getting that crispy fried rice finish that makes it so yummy.
As the rice cooks, stir it up and flatten it down every few minutes.
When the rice has cooked for about 15 minutes or so, add the pork in and mix it all together. Continue stirring and flattening the fried rice until the pork is cooked, which should take around 6-8 minutes or so, depending on how thick your pork is.
When your fried rice is finished, serve it up! I garnished mine with some sliced green onion and served it with some egg rolls with sweet chili sauce. Yum yum!
- 1 - 1.5 pounds cubed pork
- 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 10-ounce bag frozen riced cauliflower
- 1/2 stick butter
- ground garlic
- ground ginger
- soy sauce
- Marinate the pork in soy sauce and garlic for 1-4 hours.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger, about a teaspoon of each (or more if you like it stronger). Let the ginger and garlic cook for a few minutes.
- Break up the rice and veggies in their bags and add to the hot butter.
- Stir the rice and veggies together so that they are completely coated in the butter. Then press the rice down into the pan to get it crispy. Every few minutes, stir it and reflatten it.
- After about 15 minutes, or when the rice starts getting crispy, add in the pork and mix it to combine.
- Continue stirring and flattening until the pork is cooked, about 8 minutes or so. Depending on the thickness of your meat, you may need to add or reduce time.
- Add in soy sauce at the end and mix the rice, veggies, and meat together thoroughly.
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