Thai Fried Rice

This Thai fried rice recipe is flavored with garlic, mushrooms and pork but feel free to use any vegetable, protein or rice you have on hand. If you have cooked rice already prepared, skip Step 1 and use 4 cups cold cooked rice in Step 3. Or for a vegetarian fried rice recipe, omit the pork and add more vegetables or tofu.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups brown or white jasmine rice

  • Water (2 1/2 or 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces boneless pork chop (about 1 chop), trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms

  • 2 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (see Tip)

  • ½ cup whole cilantro leaves

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • ½ medium cucumber, sliced


  1. Combine rice and water (2 1/2 cups for brown rice; 2 cups for white rice) in a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed (40 to 45 minutes for brown rice; 20 minutes for white). Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, spread the rice on a large baking sheet and let cool at least 15 minutes.

  2. Thinly slice pork chop crosswise, then cut each slice into long, thin strips about the width of a matchstick. Place a large flat-bottom carbon-steel wok over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl to coat the pan, add garlic. Cook, stirring, until just starting to change color, about 20 seconds. Add the pork and cook, stirring, until it is no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Remove the pork with a slotted spoon to a clean plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the wok. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they soften, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle in the cooked rice and stir-fry, tossing and then pressing it against the hot wok, then tossing and pressing again, until all the rice has been exposed to the hot wok, about 1 minute. Add scallions, fish sauce and the cooked pork and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

  4. Transfer the fried rice to a platter. Garnish with cilantro leaves, lime wedges and cucumber slices.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rice (Step 1), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Tip: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of well-stocked supermarkets and at Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.

Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
15g Fat
50g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Vitamin A 231IU 5%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 24mcg 6%
Sodium 633mg 28%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 103mg 25%
Potassium 406mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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