Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice

Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice is a fantastic way to turn your Sunday lunch leftovers into another filling family meal.

You’ve probably noticed that I love making meals with leftover meat.

We love a Sunday roast, and turning roast meat into a filling meal is a great way to save money, reduce waste and try new things. 

I’m also a huge fan of an Easy Chinese fakeaway. Once you’ve got a few store cupboard essentials, Chinese cooking is easy, and fakeaways are much cheaper and healthier than takeout food. 

Putting leftovers and fakeaways together, like in this Pork fried rice using leftover roast pork or my Leftover Beef and Broccoli is one of my favourite things. 

Leftover roast pork with fried rice is a brilliant way to use up your leftovers. You can add loads of veg and rice to bulk it out if you are short on meat, there’s plenty of flavour and the seasoning is super simple. 

Pork Fried Rice in bowls.

In fact, it’s so easy that you can recreate the taste of your favourite Chinese pork fried rice at home in about 30 minutes.

Even better, if your family are anything like mine they’ll love this Pork fried rice fakeaway. Michael had about 3 servings in quick succession last time I made it. 

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What to Do with Leftover Roast Pork

If your first thought when you’ve got a pile of leftover roast pork is pork and stuffing sandwiches, you certainly aren’t alone. 

I love a pork and stuffing sandwich, especially if the bread is dipped in gravy, there’s a bit of apple sauce and a giant bit of crackling on the side. Perfection. 

But, there’s plenty more that you can do with any leftover roast pork that you might have. Some of my favourite Leftover roast pork recipes include:

Using leftover roast pork to make pork fried rice is another fantastic option.

You can also make this recipe with leftover pork chops or steaks. Just dice of shred the meat that you’ve got left, and add extra veg if you need to bulk it out.

How Long Does Leftover Roast Pork Last?

leftover roast pork in frying pan.

As long as your roast pork is in date, it can be kept covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.

How Do You Know if Leftover Roast Pork is Bad?

The thing with leftovers is, there’s no set rule. How long it will last depends on the quality of the meat, how cold your fridge is, how it’s been cooked, and how you’ve kept it. 

Generally, leftover pork will keep in the fridge for 3 days. But, not always. If your pork looks off-colour, smells bad, or feels a little slimy, throw it away. When it comes to using up leftovers to make Pork fried rice always trust your instincts.

Can You Freeze Cooked Roast Pork?

Yes, you can freeze leftover roast pork. If you didn’t want to make Leftover roast pork fried rice recipe within the next few days, cool your meat, wrap it tightly and pop it in an airtight tub or bag and freeze for up to 2 months

Thaw in the fridge when ready, and follow this recipe, always making sure the pork is piping hot before serving. 

Is Fried Rice Unhealthy?

Pork fried rice with egg from the Chinese can be pretty unhealthy. There’s bound to be a lot of oil and fat, as well as a very high salt content. 

close up of fried rice in pan.

A Pork fakeaway is a much healthier option. You can add extra veg, keep an eye on how much oil you are adding, and use low sodium soy sauce. 

Where Does Fried Rice Get its Flavour?

Roast pork fried rice has a pretty unique flavour, but the good news is, it’s easy to recreate with a Recipe for pork fried rice at home. 

fried rice with leftover roast pork in frying pan.

How to Make Pork Fried Rice at Home

My top tip for Leftover roast pork egg fried rice is to fry it all together in butter.

This gives everything a slightly creamy taste, and I think brings all of the other flavours together. 

Aside from that, it’s all about frying your rice and veg until it’s all piping how and cooked through. 

top view of fried rice with pork and veg in frying pan, served portions to the sides.

Start by very lightly scrambling the egg in butter, so that it’s still a bit wet. Then, remove from the pan and fry the pork and veg in the same pan. Add the rice and sauce, stir through the egg and enjoy. Easy peasy Leftover pork fried rice.

In my Beef Fried Rice recipe, I do things a little different. Instead of pre-cooking the eggs, I just crack them in and mix through. Either way is fine, do what you are comfortable with.

Marinade for Pork Fried Rice

The Sauce for pork fried rice is super simple. As well as the butter to fry, flavour with soy and oyster sauce. I add 1tsp of Chinese five-spice, because I love the flavour, but this is optional. Then, right before serving stir through a little sesame oil for flavour

Do You Make Leftover Pork Fried Rice with Cooked Rice?

Yes, before making your Pork with fried rice, you’ll want to cook your rice

Pork Fried Rice in bowls. Sauces and frying pan in background.

It’s also better to use chilled rice, as warm, freshly cooked rice can be quite soggy, and ruin the texture of your fried rice. 

Cool your rice as quickly as you can by removing from the cooking pan into a large, shallow tub or bowl, or dividing it into several smaller bowls to spread it out as much as you can. 

Once cool, chill in the fridge until you need it. You can also make pork fried rice with rice leftover from another meal (because who cooks the right amount!?) as long as it has been cooled and stored safely, and it’s cooked through until it’s piping hot before serving.

You can find out more about cooling and reheating rice safely here.

What Oil to Use for Pork Fried Rice?

For my Pork fried rice recipe, I use butter to fry my ingredients. Then, I add sesame oil before serving. 

Leftover roast pork fried rice in frying pan, served bowls in the background.

The sesame oil is a seasoning, not something to coat the pan. 

What Vegetables Do You Put in Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice?

If you have Leftover roast pork and vegetables, use them! 

I use frozen peas, carrots and corn, as well as spring onions generally. But, if I’ve got any leftover carrots or broccoli from my Sunday lunch, I throw it all in!

What Goes with Pork Fried Rice?

Recipes for leftover pork roast and rice have it all. Veg, rice, and meat, all fried together in a gorgeous Chinese-inspired sauce. 

Leftover Pork Fried Rice in bowls.

You don’t need to serve with any extra sides, it’s a fantastic one-pan meal. 

Can You Reheat Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice?

I don’t recommend reheating leftover roast pork fried rice.

You’ve already cooled and reheated both the pork and rice once, and the more you do it, the greater the risks become. 

You can learn more about reheating rice here, but always be careful, and do so at your own risk. 

Yield: 4 Portions

Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice

Leftover Pork Fried Rice in bowls.

Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice is a fantastic way to turn your Sunday lunch leftovers into another filling family meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rice Cooling Time  1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3tbsp Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Cloves Garlic - Crushed
  • 500g Diced Leftover Pork
  • 2 Carrots – Peeled and finely diced
  • 150g Frozen Peas
  • 150g Frozen Corn
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 250g White Rice – Dry weight, cooked to package instructions, drained, cooled, and left in the fridge until needed
  • 4tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1tsp Chinese Five Spice (optional)
  • 4 Spring Onions – Finely Sliced
  • 1tbsp Sesame Oil

Instructions

  1. Melt 1tbsp of the butter in a large frying pan or wok
  2. Lightly scramble the eggs, tip into a bowl, and leave to one side
  3. Add another tbsp of butter to the pan and melt
  4. Fry the garlic for 3-4 minutes until soft and fragrant
  5. Add the pork and fry until coated in butter
  6. Add the carrots, peas, corn, and a good pinch of salt and pepper and fry for 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  7. Stir through the remaining butter before adding the rice, spring onions, Chinese five-spice, soy, and oyster sauce
  8. Fry for 5 more minutes, stirring frequently until the rice is piping hot
  9. Fold through the eggs and fry for 2 more minutes
  10. Pour in the sesame oil and stir through
  11. Serve straight from the pan

Notes

  • Don’t worry if you’ve got less pork, use what you’ve got
  • Add any leftover veg you’ve got with the peas and corn
  • Cold rice fries better than freshly cooked rice, which can clump together and go a bit soggy. Try to make your rice ahead of time, cool it quickly, and chill it in the fridge before frying. Find out more about chilling and reheating rice here.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 Portion

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 45g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors.

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2 thoughts on “Leftover Roast Pork Fried Rice”

  1. Used fresh pork loins as no left over pork. Also had no carrots but added red and yellow peppers plus mushrooms. I must say we all enjoyed this and next time we have roast pork this is where the left overs will be going. Thank you for sharing.

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