Szechuan Fried Rice

Photo: Mike Krautter
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Tasty slivers of pork shoulder and seasonings of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and fiery Chinese chile paste add a Szechuan flair to fried rice.


  • 12 ounces lean pork shoulder, cut against the grain into ¼-inch slices, then into 1-inch pieces

  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons safflower oil

  • 3 large eggs

  • Coarse salt

  • 2 carrots, diced (¾ cup)

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (from a 2-inch piece)

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Chinese chile paste

  • 4 cups cooked long-grain rice

  • ¾ cups frozen peas, thawed

  • Freshly ground white pepper, optional


  1. Marinate pork: Whisk together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Add pork and stir until coated; marinate 10 minutes.

  2. Heat a large cast iron pan or wok over high until very hot, about 2 minutes (a sprinkle of water should evaporate immediately). Add 2 teaspoons oil and swirl to coat. Beat together eggs, 2 teaspoons water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add egg mixture and cook, pushing eggs toward center of pan to form large, soft curds, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add marinated pork to hot pan, spreading into a single layer. Let sear (do not stir) until golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Toss and turn occasionally until golden on all sides and just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate with eggs.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons oil, carrots, and onion to pan; cook 1 to 2 minutes until browning and softened. Add garlic, ginger, and chile paste; cook stirring until fragrant, 1 minute. Add rice, peas, pork, eggs, and remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce; cook stirring occasionally until heated through, 1 minute. Season with salt and white pepper.

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