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Char Siu Fried Rice, is full of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors! Made with char siu, also known as Chinese BBQ pork, white rice, and plenty of seasonings, sauces, and other aromatics, it’s a restaurant-quality meal that’s so easy to make.

char siu fried rice in a bowl

Restaurant-Inspired Char Siu Fried Rice

I love ordering Chinese takeout. It’s such a fun treat that everyone in my house loves. Now, as easy as it is to make a quick phone call and then wait for my delivery, I wanted to try to make one of my favorite dishes — char siu fried rice — from scratch! 

It’s not the first time I’ve recreated a take-out meal. Crispy pork belly in the air fryer, Instant Pot sweet and sour spare ribs, and Chinese crispy noodles are just a few. Today’s recipe starts with another favorite: char siu Chinese BBQ pork. It’s the perfect way to use leftovers. This dish boasts a complex flavor but is oh-so-simple to whip up. Add in some white rice and some flavorful add-ons and you’ve got yourself a warm and filling char siu rice. It all comes together in about 20 minutes — faster than waiting around for your food to get delivered!

char siu fried rice in a wok

Char Siu Fried Rice Key Ingredients

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Char Siu Pork. Use my recipe to make your own from scratch — as I mentioned, it’s a great way to make use of any leftovers. 
  • Onion & Garlic. These aromatics are essential for this char siu rice recipe! They add so much savory flavor.
  • Ginger. Peppery, sweet, and warm, ginger also adds a lot of flavor to the overall results.
  • White Rice. I like to use cooked white rice for this dish, as it retains its fluffy texture when fried. You can use brown rice if you’d like.
  • Shoyu. Also called Japanese soy sauce, shoyu is a staple in my kitchen. It has a salty and umami flavor that I can’t get enough of.
  • Oyster Sauce. To add a bit more umami to the mix. Oyster sauce is sweet, salty, and a little bit tangy.
  • Eggs. A key ingredient for most fried rice dishes! Eggs make this meal even more hearty.
char siu friend rice ingredients

How to make perfect Char Siu Fried Rice

Heat the char siu. Add your cooking oil of choice to a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat and cook the char siu until it is warmed completely. 

Add the aromatics. Add the onions to the pan and cook until fragrant. Then, add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook until the onions become translucent.

Incorporate the rice & sauces. Place the cooked white rice in the pan and stir to combine. Then, drizzle in the shoyu, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.

Mix in the eggs. Create a well in the center of the rice and pork mixture. Add the eggs to a small bowl with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Pour the eggs into the well and scramble to your preference.

Mix, toss, & serve. Mix the scrambled eggs into the char siu rice, then top with green onions. Toss until just combined and eat it while it’s hot!

Tips

  • Use a wok. While you can definitely use a standard frying pan to make this char siu rice recipe, I prefer to use a wok. It’s the perfect pan to make fried rice!
  • Don’t skip the sauces. Make sure to use the shoyu, oyster sauce, and sesame oil as instructed. These sauces add so much to the flavor profile of this dish.
  • Cold rice is best. This char siu fried rice dish is the ultimate way to use up any leftovers. Cold rice fries up a lot better than warm, so if you do use fresh rice, make sure to chill it thoroughly before getting started.
char siu fried rice in a white bowl

Frequently asked Questions about Char Siu Rice

What is Chinese pork fried rice made of?

Traditional Chinese pork fried rice is made with pork, eggs, rice, vegetables, and several different sauces and seasonings. My version is made with Chinese BBQ pork for even more added flavor! If you do want to add some veggies to the mix, I recommend using carrots and peas.

What makes the pork red in pork fried rice?

The distinct red color in char siu fried rice is thanks to the Chinese BBQ pork. It’s prepared with red food coloring in order to achieve the color normally associated with the dish. 

How do I make char siu fried rice crispy?

It all goes back to using cold rice. It fries up wonderfully! Using warm rice could give you mushy or even soggy results.

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char siu fried rice in a white bowl

Char Siu Fried Rice

Relle
Char Siu Fried Rice, is full of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors! Made with char siu, also known as Chinese BBQ pork, white rice, and plenty of seasonings, sauces, and other aromatics, it’s a restaurant-quality meal that’s so easy to make.
5 from 29 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8 servings
Calories 535 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound char siu thinly sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1 inch ginger finely minced
  • 4 cups white rice cooked
  • 3 tablespoon shoyu
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 stalks green onion thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Set a large wok or pan over medium high heat. Add cooking oil of choice and char siu. Cook until the char siu has heated through.
  • Then add onions. Cook until fragrant. Next add garlic and ginger. Continue cooking until the onions have become translucent.
  • Add the rice to the wok and stir to combine.
  • Next drizzle over shoyu, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Mix until well combined.
  • Create a well in the center of the rice. Add eggs to a small bowl along with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and pour into the well in the rice. Scramble eggs to your preference and cook through.
  • Then mix eggs into the rice. Top with green onions. Toss until just combined. Serve hot and ENJOY!

Notes

Tips

  • Use a wok. While you can definitely use a standard frying pan to make this char siu rice recipe, I prefer to use a wok. It’s the perfect pan to make fried rice!
  • Don’t skip the sauces. Make sure to use the shoyu, oyster sauce, and sesame oil as instructed. These sauces add so much to the flavor profile of this dish.
  • Cold rice is best. This char siu fried rice dish is the ultimate way to use up any leftovers. Cold rice fries up a lot better than warm, so if you do use fresh rice, make sure to chill it thoroughly before getting started.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 535kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 18gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 578mgPotassium: 347mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bbq pork, char siu, char siu fried rice, chicken long rice, chinese bbq, chinese bbq pork, chinese recipes, fried rice, keeping it relle
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By on December 28th, 2022

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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12 thoughts on “Char Siu Fried Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    I don’t use my wok often enough but I used it for this recipe and boy was it good! We ate all of it and the kids asked for it again soon!

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  2. 5 stars
    This was so tasty and easy to make! I have always wanted to make authentic pork dishes like this one but have been intimidated. You made this easy enough that even I could make it! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  3. 5 stars
    Anything with onions, garlic, and ginger to me is just bliss. This fried rice has such a delicious fragrance you’ll want to dive in immediately!

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  4. 5 stars
    The spice combo here was divine! And it made excellent leftovers the next day. Already can’t wait to make it again – thanks! 🙂

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  5. So ONO! I’ve made fried rice forever with either bacon or spam; had some leftover char siu in the freezer so gave this a try! My husband, who’s a ‘local boy’(!) said it was the best he’s EVER had! I think the oyster sauce put it over the top! Mahalo!

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    • Oh that’s so great to hear. Thank you for sharing. If you wouldn’t mind, can you give this recipe a star rating by clicking the stars in the recipe card. I appreciate you!

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