I’m always looking for ways to switch up dinner throughout the week whether it be with new flavors or ingredients. These Pork Rice Bowls were inspired by a meal that I would get at one of my favorite food trucks here and I’m constantly craving it. These Pork Rice Bowls are so flavorful and have the perfect amount of kick to them that you’re going to love!

When I start to plan out meals at the beginning of the week, I always like to think about meals that I can use a variety of ways or have leftovers for lunch the next day. These Thai inspired pork rice bowls make for great leftovers and you can switch them up by adding different rice or even top a fried egg!

I originally was inspired to create this recipe after trying something similar at a local food truck here in Austin called DeeDee. If you’re local, definitely check it out! It’s one of my favorite places and this bowl is something that I crave regularly. Their bowl has more heat packed into it which I can usually only take in small doses 😉

What you need for Pork Rice Bowls:

  • Ground Pork: The ground pork in these bowls is a must! Plus, it adds a balance of protein to the meal and is delicious with the Thai sauce.
  • Jasmine Rice: While I love jasmine rice, you can use any rice here that you prefer! Some that I recommend are coconut or brown rice.
  • Cucumber: These add a freshness to these bowls and are great to top with a little rice and Thai pork when eating it.
  • Carrots: Another fresh ingredient to add to these bowls! I love adding the shredded carrots.
  • Green onion: Don’t leave out the fresh onion and herbs here. These are great to chop up on these bowls to add even more flavor.
  • Fresh mint and basil: So good here and the mint and basil really bring out the other flavors from the Thai flavors here.
  • Fish Sauce: A key ingredient in the sauce and a great pantry staple to have when making meals like this. Fish sauce adds so much flavor!
  • Brown Sugar: A little heat with a little sweet. Just a bit of brown sugar here goes a long way!
  • Chili Onion Crunch: I love the chili onion crunch from Trader Joe’s but you can also get this at a lot of stores! It’s great to top on eggs, toast, you name it.
  • Lime
  • Korean Chili Pepper Paste: This is a great addition to the sauce and gives it that kick that I love here.
  • Olive oil

If you want to pair these pork rice bowls, try these options:

  • Top this bowl with a fried egg! So good!
  • The Thai inspired Pork makes enough for multiple rice bowls! Adjust other ingredients as needed if you plan to make more than one.
Thai Pork Rice Bowls

How to make rice bowls:

  1. In small bowl, combine sauce ingredients: fish sauce, brown sugar, coconut aminos, chili onion crunch, lime juice and Korean chili pepper paste. Mix to combine.
  2. In non-stick pan, heat pan on medium to high heat. *Let it heat up before pouring in the sauce.
  3. Pour in the sauce and then add ground pork. Mince the pork as you cook it stirring up the sauce to coat.
  4. Let the pork fully cook in the sauce. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Prepare rice accordingly. I used jasmine rice but you could use coconut rice or any rice of choice here!
  6. Chop up fresh herbs: mint and basil. Chop up green onion and cucumbers.
  7. Assemble bowls by adding jasmine rice, cooked bork, shredded carrots, cucumber and fresh herbs on top. Optional to add a fried egg if you want! Top with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes

How to store your leftover rice bowls:

I recommend storing any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge! I like to use these for easy storage.

What I used in this recipe:

Non-stick pan

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Pork Rice Bowls

Pork Rice Bowls

Prep Time:
5 minutes

Cook Time:
12 minutes

Total Time:
17 minutes

Flavorfull weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp korean chili pepper paste
  • 2 tbsp chili onion crunch
  • 4 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp green onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint and basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup jasmine rice

Instructions

    1. In small bowl, combine sauce ingredients: fish sauce, brown sugar, coconut aminos, chili onion crunch, lime juice and Korean chili pepper paste. Mix to combine.
    2. In non-stick pan, heat pan on medium to high heat with a little olive oil. *Let it heat up before pouring in the sauce.
    3. Pour in the sauce and then add ground pork. Mince the pork with spatula as you cook it stirring up the sauce to coat.
    4. Let the pork fully cook in the sauce. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    5. Prepare rice accordingly. I used jasmine rice but you could use coconut rice or any rice of choice here!
    6. Chop up fresh herbs: mint and basil. Chop up green onion and cucumbers.
    7. Assemble bowls by adding jasmine rice, cooked bork, shredded carrots, cucumber and fresh herbs on top. Optional to add a fried egg if you want! Top with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes
    8. Enjoy!

until next time…