Thai Fried Rice


This Thai fried rice is called American fried rice (Khao Pad American) in Thailand, because it uses ingredients that are considered American, like ketchup and bacon. It is very popular in Thailand and easy to make. All ingredients should be prepped in advance cause once you start frying the rice, it goes fast. If people are really hungry, you can serve a fried egg on top of the fried rice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 6 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 large tomato, cubed

  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple

  • 5 cups cooked jasmine rice, cooled

  • 2 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

  • 3 eggs, beaten


  • ½ cucumber, sliced

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

  • 4 green Thai chile peppers


  1. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat and cook bacon until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving bacon grease in a bowl. Spoon 2 tablespoons grease back into the skillet.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high and cook garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomato and pineapple and stir-fry until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

  3. Increase heat to high and add 1 tablespoon bacon grease. Add rice and stir-fry, breaking up with a spatula so it gets coated well with bacon grease. Cook for about 3 minutes. Season with ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, and white pepper.

  4. Move rice mixture to one side of the skillet or wok and pour beaten eggs onto the empty side. Stir-fry until eggs are almost set, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix eggs with rice mixture. Fold in bacon bits. Serve with cucumber, green onions, cilantro, lemon wedges, and chile peppers.

Cook's Note:

You can also use canned pineapple instead of fresh.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
10g Fat
76g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 42mg 208%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 483mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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