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.



Recipe Summary

25 mins
15 mins
40 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

456 calories; protein 15.9g 32% DV; carbohydrates 75.9g 25% DV; fat 10g 16% DV; cholesterol 137.5mg 46% DV; sodium 694.4mg 28% DV. Full Nutrition

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I used broccoli, carrot and tofu instead of tomato and pineapple and left out the bacon. I had some bacon grease left and added coconut oil when frying the rice Read More
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