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This quick and easy ground pork stir fry is full of flavor and texture. It's made with ground pork, lots of fresh veggies, and a tasty homemade sesame ginger sauce. It's a healthy meal for busy weeknights, and it's ready in just 35 minutes!
We never tire of quick, easy, and healthy meals which is why we're back with this ground pork stir fry recipe. It's a simple stir fry made with ground pork, veggies, and a homemade sesame sauce.
We can probably all agree that ground pork isn't the first protein that comes to mind when we think of stir fry. It's more common in Vietnamese cuisine, but we like it as a change from the usual chicken and beef.
It's a dish that cooks up quickly, and most of the work is in chopping the vegetables. It's super versatile too, so you can use any leftover vegetables you have hanging out in your fridge.
To make it, start by browning the ground pork. While it's cooking, stir together the ingredients for the sauce. When the pork is mostly brown, add in the mushrooms, followed by the rest of the vegetables.
Cook it all for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender but still crisp. Then pour the sauce over the stir fry and stir until it thickens, and that's it!
This stir fried ground pork is tasty and filling, and leftovers make a great lunch the next day!
Ground pork stir fry ingredients
The great thing about stir fry is that you can use your favorite vegetables, or whatever you have on hand. Here's what we use to make the ground pork stir fry:
- Ground pork – it's not often that we see ground pork used in stir fry but its flavor really works, and it cooks quickly, too. We opt for lean ground pork.
- Vegetables – we use a mix of sliced mushrooms, green beans, carrots, bell pepper, and onion but you can use any quick-cooking veggies. Snow peas, broccoli, and bok choy work great, and you could even add a bit of pineapple!
Here's what you need for the homemade sesame ginger sauce:
- Cornstarch – this thickens the sauce, giving it a nice texture and helping it to coat the pork and vegetables.
- Chicken broth – homemade chicken stock or a store-bought broth both work well.
- Soy sauce – gives the sauce a salty umami flavor. Use a low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free if needed.
- Sesame oil – toasted sesame oil has a strong sesame flavor and a nutty, earthy taste.
- Honey – adds a bit of sweetness to balance things out.
- Ginger + garlic – this duo gives the sauce a good punch of flavor.
How to make this easy ground pork stir fry recipe
This ground pork stir fry is a quick and easy recipe for weeknights. It's healthy and filling, and the clean-up is minimal. Here's how it comes together in a couple of simple steps:
- Start by sautéing the ground pork until it's mostly brown. We use a large frying pan, but you can also use a wok.
- Make the sauce by first stirring together the cornstarch with a splash of stock until it dissolves. Then add all the other ingredients.
- Add the mushrooms to the pan with the pork. Check how much oil there is and if there's a lot, drain some off. If it's looking dry, add a tablespoon of oil.
- Add the rest of the vegetables to the pork mixture and cook until they're crisp-tender.
- Give the sauce another stir and then pour it over the stir fry. It's done when the sauce has thickened. Serve it over a bed of rice or noodles to soak up all the delicious sauce. Garnish with some sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if you'd like. Yum!
How long do leftovers keep in the fridge?
Store any leftover stir fry in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Can I make the sauce ahead of time?
Absolutely! Stir together the sauce ingredients and store it in a jar in your fridge until you're ready to use it (up to 3 days).
Can I use another ground meat instead?
Yes, for sure. You can sub for ground beef, chicken, or turkey if that's what you've got on hand. And use our search bar to find lots of easy stir fry recipes!
How can I make it spicy?
To dial up the heat for this recipe, add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of sambal oelek or chili garlic sauce to the sauce mixture.
What kind of noodles go with stir fry?
We typically serve stir fries with organic ramen or udon noodles (or rice noodles if we're keeping things gluten-free).
Is ground pork stir fry healthy?
We think so! It has lots of nutrition from lean protein, fresh vegetables, and a homemade sweet and savory sauce.
What to serve with ground pork stir fry
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Ground Pork Stir Fry
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 2 cup chopped green beans
- 2 medium carrots (sliced)
- 1 red pepper (chopped)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
Sesame Ginger Sauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
- 2 tablespoon EACH: sesame oil and honey
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Add the ground pork to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meat, stirring it to break up the pieces occasionally, until it is mostly brown, about 5 minutes.1 lb lean ground pork
- While the pork cooks, make the sauce. Put the cornstarch and a splash of the chicken stock into a 2-cup measuring cup or small bowl and mix well. Add the remaining chicken stock, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger, and garlic and mix once more.3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup chicken broth, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoon EACH: sesame oil and honey, 2 tablespoons minced ginger, 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- When the pork is mostly cooked, add the mushrooms to the pan and let them cook for 5 minutes. If there is more than 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pan remove it by tilting the pan to the side and using a spoon to scoop it out. If there is less, add a splash of oil.2 cups sliced mushrooms
- Add the green beans, carrots, red pepper, and onion to the pan and let them cook for 5 minutes, until they are crisp-tender.2 cup chopped green beans, 2 medium carrots, 1 red pepper, 1 medium onion
- Stir the sauce to mix up the starch then pour it into the pan. Once the sauce has thickened (1-2 minutes) serve the stir fry over rice or noodles.
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