If you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner that takes less than 30 minutes to make, you need to try this Thai-inspired pork mince stir fry. It’s full of flavor and a great way to get in your veggies.
Ingredients for Pork Mince Stir Fry
Before making this recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Swaps and alternatives are listed below.
- Yellow onion: If you don’t have yellow onion, white, sweet or red will work.
- Garlic: I like using fresh, but jarred is fine as well.
- Ginger: Fresh or frozen ginger will work fine.
- Ground pork: Alternatives are listed later in the blog post.
- Canola oil: You can also use avocado, vegetable or sunflower seed oil.
- Green beans: You can change the veggies you use but I personally think the texture of green beans are great.
- Bell pepper: I like using red to have some nice contrast from the green beans, but any color is fine.
For the sauce, you will need:
- Soy sauce: You can use tamari, gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos if desired.
- Brown sugar: White sugar, honey or maple syrup can be substituted.
- Chili garlic sauce: You can also use sriracha if you can’t find chili garlic sauce.
- Fish sauce: Adds a pinch of umami to the dish, which I love.
How to make Pork Mince Stir Fry
Add canola oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for several minutes or until fragrant. Add ground pork and break apart with a spoon. Continue until the pork is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
Remove the pork from the skillet. Add green beans and red bell pepper and cook until the vegetables are soft and slightly charred on the outside. While vegetables are cooking, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce and fish sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add the ground pork back to the pan along with the sauce. Toss together until the meat and vegetables are evenly coated in the sauce. Serve over hot rice and enjoy.
Swaps for ground pork
If you don’t have any ground pork (pork mince), don’t worry! There are a few swaps that will work just fine in this recipe. Here are a few that come to mind:
- Ground chicken
- Ground turkey
- Ground beef
- Diced pork loin or chops
- Diced chicken breast
- Diced steak
Where to find chili garlic sauce
You can find chili garlic sauce at your local asian grocery store. If you don’t have one nearby, you can always try a regular grocery store, or you can purchase chili garlic sauce online. It is shelf stable, so you don’t need to worry about it going bad on its way to your place.
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Is pork mince good for you?
It depends. Some cuts of pork are high in saturated fats, which can be harmful in large doses. When purchasing ground pork (pork mince), make sure to check the fat percentage. I would recommend getting one that is 85% lean or above.
Here are some pork cuts that are considered “lean”:
- Sirloin pork chop
- Ribeye pork chop
- Porterhouse pork chop
- New York pork chop
- New York pork roast
- Pork tenderloin
What to serve this with
I would recommend serving this pork mince stir fry on top of a warm bowl of rice. If you want to get in your fiber, brown rice is the best choice. I would recommend jasmine or japanese rice for this dish in particular.
How to store the leftovers
If you have leftovers, goodt news! This dish stores very well in the refrigerator. The longer it sits, the more the meat and vegetables absorb the sauce. But, I wouldn’t recommend letting it sit for more than 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Once you are ready to eat the leftovers, simply transfer it to a microwave safe bowl and reheat in the microwave.
Thai-Inspired Pork Mince Stir Fry
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp ginger grated
- 1 lb ground pork lean
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 3 cups green beans trimmed and cut in half
- 1 bell pepper sliced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce optional
- Add canola oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for several minutes or until fragrant.
- Add ground pork and break apart with a spoon. Continue until the pork is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Remove the pork from the skillet. Add green beans and red bell pepper and cook until the vegetables are soft and slightly charred on the outside.
- While vegetables are cooking, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce and fish sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add the ground pork back to the pan along with the sauce. Toss together until the meat and vegetables are evenly coated in the sauce.
- Serve over hot rice and enjoy.