Sweet and spicy pork stir fry is a delightful dish that can be whipped up in no time. With homemade Chinese five spice, honey, chili, and sesame, this recipe is bursting with flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The pork (or chicken) and noodles are coated in a simple yet amazing sauce that will have you coming back for seconds.
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What’s the Best Cut of Pork for Stir Fry?
When it comes to stir fry, I prefer using a pork tenderloin, also known as pork fillet. It’s easy to cut and remains tender once cooked. However, be careful not to confuse pork tenderloin with pork loin, which is a wider and larger cut of pork suitable for slow roasting and grilling. Boneless pork chops can also be used interchangeably in this recipe. Due to their leanness, I highly recommend marinating or brining the chops before cooking. In this recipe, we have a delicious marinade that will enhance the flavor of your pork.
How to Cut Pork Tenderloin into Strips
Before cutting the pork tenderloin into strips, you need to remove the tough silver skin. This can be done by running a bone knife between the meat and the skin. Additionally, make sure to slice the meat against the grain to achieve maximum tenderness. After removing the silver skin, proceed to cut the tenderloin into evenly sized strips. The size of the strips doesn’t matter too much, as you can adjust it according to your preference. Just remember to keep the pieces of similar size to ensure even cooking.
Pork Stir Fry Marinade and Sauce
Prepare yourself for an explosion of flavor! In this quick pork stir fry, we don’t marinate the meat but instead use a flavorful sweet and spicy sauce. Pork is an incredibly versatile protein that allows us to create a variety of tantalizing dishes. For today’s recipe, we’re opting for an Asian-inspired sweet and spicy sauce. You can mix all the ingredients together, excluding the sesame oil which is best drizzled over the dish at the end.
Best Vegetables for Stir Fry
The beauty of stir fry is that you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand in your refrigerator. It’s a perfect opportunity to clean out those produce drawers and create a delicious meal. Measurements are not crucial for this dish, so feel free to adjust the amount of each vegetable based on your preference. However, I do have some favorite vegetables that I love to include in a stir fry:
- Mushrooms: They soak up all the flavors and add a rich umami taste.
- Onions: Any kind works, such as yellow onion, spring onion, or leeks.
- Garlic: Because you can never have too much garlic!
- Ginger: Adds a wonderful flavor and pairs well with pork.
- Chili: For those who enjoy a bit of heat in their stir fry.
- Broccoli: A nutritious and vibrant green addition.
- Red bell pepper: Adds crunch and a burst of flavor.
- Herbs: A sprinkle of cilantro or parsley right before serving adds a fresh touch.
Homemade Chinese Five Spice Seasoning
If you enjoy experimenting with homemade spice blends, you’ll love this one! Chinese Five Spice is a versatile blend that adds a unique touch to your dishes. It consists of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. Sichuan peppercorns bring a whole new level of flavor to the blend. To make the seasoning, dry roast the whole spices in a small non-stick pan until fragrant. Then, grind the spices into a powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. If you prefer, you can use ground spices as a substitute for the whole spices.
Overall, this pork stir fry is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that will warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds. With its sweet and spicy flavors and warming spices, it’s a comforting dish that can be enjoyed all year round. If you’re looking for more quick dinner ideas, check out our other recipes such as vegetarian lo mein, rosemary sun-dried tomato pasta with chicken, or easy sheet pan fajitas. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @thegingerwithspice. Enjoy!
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