Pork and Pepper Stir-Fry

Tender juicy pork, stir fried with crispy peppers and onions in a garlicky savory sauce. Not only is it so easy and fast to make, but it also makes a great weekday main dish with affordable ingredients and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Pork Stir Fry with Pepper served on one plate with rice

This Asian-style pork stir fry was one of the earliest recipes that I posted on this blog, like, in the first month of blogging. Compared to many Asian takeout dishes, such as Beef Chow Fun or Kung Pao Chicken, this dish is more homestyle. It represents what we cook and eat at home most often. Of course, we all love a great Sweet and Sour Chicken or Orange Beef once in a while. But in an Asian household, we prefer to cook less sugary dishes on the average weekday, to keep our meals healthy.

Pork Stir Fry with Pepper in Cast Iron Pan

Cooking notes

This simple pork stir fry is a perfect example of what we eat on a daily basis.

1. Cheap to make

The dish uses very plain ingredients – pork loin, onion, and peppers. These are widely available and economical. The recipe also uses some Asian ingredients such as soy sauce and Shaoxing wine, but you would already have them in your pantry if you cook Asian food at home.

2. Aromatics

The fresh garlic and ginger are the key ingredients that make the dish extra fragrant. If you do not have ginger root, use 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger instead. But I would not skip the fresh garlic since it gives the sauce extra flavor.

3. Marinade

You’d be surprised at what a difference 10 minutes of marinating can make. Say goodbye to plain and tough meat. Instead, your pork will turn out flavorful, juicy, and tender. The trick is to use the Shaoxing wine to boost the flavor. The cornstarch will tenderize the meat, and protect the meat from over-cooking during the stir-fry.

  1. Stir fry process

It might look like a lot of trouble to transfer the cooked pork to a plate then add it back. But trust me, it’s the secret to not overcooking anything, and to getting perfect tender pork and crispy peppers.

If you’re not familiar with Asian stir fry, just remember that things happen very quickly and you should have all the ingredients ready to go.

Once you cook the pork stir fry, simply serve it over steamed rice and you’ll have a one-bowl dinner ready. It tastes so good!

Pork Stir Fry with Pepper served on two plates with rice

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Tender juicy pork, stir fried with crispy peppers and onions in a garlicky savory sauce. Not only is it so easy and fast to make, but it also makes a great weekday main dish with affordable ingredients and is loaded with nutrition. #pork #pepper #stirfry #recipes #dinner

Asian Pork Stir Fry with Peppers


  • Author: Maggie Zhu
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Tender juicy pork, stir fried with crispy peppers and onions in a garlicky savory sauce. Not only is it so easy and fast to make, but it also makes a great weekday main dish with affordable ingredients and is loaded with nutrition. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

To make the dish gluten free, use dry sherry to replace Shaoxing wine. Use tamari to replace light soy sauce.


Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 lbs (450g) pork loin, cut into 1/4-inch (5-mm) slices
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (or soy sauce)
  • (Optional) 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (*Footnote 1)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Stir fry

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients under “Marinade” in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Mix all the “Sauce” ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Spread the pork with minimal overlapping. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until the bottom turns golden. Flip to cook the other side for 30 seconds. Transfer the pork to a big plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, ginger, and garlic. Stir a few times. Add the bell pepper. Cook and stir for 30 to 40 seconds.
  5. Mix the sauce again to fully dissolve the cornstarch. Pour into the pan and add back the pork. Immediately stir to mix well. The sauce will thicken very quickly, in a couple seconds. Transfer everything to a big plate.
  6. Serve hot over steamed rice as a main dish.

Notes

1. The dark soy sauce adds a beautiful brown color to the dish. You can skip it if you don’t have it and it will not affect the taste of the dish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 380
  • Sugar: 4.7g
  • Sodium: 571mg
  • Fat: 22.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.6g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
Tender juicy pork, stir fried with crispy peppers and onions in a garlicky savory sauce. Not only is it so easy and fast to make, but it also makes a great weekday main dish with affordable ingredients and is loaded with nutrition. #pork #pepper #stirfry #recipes #dinner

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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my Austin, Texas kitchen.

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One thought on “Pork and Pepper Stir-Fry

  1. danielle wolter

    I love the simplicity of this dish. There’s a reason it’s what people eat every day – it’s simple, healthier and tasty! Stir fry is really one of my favorite things to make. You can get a dish on the table in just a matter of minutes!

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