Pork and green bean red curry stir fry is an aromatic and appetizing dish that goes well with steamed rice. The dish is simple, healthy, and great for a quick dinner or a packed lunch. The pork is tender and moist, with a piquant and tangy flavor. If you cook a lot and cannot finish it immediately, no worries at all. The leftovers taste even better after a quick heat-up in the microwave!
This dish was inspired by the pork and green bean curry stir fry that I had in a Thai restaurant when I was traveling in southern California. The tender pork slices and crisp green beans were perfectly seasoned with a sweet and spicy curry sauce. The dish was so appetizing and went great with steamed white rice.
I had never tried to use Thai curry in a stir fry, but I was intrigued by the flavor and ventured to re-create it in my kitchen last weekend. The recipe was adapted from the chicken red curry stir fry recipe from Serious Eats, but I made a few tweaks to make the dish even tastier.
Here is a list of things to keep in mind when cooking this dish.
- Use low heat when frying the curry paste to avoid burning it.
- Cook the green beans long enough to ensure they’re cooked through (green beans contain a mild toxin when raw). If the beans are large and tough, add water into the skillet, cover, and simmer, to steam the beans and expedite the process.
- Cook pork (or chicken or beef) separately at first in order to get the most tender and juicy result.
- Lower the heat when adding the sauce in the final cooking step to avoid burning the sauce.
- Blend a small amount of water into the sauce to avoid burning the sauce.
Although I used pork in the recipe, do feel free to replace it with chicken or beef. No matter which type of meat you choose to use here, you should always use a tender cut to achieve better stir fry results. For example, I prefer using chicken legs or beef tenderloin. Also, it might seem like a lot of trouble to cook the meat separately, but it’s a necessary step in producing moist and tender meat. If you follow my recipe exactly, not only will the freshly cooked pork have a great texture, but even the reheated leftovers will be soft and juicy!
I also created a short video below to walk you through the stir frying process. Enjoy!
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Curry Pork and Green Beans Stir Fry
- 100 grams pork tenderloin , sliced (2 millimeters or 1/12 inch thick)
- 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or rice wine)
- 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (or light soy sauce)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 250 grams (1/2 pound) green beans
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger , minced
- 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- Place pork slices into a small bowl and add shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, and cornstarch. Mix with fingers until the liquid is fully absorbed and the pork is evenly coated and feels sticky. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Combine fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- To prepare green beans, start by snapping off the tough ends. Chop each bean into 2 to 3 pieces and make sure that all the pieces are about the same length.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil into a nonstick skillet and heat over medium high heat. When oil is warm, add pork into skillet, spreading the pork to a thin layer (with a spatula or chopsticks). Let pork cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the bottom side has turned golden brown. Stir and flip each piece to cook the other side. When both sides are browned, but the meat is still pink inside, turn to lowest heat, transfer the pork to a plate, and set aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil into skillet. Add ginger and garlic. Stir a few times until fragrant. Add red curry paste and stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add green beans and turn to medium heat. Stir 3 to 5 minutes, until the beans are evenly coated with curry paste. Add half cup of water into the skillet to steam the green beans and cook them more quickly. Continue to stir until the beans are cooked through.
- Add pork back into skillet, along with the fish sauce mixture. Turn to medium high heat and stir immediately to mix everything well. When the sauce has thickened, after about 1 minute, stop heat and transfer everything to a large plate.
- Serve warm over steamed rice.