Ground Pork Stir Fry (Easy 15-minute Recipe) - Fifteen Spatulas (2024)

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by Joanne March 3, 2023

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This Ground Pork Stir Fry is an easy and flavorful recipe that comes together in only 15 minutes! It’s absolutely delicious and perfect for weeknights, served with steamed white or brown rice. Leftovers also keep beautifully.

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This is one of those flavorful recipes that I make again and again and again.

Generally I don’t cook a ton of repeat dishes, just because there’s only so much food I can make and I need to test out new recipes on a regular basis. But this dish is the perfect combination of quick, delicious, and easy, which pretty much guarantees it to be a staple!

This dish has all the same merits that other popular Asian dishes like Fried Rice, Chicken Stir Fry, and Beef and Broccoli have. It’s fast, flavorful, and delicious!

Tips for Best Results

Use fresh ginger, garlic, and scallions – Because much of this dish relies on pantry-stable sauces, it’s essential to use fresh aromatics to brighten up the dish. I don’t recommend ground ginger or jarred ginger. Grate it from a fresh knob!

Use firm tofu – There are many different textures of tofu available for purchase, and I recommend “firm” for this recipe. That way, the tofu will stay intact even with stirring. However, if you prefer the tofu to break up more into the sauce, you may use soft or medium tofu.

Use fatty ground pork – Ground pork is the superior meat to use here, and is absolutely delicious with these flavors. Don’t use a lean ground pork here, as the fat adds essential flavor.

This recipe is a loose riff on mapo tofu, which is a popular Chinese recipe with minced meat and tofu.

I’ve always loved it in restaurants, though it’s not as easy to make at home, as it involves some more obscure ingredients like Sichuan peppercorn and Xiaoxing wine.

This recipe still has tons of flavor, is one of the most easy stir fry recipes out there, and uses relatively accessible ingredients.

Do you have to use tofu?

Even if you think you don’t like tofu, I recommend giving it a try here, because I firmly believe the dish is better with it than without it. It varies up the texture, making it much more interesting.

A lot of people don’t like tofu, but I find that it’s often because people are trying it plain in a salad, which doesn’t taste great. Tofu is a blank canvas ready to take on other flavors, and here it’s more for texture than flavor.

Step by Step Overview:

A note to start: Like any stir fry, everything cooks really quickly, so it’s important to embrace mise en place and have your ingredients relatively ready to go before turning on the heat.

To begin cooking, start by browning ground pork in a large skillet over medium-high heat with some lard, ghee, or other high heat cooking fat. Avoid olive oil, which will have a weird flavor here.

Then add freshly grated ginger and minced garlic cloves:

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Make sure to use the fresh stuff for both here! Using fresh ginger root and fresh garlic is essential for adding a ton of flavor and aroma.

Then add tofu to the hot skillet, plus a few Asian sauces like chili sauce and bean paste. Stir it all around for a few minutes to distribute the flavors of the spicy sauce.

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Finish the dish with scallions (aka green onions), sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Taste and see if you enjoy the spice level. To make it hotter, add more chili sauce or chili oil.

Then serve the pork mixture with steamed white rice, rice noodles, or Cauliflower Rice.

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It is also fantastic paired with Green Beans, sauteed bok choy, or steamed broccoli, to round out the dinner table! This easy ground pork recipe is truly one of our family favorites.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days, and reheat in the microwave or in a skillet. This is great for meal prep because leftovers are just as good as the freshly made dish. Enjoy!

Similar Quick Dinner Recipes

If you want to keep in the Asian family of recipes, Korean Chicken Rice Bowls are just as fast as this recipe if you want to try something similar but with different flavors. You can also try Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps or Turkey Lettuce Wraps which have a similar flavor profile, and are just as fast!

You may also prep big batches of Asian Dumplings and keep them in the freezer. Them simply steam however you’d like to serve for dinner.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops and Chicken Milanese are also quick weeknight recipes made in 15 minutes.

Tips and FAQ

Can you freeze spicy Ground Pork Stir Fry?

Yes, in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw, I recommend leaving in the fridge overnight.

How do you reheat Pork Stir Fry?

This recipe reheats very well in the microwave, and I prefer that for ease. However, you can also stir fry it in a skillet for about 5 minutes on medium, until warmed through.

Can you use a different meat?

Of all the ground pork recipes out there, this recipe is really well suited for its flavor, and is best here. But you can also try ground turkey or ground chicken as a good alternative. I don’t recommend ground meat in the red meat family, like beef or lamb, as the flavor doesn’t quite work.

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Ground Pork Stir Fry with Tofu

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 10 minutes mins

Total Time: 15 minutes mins

This quick and flavorful stir fry comes together in a flash and is wonderful served with steamed white rice.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp neutral cooking oil (lard, ghee, etc)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 tbsp minced garlic)
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lb package firm tofu drained and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp bean paste (can also use hoisin sauce)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • steamed rice for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, then add the pork. Brown the meat for 5 minutes, until almost fully cooked and mostly no longer pink.

  • Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and stir it around for 60 seconds, until it starts to smell very aromatic.

  • Deglaze the pan with the soy sauce, and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

  • Add the tofu, chili sauce, and bean paste to the pan, and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  • Turn the heat off, then add the sesame oil, scallions, and sesame seeds. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy!

Notes

Storing leftovers: Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing: Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 months. To thaw, keep in the fridge overnight.

Reheating: This dish reheats well in the microwave. You may also stir fry it in a skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until warmed through.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 372mg, Potassium: 393mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 115IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 190mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: asian

Author: Fifteen Spatulas

Recipe updated August 2019. Originally published September 2013.

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    14 Comments on “Ground Pork Stir Fry”

  1. Alice Reply

    Hello Joanne,
    This sounds easy and delicious.
    I’d like to also stir fry veggies into this.
    When would I do that in the process, please?
    Would I remove the cooked meat, stir fry the veggies, then add the meat back in?
    Or stir fry the veggies first, remove, cook the meat, and then add the veggies back in?

    Thanks for your many simple, clear recipes on this site. I’m looking forward to trying them.

    I wish more recipe authors made their recipes as quick and simple as yours, to help people get a nutritious and tasty dinner on the table fast!

    • Joanne Reply

      Hi Alice, yes I would recommend cooking the vegetables separately from the meat. It doesn’t matter much which order you do it in. Enjoy!

  2. Karen Reply

    My family and I love this dish. I make it often and now my toddler is obsessed with tofu! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Mil Reply

    is it possible to use tomyam paste instead of bean paste or hoisin sauce for a spicy flavour?

    • Joanne Ozug Reply

      I haven’t tried it but it’s worth a shot!

  4. Jeanette Reply

    This is my go-to dish on busy nights except I use ground turkey these days. It comes together so quickly and my kids love it.

  5. anne Reply

    Joanne , I love this kind of simple yet very appetizing dish ! I made nearly the same dish last time ( gonna cook it again soon ) but I steamed the tofu instead and just add some sauteed minced pork on top 😀

  6. AF Reply

    Yum! This sounds kind of like mapo tofu, but I can never find a good recipe for it. Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug Reply

      Yes, this is very similar to Ma Po Tofu!

  7. Jasline @ Foodie Baker Reply

    I love tofu, and yours look delicious and healthy! I definitely wouldn’t mind repeating it again and again!

  8. Platanos Reply

    Great healthy dish…

  9. Jaqie Reply

    Why do I torture myself and come to your site at 1AM?! hahah This looks sooo good my body is craving asian flavors lol

    • Joanne Ozug Reply

      HAHA!!! I know that one too well.

  10. Kalyn Reply

    Looks like an amazing dinner; I can see why this is worth repeating.

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