This Pork Stir Fry Recipe is quick and delicious and perfect for a weeknight meal. Crispy, seared pork tossed with crunchy vegetables and our famous stir fry sauce.
This stir fry is both easy to make and incredibly satisfying. Everyone will be coming back for seconds!
Ingredients For This Pork Stir Fry Recipe
All you need is a few, simple ingredients to make this Pork Stir Fry Recipe. The wonderful thing about making stir fry dinners is that the ingredients are so interchangeable.
We’ll get into some substitutions later down in the post, but for this pork stir fry, here are the basic ingredients that you’ll need.
- Pork: Pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops work great in this stir fry. Even if you have bone-in pork chops, just cut the meat off the bone and then cut the pork into strips.
- Bell Peppers: Any color will do!
- Red Onion: Thinly sliced red onion adds a delicious flavor, yellow onions will work as well.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is our preference, our second choice would be a garlic paste, third choice would be minced garlic in a jar.
- Stir Fry Sauce: We use our Homemade Stir Fry Sauce in this recipe, (not pictured, but you can head over to the recipe) the flavor is perfectly balanced for this dish and it only takes 5 minutes to make.
How To Make Pork Stir Fry
- Make the stir fry sauce, cover and keep warm until ready to use.
- Start by adding oil to a wok or a deep, large skillet. Add the onions and peppers and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables have just softened. Season the vegetables with a pinch of salt and fresh black pepper to taste, then add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
- Remove the vegetables from the wok and then add the pork strips that have been dusted in cornstarch. Sear on both sides until golden brown.
- Add the cooked vegetables back to the wok and pour in 1/2 cup of the stir fry sauce. Toss the pork and vegetables in the sauce, add more if needed and serve.
Can I Use Store Bought Stir Fry Sauce?
Store bought sauces tend to have a lot of sugar added to them, but some are definitely better than others. Do try our homemade stir fry sauce recipe if you can, again, it literally takes 5 minutes to make.
Homemade is usually better, as is in this pork stir fry recipe. However, we do get that sometimes dinnertime can be rushed and short cuts need to be taken.
So the answer is yes, if you need to grab a bottle os sauce from the store it’s totally fine.
Also, this recipe only uses about a half of a cup of stir fry sauce so you’ll have extra to make another stir fry recipe (or two!) and then the sauce will be ready and waiting for you.
What Other Ingredients Can I Use In This Stir Fry Recipe?
Stir Fry recipes are easily adapted to your liking, or to what you have on hand in the refrigerator. Of course you can swap out chicken or beef instead of pork. Even tofu works if you want to keep it vegetarian.
For the vegetables, try adding:
- String beans
- Baby corn
- Water chestnuts
- Bean Sprouts
Tips For Making The Best Stir Fry
Making a delicious stir fry recipe is really so easy to do, as long as you follow a few rules.
- Have the ingredients ready: Make sure to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready ahead of time. Stir fry recipes cook very quickly once you start them.
- Use the right pan: A wok is ideal, but if you don’t have one you can use a deep bottomed, large skillet. You need a large cooking area so that the ingredients sear properly instead of steaming in the pan.
- High heat: Making sure the the pan you’re using is also at the right temperature is key. Stir fries are a quick cooking meal, not low and slow, so you need a pan that can hold up to a higher temperature.
- Don’t overdue the sauce: The sauce in this pork stir fry is the perfect ratio in our opinion. It’s just enough to add flavor and almost caramelize with the ingredients, but not overly sauced. Of course, you can add more or less sauce to your liking.
Ways To Serve This Stir Fry Recipe
Of course you can enjoy this delicious stir fry as is, but we also love serving it over rice or ramen noodles. Adding a side of steamed vegetables like broccoli is always a good thing.
When we’re feeling up to it, we love making these Homemade Pork Egg Rolls, too! Our kids go CRAZY for these egg rolls. They’re so much better than take out, and way better for you.
If you’re really feeling like having a whole dinner theme, try your hand at these mega delicious Soup Dumplings! We usually buy these right from Trader Joe’s, but I have to say, the homemade version is top notch.
How To Store And Reheat Stir Fry
Like most stir fry recipes, they just taste better when they are first made. The pork is slightly crispy and the vegetables have a crunch to them.
Once you refrigerate the stir fry, it’s going to loose a bit of those textures – BUT will still be extremely delicious, so don’t let those leftovers go to waste.
Let the stir fry cool down before storing it in an air tight container in the refrigerator. This pork stir fry will keep for 3 days, but we promise it won’t last that long.
Simply reheat in the microwave until warmed through and enjoy!
Looking For More Stir Fry Recipes?
- Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Shrimp and Cashew Stir Fry
- Ginger Beef and Green Beans
- Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry with sausage and peppers
- And don’t forget our homemade Stir Fry Sauce!
This Pork Stir Fry Recipe is always a crowd pleaser! Crispy, seared pork with crunchy vegetables and our famous homemade stir fry sauce! An easy dinner recipe for any night of the week!
- 1/2 cup Stir Fry Sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
- 3 medium bell peppers, sliced into strips
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 pound boneless pork chops, sliced into 1/4″ strips (can also use pork tenderloin)
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- White sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
- Make the stir fry sauce, cover and keep warm until ready.
- Add one tablespoon of the oil to a large, deep skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions to the skillet, along with the salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are softened but still slightly crisp. Add the chopped garlic, stir and cook 1 minute longer. Remove the vegetables from the skillet to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
- Dry the sliced pork with paper towels to remove any moisture. Season the pork with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch to a resealable bag and toss the pork lightly, tapping off the excess as you remove it from the bag.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet, the add half of the pork strips. Don’t overcrowd the skillet or you won’t get a good sear on the pork. Cook the pork for 2-3 minutes on each side until the pork strips have a brown crust. Remove the pork from the skillet (you can add it to the bowl with the peppers and onions) and repeat with the remaining pork.
- Once all of the pork has been cooked, pour the peppers and onions back into the skillet. Pour in 1/2 cup of the stir fry sauce and toss together with the pork and vegetables. You can add more sauce to your liking. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
You won’t need all the stir fry sauce for this recipe, but it keeps in a covered container in the refrigerator for 5 days. Use it to make another stir fry recipe, or as a sauce for chicken, steak or pork.
Store: Store leftover stir fry in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat: Reheat the stir fry in the microwave until warmed through. Add a little extra stir fry sauce or soy sauce to add some moisture back to the dish.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American / Asian
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