The other day my friend Molly and I were at the grocery store and spotted some nice looking pork loin for $1.99. I grabbed some for dinner that evening and she asked what I planned to do with it. I gave her the condensed version of this recipe. This stir -fry is easy and yummy. The marinade is reminiscent of Korean kalbi. Feel free to vary the veggies according to your family’s preferences. Just remember to stir-fry the dense or strong-flavored veggies like onions and carrots first, adding more delicate veggies (green onions, peppers, mushrooms) closer to the end of the cooking time so that they will stay crisp-tender.
Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes
- 1-2 lbs pounds pork loin, cut into thin slivers
- 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 medium carrots, slivered
- 3 sweet peppers (various colors), thinly sliced
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- handful of fresh cilantro, minced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 2 T. sesame oil (or olive oil) for stir-frying
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 T. sesame seeds (optional)
- Cut pork into slivers. Whisk together all marinade ingredients. Combine pork and marinade in a bowl and let it sit while you chop veggies.
- Thinly slice onions, carrots and sweet peppers. Add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil to a large heavy skillet set on high heat. When oil starts to shimmer with heat, add onion and carrots.
- Stir fry 2-3 minutes without stirring, or until veggies get some nice brown bits. Stir and cook for another couple minutes to continue browning. Add sliced peppers and cook for about 2-3 more minutes, until veggies are crisp tender, stirring a couple times. Remove veggies to a bowl.
- Into the same skillet, add half the meat, including the marinade liquid, and let cook without stirring for a few minutes until one side of the meat has some nice deep brown bits. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through. Remove to a bowl and cook the remaining meat in the same way.
- When second batch of meat is cooked through, return first batch of meat AND cooked veggies into the skillet. Add fresh spinach, green onions, and cilantro, and cook another minute or two, until the spinach is just wilted. Serve over rice.