Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry Recipe

This teriyaki pork stir fry recipe is a well-loved Asian comfort food for being so delicious yet so easy to make! It’s the perfect dish for a weeknight meal that doesn’t involve ordering takeout. Make tender and crispy pork smothered with sticky homemade teriyaki sauce tossed with roasted sesame seeds in just under 30 minutes with this easy recipe. Nothing beats serving it with bok choy on top of hot white rice, but you can also pair it with cauliflower rice for a healthier alternative.

Tips on Making Pork Stir Fry

This recipe is just bursting with flavors from the soy sauce, sesame oil, and brown sugar in the stir fry sauce. The green onions add a fresh taste and a pop of color to the dish. Consider these helpful tips on how to make stir fry to give you a leg up once you try this recipe at home.

  • Slice the pork in uniformly-sized thin strips to make sure that they all cook evenly. You may use different cuts aside from pork shoulder, like pork loin or pork chops.
  • Keep the optimal frying temperature of 350 degrees F. This shall give you pork strips that are tender on the inside and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Too hot and the crust will burn before it gets fully cooked; too cold and they’ll be soggy. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • If you don’t have a deep fryer or instant read thermometer, test the oil by dipping the handle of a wooden spoon in. If tiny bubbles appear, it is ready.
  • Add vegetables like snow peas, red bell pepper, or frozen vegetables for more color and nutrients. Saute them first, and then toss them into the sauce together with the pork. 
  • Got leftovers? Toss it with some rice noodles. That makes a quick and yummy teriyaki stir fry noodle meal that deserves a spot on your leftover pork tenderloin recipes.

More Pork Stir Fry Recipes to Try

Got hooked into this stir fry dish? We totally get you! Here are more easy and delicious recipes you can try at home:

  • Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry — This pork tenderloin stir fry is made sweet and savory with a soy orange sauce. Kids will surely love it!
  • Stir Fry with Green Onions — Everything you need for this recipe is most likely already in your pantry. Simply flavored with garlic, soy sauce, and green onions, it’s perfect for when you’re craving something hearty and also quick to make.
  • Dry Red Curry Pork — If you’re up for spicy and bright tasting flavors, this is the stir fry for you. It’s filled with Thai chillies, Thai red curry paste, kaffir, fish sauce, and palm sugar for the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and salty flavors.
Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry Recipe

How To Make Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry

Here’s a teriyaki pork stir fry that makes the most tender and crispy pork tossed in a flavorful homemade teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. It’s just as good as takeout, but more special as it’s made at home!

Prep: 10 mins
Marinate Time: 2 hrs
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs 55 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds, roasted
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds, roasted
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • vegetable oil, for frying, about 5 to 8 cups

For Batter:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • cup beer, of your choice, very cold
  • ½ cup cornstarch

For Teriyaki Sauce:

  • ¾ cup soy sauce, preferably light
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For Serving:

  • tsp green onions, or leeks, chopped
  • 1 cup rice, steamed
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

Pork:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pork strips, fish sauce, cornstarch, and black pepper. Mix until evenly incorporated.
  2. Cover and set aside in a chilled area. Allow to marinate for anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

Batter:

  1. Prepare your batter only when you’re about to deep fry your pork strips. Preheat your oil ready for deep frying, and a basket lined with paper towels.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients for the batter. Whisk until smooth and thick.
  3. Working in batches, dip your pork strips into the batter and deep fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5 to 8 minutes per batch.
  4. Drain into your lined basket or plate and set aside.

Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. Dissolve your cornstarch in water until a slurry is formed. Set aside.
  2. Heat up your vegetable oil in either a deep skillet or wok over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic, then saute until translucent.
  3. Add chili flakes and saute briefly.
  4. Add honey, sugar, and soy sauce. Stir to combine, then bring sauce to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Add your cornstarch slurry and stir to combine. Reduce sauce to a simmer, and continue simmering until the sauce has thickened slightly, no more than 5 minutes.

Assembly:

  1. Add your pork into the sauce, reduce heat to low, and toss to combine evenly.
  2. Continue simmering while stirring frequently until the sauce reduces and coats the pork strips, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve your pork teriyaki over rice, similar to a rice bowl. Garnish with sesame seeds and leeks or green onions.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 93g
  • :
  • Calcium: 103mg
  • Calories: 973kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 174g
  • Cholesterol: 102mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Potassium: 972mg
  • Protein: 50g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 3258mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 153IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

What cut of pork is best for stir fry?

Fatty cuts like pork shoulder, belly, and butt work well and give extra flavor from the fat. Boneless pork chops and pork tenderloin are also great for stir fry dishes because they’re the most tender. Whichever cut you pick, it’s best to cut them into strips so that they will cook faster.

How do you tenderize stir fry pork strips?

One key step on keeping pork strips tender is to marinate it in cornstarch, salt, and some liquid, just like what we did in this recipe, with salt coming from the fish sauce. As it marinates, the salt component adds flavor as it also tenderizes the meat. When cooked, the cornstarch creates a crispy outer layer that keeps moisture in, prevents drying out, and helps for an even browning.

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Conclusion

With this simple and easy to follow recipe, you can certainly make a batch of pork stir fry that’s just like the restaurants. It’s a dinner meal that you and your family will surely want to come home to.
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