Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry

Get ready for a flavor-packed meal with my Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry! This quick and easy dish features thinly sliced pork cooked to perfection alongside crunchy bean sprouts, green beans, and a savory garlic-infused sauce. In just 10 minutes, you’ll have a nutritious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Dive into the delicious world of Asian-inspired flavors with this simple yet delicious recipe that’s sure to become a family favorite!

Japanese style pork stir fry being transferred to a plate.

Why I Love This Recipe

As a fan of Japanese cuisine, I’m thrilled about my Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry recipe! Combining thinly sliced pork with crisp vegetables in a savory-sweet Japanese izakaya-style sauce, this dish offers a unique blend of flavors in a one-of-a-kind recipe created right in my kitchen that can serve as a versatile side dish to many meals!

I’ve made this dish with my modified version of the Japanese izakaya-inspired stir-fry sauce from my Japanese Pork Stir Fry and Japanese Shishito Pepper Stir Fry, and combined it with my proven stir-frying cooking technique from my Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry and Garlic Chicken Stir Fry to create a recipe that brings together the best of Asian-inspired cooking techniques! It’s perfect for anyone looking for an easy pork stir-fry recipe with real ingredients and straightforward cooking methods. Don’t wait—dive into the delicious world of Japanese cuisine with this irresistible stir fry tonight!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Thinly Sliced Pork – pork that is sliced to thickness similar to deli meat. Found at Asian grocery store under shabu shabu or sukiyaki.
  • Bean Sprouts – freshly packed and found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Green Beans – fresh and trimmed.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Garlic – freshly grated garlic.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Additional Add Ins

You can also add some Onions, and chopped Bell Peppers and top with Red Pepper Flakes for an extra bit of flavor and depth.

🥓 Pork Ingredient Note

For this recipe, you can also use Shaved Pork, which is readily available at many grocery stores.

Ingredients for a Japanese style pork stir fry recipe prepared on the kitchen counter top.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Prep Your Ingredients in advance for efficiency and use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that signature stir fry result.

Step 1 You start by combing soy sauce, grated garlic, sake, sweetener and black pepper to create your stir-fry sauce.

Garnishing Pro Tip

Step 2 Next, heat a large skillet or wok and add oil. Once the oil is preheated, cook the vegetables until tender, approximately 2-4 minutes over high heat.

Japanese style pork stir fry in a frying pan.

🍳Stir Frying Pro Tip

When stir-frying, it’s important to Stir and Mix the ingredients Frequently to achieve an even cook throughout. This technique ensures that all the components are cooked uniformly and prevents any unevenly cooked or burnt spots.

Step 3 Add the pork slices into the wok, sprinkle in salt and cook until browned, around 2-3 minutes. Then, mix in the sauce and serve on a plate.

Japanese style pork stir fry served on a white plate topped with toasted sesame seeds.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

Add a finishing touch by sprinkling Toasted Sesame Seeds over the top.

Pairing Recommendations

To enhance your meal, serve this pork stir fry with complementary dishes like Stir Fry Bean Sprouts or Japanese Miso Eggplant Stir Fry. Pair it with rice and Tofu Miso Soup or Japanese Chicken Soup for a complete and satisfying dining experience.

Japanese style pork stir fry served on a white plate topped with toasted sesame seeds being picked up with a pair of chop sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I ensure my pork stays tender in the stir fry?

To ensure your pork stays tender in the stir fry, it's important not to overcook it. Keep an eye on the pork while cooking and remove it from the heat once it's just cooked through.

How can I adjust the level of spiciness in the sauce?

To adjust the level of spiciness in the sauce, you can easily control it by adjusting the amount of black pepper used. If you prefer a milder flavor, use less black pepper in the sauce. Conversely, if you enjoy a spicier kick, simply add more black pepper to suit your taste preferences.

What type of pan should I use for stir frying?

For stir-frying, it's best to use a large wok or a large lightweight frying pan. These utensils provide ample space for tossing and cooking the ingredients evenly. The large surface area ensures that the ingredients cook quickly and uniformly, resulting in a delicious stir-fry every time.

Can I use frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones?

For this stir-fry recipe, it's recommended to use fresh vegetables rather than frozen ones. Fresh vegetables maintain their texture and flavor better during the stir-frying process, resulting in a more vibrant and delicious dish.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. Leftovers will remain fresh for 5-7 days when stored properly in the fridge.

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Japanese style pork stir fry served on a plate topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry

Indulge in the savory delights of a delicious pork stir fry recipe. This Asian-inspired dish features tender pork and crisp vegetables stir-fried to perfection in a savory-sweet sauce. Perfect for a quick and flavorful weeknight meal!
4.80 from 5 votes
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: pork stir fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 570kcal

Ingredients

Stir Fry

Sauce

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients gathered to make Japanese style pork stir fry.
  • Thoroughly wash bean sprouts, chop green beans and use a grater or garlic press to grate garlic.
    Vegetables washed and prepared for use in pork stir fry recipe.
  • Combine grated garlic, Soy Sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, and black pepper in a mixing bowl and set aside.
    Japanese style stir fry sauce being prepared in a mixing bowl.
  • In a wok or frying pan, add 1 tbsp of neutral oil on high heat. Once the oil is up to temp, add bean sprouts and chopped green beans. Stir and cook until tender, around 2-4 minutes.
    Japanese style pork stir fry in a frying pan.
  • Add in sliced pork, sprinkle in salt and cook until browned, around 2-3 minutes. Pour stir fry sauce in and cook for an additional 15-30 seconds. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with Toasted Sesame Seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 1161mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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