Japanese Pork Ginger

Shogayaki, tender pan-fried pork loin sizzled in a sweet and savory ginger sauce.  This delicious Japanese ginger pork recipe is going to be your new favorite!

If you grew up in a Japanese household, then pork ginger or ginger pork chops is probably a classic dish you know all too well.

Whether you use sliced pork or pork loins as we did, it’s that same comforting taste that feels like a Japanese home cooked meal!

This Japanese pork ginger recipe also is very simple to make and such an easy recipe to make that comes together in 15 minutes!

Japanese pork ginger cut into sliced being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

What is Japanese Pork Ginger, also known as Shogayki?

Japanese pork ginger, also known as shoga-yaki or ‘fried ginger’, is pork loin that’s been pan fried until juicy and tender then topped with a sweet and savory ginger sauce.  It goes great with a side of fresh cabbage salad or on top of rice.

This recipe gives you the option to make this dish sugar-free and low carb to fit your dietary needs.

What does ginger pork shogayaki taste like?

Shogayaki, made up of ginger, onion, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sweetener has a sweet, savory and gingery flavor that compliments pork perfectly.

What ingredients do I need and how do you make ginger pork?

Pork

  • Pork – use top loin or thinly sliced pork.  Traditional, thin slices of pork are used.
  • Salt – table salt, sea salt both work for seasoning the pork.
  • Pepper – fresh ground or pre-ground pepper.
  • Oil – high temp neutral cooking oil such as vegetable oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil.
  • Green Onion – thinly chopped used for garnish.
  • Optional Brine – gives pork more flavor, makes the meat more tender and juicy.  Only brine if using pork chops.

Sauce

  • Onion – grate onion using a hand grater.
  • Ginger – 1 inch ginger grated.
  • Garlic – grated.
  • Sweetener – to keep this recipe sugar-free, we use a monkfruit erythritol blend.  It is low carb, keto friendly and has 0 calories.  Feel free to use your preferred sweetener or regular cane sugar.
  • Japanese Sake – use Japanese cooking sake which is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most Asian supermarkets.
  • Soy Sauce – low sodium is preferred.  For gluten free you can use tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Sesame Oil – use toasted sesame oil (dark and rich in color).  Check to make sure it is not a sesame oil blend.
  • Cabbage – for a traditional cabbage side salad, use a mandolin or slicer and shred cabbage thinly.  You can also serve along with a choice of small bowl of rice.

In a large frying pan, cook pork over medium heat until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 145 F.  Pour ginger sauce over the pork and cook on high heat for 15-20 seconds.

Transfer to serving plate, pour excess sauce over pork and top with green onions.  Enjoy with a side of cabbage salad and or rice of choice.

Japanese pork ginger served on a white plate with a pair of chopsticks, top down shot.

What kind of pork should I use for this pork ginger?

There are many ways to make pork ginger.  You can use thinly sliced pork or boneless pork loin.  Traditional in Japan, thin pork slices are used.

You can get thinly sliced pork marked for ‘shabu-shabu’ at most Asian supermarkets and if you’re using a pork loin fillet, cut the pork loin to 1/2 inch thick slices.

What is the best way to tenderize pork chops?

The best way to get super juicy and tender pork chops is to brine in salt water.  This gets the pork super flavorful, takes away the gaminess, and makes the meat very soft and juicy. Highly recommended but optional.

What is the nutrition information for this ginger pork recipe?

  • 397 Calories
  • 8g Carbohydrates
  • 3g Fiber
  • 22g Protein
  • 28g Fat
  • 82mg Cholesterol
  • 1230mg Sodium
  • 536mg Potassium
  • 57mg Calcium
  • 2mg Iron
  • 137ui Vitamin A
  • 29mg Vitamin C

Japanese pork ginger served on a white plate with a pair of chopsticks, side angle shot.

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Now, let’s making this Japanese ginger pork recipe!

  • Prepping Time 10M
  • Brine Time (optional) 1H
  • Cook Time 5M
  • Total Time 15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~5g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Pork Chops

  • 1/2 lbs Boneless Pork Top Loin (or thinly sliced pork)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cabbage
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions

Optional Brine (only if using pork chops)

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt

Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) This step is optional, but we highly recommend it to get a super juicy pork.  In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of salt and pork chops.  Brine for 1 hour.   Note – be careful not to over brine, otherwise it will become too salty.

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3) Pat pork dry with a paper towel.  Once dried, sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.  Note – if you did the brine, omit salt.

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4) Shred cabbage with a shredder (or you can buy pre-shredded cabbage at a supermarket) and transfer to 1 cup shredded cabbage per serving plate.

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5) Thinly cut green onions and set aside.

6) Grate ginger, onion, and garlic with a grater and add to a mixing bowl.

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7) Add sweetener, Japanese sake, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil into the same mixing bowl.  Mix well and set aside.

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8) Add neutral cooking oil in a large Teflon frying pan and bring up to temp.  Once oil is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and carefully add pork chops (you can partially cover to avoid splattering).  Cook until golden brown, should take around 1-4 minutes (time will vary with thickness).

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9) Flip and cook the other side for about 1-4 minutes, or until internal temp should reaches 145F.

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10) After pork is cooked through, pour sauce from step 7) and increase heat to high.  Cook uncovered for another 15-20 seconds and then transfer pork onto of bed of cabbage on serving plate.  Drizzle any extra sauce on top and sprinkle with chopped green onions.

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Japanese pork ginger cut into sliced being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Japanese Pork Ginger

Shogayaki, tender pan-fried pork loin sizzled in a sweet and savory ginger sauce. This delicious Japanese ginger pork recipe is going to be your new favorite!
5 from 6 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: ginger pork, ginger pork chops, Japanese ginger pork, shogayaki
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Brine (optional): 1 hour
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 397kcal

Ingredients

Pork Chops

  • 1/2 lbs Boneless Pork Top Loin or thinly sliced pork
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil
  • 2 Cups Cabbage
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions

Optional Brine (only if using pork chops)

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Onion Grated
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 4 tbsp Japanese sake
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • This step is optional, but we highly recommend it to get a super juicy pork. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of salt and pork chops. Brine for 1 hour. Note - be careful not to over brine, otherwise it will become too salty.
    Japanese Pork Ginger Recipe (2)
  • Pat pork dry with a paper towel. Once dried, sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Note - if you did the brine, omit salt.
    Japanese Pork Ginger Recipe (3)
  • Shred cabbage with a shredder (or you can buy pre-shredded cabbage at a supermarket) and transfer to 1 cup shredded cabbage per serving plate.
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  • Thinly cut green onions and set aside.
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  • Grate ginger, onion, and garlic with a grater and add to a mixing bowl.
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  • Add sweetener, Japanese sake, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil into the same mixing bowl.  Mix well and set aside.
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  • Add neutral cooking oil in a large Teflon frying pan and bring up to temp.  Once oil is up to temp, reduce heat to medium and carefully add pork chops (you can partially cover to avoid splattering). Cook until golden brown, should take around 1-4 minutes (time will vary with thickness).
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  • Flip and cook the other side for about 1-4 minutes, or until internal temp should reaches 145F.
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  • After pork is cooked through, pour sauce from step 7) and increase heat to high. Cook uncovered for another 15-20 seconds and then transfer pork onto of bed of cabbage on serving plate. Drizzle any extra sauce on top and sprinkle with chopped green onions.
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Nutrition

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1230mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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