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Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry

Join me in the kitchen as we whip up a delicious meal with my Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry recipe! This quick and easy recipe features thinly sliced pork cooked to golden perfection, paired with a colorful array of veggies, all tossed in my signature Japanese-inspired pepper sauce. Let’s get cooking and enjoy the flavorful Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry dish together!

Pork and vegetable stir fry being transferred to a plate from a wok.

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me tell you why I’m absolutely hooked on this Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry! It’s my own creative take on a classic Japanese dish, known as buta yasai itameru, combining tender pork slices, vibrant veggies in a delightful stir fry and my handcrafted savory black pepper sauce!

Inspired by my Japanese style stir frying technique from my Japanese Pork Stir Fry and the flavors found in my Japanese Beef Pepper Lunch and Black Pepper Chicken recipes, this dish boasts restaurant-quality flavors crafted right in my own kitchen that pair perfectly with rice dishes like my Japanese Pork Fried Rice!

With its simplicity and quick preparation, it’s perfect for anyone craving authentic Japanese cuisine without the hassle just like in my Japanese Steak Stir Fry! Trust me, once you try this savory-sweet peppery stir fry, you’ll be hooked and eager to whip it up again and again! Let’s get cooking and indulge in the deliciousness together!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Sliced Pork – thinly sliced pork shoulder used for shabu shabu. Can also use shaved pork.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Onion – sliced yellow or brown onion.
  • Carrots – peeled and julienne cut.
  • Bell Peppers – de-seeded and sliced.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Garlic– fresh 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. Helps provide the base of the sauce and mellow out the flavors.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Black Pepper – ground. Gives the signature flavor found in the pepper sauce.

🥓 Pork Note

For pork stir fry recipes, Thinly Sliced Pork Butt or Shoulder is the ideal choice. These cuts offer the right balance of fat and meat, making the stir fry juicy and flavorful. You can easily find these cuts at most Asian supermarkets labeled ‘shabu shabu’. You also can use Shaved Pork found at your local grocery store.

Ingredients for pork and vegetable stir fry on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Prepare your ingredients in advance for efficient stir-frying, and use a spacious Wok or Deep Skillet to maintain high heat and evenly cook your stir-fry for a delicious outcome.

Step 1 Combine soy sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, grated garlic and black pepper in a mixing bowl.

Sauce for pork and vegetable stir fry.

Step 2 Bring a wok or large skillet up to heat, coated with oil. Add in sliced onions, carrots, bell peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes under high heat until softened.

Onions, carrots and bell peppers in a wok.

Step 3 Add thinly sliced pork and cook for 2-3 minutes until the pork is golden brown.

Pork and vegetable stir fry being cooked in a wok.

Step 4 Add in the sauce, toss, and cook for an additional 15-30 seconds. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle in chopped green onions.

Pork and vegetable stir fry coated with sauce served on a plate.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

To improve both the texture and presentation of your dish, consider garnishing with Toasted Sesame Seeds.

Recipe Variations

Try my Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry by simply adding bean sprouts to the mix, or opt for a similar sauce served with a steak to prepare my Black Pepper Seared Beef. Both dishes utilize the same stir-frying technique and savory sauce, making them quick and easy to whip up while offering exciting new flavors!

Pairing Recommendations

This stir fry pairs wonderfully with a variety of Japanese-style dishes. For a complete meal, serve it alongside a green salad dressed in my Miso Salad Dressing, along with a comforting bowl of Japanese Chicken Soup or Japanese Meatball Soup. As a co-main dish, consider my Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice or your choice of rice to complement the stir-fry’s flavors perfectly.

Pork and vegetable stir fry being picked up with a chopstick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different vegetables in this stir fry?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize with your favorite veggies like broccoli, snap peas, or mushrooms.

What type of pan should I use for stir frying?

For stir frying, ideally, you want to use a wok, as its shape allows you to easily mix together all the ingredients by simply flipping the pan. However, if you don't have a wok, a large deep skillet will work just as well for this recipe.

What is the best way to ensure the pork stays tender?

To ensure the pork stays tender, it's crucial not to overcook it. Once the pork is browned, it's ready to serve since we are using thin slices.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5-7 days.

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Pork and vegetable stir fry being picked up with a chopstick.

Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry

Welcome to our delicious Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry recipe! This Japanese-inspired dish combines tender pork slices and vibrant veggies, stir-fried to perfection in a savory-sweet sauce with a touch of black pepper. Quick and easy to make, it's perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you're craving authentic flavors. Give it a try and delight your taste buds tonight!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 434kcal

Ingredients

Stir Fry

  • 1/2 lbs Pork thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste
  • 1/4 Cup Onions sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Carrots sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Bell Peppers sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed optional
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onions

Sauce

  • 1 Clove Garlic grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make pork and vegetable stir fry on the countertop.
  • Slice onions, julienne cut carrots and sliced bell peppers.
    Sliced onions, carrots, and bell peppers.
  • Combine soy sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, grated garlic, and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
    Sauce for pork and vegetable stir fry.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet with oil under high heat. Then, add sliced onions, carrots, and bell peppers, cooking them for 1-2 minutes until they become softened.
    Onions, carrots and bell peppers in a wok.
  • Place the thinly sliced pork into the pan and cook it for 2-3 minutes until it turns a golden brown color.
    Pork and vegetable stir fry being cooked in a wok.
  • Pour in the sauce, stir well to coat, and cook for another 15-30 seconds. Then, plate the stir-fry and garnish with chopped green onions before serving.
    Pork and vegetable stir fry coated with sauce served on a plate.

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1096mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3297IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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