Lean pork loin is the star in this Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry! Tender meat, nutrient-rich broccoli and flavorful sauce is combined for a filling, super quick meal!Jump to Recipe
This post is sponsored by Wisconsin Pork Association,
but all opinions and text are my own!
When people think of Iowa, there are usually a couple things that come to mind: a sea of cornfields and lots and lots of pigs. And thinking about it that way, my upbringing was pretty Iowa cliche. I grew up on a pig, corn and soybean farm in rural SE Iowa. I can't say I was a huge help on the farm....well, until the farmers needed treats - I had that part down! 😉
But once I went off to college, I kind of assumed "pigs" were a part of my past. I couldn't have been more wrong. I went to school to be a food scientist and soon after moved to Wisconsin to be a sensory scientist....working on sausage!
Then, when I moved back to Iowa, I worked for Iowa Pork - supporting the hard working pig farmers day in and day out. And now, I've truly gone full circle as we recently moved to raise our girls near my husband's family farm (yup, pigs included!).
But no matter where I've been or what I've done, two things have always remained the same: 1. Pig farmers are some of the hardest working people I know and 2. They truly care about their animals. Therefore, I always feel really good about buying pork and supporting pig farming families all across the US!
Is pork good for you?
You bet it is!!! In fact, many people are shocked when I tell them that one of the first things my daughter McKinley ate when she was a baby was pureed pork tenderloin!! Why? Because pork has numerous important vitamins and minerals (thiamin, selenium, niacin, Vitamin B6 and more!)...and because she just LOVED it!
Lean cuts of pork (such as pork loin and pork tenderloin) are also super lean and packed with protein!
What ingredients do I need to make Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry?
Pork - For this recipe, you can use pork loin, pork tenderloin or cubed pork chops. Each of those options would work great!! (It's nice to have flexibility in pork cuts, especially in these unpredictable times!!)
Broccoli - Use fresh broccoli or frozen broccoli. If you don't have either of those, feel free to change it up with a combination of veggies such as peppers, onions, carrots and sugar snap peas!
Vegetable Oil - Or, if you've got it, sesame oil would add an extra (delicious!) dimension of flavor!
Soy sauce - You can use regular soy sauce, reduced sodium soy sauce or an all natural alternative, liquid aminos.
Brown Sugar - You can use brown sugar, honey or a combination of the two. Either will add great flavor and sweetness to the sauce.
Corn Starch - Helps thicken the sauce to the perfect consistency.
Garlic and Ginger - Flavor, flavor, flavor!!
What makes this recipe so simple?
I love that it's all cooked in one skillet! You'll basically cook the pork, cook the broccoli, then cook the sauce and stir it all together. The recipe really doesn't have any "odd" ingredients - you'll likely have most in your pantry/fridge.
And if you're in a really big hurry, you can use a package of frozen veggies and use a bottled teriyaki or stir fry sauce! This recipe is super versatile - perfect for those evenings that seem to be jam-packed with ball practice, meetings, etc!!
What temperature should I cook pork to?
The safe internal cooking temperature for whole muscle cuts of pork is 145F. When pork is cooked just right (to 145!), it will be juicy, tender and just slightly blush pink in the center. (Yes!! A little bit of pink is actually a good thing!) Check out the National Pork Board's temperature charts for more information.
How should I serve the stir fry?
I like to serve it over rice with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. I'm typically in a hurry making supper, so I'm a huge fan of Minute Rice! Takes just 5 minutes and works great for this dish. However, you could also use brown rice or riced cauliflower for a little additional nutrition.
What's your favorite pork recipe?? I'm not sure I could pick a favorite!! One thing I love about pork is the versatility. From Honey Garlic Pork Chops to Ham Balls and juicy Pork Tenderloin.... it's clear that there are so many cuts and flavors to choose from! And now, I've got a new one to add to your "to try" list! Grab the recipe for the Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry below!!
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