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Healthy Ground Pork Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

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This EASY ground pork stir fry is a 20-minute dinner that’s topped with an addicting peanut sauce. My healthy pork stir fry has a secret veggie that’s hard to detect and loaded with protein, flavor, veggies, and grains! Learn how to make pork and peanut stir fry below, as well as tips for how to serve this to the entire family.

You guys are going to LOVE this easy weeknight meal! You may have noticed that I like using ground meat in recipes. It’s because it cooks up SO fast and that makes it perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

This ground pork stir fry is healthy, it’s easy, it’s full of flavor, and it’s family-approved! What’s not to love?

I came up with this recipe for my weeknight dinner club, and it’s been received really well. Every week I ask for feedback on the meals in our facebook group, and we determine together what meals stay and what meals go. It’s so fun to hear what families think of the meals – especially when the group is a bit skeptical of a recipe, but then they love it! This ground pork stir fry was a hit with many of the kids. I’d love to know what you think! Leave me comment and rating below if you try it out.

And check out some more of my healthy recipes for ground pork below, I’m sharing some tried-and-true favorites.

This healthy pork stir fry recipe was originally published in November 2018 and updated in August 2020.

bowl of ground pork stir fry with sriracha

How to Make Ground Pork Stir Fry:

So. In this delicious ground pork stir fry, we’ve got: ground pork. Mushrooms and spinach. Plenty of rice. And a delicious peanut sauce to bring it all together. I really like meals that include all components (protein, carb, vegetable, flavor) in one. It simplifies meals and makes cooking a weeknight dinner at home doable!

  • Make rice. If you’re making rice from scratch, start it right away, if you’re using microwavable rice, you can make that right before eating.
  • Prep ingredients. Mince garlic. Peel ginger and mince. Chop mushrooms. Thinly slice green onions.
  • Make peanut sauce. Whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, sriracha (add more if you like spice!), honey, and rice wine vinegar.
  • Cook pork stir fry. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan and break up with a wooden spoon for about 1 minute, then add mushrooms, garlic, and ginger to pan. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Add spinach to pan, toss with pork and cook for about 1 minute, until wilted.
  • Serve. healthy pork stir fry over rice with peanut sauce, sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Add some sriracha if you like it spicy.
bowl with healthy pork stir fry and green onions

Healthy Ground Pork Recipe FAQs

Here are a few more details and specifics on this ground pork stir fry:

What can I use ground pork for? 

Uhhhh, this GROUND PORK STIR FRY! I also have a delicious recipe for easy udon noodle stir fry that’s made with ground pork.

How do you saute ground pork? 

It’s so easy to make ground pork stir fry, it’s one of the reasons that I love this meal. It cooks up in a matter of minutes, which again, makes it a great weeknight meal.

It has a bit of fat in it (not a lot, but it isn’t fat free) so I’ve found that I usually don’t need to oil the pan. You can add a bit however if you want to ensure that nothing sticks.

Is ground pork healthy? 

Ahhhh, the old healthy vs. unhealthy battle. If you eat meat, then yes, I think ground pork is healthy. If you don’t eat meat or don’t eat pork, NO. Ground pork isn’t healthy for you. It’s all a matter of personal opinion. Seriously! 😉

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How to Store Leftover Pork and Peanut Stir Fry:

Store any leftover pork and peanut stir fry in the refrigerator with the components stored in separate containers.

Reheat rice and pork stir fry in the microwave or hot skillet and top with peanut sauce.

How to Serve Healthy Pork Stir Fry to the Whole Family:

If you’re thinking, “this sounds good, but my kids would never eat it”…hear me out! ONE family dinner is important for so many reasons, but it’s also important that we give our kids pressure-free opportunities to explore, get used to, and try out new foods and flavors.

  • Serving Suggestion – Serve components separately for young kids, and let them add their own toppings and peanut butter sauce for pork. If they want to pick out the veggies from the pork, let them do it! (I never pick out veggies for my kids, but they can do it themselves if they want to.)
  • Sides – Add some additional foods to this meal so that your kids are eating enough, but you aren’t cooking them a separate meal. I would recommend serving with fruit and milk.
bowl of ground pork stir fry with spinach

Pork and Peanut Stir Fry Nutrition + Substitutes:

The full nutrition stats are found below, but if you’re looking for substitution ideas and/or ways to add more nutrition into this dish, you’re in the right spot.

  • Rice – Use your favorite here! White or brown. Microwavable or made from scratch, your choice. You can also use any grains here, quinoa would be great!
  • Ground Pork – Obviously it won’t be a asian pork recipe, but still delicious! Ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken would also work, just make sure it has a little fat (aka, not fat free!).
  • Vegetables – You can always add in more veggies to this pork with peanut sauce! Try sliced greens like kale or chard.

More Healthy Ground Pork Recipes:

Easy ground pork recipes just make sense! Not only is it a protein-rich component in any meal, but it cooks up in less than 10 minutes! Here are some favorites:

  • Easy Udon Noodle Stir Fry – Tastes like takeout, but is easily made at home.
  • Thai Lettuce Wraps – Quick and light, this easy appetizer or meal is ready in less than 20 minutes.
  • Homemade Chili – This 5-star rated chili (and winner of many chili cook-offs!) is made with beef, but you could also do a mix of beef and ground pork.

Helpful Tools for Healthy Pork Stir Fry:

  • Kid’s Knife – Get your kids to help you with this ground pork dinner idea! The mushrooms are a great item for young chefs to cut with these knives.
  • Glass Storage Containers – Perfect for storing and re-heating any leftovers.
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Healthy Ground Pork Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce


Description

EASY ground pork stir fry recipe is a weeknight dinner staple topped with an addicting peanut sauce! Healthy pork stir fry takes less than 20 minutes.


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Ingredients

  • 6 servings rice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1” knob ginger
  • 5 oz. white mushrooms
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha (or more)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar or lemon/lime juice
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 16 oz. ground pork
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 oz. spinach

Instructions

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Cook rice as directed on package.
    Mince garlic. Peel ginger and mince.
    Chop mushrooms.
    Thinly slice green onions.
  2. Make peanut sauce: whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, sriracha (add more if you like spice!), honey, and rice wine vinegar.
  3. Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan and when hot, add pork to pan. Break up with a wooden spoon for about 1 minute, then add mushrooms, garlic, and ginger to pan. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add spinach to pan, toss with pork and cook for about 1 minute, until wilted.
  5. Serve with peanut sauce, sliced green onions and sesame seeds.


Notes

  • Get your kids involved! They can: mix together peanut sauce, add sesame seeds  and green onions to their rice bowls.
  • SHORTCUT: Use microwavable or instant rice to make things really quick.

Keywords: stir fry, ground pork, weeknight dinner

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