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Healthy Ground Pork Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

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This EASY ground pork stir fry is topped with a savory peanut sauce AND it’s on the dinner table in just 20 minutes. Not only is it delicious, but this healthy pork stir fry has a secret veggie that’s hard to detect AND it’s a one-bowl meal that’s loaded with protein, flavor, veggies, and grains. Serve it family style and it’s a great meal for the whole family. (See my tips below for how to serve this to the entire family.)

If you love easy stir fry recipes like this one, give my healthy orange chicken, asparagus and chicken stir fry, ground turkey stir fry, Asian shrimp stir fry with noodles, or pepper steak stir fry next.

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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What You’ll Love about Healthy Pork Stir Fry

  • 20-minute dinner
  • Made with basic ingredients
  • Makes a balanced dinner
  • Super-flavorful peanut sauce
  • Easy to meal prep or prep ahead
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Easy Ground Pork Stir Fry Ingredients List

You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make this healthy pork stir fry. No trip to the Asian market necessary (though I highly recommend it!).

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!

  • Rice – You can also serve the pork stir fry over noodles or cauliflower rice.
  • Garlic – Use fresh or frozen garlic for a short cut.
  • Fresh ginger – Using plenty of ginger gives this stir fry lots of Asian flavor. Use frozen minced ginger for a shortcut.
  • White mushrooms – Can also use any mushroom.
  • Green onions – Save both the green parts and and the scallion whites.
  • Peanut butter – Creamy peanut butter works best.
  • Soy sauce – You can use low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos.
  • Sriracha – Sambal oelek or chili flakes are another great way to add some heat to the healthy pork stir fry.
  • Honey – Honey works well, but you can also use brown sugar
  • Rice vinegar – Or you can use fresh lime juice.
  • Olive oil – Use any oil suitable for stir fries. Vegetable oil, avocado oil, peanut oil, or even coconut oil will also work.
  • Ground pork – You can’t make ground pork stir fry without the pork!
  • Sea salt
  • Spinach – Or use some of the other vegetables that are listed below.

How to Make Ground Pork Stir Fry:

Here’s how to make this pork and peanut stir fry:

  • 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 stir fry sauce. Whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, sriracha (add more if you like spice!), honey, and rice wine vinegar.
  • Cook ground pork stir fry. Heat olive oil in a large skillet 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 stir fry. Serve this healthy pork stir fry over rice with peanut sauce, sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Add some sriracha or red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover pork and peanut stir fry in the refrigerator with the components stored in separate containers. It’s delicious the next day. 🙂

How to reheat

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

Can you freeze ground pork stir fry?

Yes, you can also freeze the stir fry for 2-3 months.

How to Serve Pork Stir Fry to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

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.
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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 rice or brown rice. Microwavable or made from scratch, your choice. You can also use any grains here, quinoa would be great! You can also serve it over rice noodles, udon noodles, or ramen noodles.
  • Ground Pork – Obviously it won’t be an 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 baby bok choy; green beans or haricots verts; snow peas; red bell pepper; air fryer broccoli; or even cauliflower rice.

More Ground Pork Recipes

If you like easy ground pork recipes like this one, give these other ground pork recipes a try:

  • Easy Udon Noodle Stir Fry – These pork noodles taste 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.
  • Trader Joe’s Egg Roll In A Bowl – This 3-ingredient recipe is beyond easy and a great weeknight meal. Even the kids will love it!

Helpful Tools for Healthy Pork Stir Fry

  • Kids 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

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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.


Ingredients

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  • 6 servings rice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 5 oz. white mushrooms
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 3 Tbsp. 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.

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  1. Karen

    Great healthy recipe for busy weeknights. I usually use tahini instead of peanut butter, just a personal preference. Thank you so much!

  2. Jude

    This recipe was delicious. I made a few minor changes due to what I had on hand and to increase vegetables vs. the recipe, but didn’t change the taste profile. I used half of a chopped onion cooked with the pork instead of the green onions, added half a bag of frozen peas I’ve wanted to get rid of, increased the spinach, increased the amount of sauce, and mixed rice into the pork mixture at the end, as I will be taking this to work for the next few lunches. I’ve never used ground pork in a stir fry before, and I really like it. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you!

    • Emily

      Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And I’m going to be trying it with peas next time, great idea. Thanks for sharing the changes, I know others will find this helpful as well.