This Pork Stir Fry recipe is easy to prepare and smothers tender pork with a delicious stir-fry sauce. This 30-minute meal will be a favorite in the family!
You, like many readers, spend a lot of time thinking about where your food comes from and how you can make the best decisions for your family. Because of this, I was so happy to travel to Iowa last month to visit the National Soy Board. We saw a farm, talked to farmers, and worked with a nutritionist, a pig, and a soy farmer.
Standing in one of his soybean farms, Dave Struthers of Struthers Farms. Dave has been farming on the same fields his family passed down for over 40 years.
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Discerning who to trust regarding food safety can be challenging when there is so much misinformation. It is this aspect that I enjoy most about working alongside farmers. Like me, they run businesses that will last and support their families. They think about how to make these businesses stay for the next generation. They are conscious of sustainability and have it at the forefront of their minds. This includes being responsible stewards of their land and cultivating crops they can trust. One of the Iowa farmers I met said it best:
Nutritional benefits of soy
My family consumes a lot of soy, making me feel good. One of our children is allergic to dairy and drinks soy milk daily. A second child decided to go vegetarian, and soy was a lifesaver. We also add soy sauce to many meals that our entire family loves.
Charlotte Rommereim is a registered dietitian who has long been a soy and pork farmer. We had the great fortune to learn from her. Her approachable and down-to-earth attitude when it came to food was refreshing. These are just a few of the lessons she taught us. These claims are supported by scientific evidence.
This brochure is an excellent resource for soy nutrition research and general information.
Many people have heard or read that soy can increase estrogen. This claim has been completely disproven, and the study that made it up has been retracted.
Agriculture and sustainability
We learned so much about the nutritional benefits and sustainability of soy. This was my favorite quote from the trip. A farmer once said:
“Sustainability” is a beautiful word, but it’s not a way of living for us. It’s what we do.
Not only is it the right thing to be able to do, but also because it will help preserve their farmland for future generations. It includes avoiding the need to till the soil, using cover crops that prevent soil erosion and increase soil microorganisms, and using farm resources.
Many soybean farmers also raise pork. The pigs then provide manure to the soil, creating a natural cycle. Fertilized soil produces soybeans, which are then fed to the pigs.
This is why it would make a great dish to include both pork and soy. This pork stirs fry recipe is sure to please.
How to make Pork Stir Fry
This recipe is a favorite of my entire family. Pork tenderloin is an excellent way to increase your protein intake. It is similar to chicken breasts in terms of fat and protein. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet.
This pork is tender and pairs well with our delicious soy-based stir-fry sauce. Here’s a quick overview of the recipe. The recipe card is at the end of this post. For complete instructions and measurements, see the recipe card.
Prepare the pork. First, heat some soybean oil to cook the tenderloin. Continue reading for more information on how to cook pork.
Add the veggies. It will take 5 to 7 minutes for them to cook. They should be covered so that they steam, with a few turns of the pan to stir.
Prepare the sauce. Stir fry the vegetables while the sauce is cooking.
Heat the stir-fry sauce in a skillet. Stir it in to combine. It will be finished when the sauce thickens and turns a dark brown.
Enjoy this great stir-fry of pork over rice.
Unlike years ago, the USDA has updated the recommended cooking temperature of pork. The USDA recommends that pork be cooked at 145 degrees. This is a great sign because it means that pork will be tenderer and moister.
This recipe will only lightly cook the pork for about 4 to 5 mins before we move on to the next stage. It is optional to cook the pork through step 1. There will be 10 minutes of cooking. The pork will reach the right temperature during this time.
This reduces the chance of drying out and overcooking the pork. This dish is my favorite because of how tender it is.
Pork Stir Fry Sauce
This stir-fry sauce is an excellent example of how soy and pork work together.
Water This sauce is bulkier than the original without adding extra flavors.
Teriyaki Sauce This is an excellent soy product that adds a subtle sweetness and flavor to the dish.
Soy sauce: The star! The soy sauce provides the perfect flavor. Low-sodium soy sauce is the best option to get that excellent soy flavor with minimal saltiness.
Hoisin SauceFermented soybean paste is the main ingredient of this unique condiment. This sauce has a nice tang from Hoisin.
Garlic & Ginger: These are minced fresh and added to the sauce for maximum flavor.
Brown Sugar A little brown sugar can help to balance the acidity of the other ingredients.
Chili PasteMade with hot chilis adds a little extra flavor to the sauce. Add a full tablespoon to make it spicier. You can use only one teaspoon to make it milder.
Corn Starch This adds flavor and texture to the sauce.
In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil. Cook the pork sliced until it is no longer visible pink. It doesn’t matter if it is done through.
Add the vegetables to a skillet. Mix well. Cook covered for 5 to 7 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
Mix the ingredients while the vegetables and pork are cooking. Once the vegetables are tender, drain any liquid. Allow the sauce to thicken for about one to two minutes. When the sauce thickens, it will turn a dark brown color.