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This Ginger Pork with Broccoli is an easy one-pan dish that will conquer your Chinese Takeout cravings!
I think Austin wanted to propose to me all over again the first time I served this ginger pork with broccoli at dinner. To be honest, I created this dish 0without the intent of ever writing down the recipe for sharing! I created it (and then remade it a good 6 more times before it dawned on me that others may want the recipe) because I was craving crispy pork! I wanted Chinese food but didn’t want the post-Chinese takeout stomach ache. This dish came to be because I opened the fridge and saw: pork chops, broccoli, cilantro, and lime juice. The rest of the ingredients (like the coconut aminos, seasonings, and fish sauce) are all pantry staples. I puzzled over how I could make use of all the ingredients and then POOF, a new favorite was born.
Because the pork isn’t breaded, the trick to making it crispy is to cook slowly and in batches. Allowing the pieces of thinly sliced pork chop to brown on each side will give you that lovely, takeout-fake-out texture. After the pork is finished cooking (if you use 1# of chops like I wrote below, it will probably take at least 3 batches), you get started on the sauce. The secret to a thick restaurant-style sauce made with coconut aminos is to (once again) cook slowly. The sauce WILL thicken, it just needs a little time. Patience will go a long way here.
To serve, I toss the pork back in with the sauce, add some steamed broccoli, and then plate it up with fresh cilantro, more lime, and red pepper flakes. You can enjoy it as-is -OR- if you’re ready for some low-digestive impact carbs, serve it over a bed of white rice.
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More Asian-Inspired Dishes
- Crispy General Tso’s Chicken
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter sub ghee or EVOO for Whole 30
- 1 pound pork chops sliced into 1/4-inch thick strips
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes
- 1/4 teaspoon fish sauce
- 2 heads broccoli florets trimmed away from stem (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped, for garnish
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes for garnish
- 4 lime wedges for garnish
- For the pork, melt the butter in a large frying or saute pan over high heat. Working in batches, add just enough of the pork slices so that they don't touch one another (crowding the pan will keep them from getting crispy). Sprinkle the tops of the pork with an even amount of the sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Cook on high for 3 minutes, or until they start to look brown, and then flip over and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Transfer the cooked batch to a separate bowl and set aside. Continue with the rest of the pork until finished.
- For the sauce, once all the pork is transferred to the separate bowl, turn the heat down to low. Add the coconut aminos, lime juice, and fish sauce to the pan. Whisk to combine and to lift-off any remaining bits or browned spots left from the pork. Let this sauce simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- For the broccoli, in either a steamer basket over a boiling pot of water or in a microwave-safe bowl, steam the broccoli for 5 minutes, or until the stems are easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.
- To assemble, once the sauce is adequately thickened, return the pork and toss to combine. Add the steamed broccoli and then serve with the fresh cilantro, red pepper flakes, and fresh lime wedges.
Loved this recipe! The coconut aminos gives the dish a subtle sweetness, the lime gives a little zip and the fish sauce…well, who can live without fish sauce? I added some extra veggies that I had on hand and had an amazing meal for my family in an hour. Thank-you!
Thanks Donna! So glad we could help you put dinner on the table for the family! And extra veggies is always a good call 🙂
I don’t have ginger on hand… Do you have any recommendations for a substitute? Or do you think I’ll be okay to leave out?
Do you think it would be okay to make this sauce, but use chicken instead of pork?
Brandi Schilhab says
Yes, that’s totally fine, Ashley! Enjoy!
Heather McAllister says
when you try to print, you get the long url for amazon on the links. Anyway to fix this? Can’t wait to try this this week.
Brandi Schilhab says
Thank you so much for letting us know, Heather! We’re looking into it now!
Crystal Marston says
YUM! The whole family liked this – limey and delicious. We like to sprinkle sesame seeds on top too. I did not add the 1 tsp salt and it was still plenty salty.
Melissa Guevara says
We are so glad to hear that, Crystal! Thank you for taking the time to share with us. We appreciate it! -Team FF