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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pork and Pineapple Stir-Fry with Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Sauce

Stir-fries are not only fresh and flavorful, but they’re also a great opportunity to combine sweet, savory, sour, and spicy ingredients for a very inviting balance of taste and texture. Don’t be put off by the length of the ingredients list—everything comes together quickly and easily in one pan (a wok, if you have one, but a deep skillet works fine).

Note: Hoisin is a sweet, dark reddish-brown sauce made from soybeans mixed with vinegar, garlic, sugar, and various spices. It’s thick and rich, making it a great base for stir-fry sauces. Find it in Asian markets or in the international aisle of your supermarket.

Serves 3

  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp hoisin
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ground fresh chile paste (sambal oelek)
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 4-oz boneless pork chops, cut into thin 1-1/2-inch strips
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups halved broccoli florets
  • 1 cup small pineapple cubes
  • 3/4 cup thin, diagonally sliced carrot (peeled)
  • steamed white rice, for serving
Prepared Stir-Fry Ingredients
Prepared Pork

  1. Combine the broth, hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chile paste, and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Heat a wok (or deep skillet) over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry 30 seconds.
  3. Add the broth mixture and simmer until slightly reduced, 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and wipe out the wok.
Combined Sauce Ingredients
Garlic and Ginger 
Cooked Sauce

  1. Re-heat the wok over medium-high heat and add another 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. Add the pork and stir-fry until browned and just cooked through, 5-6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to the wok and add the carrots. Stir-fry 3 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli and pineapple and stir-fry 2 minutes.
  4. Return the pork to the wok and add the cooked sauce. Stir until the sauce is slightly thickened and glossy, 2-3 minutes.
Pork Beginning to Cook
Stir-Fried Pork
Stir-Fried Carrots
Broccoli and Pineapple Added
Pork and Sauce Added
To serve, divide the rice among 3 shallow bowls and divide the stir-fry on top. Serve hot.

Pork and Pineapple Stir-Fry with Sweet and Spicy Hoisin Sauce

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