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Hunan Pork Recipe | A Quick and Easy Stir-Fry

This gentler version of the spicy Hunan original lets you control the heat for a family friendly meal. An easy stir-fry, this pork dish cooks up in just minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner option. Flavored with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, scallions and peppers, this easy-peasy recipe might find its way into your regular rotation.

Hunan Pork.

Why I Like This Recipe

It’s easy and quick to make. This can easily be a weeknight meal. It’s also very versatile. You can actually add any vegetable you like and adjust the heat as necessary by adjusting the amount of hot chili peppers you add. For a more individualized serving, serve with chili oil or hot sauce on the side.

For another weeknight stir-fry recipe, try my Beef Stir Fry recipe which is highly adaptable to vegetables that you have on hand.

Hunan Style Cuisine

Hunan Style cuisine is one of eight modern Chinese cooking styles. It is known for their heavy use of garlic, shallots and hot chili peppers. Hunan cuisine distinguishes itself further by use of smoked and cured meat and it’s variety of fresh ingredients. It is a land-locked province in Southeast China and has varied agriculture making the Hunan cuisine more diverse.

How To Make Hunan Pork Hot & SPicy

This recipe is a milder version of authentic Hunan Pork. To make it hot and spicy, simply substitute more of the red bell pepper for hot peppers such as jalapeños, Serranos, Thai chilies and Chinese peppers. The more you substitute, the hotter the dish.

You may also add chili bean paste which is made from peppers and fermented soy bean paste.

Easy Hunan Pork.

Other Variations of This Hunan Stir-Fry

You can switch out the pork for chicken, tofu and beef. You have full control over what kind of peppers to use. Instead of shallots or in addition to, you may use onions or leeks.

I used oyster sauce for the flavoring but you may also use Hoisin sauce which is a dark brown, pungent and slightly sweet sauce used for marinades and stir-fry.

How To Make Hunan Pork

Ingredients for Hunan Pork.
Gather your sauces, peppers and veggies.
Optional hot sauces.
You may use hot sauces to adjust your heat.
How to cut pork tenderloin for stir fry.
Cut your pork tenderloin. In a hot skillet, cook your pork, then your veggies with the sauces. Stir constantly until pork is cooked and veggies are softer. Serve with rice..
Hunan Pork.

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Using chopsticks with Hunan Pork.

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Using chopsticks with Hunan Pork.

Hunan Pork Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

This gentler version of the spicy Hunan original lets you control the heat for a family friendly meal. An easy stir-fry, this pork dish cooks up in just minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner option. Flavored with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, scallions and peppers, this easy-peasy recipe might find its way into your regular rotation.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs cooking oil + a drizzle
  • 2 lb pork loins
  • 2 red bell peppers, stem removed, sliced into 1/4 strips
  • 1-3 large jalapenos, stem and seeds removed, cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 1 Tbs minced ginger
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 3 Tbs oyster sauce
  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs corn starch or tapioca starch
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce

Optional

  • Serve over white rice, couscous or your favorite grain.
  • Garnish with cilantro, scallions and fresh lime wedges.

Instructions

  1. 1. Trim silver colored connective tissue from pork tenderloin. Cut crosswise into two inch slices. Place slices on round side and slice again into 1/4 inch slices to make bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl or a measuring cup, add water, vinegar, sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, starch and fish sauce. Stirl until starch dissolves, set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, preferably cast iron or enameled cast iron (it holds more heat), add oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned on all sides. Set aside.
  4. In skillet, over same heat, add a drizzle of oil if needed and add peppers. Stir frequently until semi-soft. Add garlic and ginger, stir some more and cook for one minute. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.
  5. Add pork back to pan and add the liquid mixture. Stir frequently and cook until most of liquid has evaporated and the pork is cooked just through.
  6. Remove from heat and serve over heat.

Notes

  • Cast iron is great for this so that the temperature of the pan doesn't drop too much when food is added.
  • May substitute Hoisin sauce for the oyster sauce.
  • You may increase the heat of this dish by using more hot peppers like jalapenos, serranos, Chinese peppers, Thai peppers. You may also serve this dish with hot sauce on the side so that everyone can choose their own heat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 738mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

This nutritional information is without the rice.

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