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Leftover Pork Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce

Successfully using leftovers is a big win in the never-ending goal of simplifying meal planning. This Leftover Pork Stir Fry recipe transforms delicious tenderloin from a previous meal into a magical fusion loaded with crunchy veggies in a sweet ginger sauce.

June 6, 2024

Pork Stir Fry in a dish and chopsticks
Grilled pork tenderloin sliced and on a platter

How to Make Leftover Pork Stir Fry

Start by making this recipe earlier in the week –  Grilled Pork Tenderloin—and plan to have one tenderloin remaining to make Leftover Pork Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce. Using your outdoor grill to cook extra servings is easy because there is plenty of room to double your portions. This delicious cut of meat comes packaged with two tenderloins – one for now and one for later! Incorporating it into a stir fry allows you to create a flavorful and satisfying meal that is perfect for a quick and easy dinner. 

Why Stir Fry?

  • The quick cooking method gets meals on the table fast.
  • With stir-frying, food retains its texture, color, and flavor.
  • This ancient Chinese cooking method uses a wok, but a skillet also works.
  • Budget-friendly because stir-frying allows the cook to use on-hand vegetables and protein with pantry staples like condiments, rice, or noodles
  • Stir fries are very adaptable to using fresh and or frozen vegetables. Reduce chopping time using a 16-oz bag of frozen stir-fried vegetable mixture or prepped veggies in the produce section. 
  • It is easy to use many flavor and ingredient combinations to keep meals varied and exciting. 

Stir-Frying Tips

  •  First, make the rice, then prep the meat and veggies. The rice will remain warm if you keep the lid on the pot until serving time. 
  • Cut all ingredients ahead. The cooking happens so quickly that there is no time to chop while other ingredients are frying.
  • Follow the traditional steps of this honored cooking method to make Leftover Pork Stir Fry : 1) First, heat the pan, then add the oil. 2) Saute the aromatics to fuse the dish’s flavor. 3) Add ingredients in order of how quickly they cook. Generally, the meat would go in before the vegetables. However, this recipe uses leftovers, so pork is added towards the end. Vegetables follow the same rule: fibrous first, followed by the faster-cooking ingredients. 4) Add the sauce to heat through. 5) serve over rice with garnishes.
Leftover Pork Stir Fry in a Carbon steel or cast iron skillet that works like a wok.

Can You Stir Frying with a Lid?

Stir-frying with a lid is generally not recommended, as it can trap steam and make the vegetables soggy instead of keeping them crispy. Stir-frying is typically done at high heat with constant stirring and tossing, allowing the moisture to escape and ensuring that the ingredients cook quickly and evenly. If you need to cover the pan briefly to help cook certain ingredients, like broccoli, it’s best to use the lid sparingly and for a short amount of time. This recipe for Leftover Pork Stir Fry incorporates the id for a few minutes to steam the broccoli.

Ingredients for leftover pork stir fry recipe

Suitable Ingredient Substitutions and Notes

  • Brown rice – white rice, quinoa, or rice noodles also taste fantastic.
  • Oil – use a high-temperature friendly oil like avocado, sunflower, or peanut 
  • Fresh garlic – prepared garlic pieces in a jar is a substitute
  • Fresh ginger – ginger paste works great and saves time
  • Green onions – red, yellow, or white onions work with the garlic and ginger, but purchase a few green onions for garnish. If adding broccoli or longer-cooking veggies, I recommend adding a chopped onion to the aromatics. It provides more substance and moisture and less chance of burning this fibrous veggie
  • Broccoli –  slice into bite-size pieces. Fresh broccoli can be tricky because it takes longer to cook than many vegetables. Feel free to omit it if you are cooking your first stir fry.
  • Carrot – peeled and thinly sliced into  pieces or grated 
  • Bell peppers – any color and size  
  • 16-oz. package of small frozen stir-fry vegetable mix is a time-saving option. 
  • Fresh or frozen edamame is in the produce or freezer section. These young soybeans are rich in protein, vitamins, fiber, and isoflavones. Learn more from Everyday Health. 
  • Water chestnuts – offer a wonderful crunch and nutritional value.
  • Pork tenderloin, fully cooked leftovers sliced thin—if you don’t have leftover pork, use rotisserie chicken.  
  • Crushed and dried red chili flakes – a favorite hot sauce or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper will do the trick.
  • Sugar-free jam sweetened with fruit juice—standard sugar jam (grape or strawberry) will work. Plum jam is the traditional flavor for an authentic dish, but a favorite jelly or jam in the fridge will work. I avoid added sugar and opt for jams and jelly sweetened with fruit.
  • Mirin or cooking sherry – rice vinegar or more Apple Cider Vinegar is a great alternative. 
  • Apple Cider vinegar – rice vinegar or red wine vinegar is suitable.
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This Leftover Pork Stir Fry recipe cleverly repurposes Grilled Pork Tenderloin made earlier in the week into a delectable stir fry packed with vibrant vegetables and a sweet ginger sauce. With quick preparation and customizable nature, this stir fry is a fantastic option for a convenient and flavorsome dinner. Meal planning these two recipes makes your dinner menu and decision-making easier. Simplify meal planning so you can tackle other interests. Shop for the Supper Sanity  Meal Planning Worksheets and take control of your healthy eating goal. 

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Pork Stir Fry in a dish and chopsticks

Leftover Pork Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Successfully using leftovers is a big win in the never-ending goal of simplifying meal planning. This Leftover Pork Stir Fry recipe transforms delicious tenderloin from a previous meal into a magical fusion loaded with crunchy veggies in a sweet ginger sauce.


Ingredients

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1 cup brown rice

1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

23 Tablespoons avocado, sunflower or peanut oil

3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced

1 inch fresh ginger cube, peeled and minced, or 2 teaspoons ginger paste

1 bunch of green onions, chopped finely, and reserve chopped green tops for garnish.

1/2 teaspoon salt

Vegetables 4 cups of assorted vegetables cut into bite-size pieces, fresh or frozen*

Frozen Option

16-oz package stir fry vegetable mix, no sauce or added ingredients

Fresh Vegetable Option

1 small broccoli crown (2 cups) sliced into small florets

1 carrot grated carrot or thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips

Canned Vegetables

4-oz can water chestnuts, drained and sliced

Protein

1 pound pork tenderloin, fully cooked leftovers sliced thin**

1 cup shelled edamame can be fresh or frozen***

Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly grated

1/2 teaspoon crushed and dried red chili flakes

Sauce

1/4 cup sugar-free plum jam

2 Tablespoons mirin or cooking sherry

2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons low-sodium tamari, coconut aminos****

Garnishes

green onion, sliced

toasted sesame seeds


Instructions

  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Prepare Aromatics – Chop green onions, mince garlic and ginger
  3. Chop vegetables if using fresh, and thinly slice pork into bite-size pieces
  4. Combine sauce ingredients
  5. Heat the wok or deep skillet on high for a minute. Add 2 tablespoons oil and heat for another minute, swirling the oil to coat the pan. Drop a few pieces of minced garlic into the pan. If it sizzles, the wok or skillet is ready.
  6. Add the Aromatics—garlic, ginger, and the white portion of green onion—to the pan and stir for 1 minute or until soft and fragrant. Add salt and stir to combine.
  7. Add Vegetables: Fresh – Add broccoli and fry for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water and place the lid on the pan to steam for 2 minutes or until almost crisp-tender. They will continue to cook with other ingredients. Add peppers and cook for 2 minutes, then add carrots and stir fry for another minute. Frozen Vegetables – open the package and remove any solid ice pieces. Add vegetables and cook on high until heated through—about 4 minutes. Taste test a fibrous vegetable like carrot, broccoli, or green bean—it should be crisp, tender, and hot.
  8. Add frozen edamame, pork, water chestnuts, and sauces, and cook until heated.
  9. Serve over rice and topped with green onion and sesame seeds.

Notes

* Choose either a package of frozen stir fry vegetables or a combination of fresh

** If you have no pork leftovers, try another leftover protein, like rotisserie chicken

***Shelled Edamame – young soybeans – omit if allergic to soy

****Substitute strawberry or mixed fruit jam if unavailable

****Tamari is gluten-free, and Coconut Aminos are soy-free and gluten-free and lower in sodium. They both make great alternatives to soy sauce. For people NOT on dietary restrictions, low-sodium soy sauce can be used.

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2 responses to “Leftover Pork Stir Fry in Sweet Ginger Sauce”

  1. Looks SO good – pork on the menu this week so I’ll try it. Love the different options for things so you can adapt with what you have on hand.






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Karen the Supper Sanity Home Chef

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Hello, I’m Karen, a very passionate meal planner. As a mother of three, I have been planning family menus for years. When I was diagnosed with a digestive condition, I found it necessary to follow an eating regime that eliminated many ingredients. That made meal planning a health necessity. I’ve learned a lot and want to share my resources to simplify meal planning, shop efficiently and cook affordable homemade meals. If you wish to try new recipes, plan healthier meals, and enjoy a great dinner with your friends and family, Supper Sanity can help.

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