I've been really into pork stir fry lately. Anyone else? I especially love pork and ginger together. And if you're a regular reader of my website (which of course you are), you also know that one of my new favorite things is homemade chili oil with sediment. This ginger pork stir fry with homemade chili oil, cilantro and mint is my current go-to stir fry.
Community Supported Agriculture: A Great Way to Support Local Farmers
But before I get into that, I would like to welcome you to Season 2 of my Community Supported Agriculture Series. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is all about supporting local farms by buying a share of their harvest before he growing season and receiving farm fresh produce every week for a certain period of time. As I did last year, I purchased a summer farm share at Clark Farm in Carlisle, MA.
Each week I arrive at the farm to pick up amazing fresh salad greens, kale, swiss chard, napa cabbage, carrots, broccolini, strawberries, zucchini, and so much more. It’s such a relaxing summer ritual and I truly enjoy knowing I’m eating healthy, organic veggies that were locally grown.
For this recipe, I incorporated into my stir fry: Clark Farm carrots (the best carrots in the world in my opinion), green poblano pepper and scallions.
Ginger Pork Stir Fry with Cilantro and Mint... OR Basil and Mint for All You Anti-Cilantro Weirdos
I know cilantro is a very sensitive topic for some people. In my experience, there are people who don't simply dislike cilantro. They don't say, "well, it's not my favorite." People who don't like it, really, really despise it. Anger comes out... for some reason. Have you encountered a person who really despises cilantro? Are you yourself a person who despises cilantro? Well, if you saw the word cilantro and still clicked to get here because the picture looks so delicious, first I want to say: congratulations. Baby steps, right? It took courage to click on this post if you are not a cilantro lover. And here is your reward. You can skip the cilantro with this recipe and use basil instead. Basil and mint are equally delicious together. And for those of you who love cilantro - you can proceed with the cilantro/mint combo.
Simple, Flavored-Packed Stir Fry and So Easy to Make
This really is a super easy stir fry to throw together with many ingredients you probably have on hand. And bonus: pork is still a much more affordable option at the grocery store right now than chicken or beef and there are a lot of pork cuts to choose from. I've also noticed my local store has had at least one pork item per week on sale. Right now they have pork butt for $.99/pound. You know I bought some of that for a future recipe!
Marinating the pork for this recipe consists of pork, grated ginger, salt, pepper and olive oil. So much flavor when you let that marinate overnight. My favorite topping for this is my homemade chili oil with sediment which I always have on hand. A couple of teaspoons over the top of my bowl and I am in heaven. Chili oil plus cilantro/mint equals culinary nirvana to me. You can use your own favorite jarred brand too, of course, but the homemade stuff is truly fantastic! I also show you a quick (optional) drizzle in my video which consists of tahini, sugar (optional), dark soy sauce and chili oil. This is a pared-down version of a Dan Dan noodle sauce. So if you made my Dan Dan Noodles, you already have these ingredients on hand! And if you didn't that's okay. Just the combo of tahini, soy and chili oil is a punch of flavor. Sometimes I add the sugar when I make it sometimes I don't - I'll leave that choice up to you.
Steps to Making Ginger Pork Stir Fry:
I hope you can carve a little bit of time in your day to make delicious food for yourself and your loved ones. Cooking and sharing a meal with our favorite people is an important tradition that we should try to keep alive. It's a time of day where we can, hopefully, turn off our devices and enjoy the face-to-face human experience. Share your stories and listen to others. Plan a beautiful meal and everyone can pitch in to help. I always feel better when I make time for these moments. I think you will too.Print