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Sweet & Spicy Pork Stir Fry


Have you ever had a piece of tough and flavorless chicken or pork?  Is there anything worse?

Sure, I could think of a few things, but those are at the top of my list.  I’d rather just not eat it at all.

So what’s better?  A meal that can come together in half an hour start to finish–quick, simple, and economical, bright with bold flavors and a great balance between sweet and spicy, savory and succulent, featuring pork (or chicken/beef) that’s moist and flavorful.

Sweet & Spicy Pork Stir-Fry
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  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ ts ginger
  • 1 tb sesame oil
  • 2 tb red pepper paste
  • 2 tb brown sugar
  • 1 ts fish sauce
  • 2 ts sesame seeds
  • Coarse black pepper
  • 1-2 tb canola or peanut oil*
  • Green onion garnish

  1. Rinse and pat your meat dry. Cut into strips and set aside for at least 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine your sesame oil, pepper paste, sugar, fish sauce, and sesame seeds, and black pepper and press this mixture into your meat. Set aside to absorb for at least another 15-20 minutes**
  3. In a hot pan, heat your oil and slowly begin to soften your garlic and ginger. To that, add your onions and peppers.
  4. Topple in your meat and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes, just until it’s no longer pink (you do not want to over cook).

*Bacon Fat would be nice. **The longer your marinade sits, the better. Feel free to use whatever veggies you like or have on hand.

Tips to keep your meat moist:

  • Don’t over cook it and don’t poke or prod your meat.
  • Always cut it against its grain: cut perpendicular to the longest fiber of your meat.
  • Brining always contributes to the tenderness of meat, if not, consider marinating your meat overnight.
  • Consider purchasing a less leaner cut of meat in order to afford more leeway.  At about 140, your tenderloin is ready.
  • Allow your cooked meat to rest (for at least 15 minutes) in order to have it redistribute its own juices.

Wishing everyone flavorful weekday meals


Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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53 thoughts on “Sweet & Spicy Pork Stir Fry

  • The Squishy Monster says:


  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Sorry to hear that—I’m always so crestfallen when food I eat isn’t as expected.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I would say it’s a fair balance between sweet and spicy…though, apple cider vinegar would be a nice addition.

  • Minnie@thelady8home says:

    Wow! Bland to fantastic!! I have all the ingredients too. Yay! Bookmarking it :))

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I love when things come together like that!!

  • Suzie says:

    This sounds really good. I am at work and starving, why did I have to see this? Lol!

  • Lester. says:

    That looks sooooo lovely and delicious Angie!I also love ground pork and have used it to make tacos and meat loaf.Pork is great!! Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Have a great day Angie!( how have you been Angie?)



  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You’re great, Suzie…always making me smile =D

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’ve been well, thanks so much for asking, Les. It’s been crazy hectic (as always) but busy is better than stagnant, lol. How have you been?

  • Sook @ Heart Mind & Seoul says:

    I Love sweet and spicy pork! Yours looks so good and I’m craving some again!! First time here and I’m so happy to meet another Korean food blogger!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I don’t think I’ve met another Korean Blogger yet—you’re my first—yaaay!!!!!

  • yummychunklet says:

    Looks delicious!

  • Jenn and Seth says:

    that looks like an AMAZING stir-fry!! yum!

  • Tom @ Waegook Tom says:

    Om nom nom! Now THIS I can try making here in Korea! Meat that isn’t cooked properly always makes me sad

  • Theresa says:

    I have been vaguely thinking that I need another recipe to use up my gochujang and here it is! I will definitely be trying this soon

  • Liz says:

    When I stock up on pork tenderloin, this flavorful recipe is going on our menu! Such an excellent recipe!

  • Lesater. says:

    Been ok. Thanks Angie.Well considering all the events my family has been through the last few months I’m good..Busy ( But not draining my self as I briefly did when I was a lot younger.Another day another way( AND chance) I say. Have a Lovely week end Angie



  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I don’t seem to know how not to drain myself–I suppose it’s an art I need to refine. I think I throw caution to the wind to often, and shield myself from the fall out with the excuse of being young LOL (it’s silly, I know). I’m glad you’re well and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m so happy to hear it, Liz! I hope you and your beautiful girl have a great weekend!!

  • Lesater. says:

    Angie.Stay forever young in spirit! Never loose your vivaciousness! we can learn a lot about not stressing from cats.Lol.A little quiet ( Or Angie) time each day.



  • The Squishy Monster says:

    YAY!!…Lemme know if you make it to the east coast of the states!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hoorah! I’m glad to hear it, Theresa!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I intend on investing in a wok soon…then, it’ll be a super star =D

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That means something coming from a yummy chunklet

  • grace says:

    i do love a stir fry! and to be honest, i’m coming to the point where i prefer pork to chicken in just about any situation!

  • Cakelaw says:

    I am also a huge stir fry fan, and sweet and spicy pork is a combination that sings to me.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Nice! Love it

  • InTolerant Chef says:

    I’ll join you in that battle Squishy Monster, I think the wrist band idea’s a winner!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hell yes =D

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    As good 9I think) as I ma in the kitchen my one challenge is meat, so this is a great recipe for me. Great tips for preparing meat and the dish looks fab.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m happy to hear it, Evelyne!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It makes me sing right back =D

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