Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger – Kalyn’s Kitchen

posted by Kalyn Denny on March 22, 2021

Once you learn the principles of stir-fry cooking, you can make recipes like this Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger for a quick dinner.

PIN Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger!

I bought my first wok many years ago when I took a class in Chinese cooking taught by a visiting professor from China. From that class I got a good understanding of the techniques involved in stir-frying, and posted a bunch of Stir-Fry Recipes. Now I’m engaged in a project of updating some of those earlier recipes with better photos, and sometimes revisiting the recipes as well. I hope you enjoy trying some of them, and if you don’t have a wok, you can definitely make a stir fry dish like this Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger in any kind of heavy, deep frying pan.

When we updated this recipe we switched up the ingredients to make a recipe that used a bit more pork. We also eliminated Hoisin Sauce from the cooking sauce, and made our own sauce that’s lower in carbs. This recipe has just one tablespoon of cornstarch for six servings, and if you check the nutritional information you’ll see the net carbs in the dish are quite low.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What is “Seasoning the Oil?”

One of the most important Chinese cooking techniques I learned was called “seasoning the oil.” For every stir-fry dish, our teacher would get the oil very hot in the wok, then throw in a couple of pieces of sliced garlic and ginger root and cook just until they were fragrant. I doubt I’ve ever made a stir-fry without doing that, heavy on the ginger, since it’s one of my favorite flavors. 

What are the basic tips for stir-fry cooking?

  1. Preheat the wok (or pan) before you add the oil.
  2. Season the oil (add slices of fresh garlic cloves and ginger root and stir-fry very briefly, just until they become fragrant.)
  3. Remember the importance of symmetry of cut (all pieces should be the same size for stir-fry cooking.)
  4. Have all ingredients cut and sauces mixed before you start to cook.
  5. Use very high heat and cook fast.

Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry with Ginger process shots collage

How to Make Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger:

(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Trim tenderloin and cut into short pieces, then cut into same-size strips;
  2. Put pork strips into a bowl and mix with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch; let it marinate.
  3. Mix soy sauce, ginger puree, garlic puree, chicken broth, sesame oil, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or other sweetener) to make cooking sauce.
  4. Wash broccoli and cut into same size pieces.
  5. Cut ginger root and large garlic cloves into slices to use for seasoning the oil.
  6. Pre-heat wok about one minute before adding the oil. 
  7. Add most of the peanut oil and let it heat until shimmery, then add garlic and ginger slices and cook about 30 seconds; remove as soon as you smell garlic.
  8. Add broccoli to the hot wok and cook about 3 minutes, stirring often. (I like my broccoli still fairly crisp; cook longer if you want softer pieces of broccoli.)
  9. Remove broccoli to a plate, add a tiny bit more oil and heat about 30 seconds.
  10. Then add pork with marinating liquid and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until it’s firm and slightly browned.
  11. Add the broccoli and cooking sauce and cook about 2 minutes longer, or until broccoli done to your liking.
  12. Serve hot.

Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry thumbnail image of finished dish in wok

More Stir-Fry Recipes I’ve Loved:

Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry 
Stir-Fried Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas
Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 4 cups broccoli flowerets, cut into same size pieces (see notes)
  • 1 T peanut oil (or slightly more, depending on your pan)
  • 5 slices fresh ginger root
  • 5 sliced garlic cloves

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 T ginger puree (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. garlic puree
  • 2 T chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 T Golden Monkfruit sweetener (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Trim pork tenderloin and cut into short pieces, then cut the pieces into same-size strips;
  2. Put pork strips into a bowl and mix with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch; let it marinate while you prep other ingredients.
  3. Mix soy sauce, ginger puree, garlic puree, chicken broth, sesame oil, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or other sweetener) to make the cooking sauce.
  4. Wash broccoli and cut into same size pieces, keeping some stem on each piece. 
  5. Cut slices of ginger root and cut large garlic cloves into slices to use for seasoning the oil.
  6. Pre-heat the wok about one minute before adding the oil. 
  7. Add most of the peanut oil and let it heat until it looks shimmery, then add the garlic and ginger slices and cook about 30 seconds; remove as soon as you smell garlic. It’s important to remove this before it gets brown or it can make the oil bitter.
  8. Add broccoli to the hot wok and cook about 3 minutes, stirring often. (I like my broccoli still fairly crisp; cook longer if you want softer pieces of broccoli.)
  9. Remove broccoli to a plate, add a tiny bit more oil and heat about 30 seconds, then add pork with marinating liquid and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until it’s firm and slightly browned.
  10. Add the broccoli and cooking sauce and cook about 2 minutes longer, or until broccoli is as done as you prefer. 
  11. Serve hot.

Notes

You can use a bit more broccoli if you have a large enough wok. For the cooking sauce you can use minced ginger and minced garlic in a jar if you don’t find ginger puree and garlic puree at your store. You can no-calorie sweetener you prefer.

Recipe adapted from The Sugar Solution Cookbook.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 295Total Fat: 9.1gSaturated Fat: 2.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 9.9gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 1.7gProtein: 43g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even with the lower-carb sauce we came up with, low-carb eaters or people following the original South Beach Diet may be suspicious of this recipe because of the cornstarch. But if you check the nutritional info you’ll see it doesn’t add many carbs.

Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Recipes by Diet Type photo index pages to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2008 (with a sauce that had a lot more carbs). It was updated with better photos and a new lower-carb sauce in 2021.

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