Spicy stir fried green beans and pork are crisp-tender green beans, meaty mushrooms and ground pork in a spicy stir fry sauce. This is a a quick, easy and healthy dinner that is packed with flavor and it’s gluten-free. Why stop for takeout when you can whip up this flavor-packed easy and good for you stir-fry instead?
Here is what you will need
- Sesame or coconut oil
- Fresh green beans
- Ground pork
- Fresh mushrooms
- Fresh garlic
- Red pepper flakes
- Fresh ginger
- Tamari sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Arrow root powder, organic corn starch or whole wheat flour
- A Wok or a cast iron pan
A quick and easy dinner
Stir fry dinners are so easy to make, aren’t they? They literally take minutes to cook and the end result is a super flavorful nutritious dinner. The most time-consuming part for stir fry recipes is preparing and chopping the vegetables which can be done ahead of time.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe from my mother which I recreated into a healthier version. The original recipe used a full pound of ground pork which I cut back on and added mushrooms which also have a meaty texture.
If you prefer a vegan version of this recipe you can use mushrooms only and leave the pork out entirely. Serve spicy green beans and pork all by itself, or over a bed of brown rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb version.
Prepare all of the ingredients before you begin to cook – Food cooks quickly when it’s stir-fried. If you have all of your ingredients prepared ahead of time they will be ready to add to the wok quickly without over cooking the dish. Store the prepared ingredients in the refrigerator until it’s time to cook.
The past pan for stir frying is a wok – If you don’t have a wok, no problem! A large cast iron pan works well too. Cast iron takes longer to heat up, make sure the pan and the oil are really hot before cooking for best results.
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- Make it vegetarian/vegan by omitting the pork and doubling up on the mushrooms or adding 7 ounces of crumbled organic tofu or tempeh in place of the pork.
- Substitute ground pork with ground turkey or chicken.
- Swap out Arrowroot which is a neutral tasting thickener for an equal amount of organic corn starch or whole wheat flour.
- For soy-free version use coconut aminos instead of tamari sauce
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Spicy Stir Fried Green Beans and Pork
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stir-Fry
- Cuisine: Asian
- 1 tablespoon oil (coconut, sesame or olive)
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 10 ounces mushrooms (shiitake, white or cremeni)
- 1 pound green beans
- 1 clove fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
- FOR THE SAUCE
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh diced ginger root
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons tamari sauce
- 1/ 4 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- clean and trim ends off of green beans
- clean and slice mushrooms
- combine the sauce ingredients together – a small mason jar works well for this
- bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and add green beans – once they turn bright green (3 to 5 minutes) drain in COLD water to stop cooking and set aside.
- heat wok or pan over high heat, once wok is hot add the oil
- add the pork and garlic breaking up pork into bits until cooked through approximately 5 to 8 minutes
- once cooked place pork into a bowl
- add the mushrooms to pan and cook until the soften stir in the meat, green beans and crushed pepper
- stir in sauce and cook until heated through about 2 minutes – remove from heat
- top with sesame seeds and serve over brown rice.
- Make it vegetarian/vegan by omitting the pork and doubling up on the mushrooms or adding 7 ounces of crumbled organic tofu or tempeh
- Substitute ground pork with ground turkey or chicken
- Arrowroot which is a neutral tasting thickener can be swapped out for organic corn starch or whole wheat flour
- For a paleo or soy-free version use coconut aminos instead of tamari sauce
Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox, an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.
Keywords: Stir fry, Spicy green beans