How to Make Chinese Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry

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If you love Asian food, you definitely must try this pork and broccoli stir fry! This is one simple Chinese dish you don’t want to miss.

pork and broccoli stir fry
Pork and broccoli stir fry

This dish is probably the most common dish in every Chinese restaurant. Each may have its own uniqueness and distinct flavor.

My family loves broccoli. They will eat any dish with broccoli in it. So I created many broccoli recipes at home.

In this post, I want to share Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry which is the most frequent meal we have at home. Add fried meatballs or chicken shrimp potstickers to complete the dinner table.

I also write down a few tricks to make this dish successful. The broccoli will not come out overcooked. And the tips to present the dish to be more attractive.

This dish is super easy to make and you can just serve it with steamed white rice. Even one dish like this is enough because of the nutritious value it has!

Ingredients To Note

Pork

Prepare the sauce to marinate the meat slices. If you want to use chicken or beef instead of pork, you can do so. For chicken, I would recommend chicken thigh. If you want to use beef, you’d better choose tenderloin.

pork and broccoli stir fry
Pork shoulder

In this recipe, I am using pork shoulder as it has some fat in it and it is not so tough when cooked for a short time.

Broccoli

Pick fresh broccoli that still has dark green flowers and firm stems. Cut the flowers and soak with clean water.

People usually throw away the stems. In my family, my grandmother taught me that you can cut the hard part of the stems until you see the soft part. The soft part can be eaten, too.

Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

  • 250 gr pork shoulder slices
  • 250-300 gr broccoli (cut the hard part of the stem and take the soft parts)
  • ¾ -1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ¾ – 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch for slurry (+2 tbsp water)
  • 3 cloves of garlic

How To

  • Slice the meat. Put the sauce into the meat and let it marinate for 15 minutes.

marinated meat
Marinated meat
  • Cut the broccoli flowers and stems. Wash them clean and soak with water to let any debris from the flowers come out. Drain.

broccoli
Broccoli

  • Boil some water. Put the stems first. Let them cook for a while and then put in the flowers. Let them cook for 3 minutes. Do not overcook!

  • I have tried using this 3 minutes process and the broccoli need not be soaked in cold water to stop the cooking process.

  • The reason is because I want to serve the pork and broccoli like in the picture. I don’t like cold soaked broccoli. I want it warm.

  • You can blanch the broccoli. It is cooked for a short time in hot water and then drained and soaked into ice bath to stop the cooking process. This way your broccoli will preserve its bright green color and still crunchy.

Cook the broccoli
Cook the broccoli in a pot

Plating

  • Drain the cooked broccoli, set them aside. You can arrange the stems in the middle of the plate and put the flowers circling the plate. It resembles bushes. So pretty!

broccoli
Broccoli arranged in a plate

  • In the video, I use fragrant oil that I have made to stir fry any Chinese food. You can see the video on how to make fragrant oil here.

  • When I use fragrant oil, I no longer use garlic. But if you just use cooking oil, you can add 2-3 minced garlic to add make it more fragrant.

stir fry pork
Stir fry pork

  • Add some cooking wine (shao xing wine). This is optional. Some people don’t like to put in wine into their food because of Halal reason.

  • Let it simmer.

  • Make some slurry with 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 2 tbsp water. If you like the broth to be a little thick, you can add this slurry. This is optional.

  • Without the slurry, the pork and broccoli stir fry is totally gluten free! So, it is up to your preference to add the cornstarch slurry.

  • Pour the meat and broth in the middle of the plate. Put some fried minced garlic and minced leeks for garnish.

  • When the meat and sauce are boiling, you can put the cooked broccoli. Stir fry just for a while.

  • Pour them in the center of the plate, garnish with fried minced garlic and minced leeks.

Vegetarian or Vegan Version

stir fry pork and broccoli

  • Serve with steamy rice of if you are on keto diet, you can just eat it without rice.

  • If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can choose shitake mushroom instead of pork. The rest are the same.

What To Do With The Leftover?

If you can’t finish this meal, just keep them in a closed container in a chiller. The next day, you can heat it using a microwave or just stir-fry it in a pan for a while.

You can’t reheat it too many times, though. Broccoli can be overcooked and it becomes too soggy.

Try to make a small portion if you are alone. Or just eat them all at once. Chinese food is best eaten hot and freshly cooked.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Q: What can I substitute for pork if I don’t eat pork?

A: There are several delicious alternatives to pork that you can use in this stir-fry. Chicken, beef, tofu, or tempeh all make great options.

Q: Can I make this stir-fry spicier?

A: To make this recipe spicier, you can just add chili oil, hot sauce, chopped chili slices or dried chili. Or serve it with a small plate of chili sauce so each family member can adjust the spiciness.

Q: Is there a specific type of pan that works best for stir-fry?

A: A wok is the traditional pan used for stir-frying because its shape allows for easy tossing of ingredients and provides a larger surface area for cooking.

Conclusion

Creating a delicious meal at home is very satisfying to the person who cooks and to the family who enjoy it. Choose a simple dish to start with so you will be more motivated to learn more delicious meal next time.

This pork and broccoli stir-fry is a very simple dish you can create at home. If you follow the tips on how to choose the ingredients and how to serve it, your family will be surprised at the result.

Happy cooking!

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pork and broccoli stir fry

PORK AND BROCCOLI STIR FRY

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Here is a super easy recipe for pork and broccoli stir fry! You can add this to your family gathering menu!

Ingredients

  • 250 gr pork shoulder slices
  • 300 gr broccoli

Sauce

  • ¾ -1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ¾ -1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (optional) + 2 tbsp water for slurry

Instructions

  1. Marinate the meat slices with the sauce. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the stems, omit the hard part and only slice the soft part.
  3. Cut the broccoli flowers into smaller sizes.
  4. Boil some water. Put the broccoli in. Let them cook for 3 minutes. Drain the water.
  5. Set the stems in the middle of the plate. Arrange the flowers circling the plate.
  6. In a pan, heat some cooking oil. Put in minced garlic. Stir fry until fragrant.
  7. Put in the marinated meat slices. Add some cooking wine (shao xing wine). You can add the slurry to make it thicker.
  8. After it boils for 5 minutes, take out the meat and pour into the middle of the plate.
  9. Serve with steamy rice.

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