Saturday, December 1, 2012

Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry


Here's a quick week night dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Sorry... I didn't mean to sound like Rachael Ray. : )  I loved how this dish turned out because the Teriyaki sauce really made this dish sing.  I don't usually use Teriyaki sauce in stir fries, but I will do so from now on.  The sauce had a balance of sweet, savory and spicy.  Now that's a perfect combo in my book.

1lb of lean pork sliced into thin strips (or cubed)
1 medium onion chopped coarsely
1 green bell pepper cut into large pieces
2-3 carrots sliced thick
1 can of water chestnuts drained
1 bunch of scallions (green and white parts) chopped
2-3 cloves garlic grated
2Tbs of fresh ginger grated  (or you can use 2Tbs of my ginger-garlic-paste)
1 tsp red chili flakes (or to taste)

Note: if you are eating this with rice, have your rice cooking at the same time so both will be done together.

For the Sauce:
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce ( I used Kikkoman brand)
1/2 cup of Chinese rice wine (not vinegar) or dry sherry
1 Tbs of brown sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbs of water
1 Tbs of cornstarch
First add the cornstarch and water to a bowl and mix well.  Then add your other ingredients and mix all together.  Set sauce aside until the final step in the stir fry process.

Note:  If you cannot get Teriyaki Sauce try to use 1/2 cup of soy sauce with 1 Tbs of rice wine vinegar and 1 Tbs of brown sugar as a substitute.  Mix this with the other ingredients listed above for the sauce.

After you slice the pork, toss it well with black pepper.
Add 2 Tbs of canola oil into a wok and get it hot on high heat.  add your pork and stir fry for 2 minutes.  Then add your ginger and garlic and stir fry for another 2 minutes.

Next add your vegetables and stir fry for another 3-4 minutes.  You can also add your red chili flakes here if you want it spicy.

Finally pour your prepared sauce.  Allow the stir fry to cook with the sauce for 2-3 minutes.  The sauce should begin to thicken because of the cornstarch.   Taste for seasoning and turn off the stove.

Serve with rice. Enjoy.

Note:  You can substitute Beef or Chicken for the Pork in the dish.  
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