Quick Thai-Style Pork Broccolini Stir Fry. This Thai-Style Stir Fry with Pork and Broccolini is a great weeknight meal that is easy to make, gluten free, and paleo friendly. A Healthy protein packed that only takes 30 minutes from start to finish!
T-Minus 24 hours until I turn 33 years old y’all!! Say WHAT?! How did that happen? I mean 33? That was WAY old sounding like 10 years ago. And true story, for the past 2 month’s I kept thinking I was turning 34. Come to find out I’m really 33. Good thing I double checked my math, but not my memory. Haha, goodness gracious, now I just sound old. Speaking of things to remember… THIS Thai-Style Pork Broccolini Stir Fry is a meal that will forever be engraved in my mind and my heart!
So…. once a upon a time I celebrated EVERY birthday at Benihana’s. Please tell me I am not the only kid that did that? I am pretty sure, no I am 100% sure it was because of the awesome stir fry show with fire and flames. That and I had this obsession with trying to eat my weight in white sticky rice. Haha, some things never change.
Anyway, EVERY YEAR I would ask for the beef broccoli stir fry for them to “cook and fry up” in front me. It tasted SO SO GOOD! When you are young and naive, any food flame thrown and tossed by a speedy samurai warrior chef will taste EPIC. That’s what I call FAST FOOD! LOL!
Well, times have changed but I still love making a good sweet and savory stir fry. My tastebuds have “matured” a bit and anything Thai or Spicy is right up my alley. Plus I married a Kiwi who eats thai red chilies (and jalapeños for that matter) like carrots, by the handful! Yes, he grew up on Thai and Asian Spices, that man can handle the heat.
Okay Back to my point here. Thai-Style Pork Broccolini Stir Fry. Let’s call it the grown up sophisticated version of Beef Broccoli Stir Fry, and ALMOST just as fast. Almost! I must work on my knife throwing skills a wee bit.
So what makes a stir fry “Thai-style” and super awesome? There’s 4 Flavors plus extra Heat; sour, sweet, creamy, and salty. The key is to making sure you find a great “sweet spot” for them all.
Instead of regular ol’ broccoli (not that i have anything against it), we’re using Broccolini here. Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli/kale and has a more sweet is sweet flavor that regular broccoli. I also threw in a few more herbs, peppers, and spices to kick it up notch.
Now combine those combos with, fish sauce, chopped nuts (to make it creamy in taste (kinda like adding a satay or nut butter), lime, cilantro, and coconut sugar. All tossed and stir fried with pork!
You see what I’m sayin? Thai-Style SWEET SPOT.
Alright, bust out the fry pan and let’s get our stir on!Print
This Thai-Style Stir Fry with Pork and Broccolini is a great weeknight meal that is easy to make, gluten free, and paleo friendly.
- 1 lb. organic pork loin (stew or stir fry cut)
- 1-2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1-2 tbsp gluten free tamari or gluten free soy sauce (divided)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (more if you want “sticky”)
- 2 tbsp fish sauce (gluten free brand)
- 1/3 c cup red onion or shallot
- 1/3 cup chopped or crushed nuts
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp red chili pepper flakes
- dash of sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2 bunches of broccolini stalks (10-14 ounces)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 sliced thai red pepper
- 1 or 2 sliced shisoto pepper (optional)
- thai basil leaves to garnish
- First make sure your pork is clean and chopped as well as your veggies. Chopped or mince your garlic.
- Set them all aside,
- Next heat oil in a fry pan to medium high. Add your pork and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until your pork is browned. Remove from pan.
- In the same pan, add your sugar, spices, and gluten free tamari or soy sauce. Cook on medium high until sugar and sauce start to bubble and caramelize. About 2 -3 minutes.
- Place your pork, onion, nuts, broccolini, salt/pepper back in the pan and stir fry for 3-5 minutes until broccolini is tender and pork is cooked through.
- Add additional tbsp of tamari sauce (*only if it needs more sauce to coat*) and keep tossing the meat/veggies in the sugar sauce while frying.
- Add in your sliced peppers and lime juice and mix everything again while stir frying on medium high for the last 1-2 minutes.
- Plate or place all in serving bowl. Reserve the sauce.
- Pour a few tbsps of sauce over each serving or serving bowls and garnish with fresh thai basil.
The red thai pepper makes it spicy. Feel free to substitute it with bell peppers or just shisoto to make it more mild.
Make this vegan and sub the pork for tempeh or tofu! EASY!
Nutrition Facts Ya’ll!
Paleo friendly Stir Fry Suggestions:
If you want to make this more paleo friendly, substitute the coconut sugar for maple syrup. Also make sure the fish sauce is gluten free.
What do you think? Did i hit the Sweet spot on this stir fry? Naturally gluten free, dairy fee, delicious, and EASY to make. I think I will take those 4 combos as the sweet spot for this Thai-style dish, yes?.
Health perks aside, there really is a SWEET SPOT and a simplicity when it comes to Stir Fry. You can’t go wrong with these flavor combos. Which is why I love it so! You can mix in just about any veggie with this Thai Style Pork stir fry and it will be fabulous. Although, I must say, Broccolini and and shallot are both pretty easy to grab with a chopstick. So there’s that factor to look for. Haha!
Sorry I have an obsession with hand serving pictures. It just happens. Let’s go with it and pretend I can serve you this stir fry through the screen, mmm k?
More Gluten free Thai style dishes and QUICK Stir Fry to TRY!
Alright ya’ll, Favorite stir fry dish? Have you tried broccolini in a main dish before or a broccoli stir fry?
You should! Make it Thai and think of me getting older and wiser tomorrow! Mwah!