If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have probably noticed by now that I like to keep things simple. I’m not a frilly cook. Maybe I would be if I had more time and energy, but my three kids, dog, and cat do an excellent job of using up these commodities. I typically like to spend about 45 minutes or less when preparing dinner. Stir-fries are a great way to speed up the cooking process and they are typically on the healthier side as well. This teriyaki pork chop stir-fry is a no-brainer recipe and only takes about 20 minutes. I also like that the teriyaki sauce is homemade, without all the preservatives and additives. Dinner can be on your table in 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Make the Marinade
This marinade is a breeze to make. You’ll have enough to marinate your pork and for dipping. Sometimes I even divide it in half and use it for two meals. You’ll need the following ingredients:
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Whisk it all together in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves.
Then pour your desired amount over the sliced pork chops. This can be done in a bowl or a ziplock bag. Marinate the teriyaki pork chops for a minimum of 2 hours so that the meat has a chance to tenderize. This is a great step to do in the morning before you leave for work or school.
Step 2: Stir-fry the Pork Chops
Now pull out your wok or large saute pan and drizzle in a tablespoon of oil. You can cook the pork in as little or as much marinade as you please. Just make sure not to eat any of the marinade that was with the uncooked meat unless you first cook it. Stir-fry the pork chops over medium to high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Pork is very easy to overcook so stay close by and take the meat out of the pan right away. Set the teriyaki pork chops aside in a small bowl.
Step 3: Add Veggies and Rice
Add either more oil or more teriyaki marinade to the wok and add in your choice of vegetables. In this picture I chose pole beans (because they were what I had fresh from the garden), but I have also done broccoli, asparagus, onions, and carrots. Really, anything goes. Stir-fry the veggies just until tender. In the last minute of cooking, add the pork back into the wok and mix everything together. Serve the teriyaki pork chop stir-fry over rice and you have yourself an easy, quick, and healthy dinner!
If you need some more quick and easy dinner ideas, you may like to check out my 30 minute dinners, Crockpot meals, or follow my One Pot Wonders board on Pinterest. I am all about keepin’ it simple yet tasty, so you can rest assured that these recipes are easy to make and delicious! Happy cooking ya’ll!
- 6 pork chops cut in strips or chunks
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- Marinade Ingredients:
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- Optional: add rice and veggies of choice
- Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
- Cut up pork and place in a large ziplock bag.
- Pour in desired amount of marinade to cover the pork. Zip shut and marinade 2+ hours.
- Save extra marinade for dipping.
- Heat oil in wok and stir-fry pork for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove cooked pork into separate bowl, leaving leftover marinade in the wok.
- Add in vegetables of choice and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Put pork back in the wok and mix with veggies.
- Serve hot over rice.