20 Minute Sweet & Spicy Pork Ramen Stir Fry

This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.

The first time I ever heard about ramen was freshman year of college. Come 2am, many underage drinks and a few frat parties under our belts, everyone was all “RAMEN NOODLES!” like they were the best thing on earth.

Except me.

20 Minute sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry

The smell of those horrible styrofoam microwave containers heating up literally made (and still makes) me want to gag. I was much more of an Easy Mac kinda girl personally.

Sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry made in 20 minutes!

It’s sad to admit this, but years went by and I never knew ramen was actually like a “real” food and not just some horrible microwave convenience item targeted at drunk college kids without kitchens. But my eyes were finally opened to the amazingness of REAL ramen noodle bowls in recent years and now any time I find a place (usually a hole in the wall joint) that serves them, you can pretty much guarantee I’m ordering it.

Sweet and spicy ramen stir fry with pork

After making this homemade spicy pumpkin ramen, I’ve had about 6 packs of the noodles leftover since and finally decided to put them to good use in this 20 minute sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry. It’s basically a noodle bowl meets vegetable stir fry with some pork thrown in, a clash of everything Asian you love and an addictive sauce that coats it all. Ginger and garlic are the main flavors in the sauce thanks to Nakano roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar, lots of fresh minced ginger and garlic cloves. Add some honey and sriracha and it’s a deliciously sweet and spicy, finger licking coating to one heck of a ramen stir fry. Beat that, college kids.

Want more 20 minute meal ideas? This jalapeno mango chicken skillet or this spicy beef and red pepper rice bowl are perfect quick and easy weeknight meals too!

20 Minute pork ramen stir fry

Serves 4     adjust servings

20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Pork Ramen Stir Fry

Cook Time 10 min 2017-05-28T00:10:00+00:00Prep Time
Preparation 10 min 2017-05-28T00:10:00+00:00Cook Time
Total Time 20 mins 2017-05-28T00:20:00+00:00 Total Time

This 20 minute pork ramen stir fry is sweet, spicy and filled with vegetables for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Nakano roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 8 ounces ramen noodles
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or other oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 pound boneless pork chop, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 pounds sitr fry vegetables (*see note)
  • chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk together, set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ramen and cook according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Add the avocado oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once hot, add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  5. Add the pork to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetables, toss to combine with the pork and oil mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes until just softened.
  7. Add the ramen to the skillet, pour the sauce on top and toss everything together using tongs until well combined and coated in the sauce.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

*This post is sponsored by Nakano as part of my ongoing brand ambassadorship with them. All opinions, content and photography are my own.

Easy sweet and spicy pork ramen stir fry

12 Comments

  1. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    I’m embarrassed to say that I have yet to have real ramen. I haven’t had the styrofoam crap since I was a kid and even then I was more of a mac and cheese girl. I totally need to give the real stuff a try and your easy sweet and spicy pork version looks like a great one to start with!

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  2. Caroline

    I absolutely agree…real ramen is amazing and nothing like those awful cups! This is one stunning dinner…and 20 minutes? Perfect! I love Nakano’s vinegars, but I’ve never tried this garlic one…I need to look for that!

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  3. Kim Beaulieu

    Gina, are you ready for this one? Are you sitting down? Okay, I’ve never had ramen noodles before. I know right. I’m probably the only person on earth who hasn’t tried them. Now that I know ramen can be AMAZING I need to try this recipe. I love pork, I love noodles and I love sweet & spicy recipes. This has to happen. I can’t wait to dive into the world of ramen. Great photos!

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  4. Lynda

    This looks delicious and everything I would like! I’m curious what brand of “real” ramen noodles do you buy? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them except in those horrible cups or packages. Thanks!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Will have to look when I get home (in Mexico on vacation right now!) It’s some Asian brand from a local/Asian grocery store I won’t be able to pronounce or write, I know that much!

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