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Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry

Get dinner on the table in just 20 minutes with this pork and cabbage skillet recipe. Boasting an Asian inspired stir fry sauce and simple (gluten-free) ingredients, this will become a fast favorite for easy weeknight meals.

Pork and cabbage stir fry in a ceramic bowl on a cutting board.

When people ask me about my site I always throw in the word “seasonal” somewhere in that description.

And I truly try to live by that because it always feels better to eat food grown nearby rather than imported thousands of miles across the country or world.

For rural central New York right now in the middle of December, however, that means not much variety at the farmer’s market.

So instead of getting annoyed (which I’ll admit was a fleeting emotion for me last Saturday at said farmer’s market), this pork and cabbage stir fry recipe is here to embrace the seasonality.

Cabbage and mushrooms have been two produce staples since the bountiful days of August and September ended and they’ll probably continue to be for the weeks ahead.

Normally, these aren’t ingredients I get overly excited about (except for maybe some crispy air fryer cabbage steaks) but that changes with this recipe.

Ground pork, red cabbage and some sliced baby portobello mushrooms come together in this easy skillet recipe that’s truthfully all about the Asian inspired stir fry sauce that coats every bite.

This is one of those meals that tastes far more impressive than the effort it took to throw together and will likely become one you’ll revisit time and time again for an easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients to make a pork and cabbage skillet recipe including ground pork, sliced red cabbage, sliced mushrooms, chopped onion and an Asian stir fry sauce.

PORK AND CABBAGE STIR FRY INGREDIENTS

For the stir fry itself, here’s what you’ll need:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • ground pork
  • yellow onion
  • cabbage (red or green works for this recipe)
  • white button or baby portobello mushrooms
  • fresh cilantro for garnish

For the stir fry sauce that coats the pork and cabbage skillet, you’ll need:

  • tamari or coconut aminos (both are gluten-free substitutions for soy sauce)
  • creamy almond butter
  • rice vinegar
  • toasted sesame oil
  • sriracha
  • minced garlic
  • minced ginger (or ginger paste from a tube)

The sauce is what really brings the flavor in this dish. If you like spicier food, increase the amount of sriracha used in the recipe.

Feel free to also swap out almond butter for another nut butter. Or, make the sauce with peanut butter for a “satay-like” vibe. That combination reminds me of this roasted red cabbage with peanut lime sauce from way back!

Pork and cabbage stir fry in a white skillet on a gray cloth napkin with a wooden spatula on the side.

HOW TO MAKE THIS PORK AND CABBAGE RECIPE

Whisk all the ingredients for the stir fry sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion once hot and sauté until starting to soften.

Add the ground pork to the onions and cook until browned, breaking the meat up with a spatula as it cooks.

When the pork is almost completely cooked through, add the mushrooms and cabbage to the pan. Toss everything to combine and let cook down until the mushrooms and cabbage have wilted and softened, about 5-7 minutes.

Pour the prepared sauce into the skillet and stir until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper then turn off the heat.

Garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro and serve.

Ground pork and cabbage recipe in a skillet with a wooden spatula.

RECIPE TIPS & SUGGESTIONS

  • You can swap the pork out for beef, turkey, chicken, bison, etc. Fattier grinds like pork and beef will be more flavorful but almost any ground meat will work.
  • Use green or red cabbage and cook the cabbage to your liking. With 5-7 minutes of cook time, the cabbage will be slightly wilted but not entirely soft. If you prefer cabbage to be completely softened (like it would be in cabbage soup), cook it down for a few more minutes. I also find green cabbage to soften quicker than red/purple.
  • Double this meal for excellent leftovers/meal prep. The sauce can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or freezer too for prepping purposes.
  • Enjoy as is in a bowl for a lower-carb pork and cabbage recipe or, serve over rice, cauliflower rice or even noodles (udon noodles would be great!) for a more filling option.
Ground pork and cabbage stir fry recipe with mushrooms in a bowl with a fork.

USING ANOTHER CUT OF PORK

I like using ground pork when pairing with the cabbage in this skillet recipe because of the flavor the fatty juices from the grind lend to the dish.

If you’d like to keep it leaner, however, you can certainly use thinly sliced pork loin or boneless pork chops in place of the ground pork.

Make sure to slice very thinly so that the pork remains tender when cooking.

Pork with cabbage stir fry tossed with an Asian almond butter soy sauce in a skillet.

What I love about this recipe is that it takes simple and let’s be honest, almost boring ingredients and somehow transforms them into a dish reminiscent of a takeout stir-fry yet in a healthy, quick and easy way.

Don’t sleep on this one, it’s sure to be a family favorite!

MORE ONE-SKILLET MEALS TO TRY:

Ground Beef Sweet Potato Skillet
Chicken Artichoke Olive Skillet
Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi
Creamy Skillet Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas
Garlic Chicken Bites

Pork and cabbage stir fry.

Pork and Cabbage Stir Fry

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A quick and easy stir fry recipe using ground pork, cabbage and mushrooms in a delicious Asian inspired sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 6-8 cups thinly sliced/shredded cabbage (red or green)
  • 2 cups sliced white button or cremini mushrooms
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro for garnish

For the stir fry sauce

  • 3 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (or ginger paste)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour olive oil into a large skillet and place over medium heat.
  3. Once hot, add onions and cook for 2 minutes until starting to soften.
  4. Add the ground pork to the pan and cook until browned, breaking up with a spatula as it cooks, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms and cabbage to the skillet, toss to combine with the pork and onions and let cook down for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms have given off their water and the cabbage has softened.
  6. Pour the sauce into the skillet and stir to combine.
  7. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 868Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1116mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 36gSugar: 53gProtein: 56g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

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Dana Sandonato

Friday 23rd of December 2022

This sounds delicious and oh-so-cozy! Filling but doesn't weigh you down.

Gina

Friday 23rd of December 2022

This was so easy to make. I always keep ground sausage/pork in my freezer for easy dishes. The flavors were amazing.

Stephanie

Friday 23rd of December 2022

I had to laugh reading this because I also live in rural Central NY (near Herkimer) and I totally understand the lack of fresh ingredients this time of year! This is the perfect way to make something tasty out of what's available!

Saif

Friday 23rd of December 2022

This pork stir fry looks delicious. I love the purple color of the cabbage.

MacKenzie Bennetts

Friday 23rd of December 2022

My family loved this! The flavors were fantastic and it’s great for weeknights.

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