Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
18 Mins
Total Time
18 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pork mixture and 1/2 cup rice)

Sake, or rice wine, is fragrant and slightly sweet, a perfect addition to this simple spring stir-fry. You can also use dry sherry wine or a small splash of sherry vinegar. If using larger asparagus, cut lengthwise into slices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, sake, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Add pork; toss to coat. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, and stock in a small bowl.

Step 2

Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add canola oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic and ginger; stir-fry 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork mixture to pan; stir-fry 3 minutes or until browned. Add bell pepper, onion, and asparagus; stir-fry 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add stock mixture and salt; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Step 3

Prepare rice according to package directions. Serve with pork mixture.

Ratings & Reviews

Not my favorite stir-fry

April 14, 2015
This was just ok for us.  Although the pork was wonderfully tender, I felt the dish was lacking overall in flavor. I will try it again, though, and perhaps add more ginger and garlic for a flavor boost.

Best stir fry we've made from scratch

May 03, 2015
This recipe was delicious! Used extra garlic and ginger, probably 1T each. Used high quality sake and other ingredients as suggested. Asparagus was small and tender. While I used low salt soy sauce for the recipe, and it was very tasty, we did use regular soy sauce on the table. We will make this again and again!

Pretty good, needs more zip

May 27, 2015
We enjoyed this, but kept adding things at the table--tamari, crushed red pepper, and finally--this was a good one, too--a dash of Dundee Ginger Marmalade.  The recipe needs something a little acidic--maybe a bit of rice wine vinegar in the sauce would have done it, or some fresh pineapple stirred in.  I'll definitely make this again, though, but with some additions.  Please use only certified humanely raised pork.


November 29, 2017
After reading the reviews, I doubled the garlic and ginger.  We also added pepper flakes at the end.  Quick and easy; a nice work night throw together.  Could easily use chicken.  Will make again.


May 25, 2016
I took the others suggestions and increased the ginger and garlic. I also added some additional seasoning and the end result was pretty good. Would make again.