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Crockpot-to-Skillet Korean Pork Stir-Fry

Looking for an easy, flavorful weeknight dinner?

We love stir-fry in our house: it empties the fridge, cooks up fast, and delivers a lot of nutrition in one pot.

Korean Pork Stir-Fry

 

Stir-fries are also great for experimentation and using up what we have. I’ve got a general rule to balance the flavor and nutrition, but anything goes within that: for your veggies, use aromatics (like onion, garlic, celery), something crisp and fresh (broccoli, grean beans, snow peas), something sweet (carrots, bell peppers), and something leafy (dark greens, cabbage). Balance salty soy with sweet honey and bright rice vinegar.

This particular recipe uses the beautiful tatsoi we found in our CSA box last week, and will probably see again at some point, as well as slow-cooked pork.

tatsoi

That pork sits in your crockpot as long as you need it to, in a lovely marinade which makes an even lovelier sauce for the stir-fry. And this, friends, is one of the only saucy cheats I will ever try to convince anyone of.

go-ch-jang

This will MAKE your stir-fry. It’s sweet, faintly spicy, and improves with time in the slow-cooker. If you don’t prefer the sweet-spicy flavor, use lime juice, worcestershire, and soy with the garlic and black pepper instead.

In the morning (or the night before), mix up the braising liquid for your meat. Cook on low all day or on high for a few hours.  Stir-fry your veggies, toss in that meat and sauce,  and voila!

You could also use a beef roast, or any chicken cut, but I prefer bone-in for slow-cooking any meat.

Crockpot-to-Skillet Korean Pork Stir-Fry
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Servings
4-6 people
Servings
4-6 people
Crockpot-to-Skillet Korean Pork Stir-Fry
Print Recipe
Servings
4-6 people
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
For the pork
For the stir-fry
Servings: people
Instructions
For the pork
  1. Combine soy sauce, Go-chu-jan, garlic, ginger, and black pepper, in crock pot. Add pork, cut into pieces if need be. Cook on low 6-8 hrs or high 3-4 hours.
For the stir fry
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, and add broccoli. Cook quickly until broccoli starts to brown, then add onion and peppers.
  2. After 2 minutes of cooking, when the veggies just start to char on the outside, add 1/2 cup of water and quickly cover the pot to trap the heat and steam. Do not let it go very long, to avoid soggy veggies.
  3. Add tatsoi and stir until wilted. Add the pork and all the saucy liquid in the crockpot to the skillet, stir to combine, and serve immediately.
  4. Serve alongside noodles, braised cabbage, or rice, topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
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