Stir-Fried Cashew Pork

Stir-fried cashew pork

You know those nights that by the time you get home from work you are tired and the last thing you want to do is make dinner?  And you’re also kind of ridiculously cranky since you are so hungry?  And all you want to do is shove cookies in your face and call it a day?  No, just me on that last part?  Well, instead of giving in to take-out (or cookies), promise me you’ll power through and make this cashew pork.

Stir-fried cashew pork

The prep work is incredibly easy and the whole meal takes less than 20 minutes to cook in the skillet.  In the meantime, make some rice and a side of simple veggies and you have an easy meal that will more than satisfy.  It’s actually one of our favorite dinner options, with the quick time-frame an added bonus.  In addition to the pork, you get a good amount of cashews along with a sauce that has just the right amount of kick.  And it’s way better than most take out options (and probably healthier for you too).

So no more giving in to take-out temptations, or at least not all of the time.  Make this cashew pork instead and you’ll be glad you did.

Stir-Fried Cashew Pork
Yield: 2 to 3 servings
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless pork chops (1 pound), trimmed and cut into ½ inch strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup cashew halves (unsalted or lightly salted)
  • ⅓ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • rice, for serving
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, water, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Set a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of the olive oil. When hot, add in the pork. Cook the pork for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet. When hot, add in the garlic and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the pork (along with any juices) back to the skillet, as well as the hoisin mixture and cashews. Mix to combine and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve over rice.

Adapted from The Best Simple Recipes.


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  1. says

    Ashley this is brilliant!! Though I also love the idea of just shoving cookies into my mouth for dinner, this is like takeout without all the waiting (or the crazy amounts of msg). LOVE IT. Do you think it would work as well with boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of pork ?

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      I think it would definitely work with chicken …. the cooking time may change slightly but I don’t see why not! Let me know how it is if you try it that way!

  2. says

    I know this feeling all too well. Sometimes a bowl of cereal is all I want for dinner after a crazy day, but most of the time I realize there are more well-rounded options. 😉 I’m sold on anything with hoisin sauce! This looks great – extra saucy – the way I like it!

  3. says

    I feel ya – getting home and the last thing I want to do is defrost chicken and start roasting vegetables. I’m too tired! However, this cashew pork could change things. Knowing THIS is the end result of cooking when I get home? Yeah, I’ll get over my laziness. Love this!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Exactly … if I don’t plan ahead and have things defrosted – forget about it… it’s not gonna happen! haha

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Katy! We make this a lot on Friday nights : ) Too tired from the workweek at that point to make much else!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      Thanks Jessica! I try to do the same … except the cookies are so tempting sometimes! lol

  4. says

    So funny, I just made a Chinese take-out style meal that I’ll be posting soon. Yours looks incredible! I shove cookies in my face before I get dinner started if they’re sitting around, too. Hunger is a dangerous thing!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says

      haha glad it’s not just me … anything in sight is dangerous when I’m hungry after work!

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