Mom's Easiest Pork Stir-Fry


My mom's easiest pork stir-fry is perfect as we get busier in the new year. It's delicious, healthy and fast for those rushed weeknights!

Mom's Easiest Pork Stir-fry

Quick dinners are always great to have in your back pocket for those busy nights.  As we get further into January, it feels like things are starting to pick up again with work projects and personal projects.  I don't know how I managed to get everything done when I was able to see friends too!  

This meal was always one of my favorites that my mom would make when I was young.  We were running to different extra curricular activities most nights, so we needed quick dinners.  This one is so simple.  Even better, it all comes together in about 10 minutes.  Cubed pork tenderloin, red pepper, onion, hoisin sauce and cashews create the most amazing flavor for this meal! Serve this over some rice to soak up the sauce and it is a dinner the whole family will love.

Mom's Pork Stir-fry

How to Make My Mom's Easiest Pork Stir-Fry

While the full recipe details are available below, here are some tips to make my mom's quick and easy stir-fry.

  • Since this recipe comes together so quickly, I find it helpful to have all ingredients ready to go before cooking.  This is important because you will not have time to measure or chop ingredients once you start.
  • The cut of meat that you use for this stir-fry is also important.  You want to use a lean pork tenderloin in this recipe and cut it into smaller cubes.  This is because the tenderloin is as the name suggests - tender!  I have tried this recipe with other cuts such as pork chops.  While it is still tasty, the meat tends to be a little tough for this dish.
  • Be sure to use unsalted cashews in this recipe.  This is important, because using salted cashews will add too much salt to the dish and it will taste off.
Easiest Pork Stir-fry

Mom's Easiest Pork Stir-Fry

My mom’s easiest pork stir-fry is perfect as we get busier in the new year. It’s delicious, healthy and fast for those rushed weeknights!

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  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips (approx. 1 medium)
  • 1 cup white onion, sliced (approx. 1 small)
  • 1lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted whole cashews
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high.  Add the sesame oil and red pepper and onion and let cook undisturbed for approximately 1 minute, until they start to char on the edges.  Stir and cook another minute.
  2. Add pork cubes and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes until they are browned on the bottom.  Stir and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until the pork is almost cooked through.  This will happen faster than you think!
  3. Lower heat to medium and stir in cashews and hoisin sauce – cook for approximately 15 seconds.  Add water and stir, cooking until the sauce is bubbly and the glaze coats the pork and vegetables.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over rice and enjoy!

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