Today we share an easy ground pork and cabbage stir-fry recipe that can be on the table in 30 minutes! We serve it with an excellent Sauvignon Blanc from the Graves region of Bordeaux. Disclosure: the wine pairing was provided as a complimentary sample.
What makes this recipe work
Savory ground pork combines with a stir-fry sauce that brings salty, sweet and spicy element. All the flavors you want for a delicious meal! Plus, you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes!
This recipe is also a great way to use healthy, affordable cabbage, along with other dark leafy greens that you might have available.
Recipe tips and overview
Here are a few tips for making this ground pork and cabbage. Head down to the recipe card for all of the details.
- I use a cast iron skillet to make this recipe. You could also use a wok.
- I used basic green cabbage for this recipe. But you could use Savoy cabbage or caraflex, or you could also try Napa cabbage.
- Adding a cup of kale or similar green adds additional color and nutrition.
Chop the vegetables and make the sauce before you start cooking!
Begin the stir-fry by heating the oil on medium high in a large skillet or wok. Add the onion, cook for a few minutes, then add the red bell pepper.
Stir the ground pork into the skillet after the onion and pepper has begun to soften a bit.
Cook the pork for about 3 minutes, then stir in the cabbage.
Add the cabbage in two batches, giving the first batch a minute to start cooking down before adding the rest. This helps it all fit into the pan.
Stir-fry the cabbage for about 3 minutes. Next stir in the sauce along with additional greens – we used kale.
Cover, reduce to medium low, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes so that the pork is cooked through and the cabbage is tender.
Remove the cover, and sprinkle the chopped green onions over the stir-fry. The pork and cabbage stir-fry is ready to serve!
How to serve this recipe
This ground pork and cabbage stir-fry is good served over rice.
You can pass extra sriracha at the table. I have also enjoyed the leftover pork and cabbage with some kimchi mixed in to punch up the flavor while adding additional nutritional benefits.
We had the 2022 Château Langlet Graves Sauvignon Blanc ($23, 13.5% ABV) to try with the ground pork and cabbage. On the nose, notes of peach and citrus. Grapefruit and lemon zest on the palate, with underlying minerality along with the acidity.
The acidity and flavor profile of the wine made it a good companion for the pork stir-fry, serving as a nice counterpoint to the salty sweet sauce.
The wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, grown in a vineyard with gravelly soil and good sun exposure. The Château Langlet Sauvignon Blanc is aged in French oak barrels for 9 to 10 months.
About the winery
Located in the Cabanac-Villagrains commune, within the La Brede canton, Chateau Langlet is one of the oldestvineyards of the Graves region of Bordeaux. With roots tracing back over 140 years, this historic vineyard earned its place in the 1868 edition of “Bordeaux et Ses Vins,” a testament to its red and white wines.
Acquired by the Kressman family in 1999, renowned proprietors of Chateau Latour-Martillac in Pessac Leognan, Chateau Langlet is a boutique estate spanning 5.1 hectares. Embracing traditional cultivation and vinification methods, it crafts high quality wines under the guidance of Professor Denis Dubourdieu, a highly regarded figure in white wine making and head of the faculty at Bordeaux University School of Oenology.Print
Ground Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry
Delicious Ground Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry recipe is a flavorful and easy meal for your family!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main
- Method: stir-fry
- Cuisine: Asian
For the sauce
- 2 ½ tablespoons miso paste
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon light vinegar such as champagne vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- ¼ of a lime, juiced
- dash of sriracha sauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 4 cups cabbage, chopped in thin slices
- 1 cup other greens such as kale or spinach, chopped
- 1 green onion (scallion) chopped
- Make the sauce: whisk the miso paste, water and soy sauce together in a bowl. Add the remaining sauce ingredients – syrup, vinegar, ginger, lime juice and sriracha. Whisk to combine. Set sauce aside.
- Begin the stir-fry: heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet or wok on medium high heat. Stir onion in with the oil. Cook about 3 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the red bell pepper, and cook another 2 minutes.
- Add the pork: Stir the ground pork into the pan, using a heavy spoon to break it up and combine with the onions and pepper. Add the remaining tablespoon oil. Cook the pork, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in cabbage: Add about half the cabbage, stirring to combine it with the other ingredients. Add the remaining cabbage, stir to combine. Stir-fry cabbage for about 2 minutes, then add the additional greens (kale or spinach).
- Add the sauce: stir in the sauce, combining it with the pork and cabbage. Reduce heat to medium low, and cover the skillet. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cabbage has softened and the pork has cooked through. When done cooking, remove the cover and stir in the scallions.
- Serve: Plate a portion of rice, and serve the pork and cabbage stir-fry over the grains. Offer additional sriracha at the table for those who want some extra kick. Enjoy!
- If you like, you can reserve about a tablespoon of the stir-fry sauce to pass at the table for people that would like a little more serving.
- We like the Weak Knees gochuchang sriracha from Bushwick Kitchen. You can have extra sriracha available at the table for people who would like some.
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