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Vietnamese Caramelized Pork
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Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 247kcal


For the Pork

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb. pork shoulder or pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger finely grated/chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped (or minced)
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or fish sauce
  • Sriracha or Thai chili deseeded and finely chopped to taste ( optional- use if you would like an extra kick)
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • ¾ cup water
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • fresh mint leaves
  • Chopped unsalted roasted peanuts garnish (optional)
  • Serve over cooked jasmine rice or cauliflower rice

For the Quick Pickled Carrots

  • 2 large carrots peeled & julienned or shredded
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Prepare quick pickled carrots by placing rice vinegar in a medium bowl or in a mason jar) stir in sugar and salt until completely dissolved. Add julienned carrots and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let carrots marinate at least 20 min. at room temperature. (or refrigerated for anywhere from 1 hr. – overnight)
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork; cooking until browned on all sides (approx. 6-8 min.). Remove pork from pan and set a side.
  • Return pan to heat ( add a splash of sesame oil if necessary). Add shallot, ginger and garlic. Cook , stirring occasionally until slightly softened ( about 2 min.). Add brown sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, 3/4 cup water and corn starch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer until sugar dissolves and sauce starts to thicken (about 4 min.). Return pork to the pan, stirring to coat and let cook an additional 1-2 min.
  • Serve pork over cooked rice or cauliflower rice and generously top each serving with fresh cilantro, fresh mint, pickled carrots and chopped peanuts.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.4g | Protein: 32.1g | Fat: 8.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 89.5mg | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6.9g