Pork Stir-fried with Ginger and Vegetables (Butaniku Shoga- Yaki)

Pork Stir-fried with Ginger and Vegetables
Pork Stir-fried with Ginger and Vegetables
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Editor's Note: Learn how to make flavorful Japanese pork with this recipe for Pork Stir-Fried with Ginger and vegetables. This ginger pork tenderloin recipe is packed with flavor and it is surprisingly easy to prepare. Thin slices of pork tenderloin are complemented by cabbage, onions, and peppers. The entire dish is flavored with ginger, sake, soy sauce, and a touch of sugar. You can turn this stir-fried Japanese pork into a complete meal by serving it with steamed rice. ​

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time10 min


  • 1 pound (500 g) pork loin
  • 1 large onion, halved lengthwise and cut into thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 7 ounces (200 g) cabbage cut into squares
  • 1 cup (200 g) Japanese green peppers or bell peppers, deseeded and cut into squares
  • Seasoning:
  • 4 teaspoons juice of grated young ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 2-3 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce or tamari soy sauce
  • 2-3 teaspoons sugar


  1. Mix the ginger juice, soy sauces, sugar and sake together in a small bowl. Set the Seasoning aside.

  2. Slice the pork into very thin pieces. To thinly slice the pork, wrap it in plastic and place it in the freezer for 20 minutes or until it is half-frozen. Remove the plastic and slice the pork across the grain with a very sharp knife into very thin sheets.

  3. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan or wok. Stir-fry the onions over high heat for 1 minute, then add the cabbage  and green peppers and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  4. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil. Add the pork and stir-fry over very high heat for 5 minutes, or until it is cooked. Add the Seasoning and stir, then add the vegetables, mix well and serve hot with steamed rice and soup, if desired.

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