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Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Calories: 404
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

Studded with juicy, tart fresh pineapple and crunchy bell peppers, this deeply flavorful pork stir-fry is an easy, healthy way to bring a taste of the tropics to your weeknight table.

Pork and Pineapple: A Love Story.

If you like Hawaiian pizza, you already know that pork and pineapple are a match made in heaven. But do you know why they are such a classic duo? The sweet-savory pairing has its roots in Hawaii, where fresh pineapple is used to tenderize pork before cooking as part of a traditional luau feast. Raw pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that breaks down protein, making it perfect for tenderizing meat of all kinds. Our pineapple-studded easy pork stir-fry celebrates this delectable pairing, although we call for pork tenderloin, so the pineapple’s role here is just to flavor—no tenderizing needed.

ingredients for pineapple pork stir fry; raw pork, pineapple, red bell peppers, fresh ginger, avocado and green onions

If This Isn’t The Best Pork Stir-Fry Sauce Ever, We Don’t Know What Is.

This simple, Asian-inspired pineapple sauce recipe for pork tenderloin stir-fry is a breeze, and relies heavily on pantry staples. Once you’ve got your cubed pork browning in your skillet, it just takes a few seconds to mix up this easy stir-fry sauce. All you’ll need is:

  • Soy sauce: the low-sodium kind works just fine.
  • Rice vinegar. its delicate sweetness compliments the pineapple and pepper perfectly.
  • Honey. A little more sweetness, because doesn’t everything taste a little sweeter in the tropics?
  • Fresh garlic, ginger and green onions. Because ALWAYS.
skillet with crispy pork bites
crispy pork bites with raw pineapples and red bell peppers in a skillet
crispy pork bites with cooked pineapple and red bell peppers in a skillet
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

How To Make Pork-Stir Fry (AKA Everything’s Better With Pineapple)

We dreamt up this pepper-and-pineapple-y pork stir-fry recipe after too many weeks of same-old-same-old dinners. You could see the boredom on the kids faces—it was a full-body kind of boredom, the kind that just seems to seep out their pores. Honestly, we were feeling it, too. This savory, sweet pork stir-fry was exactly what the doctor ordered—a zippy, quick, delicious wake-up call full of vibrant color and satisfying textures. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Toss the cubed pork tenderloin with a little salt, and stir-fry until golden brown.
  2. Whip up that garlicky, ginger-y Asian pork stir-fry sauce.
  3. Toss the pork, pineapple and peppers into a big hot skillet (or a wok would also work, if you have one!) and pour the sauce alllllll over it.
  4. Allow the glorious scent of this pork-y pineapple stir-fry to call your family towards the kitchen as you let the flavors mingle over medium heat. Toss in some cubed avocado, just to make things a little extra lush.
  5. Serve! Lean into that tropical vibe by serving it with coconut rice (recipe here!), or plain white or brown rice would work, too.
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

Delicious, Yes. But, Is Pork Tenderloin Healthy?

As part of a well-rounded, balanced meal—like this stir-fry recipe!—pork tenderloin is certainly a healthy choice! It’s the “other white meat”, after all. Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of pork, so it’s a terrific, affordable protein option. If you’re worried about health, you can also ask your butcher to remove any excess fat from your pork tenderloin—and hey! While you’re at it, might as well ask them to cube the tenderloin for you and make this pork stir-fry recipe just that much easier!

Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

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Pineapple & Pork Stir-Fry: Good Idea? Or GREAT Idea?

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Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Calories: 404

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small pineapple, cored and diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • Coconut rice, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Season the pork all over with the salt.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is glistening, working in batches, add the pork and cook, stirring, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, if desired, ginger, and cornstarch. Whisk to mix well.

  4. Add the bell pepper, pineapple, garlic, and the white and light green parts of the green onions to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until the pineapple begins to soften and release some of its juices, about 5 minutes.

  5. Return the pork and any collected juices to the pan. Add the soy sauce mixture, bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.

  6. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the dark green parts of the green onion and avocado. Serve as is or over coconut rice.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 404
  • Protein 36 g
  • Carbohydrates 43 g
  • Total Fat 12 g
  • Dietary Fiber 6 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • sodium 1731 mg
  • Total Sugars 34 g

Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

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  • Malia

    Can i used canned pineapple?

    Sure! Just make sure you drain it.

  • Ellen

    Should the garlic be chopped or minced? Assuming yes?

    Yes, the garlic is minced.

  • Linda

    Great dish! Even my kids liked it!

    Yay! That is amazing!

  • Chadden Magdalena Basnik

    What a delicious dish. Totally enjoyed making it and eating it.