If you are sick of roasting pork tenderloin the same old way, you have to try this! It is not only fast but is the most delicious use of this tender meat imaginable.
This dinner was invented out of necessity as it was getting late and I wanted to get this pork tenderloin (that was still a little frozen), cooked as quickly as possible! The easiest way to cook meat quickly is to slice it and fry it fast. This is what I did and I have to say that sometimes when you spend less time thinking and more time doing, it can lead to glorious dishes like this one.
Somehow the proportions were exactly right and we were all eating ravenously within thirty minutes (a sharp knife helps here too!)
I will most definitely make this again and again.
You will need:
3 (or more) tbs olive oil (or grapeseed or veggie oil)
2 lbs pork tenderloin (usually come in around 1lb pieces), thinly sliced (see instructions below)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup mirin
2 tsp finely granulated sugar
1 tsp sesame oil (if you don’t have this, don’t worry)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper flakes (optional)
1 lrg sweet onion, small dice
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 or 3 celery ribs, diced
1 cup finely chopped carrots
*We had rice with this, so if you want rice too, cook it before you begin!*
1 – Prep everything first!
2 – Slice meat and place in bowl with soy, mirin, sugar and sesame oil mixture. mix well and set aside in fridge while prepping and cooking the veggies.
3 – Put large saute pan on high heat and when it is hot add 2 tbs of the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions, garlic, celery and carrots and cook for about 4 or 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove to a bowl to be added to the dish later.
4 – Add 2 more tbs of oil to the pan and add 1/4 or 1/3 of the pork and cook on high heat for about 4 minutes. Continue to cook in batches, transferring to a bowl as you go until it is all done. Add more oil if you need to, and do not crowd the pan or the pork will end up steaming rather than quick frying.
5 – As the last batch of pork finishes cooking, add the spinach and stir in quickly. Cook for about 1 minute, then turn off heat and add the rest of the veggies and stir everything together. If there is any marinade left, add to the pan and stir.
Serve this with a mound of basmati rice (or other favorite rice) or with anything you like: rice noodles, on its own, with big leaves of romaine lettuce etc etc