Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy and Green Onions Recipe

Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy and Green Onions Recipe

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Marinate: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
221 Calories
15g Fat
5g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 825mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 413mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This very simple pork and bok choy stir-fry dish gets its wonderful flavor and aroma from Chinese five-spice powder. It's a light and flavorful dish to serve with rice, or you may use a keto sweetener and serve it over cauliflower rice for a delicious low carb meal. The thinly sliced pork tenderloin cooks in about 5 minutes, making this an excellent weeknight meal or lunch dish.

The author writes: "Five-spice powder is an extraordinary mélange of aromatic spices that brings marvelous flavor to meat dishes all across Asia. Made from star anise, Szechwan peppercorns, fennel seeds, cinnamon, and cloves, it is often available among the spices on supermarket shelves or in Asian markets. Enjoy this richly flavored stir-fry with a salad of spinach, dried cranberries, and thinly sliced almonds, tossed with a citrus dressing."

Courtesy 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes by Nancie McDermott, reprinted with publisher permission.

"The Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy was excellent. The five-spice powder had a wonderful aroma, and added so much flavor to this simple pork dish. I used pork tenderloin, which took on the sauce's flavors. It was great with rice, and I will make it again." —Diana Rattray

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry or Shaoxing rice wine

  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 8 ounces thinly sliced pork (such as loin or tenderloin)

  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock or water

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 1 cup chopped bok choy

  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy and Green Onions ingredients

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  2. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sherry, five-spice powder, and cornstarch and stir well into a smooth sauce.

    combine soy sauce, sherry, five-spice powder, and cornstarch in a bowl

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  3. Add pork and stir to coat evenly. Set aside for 10 minutes.

    pork in a marinade in a bowl

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  4. In a small bowl, combine chicken stock, sugar, and salt and stir well. Set aside.

    combine chicken stock, sugar, and salt in a bowl

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  5. Heat a wok or a large deep skillet over high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add garlic and toss well, until fragrant, about 15 seconds.

    garlic cooking in a pan

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  6. Add pork mixture and spread into a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, until edges, change color, about 30 seconds. Toss well. Cook, tossing occasionally, until no longer pink, about 1 minute more.

    pork cooking in a pan

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  7. Add bok choy and toss well. Add chicken stock mixture and cook, tossing occasionally, until pork is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more.

    pork and bok choy cooking in a pan

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  8. Add green onions and toss well. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve hot or warm.

    Five-Spice Pork with Bok Choy and Green Onions in a pan

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

How to Store

  • Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container within 2 hours and eat them within 4 days.
  • To freeze, transfer to meal-size freezer containers or zip-close freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost the pork in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat the pork and bok choy in a lightly oiled skillet or wok over medium heat until hot.

What part of bok choy do you eat?

The entire bok choy (large or baby) may be enjoyed raw or cooked. Since bok choy is grown in sandy soil, it should be carefully washed to remove any dirt between the stalks.