Pork Marinade Recipes

Twice cooked pork 回鍋肉
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Marinade 3/4 - 1 pound pork

Edited by Liv Wan.

Are you planning to stir-fry pork and you’re not too sure which marinade to add? Does the the marinade sauce run out of the pork and you’re not sure what to to do? This article gives you two different pork marinade recipes.


Both recipes go nicely with ¾-1lb of pork tenderloin or pork chops that been cut into cubes or strips. After stir-frying you can finish the dish off with ¼ - ½ teaspoons of sesame oil but this is entirely up to you.


Different kinds of vegetables can be used to accompany stir-fry pork. You can use snow peas, baby corn, sliced carrot, bok choy, egg plant, mung bean sprouts, asparagus, peas, green beans etc.


If you add a decent amount of vegetables in your stir-fry pork, then you can season the stir-fry pork with a little bit of salt to taste. Sometimes the vegetables can taste a little bit plan if you don’t season with salt. You can also add a little bit of water when you stir-fry the pork if you think it’s a bit dry.


If you want to know more Chinese pork recipes, please have a look at the article “Top Chinese Pork Recipes” to get some ideas and inspiration.

What You'll Need

  • Recipe 1:
  • I use this marinade recipe very often and you can use it with different kinds of meat including chicken and beef.
  • Garlic in this recipe is optional. If you like your pork stir-fry with a little bit of a garlic aroma and taste, then add garlic when you marinade the pork.
  • Recipe 1 Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine or Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon demerara sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon potato starch or corn starch
  • 1 clove garlic, mince it (optional)
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Recipe 2:
  • Recipe 2 is from former the Chinese food expert.
  • Recipe 2 Ingredients:
  • ½ teaspoon granulated or soft brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (4 ½ teaspoons) light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ scallion (green onion, spring onion) washed, drained and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

How to Make It

Recipe 1 Procedures:

  1. Cut the pork into strips or 1 to 1 ½ inch cubes.
  2. Add the marinade ingredients but add the cornstarch last.
  3. Give it a good mix then marinade the pork cubes or strips for 15-30 minutes before stir-frying. 


Recipe 2 Procedures:

  1. Cut the pork into 1 to ½ inch cubes.
  2. Add the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last.
  3. Marinade the pork cubes for 15 minutes before stir-frying.