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Honey Ginger Pork Bites

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This sweet and spicy honey ginger pork bites recipe is tossed up with stir-fried bell peppers and a sweet sauce made from ginger and honey. It’s a homemade takeout that you can whip up in just 15 minutes. 

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Honey Ginger Pork Bites

You are in for a serious treat with these pork chop bites. 

Perfectly crispy yet tender bites of pork, cooked in a sweet ginger glaze that will lead you to go for seconds.

But the best part? It’s so easy to make and it only takes 15 minutes!

We’re talking no muss, no fuss. Making it an ideal quick weeknight dinner idea when you’re short on time but want more than a grilled cheese sandwich. 

ingredients to make pork bites with a honey ginger sauce

Pork Bites Ingredients

  • boneless pork chops
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • red chili flakes
  • soy sauce
  • cornstarch
  • vegetable oil
  • yellow bell pepper
honey ginger sauce

Honey Ginger Sauce Ingredients

  • honey
  • fresh ginger root
  • pepper
  • sesame seeds

Ingredient Substitutions

We get it, sometimes you can’t find everything at the store or you don’t quite have everything on hand. So here are some variations of this recipe.

Pork chops: you can use pork tenderloin or pork belly to make these bites. (Pork belly bites have our vote.)

Red chili flakes: if you don’t like heat, feel free to leave them out. This dish isn’t entirely spicy, you could always start with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon and see how it works for you.

Soy sauce: Coconut aminos (aka coconut sauce) is a great option. See notes on how to ensure this recipe is gluten-free.

Cornstarch: Arrowroot powder is a great substitution for cornstarch.

Vegetable oil: Avocado oil is my go-to as it has a high smoke point.

Fresh ginger: You can use ginger powder, 1/2 teaspoon.

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Gluten Free Tip

Ensure it’s gluten free by double checking the soy sauce label (wheat is a common additive in most soy sauces).

wooden chopsticks picking up a piece of crispy pork with a sweet ginger sauce over

Storing Leftovers & Freezing Instructions

These Asian pork bites make a great meal prep main dish as they keep well for up to 5 days in the fridge.

Make sure you seal them in an air-tight container (these are my favorite) or wrap them up with plastic wrap.

Freezing Pork Bites

You can freeze the ginger pork by allowing the dish to cool completely and then store it in the freezer for up to a month.

We recommend laying parchment over the dish if they’re in an air-tight container to prevent the ice crystals from forming.

pork bites with a honey sauce with green onions and bell pepper

Kitchen Tools Needed

The best part of this sticky honey pork recipe? It’s simple. There is very little prep involved and a short cooking time.

  1. Large Skillet. A quality cast iron skillet would be ideal for a good sear but you can do it with a regular skillet too.
  2. Meat Thermometer
  3. Serving spoon
  4. Air-tight containers (for leftovers)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Yes, you can substitute pork with chicken, tofu, or steak. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the other proteins are thoroughly cooked.

For even more flavor, you can marinate the pork bites. After chopping up the pork, marinate the bites for at least 30 minutes. For even better flavor, marinate it for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Yes, you can bake the honey ginger pork bites in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the pork pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the pork is cooked through, flipping halfway through the cooking time.

Yes, you can substitute fresh ginger with ground ginger, but note that the flavor might be slightly different. Use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground ginger for every tablespoon of fresh ginger called for.

Be cautious not to overcook the pork bites. Cook them just until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for optimal juiciness. Overcooking can make the pork dry.

Absolutely! You can marinate the pork in advance and keep it refrigerated for up to 24 hours. You can also cook the pork bites ahead of time and reheat them gently in the oven to retain their moisture. Microwaving them may dry them out but you can add extra sauce or a splash of water to them before cooking.

If you’re not eating this stir fry style, (or you are cooking the sticky sauce on the side and want a variety for your table) consider serving these bites with a side of sweet chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, or a simple soy-ginger dipping sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

pork bites served over jasmine rice

What to Serve with Pork Bites

Here are some side dish ideas for this tasty pork recipe.

  • Ramen Noodles. Serve this honey pork recipe stir fry style, over a bed of ramen. We love these gluten-free ramen noodles.
  • Rice. Basmati is our go-to but you can also steam jasmine rice as the aromatic flavors will balance out the honey and ginger.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: A medley of colorful veggies like bok choy, broccoli, snap peas, and carrots stir-fried with a touch of garlic and ginger.
  • Asian Slaw: A refreshing mix of shredded cabbage, carrots, and cilantro tossed in a tangy dressing made with rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  • Grilled Pineapple: Grilling pineapple slices add a sweet and slightly caramelized flavor that pairs wonderfully with the honey ginger pork.
  • Cucumber Salad: Thinly sliced cucumbers dressed in a light vinaigrette with rice vinegar, soy sauce, and a touch of honey.
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Honey Ginger Pork Bites

You'll love this quick and easy honey ginger pork bites recipe. Crispy yet tender pork chops glazed in a sweet and spicy honey ginger sauce. Best yet – it only takes 15 minutes to make!
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honey ginger sauce spooned over pork bites
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Ingredients
 

Honey Ginger Sauce

Optional Garnishes

  • green onion
  • red chili flakes

Instructions

Crispy Pork

  • Cut pork chops in 1.5 inch pieces and season with salt, pepper, red chili flakes and soy sauce. Stir all together then sprinkle cornstarch while combining.
    4 pork chops, ½ teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat. Fry pork on each side until brown and is no longer pink inside. Make the honey ginger sauce as the pork is cooking.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil or avocado oil
    browning pork bites in a skillet
  • Turn the heat to medium and add the bell pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
    1 yellow bell pepper

Honey Ginger Sauce

  • In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients. Pour on the pork and bell pepper. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
    ¼ cup honey, 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Remove from heat and garnish with green onion and chili flakes. Serve and enjoy!
    green onion, red chili flakes

Notes

Tip: When cutting the pork into bite-sized pieces, try to maintain uniformity in size. This ensures even cooking throughout the pieces.
Can I use ground ginger instead? You can substitute fresh ginger with ground ginger, but note that the flavor might be slightly different. Use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground ginger for every tablespoon of fresh ginger called for.
How to store leftovers: Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
How to freeze: Allow to cool down and freeze in an airtight container for 1 month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 378kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 30gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 617mgPotassium: 616mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 218IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 378kcal


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