Easy Pork & Pineapple Stir Fry Recipe with Chilli

This easy pork and pineapple stir fry recipe adds smoke and spice to really emphasize the depth of flavour.

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Easy Pork & Pineapple Stir Fry Recipe with Chilli

Introduction

Pork, pineapple and chilli is a combination I only experienced for the first time fairly recently.

I was working at a restaurant a few years ago and they served an enormous pork chop with a grilled ring of pineapple, triple cooked chips and a pineapple chilli jam. It was delicious.

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To anyone well acquainted with that combination of flavours, that probably won’t come as a surprise. Something about pork and pineapple just work wonderfully together and when you throw chilli into the mix it really brings out all of that flavour.

Sweetness and spice have always gone hand in hand. Without sufficient sweetness underneath, spicy flavours always seem to fall flat for me. That’s why we get sweet chilli dishes and why Thai curries pop with their coconut milk, palm sugar and chilli potency.

Easy Pork & Pineapple Recipe with Chilli

So when you’ve nailed down the sweetness, spiciness and savouriness of the pork, pineapple and chilli, the next step is to throw in some depth and some smoke.

In this instance, we’re making a stir fry, so the smoke in this instance comes from our spices. Coriander, cumin and cinnamon bring complexity and smoked paprika lights everything up and blasts in that smoky flavour.

We’ll also be making an incredibly simple sauce from honey, chicken stock and soy sauce, just like we did the other day in the chicken stir fry recipe.

Step-by-Step How to – Easy Pork & Pineapple Stir Fry with Chilli

This pork and pineapple dish was never going to be too difficult because stir fry rarely ever is. So this step-by-step guide will be nice, quick and simple. I encourage everyone to play around with the dish as much as they like. All that really matters is that the pork, pineapple and chilli are all included!

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The first thing to do is to chop everything up and set it all aside. Start with the pork, chopping it into nice, quickly cookable chunks, then move on to the fruit and vegetables.

Slice up the broccoli into small pieces, then set that aside and move onto the pineapple. Peel the pineapple, then core it and chop it into suitably sized pieces.

Finely slice up the spring onion and the chilli and set them aside either together or separately. If you have a mandolin, now would be the time to use it. Otherwise some careful knifing will do the trick just fine.

Easy Pork & Pineapple Recipe with Chilli

The next thing worth doing is setting aside the rice. I find it helps to do the really simple things first sometimes, lest they be forgotten or inconvenient later. Even things like rice!

You can wash it if you like, although I don’t find it necessary to wash rice unless I’m going to fry it or do something else a little more unorthodox.

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Next up, we’ll set aside the spices and make our sauce. First, combine 1/2tsp cumin (powder), 1/2tsp cinnamon powder, 1tsp coriander powder and 1tsp smoked paprika together and set them aside.

Then mix together roughly 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup honey and 1/3 cup stock. It’s a really simple sauce with a very memorable ratio that perfectly balances sweet, salty and savoury.

It’s very tasty, but a little simplistic, so it works best as a base for other flavours. That’s why the spices come in!

Easy Pork & Pineapple Recipe with Chilli

Simmer the broccoli until it’s cooked, but very al dente, then drain it, allow it to cool a little and set it aside.

While it cools and while you cook everything else, add the rice to a pan and submerge it in roughly twice the volume of water, then simply simmer that down with a pinch of salt or two until the water has completely evaporated and the rice has fully cooked through.

Oil a pan and bring it to a medium high heat, then start searing the pork. Once you’ve got a little colour on it, add the broccoli and cook everything through a little more.

Then add some chopped garlic, followed by the dry spices and finally some ginger paste, then pour your sauce over and stir everything together, simmering for a few minutes until everything is thoroughly cooked through.

Plate up, starting with the rice and finishing with the spring onion and the chilli. You can add additional seasonings if you wish as well.

A few final things to remember

  • Pork would work well here in place of chicken. As would anything else for that matter.
  • You could swap out the rice for noodles if you prefer, or even add extra main ingredients and skip the rice entirely.
  • You could scatter chilli over the top instead of or as well as the spring onion. I like the inoffensive sweetness of this dish, but chilli would suit it just fine, as it will in next week’s recipe!
Easy Pork & Pineapple Stir Fry Recipe with Chilli

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Easy Pork & Pineapple Recipe with Chilli

Easy Pork & Pineapple Stir Fry Recipe

Ed Chef
This easy pork and pineapple stir fry recipe adds smoke and spice to really emphasize the depth of flavour.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, main, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese, English, Fusion, hawaiian, unknown
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 400-500 g Pork any quick frying cut
  • 1/2 Pineapple
  • 1/2 Broccoli
  • 4 Spring Onions
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Rice
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • Chop the pork into bitesize pieces, then set it aside and do the same with the pineapple and the broccoli. Keep them all separate.
  • Peel and finely slice the garlic and set that aside too.
  • Finely slice or mandolin the green onions and set them aside to scatter over at the end. Do the same with the chilli.
  • Mix the honey, soy sauce and chicken stock together.
  • Simmer the broccoli until al dente, then cool.
  • Simmer the rice in a small pan, submerged in roughly double its own volume in water. After 10 minutes or so, the water should have evaporated, leaving you with light, fluffy rice. Give it a taste test, season accordingly and if needs be, add a little more water and cook a little longer.
  • Next up, sear the pork all over, on a medium high temperature with a good splash of oil.
  • Add the broccoli and cook it the rest of the way through, then add the pineapple and stir it in and allow it to warm.
  • Add the garlic and the dry spices and cook through for a minute, then add the cornflour and after a further minute, add the ginger paste, followed by the sauce you made earlier. You’ll want to add the sauce in splashes and stop when you feel you have enough. Don’t forget to account for the rice!
  • Allow the ingredients to simmer in the sauce for just a few minutes, then taste test the seasoning and plate everything up, then garnish with the spring onion and chilli.
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