thai pork, basil and green bean stir fry

Author: Jennifer Pallian
Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Thai
Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings


We were craving Thai takeout last week, and I was this close to picking up the phone for delivery when I realized I had everything at home to make one of our favourite dishes – garlicky-spicy minced pork, fresh basil and finely chopped green beans stir-fried with flat rice noodles.

The easy sauce is a savoury blend of soy sauce, fish sauce and a bit of brown sugar to balance the heat. I was really excited that the flavour was just right on the first try.

We like it pretty spicy, but I kept it at a medium level with the option to throw in some crushed red chiles toward the end so you can dial the heat up to your preference.

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I love how just chopping green beans in a different way – thinly, crosswise – gives them a whole new identity. They are close in size to the bits of ground pork, and add a great texture without overwhelming the dish.

As a bonus, the whole meal came together faster than delivery would have taken. And making it in my own kitchen, I’m sure it was healthier (more green beans, less oil, a more moderate amount of noodles).

A yummy new stir-fry to add to our rotation! Have you discovered any great new weeknight meals lately?

Serving Size: 4

thai pork, basil and green bean stir fry

Author: Jennifer Pallian Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Thai

10 minPrep Time:

15 minCook Time:

25 minTotal Time:

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3 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 thai bird chiles
1 lb lean ground pork
½ tsp kosher salt
9 oz green beans, thinly sliced crosswise (yields about 2 cups)
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 cup packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
crushed dried red chiles, to taste (optional)
Noodles or rice, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and chilies; sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add pork and salt; cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink inside and crisping at edges. Add green beans and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender but still bright green, about 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce and brown sugar. Pour into pan and stir to coat pork and beans. Taste and add a pinch of crushed chiles if more heat is desired. Stir in basil leaves and serve with noodles or rice.

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