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5-Spice Keto Pork Stir Fry with Mandarin Oranges
I am not going to lie, I am incredibly excited about this recipe. It utilizes not one, but two of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Which also means that it is easily one of my favorite meals to eat. So, I hope this is a recipe that you will love to cook as much as I do.
One of those favored ingredients is pork tenderloin. This is one of the best proteins to cook with because it is tender, tasty, and generally well-priced for an ideal portion size. Mixed up with a few ingredients and this 5-spice keto pork stir fry is such a wonderful meal.
The Wonders of Chinese 5-Spice
I remember when I first discovered Chinese 5-spice I tried it on just about everything. The combination of spices can enhance proteins, vegetables, desserts and even some cocktails. Cooking is often about exploring ingredients, and I would definitely recommend playing around with this one.
The most common ingredients in Chinese 5-spice include star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, fennel seed, and Sichuan pepper. Though some use different spices like ginger root, turmeric, or nutmeg. I would recommend purchasing a name brand or quality product, as these will have an ideal balance.
Cooking With Pork Tenderloin
As I mentioned, I think pork tenderloin is a great protein. Generally, one tenderloin is enough to feed two people perfectly. And, the price can’t be beaten for such a quality bite.
However, it is important to not overcook pork tenderloin as it can become quite dry. When panfrying, like in this recipe, starting off with high heat is critical. The goal is to get a nice brown on the outside and cook just to the point where there is no pink in the center.
A Few Other Ingredients to Try in This Stir Fry
Stir fries are one of the easiest and enjoyable meals to cook. But, the best part about it is that you can utilize all sorts of ingredients that you have kicking around. Here are some options of ingredients that you can add or replace anything in the recipe.
Get your fix of Chinese food with this keto-friendly stir fry.
- 1 lb (450 g) pork tenderloin, sliced thin
- 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
- 1 small orange, chopped
- 2 green onions, diced
- 2 cloves (6 g) of garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoon Chinese 5-spice seasoning
- Salt, to taste
- Add avocado oil to a large frying pan on high heat.
- Add in the garlic and green onions and the pork. Saute until the pork is cooked.
- Add in the orange and seasoning.
- Saute for 1-2 more minutes and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g.
- Calories: 537
- Sugar: 5 g
- Fat: 37 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 48 g