Low Carb Cashew Pork Stir Fry

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This Cashew Pork Stir Fry is crispy, sweet and spicy all in one plate. The addition of the cashews adds an extra textural element that makes this dish irresistible.

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Cashew Pork Stir Fry

If you love stir fry for its simplicity and flavor, you’ll really love this dish. It has all the elements we love about stir fry and it really makes a satisfying meal that’s packed with flavor, but also low in carbs.

We don’t miss the rice with this dish at all. On occasion, I’ve served it with cauliflower rice or shirataki rice, but to be honest, it really doesn’t need it. The pork, red bell peppers, bok choy, and cashews make a great meal on their own.

There are about 7 grams of carbs in this meal, mostly coming from the red bell pepper, so you don’t have to worry about bad carbs in this dish.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Olive oil – We are using extra virgin olive oil. You could use any oil you choose.
  • Pork loin – I prefer to use pork loin for this recipe. It’s a nice meaty cut that’s very lean. You could also use a pork shoulder or sliced pork steak, if those are easier to find.
  • Bell peppers – We are using red bell peppers in this recipe. Use whatever color you have on hand.
  • Green onion – Green onions are a great way to get the spicy onion flavor in a dish without using high carb onions.
  • Ginger – Fresh ginger finely minced. In a pinch I have used dried powdered ginger.
  • Cashews – Raw cashews, roughly chopped.
  • Garlic powder
  • Bok choy – Chinese white cabbage is a leafy green high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and has 1.5 grams of carbs per cup.
  • Salt and ground black pepper – To taste.
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce – Or coconut aminos which is a dark colored sauce similar to soy sauce made out of the sap of the coconut plant. Coconut aminos have about 6 grams of carbs per tablespoon while soy sauce has .6 carbs.
  • Sesame seeds – Toasted

What Cut of Pork to Use

I prefer to use pork loin for this recipe. It’s a nice meaty cut that’s very lean. You could also use a pork shoulder or sliced pork steak, if those are easier to find. If you love pork chops give this bone in pork rib chop recipe a try.

The pork is sliced into small chunks that are bite-sized. There’s no need to thinly slice the meat.

Cashew Pork Stir Fry

If you prefer, this recipe can be made with chicken or beef. Or make it vegetarian with sliced portabello mushrooms.

Equipment to Use

If you’re making stir fry at home, or many other kinds of Asian dishes, you really need a good wok to cook it in.

If you don’t already have one, this Japanese carbon steel wok from Food52 is one of our favorites. It’s constructed from tough carbon steel that’s been tempered and blasted, so nothing will stick to it and the coating won’t flake off.

Wok

Using a wok over high heat is what allows you to get that good dark coloring on the pork and a bit of a char on the veggies, without overcooking them. You don’t want the veggies to be too soft, so you have to cook them over at least medium-high heat to get a nice coloring.

How to Make Low Carb Cashew Pork Stir Fry

Start by heating half the olive oil in a wok or a large frying pan with high sides over medium-high heat.

Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is nicely browned on all sides, around 3-4 minutes. Remove from the wok.

Cashew Pork Stir Fry

Add the remaining olive oil to the wok. Add the sliced bell pepper, green onion, ginger, cashews and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir fry the veggies until they become crisp-tender, around 2-3 minutes.

Add the pork back to the wok, along with the bok choy, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Continue to stir fry until the bok choy wilts and the other ingredients are coated, approximately 1-2 minutes.

Remove from heat and transfer to individual serving plates. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired, and serve.

What to Serve with This Pork Stir Fry

Looking for a side dish to serve with this pork stir fry? One options is to serve it with cauliflower rice. It will help add volume to the dish and cancel out the need to more side dishes. This cabbage salad is a good side dish, easy to make, with some of the same flavors. It’s always easy to throw together a side salad full of veggies, asparagus or pan fried brussels sprouts.

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Cashew Pork Stir Fry

Keto Cashew Pork Stir Fry

This Cashew Pork Stir Fry is crispy, sweet and spicy all in one plate. The addition of the cashews adds an extra textural element that makes this dish irresistible.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Pork
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin cut into small pieces
  • 2 large red bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bunch baby Bok choy leaves separated
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat half the olive oil in a wok or a large frying pan with high sides over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is nicely browned on all sides, around 3-4 minutes. Remove from the wok.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the wok. Add bell pepper, green onion, ginger, cashews and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir fry the veggies until they become crisp-tender, around 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pork back to the wok, along with the bok choy, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Continue to stir fry until the bok choy wilts and the other ingredients are coated, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to individual serving plates. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 959mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7987IU | Vitamin C: 133mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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6 thoughts on “Low Carb Cashew Pork Stir Fry

  1. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    What a delicious and healthy dinner option. I love the addition of cashews. Can’t wait to make this for my family. I just saved the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Caitlyn Erhardt says:

    5 stars
    This came together quick and I loved how simple it was. This will def be in my dinner rotation now.

  3. Charla says:

    My sister in law loves pork, this would the ideal meal for her. I’m going to share the recipe with her. Thank you!

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