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Lemongrass Ground Pork and Rice Bowls

Fresh and super flavorful, these Vietnamese-inspired pork and rice bowls are flavored with fresh lemongrass and a savory sauce. This is a fast, weeknight-friendly meal that can be customized with your favorite fresh herbs and vegetables.
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword: easy dinner, easy, weeknight-friendly, family friendly, pork, rice bowl, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $10.00

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Skillet or Wok

Ingredients

Lemongrass Ground Pork:

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemongrass, grated (see note)
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha (optional, sub any hot sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 ½ lbs Ground Pork
  • 1-3 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilis, very thinly sliced (optional, see note)

For Serving:

  • Cooked Rice
  • 1 head Green Leaf Lettuce, roughly torn
  • 2 small Cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • Fresh Cilantro and Fresh Mint, for serving
  • Lime Wedges, for serving

Instructions

  • Whisk together garlic, lemongrass, Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add pork and saute, breaking it apart until pork is just starting to turn opaque, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over pork and continue cooking until sauce cooks down and starts to caramelize, 6 to 8 minutes more. If using chilis, stir them in the last minute of cooking.
  • Assemble bowls with a bed of lettuce topped with rice. Add cucumbers on one side and top with pork.
  • Garnish bowls with fresh cilantro and / or fresh mint and lime wedges (be sure to squeeze a few lime wedges over top of the pork before serving).

Notes

Lemongrass - To give this dish lemongrass flavor, you can get fresh lemongrass stalks and firmly grate them or look for lemongrass paste in a tube (often found in the refrigerated / produce section)
Bird’s Eye Chili’s - Thai-style Bird’s Eye Chilis are small and extremely spicy. If you can’t find them or want to use something with less spice, Serrano chilis or red jalapeños are a great choice. You can also just skip this and adjust the heat by adding more Sriracha.

Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6745IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg