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 Pork and asparagus with hoisin sauce

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No need for take-out tonight with this easy meal. Pork and asparagus in hoisin sauce is packed full of flavor and quick enough for a weeknight.

Cook up an Asian meal at home in minutes with this quick and easy recipe. Tender pork and crisp asparagus over brown rice is perfect for dinner tonight. Spice up your dish with sambal oelek, a chili-based sauce, if you like a little kick.

Pork and asparagus with hoisin sauce recipe

Adapted from Taste and Tell

Serves 3-4


  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and silverskin, cubed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (optional)
  • Green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • Brown rice, for serving


  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat sesame oil. Add pork and asparagus and cook until the pork has browned and the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in hoisin sauce and mirin and cook until sauce has reduced slightly, about 3 minutes. Add pork and asparagus to sauce and gently toss to combine. Stir in sambal oelek, if desired.
  3. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with brown rice.

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