This Low Carb Pork and Broccoli is a great way to satisfy your crazy for Asian food without having to leave your home or worry about high carb counts. Tender and juicy pieces of pork fried to perfection, steamed broccoli, and a delicious tangy sweet and sour sauce come together to make this one amazing dinner option!
Asian Food Made Easy at Home!
I love Chinese Food! I mean really love it! I crave it some days like it was the air I breath! Well…my husband would say I am being a little dramatic when I take it that far but this should give you guys a good idea of the depth of my love, right?
Though I could eat it almost every day the take out versions have always made me feel so extremely tired and sluggish right after I eat it. That is what has inspired me lately to find healthier ways to create some low carb, sugar-free versions that work well with my eating plan.
What Type of Pork and Breading Should I Use?
The first step in this recipe is to cut the pork into smaller cubes to make it easier to cook. If you want to save a little time here you can choose to purchase your pork already in cubes from the store.
But I like to purchase the larger pork loin roasts in bulk and or boneless chops and cut them up for this recipe. I just find it to me slightly cheaper and I like the fat to meat ratio in these two cuts.
The cubes don’t have to be exactly 1 inch pieces, you just want the pieces to be around the same size so they will cook evenly as you fry them. Nobody wants to bite into a piece of raw pork. Yuck!
Once I have it cubed, and ready to go I mix up my coating for the pork and toss the pieces into a mixture to coat it all well. For my mixture I use these low carb ingredients: Oat Fiber, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
If you aren’t familiar with oat fiber be sure to read up on it. It is a great low carb ingredient to use for things like this. Don’t confuse it with Oat Flour because they are two completely different things. Oat Fiber is a great low carb flour alternative which is high in fiber like flax.
You can find great deals on Oat Fiber on Amazon and on the Trim Healthy Mama Website. Both brands are great but the THM is 100% gluten free and is my personal favorite. It has a much milder flavor.
Frying the Pork and Preparing the Tasty Sauce
After all the cubes of pork have been coated next it is time to move onto the frying process. You will need a large skillet with just enough of your choice of oil to pan fry the pieces of pork. The trick here is to find a oil that is good for frying so make sure it has a high smoke point and can handle high heat.
Bring the oil in the skillet to temperature and slow add in piece of the pork and cook until they are cooked through. Since the pieces are not very large this will only take 7-8 minutes each batch. The pieces will be nice and golden brown when finished.
Don’t they look delicious? Make sure when you are frying your pork you don’t over crowd your skillet. You want them to fry and get evenly brown and fully cooked through. This takes a little bit of time but it is totally worth it.
The hardest part about this step is not eating the juicy meat as it comes out of the pan, They are so delicious and for sure hard to resist!
Now, on to the sauce! Typically your sauces on Chinese Food are full of hidden carbs and sugars but not with this one! It is also great on chicken and beef. To make the sauce add in all your sauce ingredients to your pan on a medium high heat.
Here’s What You’ll Need for the Sauce:
- Pyure Sweetener or Any Erythritol Stevia Blend
- Rice Or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Reduced Sugar Ketchup
- Sesame Oil
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- Ginger Juice or ground ginger
- Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s or Soy Sauce
Again, this step takes a few minutes but it is a very easy process with the bulk of the step is just spend waiting for the sauce to reduce and thicken.
Getting Ready to Serve This Dish!
This last step in the recipe is to combine all three of the components together. To do this add the fried pieces of pork to a bowl along with your steamed broccoli and add in the sauce in your desired amount. Toss the mixture together so that all the pork and broccoli get coated in the tangy goodness of the sauce.
As I toss I usually add a few tablespoons of the sauce at a time. This way I don’t drown it in the sauce but can get it just right. I love my meat to be dripping with the gooey sticky sauce but my little guy and husband don’t so I do it lightly then add extra to my personal bowl!
And that’s it friends it is ready to serve. This is such a delicious treat and a good way to get your Asian food fix without having to leave your house. If you are not fan of pork or if you family like chicken better than this recipe would be amazing make with chicken as well.
It is easily adapted and a yummy favorite around here so I hope you all enjoy it too!
***You may also my like recipe: Chinese Cauliflower Fried Rice
Tender and juicy pieces of pork that are fried until crispy then tossed in a delicious low carb sweet and sour sauce and served with broccoli.
Pork and Broccoli
- 2 lbs of pork loin, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 (12 oz) bags of frozen broccoli florets
Coating For Pork
- 1/3 c of Oat Fiber
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/3 c of Pyure or Truvia ( or THM Super Sweet Blend)
- 1/3 c of Rice Or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4-5 Tbsp of Reduced Sugar Ketchup (or your homemade)
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp Ginger Juice or ground ginger
- 3-4 Tbsp of Bragg's Liquid Amino's or Soy Sauce
- To being combine the coating for the fried pork. In a bowl or plastic bag and the Oat Fiber and all of the spices together and mix very well.
- Once mixed start adding in a few pieces of the cubed pork at a time and tossing them in the mixture until they are coated well. Complete this process until all the pork has been coated.
- In a deep skillet add in enough oil for frying and cook the pieces of pork in small batches until it is golden brown and cooked through. Continue to fry the pork until all is cooked.
- After the pork is cooked put in the oven on warm while you make the sauce.
- Before beginning the sauce this is a good time to start the broccoli in a steamer basket.
- For the sauce place all the ingredients into a pan over a medium high heat.
- Next you will need to bring the sauce to a low boil stirring often while it simmers on the stove. This process is going to help the sauce reduce and thicken. The sauce is ready when it is thicker and coats the back of a spoon.
- When the sauce and broccoli are ready remove your cooked chicken from the warming oven and add it and the broccoli to a large bowl.
- Add your desired amount of the sauce over the top of the mixture and toss until all of the chicken and broccoli have been coated in sauce. This is by taste so you can add as little or as much as you like. We tend to like ours a bit saucy.
- Any left over sauce will store well in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. This sauce also works well as a dipping sauce for beef and chicken.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!