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Asian Ground Pork and Spinach


Serves 4 as a main course

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 128

Salty fish sauce and tangy lime juice are balanced by toasty sesame oil in an irresistible dressing that coats lightly wilted spinach and ground pork. Serve over rice or rice noodles for a standout dinner.

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbs. distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 10 oz. (10 packed cups) baby spinach

Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 lb. ground pork and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spatula, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and sesame oil in a small bowl.

Add 2 Tbs. of the dressing and, in two batches, the spinach to the skillet. Cook, tossing often, until the second batch is wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, toss with the remaining dressing, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 250, Fat (kcal): 13, Fat Calories (g): 120, Saturated Fat (g): 4.5, Protein (g): 24, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6, Carbohydrates (mg): 11, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 1030, Cholesterol (g): 65, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Very good, quick, and easy, but a little on the salty side. I would omit the 1/2 tsp of kosher salt on the meat, as the 2 TBS fish sauce makes the sauce quite salty.

We really enjoyed this combination of ingredients. I think of it as a dinner for my husband and I--not fancy or for company. It's quick, so it's a good weeknight recipe.

I love Fine Cooking but this was the worst I have ever made and I make alot of fine cooking recipes. I had great hopes for this because it looked quick and easy. My husband who eats everything I put in front of him said this was missing something. His suggestions were tofu and bok choi. We doubled the sauce per the other review and made this per the recipe adding sauce if we wanted but it was just not good. Oh well not everything works.

Delicious and very easy. Doubled the sauce ingredients as my husband likes lots of sauce. Served with rice noodles. So good.

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