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Asian Ground Pork and Spinach

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 as a main course

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

Nutritional Information

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


  • 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.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • rinowick | 12/11/2020

    Great for a quick meal! Not as intricate and wonderfully complex as I have come accustomed to on this site but I'll for sure make it again. Super easy and tasty too :)

  • worldgoround | 10/14/2015

    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.

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