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Pork with Potatoes and Carrots

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one-pot braised pork with potato and carrots

Pork with potatoes and carrots one-dish meal features juicy pork chunks combined with savory potatoes and carrots, all in one pot, such a cozy & yummy meal. It is one of the well-liked, hence popular everyday family cooking in China.

Keep reading to learn all the tips & tricks to make this perfect in under 30 minutes.

What do you need to make this Pork with Potato and Carrots a yummy one-pot meal?

pork with potato and carrots braised one-pot ingredients

Pork – either pork butt or shoulder shall work out great. They have a little fat which helps the juiciness but not too much.

Potatoes – I prefer either red small round potatoes or golden round potatoes. These potatoes are tender and taste more refreshing. Nevertheless, large baking potatoes are fine too.

Carrots – Any carrots will do. Carrots in this dish is so savory. In addition, people believe eating cooked carrots with meat will help our bodies better absorb the nutrients inside carrots. If you have kids who are not a big fan of carrots, this might be the beginning for them to start enjoy carrots, LOL.

For Marinating the PorkAged soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and Zhenjiang vinegar. Together with light soy sauce, they are my go-to four basic essential cooking condiments. They almost appear in all my recipes for cooking meat and poultry.

For Braising canola oil, green onion, ginger, anises, bay leaves, dried cloves, red yeast rice powder, sugar in the raw, sweet bean paste, light soy sauce, and water.

I ditched the store-bought oil sprayer and made my oil spray bottle after I jump-started healthier cooking, eating, and living journey in 2015. I have been using this oil sprayer since. It helps to spray the oil evenly across the pan and use way less oil than otherwise.

Red yeast rice, or Hong Qu Mi (红曲米) in Chinese, is rice that has been fermented with certain types of yeast. The fermentation process changes the color of the rice from white to red. It is a very traditional all-natural red color. We use it a lot in my hometown Suzhou area as an all-natural food color for centuries.

I use it to cook yummy red braised pork belly, red braised Lion’s Head, and meat cooking where I want a hint of red color. I also use it to make All-Natural Red Velvet Cake.

How to make a Pork with Potatoes and Carrots?

1. Cut pork, potatoes and carrots in similar bite-size chunks

This is for easier cooking and serving.

pork bite-size chunks
potatoes and carrots bite-size chunks

2. Marinating the pork before cooking

This is a very important step which is the secret to have a juicy and tasty pork.

marinated pork chunks

3. Sear the pork before braising

This is the step people often overlook. Sear the meat before braising not only helps maintain the tasty juiciness of the pork, but also helps reduce the overall cooking time. Pork shall be cooked at least 50% by the end of the 10-minute searing process.

sear the pork chunks

When you started searing the pork in the hot wok with ginger and green onion slices, the pork has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the wok. All you need to do is non-stop turning the pork for one minute, then the oil inside the pork will come out, which helps lubricate the meat.

From here you just need to turn the pork every two minutes to complete the 10-minute total searing process. After that, simply add the water and everything under “For Braising” in the recipe starting star anises into the wok, mix well, and then cover with a lid and let it cook for 15 minutes at medium-high heat.

Isn’t it easy to cook this cozy, yummy one-pot meal? Enjoy!

pork with potato and carrots

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Pork with Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Tasty juicy pork chunks combined with savory potatoes and carrots, all in one pot. Such an easy, yummy, and healthy family weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork butt or shoulder
  • 2lb potatoes
  • 1 lb carrots

For Marinating the Pork:

  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar

For Braising:

  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 10 thin slices of ginger
  • 4 anises
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5 dried cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red yeast rice, grounded powder
  • 2 tsp sugar in the raw
  • 1 tbsp sweet bean paste
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions

  • Cut pork into bite-size chunks, rinse quickly under running water, gently squeeze to remove extra water and place into a mixing bowl
  • Add everything under "For Marinating the Pork", dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, and Zhenjiang vinegar, toss and mix well using a pair of wooden or bamboo spatulas, and set aside.
  • Gather ingredients and add everything under "For Braising" except for the water into a small bowl and mix well.
  • Prepare green onions and gingers. Cut green onions into small snippets, and slice and dice gingers into thin & small pieces.
  • Prepare potatoes and carrots. Wash potatoes thoroughly and remove bad parts, and then cut into bite-size chunks, similar size to the pork chunks. Wash carrots thoroughly, peel the skins using a peeler and cut them into bite-size chunks, a little smaller or similar size to the potatoes.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high, and heat the wok for 2 minutes. Spray 1 squirt of canola oil into the wok using a home oil spray bottle. Add ginger and half of the green onion, and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add marinated pork, non-stop turn and mix for 1 minute using a slotted turner. After that, all pork chunks should be properly seared.
  • Pan-fry the pork chunks in the wok for another 7 minutes or so. Use the same slotted turner to turn the pork every 2 minutes or so to make sure all pork chunks and pork sides are cooked.
  • Pour in the braising sauce from the small bowl, and add 3 cups of water. Add the potatoes and carrots into the wok, and fold them into the braising juice. Cover the wok with a lid and cook for 12-15 minutes
  • When the water is about to disappear, remove the lid, fold and turn pork, potatoes, and carrots for about 2 minutes until they are caramelized.
  • Turn off the heat, and garnish with the rest of the green onion.
  • All done! Enjoy naturally yummy and satisfying pork with potatoes and carrots.

Notes

  • You can use any potatoes. For red or golden potatoes, I usually do not peel the skin. For large baking potatoes, I typically do.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 709Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 917mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 43g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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