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Thai Pork

I’m a huge fan of Thai cuisine. This dish highlights some of the common ingredients often found on Thai menus – fresh basil, ground pork, peppers, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and steamy, sticky white rice. It’s easy to make, easy to eat and proves that you too can make great Thai food at home.


  • 2 T avocado oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (2 T)

  • 1/2 small onion, cut into thin slices (1/3 cup)

  • 3 T finely diced red pepper

  • 2 to 3 Serrano peppers, cut into rounds (Serrano peppers can be spicy so omit if you don’t like spicy)

  • 1 T finely chopped ginger

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork

  • 2 T oyster sauce

  • 2 T fish sauce

  • 1 tsp soy sauce (coconut aminos is a nice substitute to soy)

  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional agave syrup)

  • 1 T lime juice

  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil or Thai basil leaves

  • 6 Quail eggs – (if you can’t find quail eggs use regular large chicken eggs)

  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)

  • 1 ½ cups Japanese style white rice


  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, sliced Serrano peppers, ginger, red pepper and onion. Cook, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Raise the heat to high and stir in the pork. Stir well and cook meat 4 to 5 minutes. While the pork is cooking, use a nonstick buttered skillet to fry up some sunny side up eggs.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and sugar. Stir to coat the meat evenly. Stir in the basil and until the basil is wilted, 1 minute.

  • Fill a bowl with some rice, top with cooked pork, red cabbage slaw and a fried egg. The egg and the slaw are optional.

Red Cabbage Asian Slaw

  • 3 cups finely shredded red cabbage

  • 2 T fresh lime juice

  • 2 T Fish Sauce

  • 2 T rice vinegar

  • 1 T sugar (Agave syrup optional)

  • 1/2 to 1 T minced red chile

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Finely shred 3 cups worth of cabbage and place in a bowl.

  • In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients.

  • Add just ½ the dressing to the cabbage and taste for seasoning. Add more dressing if you think it needs it.

Rice Notes: I’m a fan of Nishiki or Botan Asian rice. Follow the package directions to a tee.


Servings: 4-6

Time: 50 minutes

HEARTFUL RECIPE - Use heritage pork or get it from Whole Foods where their meat meets Animal Welfare Standards if possible, coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, agave instead of sugar. - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.


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