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Pork "Larb" with Cucumber Salad

Pork Larb inspired stir fry with Sesame Cucumber Salad

  • Author: zenbelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: pork
  • Method: saute


for the cucumber salad:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • salt
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

for the pork:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions (68 scallions)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup cashews, peanuts, or macadamia nuts
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or other cooking oil
  • juice of one lime, plus lime wedges for serving, if desired
  • small handful of mint leaves, minced



  1. Place the sliced cucumbers in a fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl and toss with a good pinch of salt. Place in the fridge.
  2. Combine the shallot, coconut aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce, and coconut sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, toast the sesame seeds until they are light golden brown and fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside in a small bowl. Add the cashews to the pan and repeat; toast them until golden and fragrant and then remove to a small bowl. (skip this step if your sesame seeds or nuts are already toasted)
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground pork, scallions, coconut aminos, fish sauce, red pepper flakes and half the toasted nuts.
  5. Heat the same large skillet over medium-high heat and add the cooking oil. Once hot, add the pork and break it up with a spatula. Stir occasionally but give it a chance to brown as well. Sauté until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  6. Squeeze in the lime, and transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the toasted nuts and remaining minced nuts
  7. To finish the cucumber salad, rinse the cucumbers and add to the bowl with the coconut aminos mixture. Stir in half the sesame seeds and sprinkle the remainder on top.
  8. Serve the pork over rice or cauliflower rice, in lettuce cups, over greens, or in a bowl with the cucumber salad.

Keywords: pork larb