Leftover Pork Recipes
Lemon-Garlic Pork and Broccoli Bulgur Bowl
Pork isn't always the fastest thing to cook, so using up leftovers can result in quick pork-based dishes for weeknights. Use fattier cuts, such as pork belly, sparingly to add loads of flavor without too many extra calories. Pork tenderloin is an ideal choice for a main dish due its ability to be sliced, shredded, or chopped.
In this filling bowl, bulgur is a great go-to grain because of its quick cook time and neutral flavor. Have for an easy to pack ahead lunch or light dinner.
Brown Rice Noodle Bowls with Tofu, Pork, and Kimchi
Little bits of crisped pork belly offer chewy bites in the bowl, but easier-to-find ground pork is delicious, too. If you happen to have some leftover cooked pork shoulder, you can toss that in the soup as well.
Soba Noodle Salad with Pork, Snap Peas, and Radishes
Lemon juice, sugar snap peas, and fresh mint bring bright flavor to this main-dish salad.
Mu Shu Pork Wraps
Chinese restaurants serve mu shu pork with Mandarin pancakes. On a busy weeknight, whole-wheat tortillas are an easy sub. Look for trimmed boneless pork shoulder. If all you see are large cuts, ask your butcher to cut off a 1-pound portion.
Shredded Pork and Pinto Tacos with Pepita Slaw
A half-pound of pork is a gracious plenty for these tacos, which are beefed up with pinto beans, Greek yogurt–amped avocado crema, and a crunchy slaw topped with pumpkinseeds. The plant protein sources make up about half the total amount.
Ramen Cups with Cabbage and Pork Slaw
Sesame seeds add a nutty little crunch to this tasty appetizer. Toast them easily in just 2 or 3 minutes on the stovetop: Place seeds in a dry pan over medium heat and shake frequently until they are golden.
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots
Easy enough for a busy weeknight and elegant enough for guests—that’s the beauty of this recipe that pairs sweet cherries with roasted pork tenderloin. When fresh cherries are out of season, you can use frozen (you may need to cook the sauce a little longer because frozen cherries tend to release more liquid). The fruity sauce gains incredible richness from a small amount of butter; be sure to stir the butter in at the end to keep its flavor more forward. If you don't have shallots on hand, you can substitute a sliced small yellow onion.
Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders
These sliders are a saucy mess, in the best way possible—leaving you sweet-tangy drips to lick off your hands. The recipe demonstrates one tasty way to use our recipe. Go for a standard, soft bun here—it's best for barbecue.
Pork and Sweet Potato Hash
Sweet potatoes and sliced mushrooms add an interesting twist to this familiar comfort food. Although the pork takes a while to cook, the simmering is hands off.
Italian Braised Pork with Polenta
Simple flavors and a rustic touch make this family-friendly dish supremely comforting. When ready to serve, just whip up a fresh batch of polenta. Pack any leftover pork in an airtight container and pop into the freezer for a quick and flavorful supper down the road. Pork shoulder is a perfect cut for a slow cooker. Tough cuts like this abound with connective tissues that don't break down when cooked quickly over high, dry heat. Low, moist heat in a slow cooker melts the tissues and makes the meat super tender and buttery. We add a touch of Parmesan cheese to the polenta to season it with salty umami flavor. Cooking uncovered for about half an hour helps tighten up the liquid.
Baja Pork Stir-Fry
This colorful pork stir-fry recipe features pieces of pork tenderloin seasoned with cumin cooked with bell peppers, tomato, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro. Serve over steamed rice for a one-dish meal.
Tangy Pork and Mango Tostada
You only need three ingredients to whip up this superfast, spicy-sweet tostada.
Cuban Pork Sliders
As with traditional Cuban sandwiches, pressing these sliders as they cook yields a thin and crisp bite.
Smoky Pork Stir-Fry
Smoked paprika and dark sesame oil add depth to this stir-fry. Serve over precooked brown rice or soba noodles.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin Tacos
Vietnamese Caramel Pork
Instead of making caramel from scratch, we use brown sugar, which is much quicker.
Orange-Sesame Pork with Napa Slaw
Mix the slaw for this dish up to a day in advance, if you wish. The cabbage will absorb the flavors and still retain a satisfying crunch.
Pork Tacos with Mango Slaw
Lean, thinly sliced pork tenderloin benefits from the richness of the creamy avocado-mango salsa in these tacos. Crunchy sliced cabbage and radish are a nice touch as well.
Almost Classic Pork Fried Rice
Why go out to a restaurant when you can make this Asian favorite at home? Almost Classic Pork-Fried Rice, with its fresh bean sprouts and diced water chesnuts, is a fresh and healthy alternative to the original.
Curried Pork Salad Wraps
If you can't find lavash, try lower-sodium flatbreads or sandwich wraps.
Pork Carnitas Gorditas
Gordita is a term of endearment meaning "little fat one" in Spanish. It also refers to a thick, fried tortilla. Here, we use masa harina (available in the Latin foods aisle at large supermarkets) to make fresh gorditas. In a pinch, you can use store-bought corn tortillas as a base for this delicious dish.
Mu Shu Pork Wraps
If your butcher is unable to cut an 8-ounce piece of pork loin, buy 1 pound and freeze the remainder for another use. Save your mushroom stems for stocks or broths.
Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli
Make these popular pork sliders into appetizers by putting them on dinner rolls.
Five-Spice Pork Lo Mein
Chinese five-spice powder is a common spice blend that can be found in most supermarkets. Its five assertive components are cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. Cutting the cooked noodles makes them easier to combine with the other ingredients and serve.
Pork and Edamame Fried Rice
Thai chili sauce, cilantro, and roasted peanuts add zip to this easy dish. For the best texture and flavor, use leftover rice, which has less moisture than fresh-cooked grains.
Snow Pea-and-Pork Fried Rice
This easy stir-fry is filled with lean pork, fresh vegetables, and leftover rice and makes a great one-dish meal for busy weeknights.
Spicy Green and Red Pork Loin Tostadas
If you like your pork nice and spicy, look no further. These tastebud-sizzling tostadas can easily be prepared in advance and topped however your family prefers.
New England Pork Bowl
Perciatelli is thick spaghetti with a hole in the center. It's heartier and stands up to the other ingredients in this dish, but you can substitute spaghetti, if desired.
Thai-Style Pork Stew
Peanut butter melds with classic Asian flavors to lend this one-dish meal a Thai flair. Lime makes a perfect accent.
Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce
These pulled pork sandwiches, topped with Alabama-style white barbecue sauce and served on homemade biscuits, are perfect for entertaining.