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6 Ingredient Pork and Squash

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6 ingredient pork and squash is a sweet and savory blend of juicy pork mixed with colorful kabocha squash and green beans sauteed with shoyu and sugar. Serve with a bed of sticky white rice for a scrumptious dinner.

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If you’ve been a little nervous to get in the kitchen and cook, then this is the recipe for you. All you need is six simple ingredients and 30 minutes for a delicious home cooked meal.

Speaking of ingredients, you’ll need

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Green beans
  • Kabocha pumpkin
  • Shoyu
  • Sugar

Most simple flavored recipes work well with mild flavored oils. You can use vegetable, canola, or what I like to use is avocado oil. Really any oil with work.

What cut of pork works best for pork and squash?

If you are looking to get dinner on the table quickly, then pork tenderloin is a great cut. All it takes is about 20 minutes for a perfect meal. If budget is more your concern then you could definitely get cheaper cuts of pork like shoulder or butt, however your cook time will increase.

pork and green beans cooking in a saute pan

Substitutions

The great thing about this recipe is you can add as many or as little veggies as you’d like. Green beans add a nice pop of color. You can also swap out the kabocha squash with any other squash you’d like.

What is kabocha squash?

Kabocha is a type of squash. It has a hard green skin and a vibrant yellow-orange inside. This squash can be found year round, but has the best flavor in late summer and early fall. It can be cooked with the skin on or removed. The texture is similar to pumpkin and sweet potato. Kabocha has a sweet flavor and is often cooked in stews, soups, and side dishes.

pork, squash green beans, and rice on a gray plate with a fork and spoon and glass of beer

How to store pork and squash?

Once this dish has cooled, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze pork and squash?

Along with this recipe being quick and easy, another perk is the freezability. Make a double batch and freeze one for dinner another night. Place in a zip top bag or airtight container and place in the freezer. This will keep for 2-3 months.

How to reheat?

If your pork and squash is frozen, place the refrigerator overnight and allow to defrost. Once defrosted reheat in the microwave or on the stove top.

pork, squash, and green beans cooking in a saute pan

Other great pork recipes

How to make pork and squash?

  1. Add cooking oil of your choice to a pan set over medium high heat.
  2. To a small bowl add shoyu and sugar. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  3. Add pork to the pan and brown on each side for a few minutes.
  4. Next add shoyu sugar mixture to saute pan and stir to coat.
  5. Saute pork for another 15-20min. Add green beans and kabocha to the pan for the last 5 minutes of cook time and simmer until fork tender. Enjoy!
pork and squash

Pork and Squash

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

6 ingredient pork and squash is a sweet and savory blend of juicy pork mixed with colorful kabocha squash and green beans sauteed with shoyu and sugar. Serve with a bed of sticky white rice for a scrumptious dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup shoyu
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cubed
  • 1 cup green beans, cut in half
  • 2 cups cubed kabocha squash

Instructions

  1. Add cooking oil of your choice to a pan set over medium high heat.
  2. To a small bowl add shoyu and sugar. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  3. Add pork to the pan and brown on each side for a few minutes.
  4. Next add shoyu sugar mixture to saute pan and stir to coat.
  5. Saute pork for another 15-20min. Add green beans and kabocha to the pan for the last 5 minutes of cook time and simmer until fork tender. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can substitute the vegetables and squash of your choice.

*Gluten free option: swap out shoyu for tamari sauce.

*You can use a cheaper cut of pork like pork butt, however cooking time will increase.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on July 23rd, 2019

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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