Easy Japanese Miso Ground Pork Stir Fry Recipe

Miso Pork is our favourite quick & easy Japanese stir fry recipe that’s simple to make and big on flavour!

Miso Ground Pork Stir Fry is one of our family’s favourite recipes to cook at home when craving a tasty trip to Japan.

This healthy recipe features common ingredients you’ll find in your cupboards so it makes for a great last minute meal. It’s ready to serve in under 30 minutes!

You’ll love cooking our flavourful Miso Minced Pork recipe featuring fresh ginger, scallions, miso paste, mirin, soy sauce and sesame seeds.

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What Is Miso?

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and kōji and sometimes rice, barley, or seaweed.

The result is a thick paste used to make sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables, fish, or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup, a Japanese culinary staple. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso played an important nutritional role in feudal Japan.

Typically, miso is salty, but its flavour and aroma depend on the ingredients and fermentation process. Different varieties of miso have been described as salty, sweet, earthy, fruity, and savoury.

You’ll see three miso styles in well-stocked grocery stores: white, or shiro, miso is the mildest and is also called sweet or mellow miso. Red miso, fermented longest, is the most pungent. Yellow, or shinshu, miso falls in the middle and is, to some, the most versatile.

Easy Miso Pork Stir Fry recipe ingredients.
Easy Miso Pork Stir Fry recipe ingredients.

Travel to Japan by Cooking Miso Ground Pork at Home

I love traveling through Asia.

My first visit had me living in South Korea for a year as a teacher and it’s where I was first introduced to fermented vegetables like kimchi.

After my contract ended in Seoul I travelled throughout southeast Asia for 6 months, visiting India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Macau and the Maldives.

I spent 2 weeks traveling by bus and bullet train through Japan in the warm summer months. I started in Yokohama then explored TokyoKyotoNara and Osaka.

What I found most fascinating is Japan’s distinct regional food cultures. Much like the regional cuisines found in France, Germany, Italy or Spain, each town in Japan had its own local speciality.

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This Japanese Pork Stir Fry features miso paste, scallions, mirin and soy sauce.
This Japanese Pork Stir Fry features miso paste, scallions, mirin and soy sauce.

Where To Eat Miso Pork Stir Fry

If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Japanese restaurant that serves authenticMiso Pork.

Haven’t traveled to Japan before? It may be helpful to first sampleMiso Pork Stir Fry at a local Japanese restaurant to better understand how it is served. You can determine how intense you want the miso flavour to be, if you want to add any vegetables to the meat while it’s cooking in the wok and what side dishes to serve with the popular pork dish.

In Toronto, popular Japanese restaurants in Yorkville, King West and Ossington that may serve Miso Marinated Pork include Sara, Fuwa Fuwa, Benihana, Hapa Izakaya, Koyoi, Kingyo, Santouka Ramen, Japango, Sushi Inn, Okonomi House and Kasa Moto.

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Prepare Miso Minced Pork Stir Fry in a skillet or wok.
PrepareMiso Minced Pork Stir Fry in a skillet or wok.

My Family Loves Miso Minced Pork

My family loves this simple Miso Pork recipe.

Whenever my family dine at a Japanese restaurant for dinner I order up all the sushi and my dad eats a massive plate of grilled meat like yakitori or teriyaki, all to himself.

I knew my parents would enjoy this easy Miso Ground Pork recipe as they love the simplicity of stir frying. They’re also big fans of flavourful umami-flavoured dishes (thanks to the miso and soy sauce), tender pork and sesame seeds.

This dish is a star in the kitchen during busy weeknights as all of the ingredients can typically be found in your fridge or cupboards. You can prepare the dish a day in advance. The more time the ground pork sits in the miso sauce marinade the better!

This dish is particularly popular with picky kids and if you double the recipe leftovers make for a great lunch the following day.

Garnish Miso Ground Pork with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.
GarnishMiso Ground Pork with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.

Health Benefits

Our homemade Miso Pork recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!

Pork is an excellent source of protein and provides several important vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6 and phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin and potassium.

Scallions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Ginger contains at least 14 phytochemicals, many of which have impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a good source of copper, which supports your bones, blood and nervous system. 

Nearly 50% of the people in the world get over 50% of their daily calories from rice. If eating brown rice featuring nutritious bran you’ll enjoy health benefits like cancer risk reduction and diabetes control.

A useful source of copper, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, sesame seeds help support circulatory, digestive and skeletal health.

Miso provides protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, choline, linoleic acid, lecithin, and dietary fiber.

Parents love cooking our quick & easy miso pork recipe. Kids love eating it for lunch or dinner.
Parents love cooking our quick & easy miso pork recipe. Kids love eating it for lunch or dinner.

Miso Pork Recipe Cooking Tips

This yummy Miso Stir Fry is quick and easy to make at home.

  • We suggest preparing this Japanese stir fry recipe in a large nonstick skillet or wok.
  • We’ve used red miso paste in this recipe because we love its strong flavour but you can use white or yellow miso if you prefer.
  • We’ve used ground / minced pork in this recipe but you can substitute for other pork cuts like thinly sliced pork tenderloin or even grill pork chops on the barbecue after resting in the miso marinade. The sauce is very versatile.
  • Our Miso Pork Stir Fry is super simple, only using a handful of ingredients. If you want to make a healthy Miso Stir Fry feel free to add your favourite chopped vegetables to the wok. Suggestions include sliced onions, red bell peppers, carrots, bean sprouts, Japanese eggplant and cabbage.
  • We suggest serving Miso Pork Stir Fry with steamed rice or noodles.
Serve Miso Pork with steamed rice or noodles.
Serve Miso Pork with steamed rice or noodles.

What To Serve with Miso Pork

We love serving this homemade Miso Pork recipe with steamed rice and a fresh salad.

If you’re hosting a large dinner party or Asian-inspired potluck you might want to serve our Miso Stir Fry with dishes like Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancakes, Thai Pork Rib Soup with Vermicelli, Egg Tofu Soup with Pork Meatballs, Grabong Northern Thai Pumpkin Fritters, Gai Pad Med Mamuang Thai Cashew Chicken, Gaeng Masaman Beef Curry, Nam Tok Authentic Thai “Waterfall Beef” Salad, Gaeng Keow Wan Thai Green Curry Chicken, Chiang Mai Noodles “Khao Soi”, Pad Kra Pao Thai Basil Stir-Fry and Thai Beef and Pumpkin Curry.

Now you're an expert on how to make the best Miso Minced Pork Stir Fry recipe!
Now you’re an expert on how to make the best Miso Minced Pork Stir Fry recipe!

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How To Make Easy Miso Ground Pork Stir Fry

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Easy Miso Minced Pork Stir Fry

How to make homemade Japanese Miso Minced Pork. Our easy Miso Pork Stir Fry recipe is best served with steamed rice or noodles.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Miso Pork, Miso Stir Fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 408kcal


  • Nonstick Skillet or Wok
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • French knife


  • 3 tbsp Fresh Ginger minced
  • 4 Scallions sliced, whites and greens seperated
  • 3 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 3 tbsp Miso
  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Pork
  • 3 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds


  • In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, cook ginger and scallion whites in the oil, stirring, until fragrant. Add the miso and cook, stirring constantly, until the miso darkens.
  • Add the ground pork, mirin, soy sauce and 1/3 cups water, then cook, stirring to break up the meat, until the liquid evaporates and the meat begins to crisp.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of water. Serve garnished with scallion greens and sesame seeds.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.4g | Protein: 47.3g | Fat: 17.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1130mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 4.4g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

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