Pork and Celery Stir Fry

pork loin and celery stir-fry with steamed rice


For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s on the menu and the company you share it with.

Overall, though, I had more good lunches than bad ones.  I also have to admit, having good food helped make those good days a success not only with kids but also with me.  After all, it’s difficult to get a child to eat a meal that you wouldn’t eat (and they don’t have the option of sneaking out to the noodle shop down the road for a tasty snack during nap time).

However, no matter where I found myself there was always one dish which, whenever it was served, I couldn’t resist extra helpings.  In China, that dish was pork and celery stir-fry.  I just loved it.  What is not to love about crisp celery paired with fatty pork in a sauce just salty enough to make your mouth water and served with rice?  Nothing!  It’s delicious!

Now I make a more adult version of it at home with pork topside, a lot more ginger and garlic and a coating of Hoisin and soy sauce.  It’s still a favorite with the kids but a bigger hit with the adults and is great to make if you are looking for a lighter, healthier meal that is also quick and easy.  Feel free to do as I do, and eat this stir-fry in a big bowl with steamed rice and a big bottle of Tsingtao beer in front of the TV….because you’re an adult now so it’s OK.


pork loin and celery stir-fry over steamed rice

pork loin and celery stir-fry with steamed rice and Chinese chile oil

Pork and Celery Stir Fry

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


Pork and crunchy celery stir fried together in a salty soy and Hoisin sauce. A healthy and delicious stir-fry favored by both kids and adults. #easymeals #quickrecipes #pork #stirfry #chinesefoodrecipes #kidfood #healthyrecipes #family dinners



  • 400 g (14 oz) pork loin
  • 68 medium to large sized celery ribs with leaves (300-400 g/10.5-14 oz)
  • 2 tbsp sliced ginger
  • 2 tbsp sliced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Combine Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch and water into a small bowl.  Mix well and set aside.
  2. Slice pork loin either into long strips or short chunks no bigger than 1 in / 2 cm.   Put in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Clean celery and separate the ribs from the leaves.  Chop into either long strips or short pieces no bigger than 1 in / 2cm. (Same size as pork)  Place in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large wok, heat 2 tbsp oil on high heat.  Add sliced ginger and garlic. Let cook for about 1 minute or until fragrant.
  5. Add pork and cook until no longer pink.  (About 2-3 minutes)
  6. Add celery, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat.  Celery should be slightly cooked but still crisp.
  7. Add sauce mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated then turn off heat.
  8. Transfer to a plate and serve with steamed rice.


  1. Top with a drizzle of Chinese Chile Oil for those more inclined to spice.
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Pork stir-fry, celery, easy, pork loin, hoisin sauce, healthy, kid friendly


This post was updated on April 26th, 2019.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Marija says:

    This was gloriously simple, and absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you for the kind words and my pleasure! ☺

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