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Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice

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This Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and is bursting with sweet and savory flavors.

Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice

New favorite 30-minute meal alert! ♡

This is definitely one of those recipes that cooks up to be so much more than the sum of its parts, thanks to a few extra minutes in the skillet that magically help to caramelize the ginger-lime sauce with the pork. It’s a simple trick that yields the most irresistible sticky texture and flavor. And I’m certain you are going to love it!

All you need is a pound of ground pork (or ground chicken, beef, turkey, seitan — you choose!), which will then be sautéed until caramelized with a simple mix of scallions, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, lime juice and sriracha. Then sprinkle on your choice of toppings, such crushed peanuts, scallions, and/or fresh herbs (mint, cilantro or Thai basil are all great options). Serve over my favorite coconut rice, which pairs perfectly with all of that ginger and lime. And enjoy, enjoy.

I’ve been making this dish on repeat these past few months whenever I’m craving a quick hit of protein for dinner, usually with a side of veggies or a simple green salad, and it always hits the spot. So if you’re looking for a simple new recipe to add to your rotation, I hope you’ll give it a try soon!

Ginger Lime Pork Ingredients

Ginger Lime Pork Ingredients

Here are a few quick notes about the ginger lime pork ingredients that you will need to make this recipe:

  • Coconut rice: Made easily with jasmine rice (or another long-grain white rice), coconut milk, fine sea salt and a hint of sugar.
  • Ground pork: I typically use ground pork as the base for this recipe, but you can also sub in ground chicken, turkey or beef if you prefer.
  • Scallions: We will thinly slice the scallions, then sauté the white parts with the pork and use the green parts as a garnish.
  • Ginger: It’s best to use fresh ginger in this recipe, which you can either grate or finely mince.
  • Lime juice: We will add some lime juice to the sauté itself, but then I highly recommend serving this dish with a few lime wedges on the side too.
  • Garlic: I love adding lots of fresh garlic to this dish, which you can either press or mince.
  • Light brown sugar: We will add in some light brown sugar to help the pork become perfectly caramelized and sticky.
  • Hot sauce: I like adding in some Sriracha to give this dish a bit of heat, but you could also add some diced fresh chiles (such as jalapeño peppers or Thai bird chiles) or crushed red pepper flakes to the sauté. Or you could omit the extra heat entirely.
  • Salt and pepper: Fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper as always, for seasoning.
  • Toppings: The more, the merrier! I highly recommend chopped peanuts, extra lime wedges, and chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, and/or Thai basil).

Caramelized Ginger Lime Pork in Saute Pan

Recipe Tips

Full instructions are included in the recipe box below, but here are a few more helpful tips to consider when making this dish:

  • Begin with the coconut rice. Believe it or not, the rice is actually the most time-intensive part of this recipe. So get it started first, and then begin preparing the pork.
  • Prep your ingredients before you begin cooking. Once you heat up the oil, cooking the pork actually goes quite fast. So it’s helpful to have the scallions, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, lime juice and sriracha prepped and measured out in advance.
  • Give the pork time to properly caramelize. In order for the pork to properly caramelize and achieve that sticky, golden, irresistible texture, it needs to have time to sit in the hot sauté pan without being stirred. So let it rest for a minute or two, then give it a quite stir once you notice it has caramelized on the bottom, and repeat as needed.
  • Season to taste. Want more heat? Amp up the sriracha. Need more of a zing? Add another squeeze of lime juice. And of course, don’t forget the salt and pepper.
  • The more toppings, the merrier! I highly recommend a generous sprinkling of chopped peanuts as a garnish, along with the scallions. But if you happen to have some fresh herbs on hand (mint, cilantro, and/or Thai basil), definitely add them too!

Caramelized Pork Closeup

Recipe Variations

Here are a few more variations that you’re welcome to try with this ginger lime pork recipe:

  • Use a different protein: Ground chicken, beef, turkey or even seitan can work well in this recipe if you prefer not to use pork.
  • Use plain rice or rice noodles: If coconut rice isn’t your thing, this dish will still be delicious served over plain white or brown rice or rice noodles.
  • Add fish sauce: Add a tablespoon of fish sauce in Step 3 (with the brown sugar) for an extra level of flavor.
  • Add lemongrass: Add a tablespoon of lemongrass paste or finely minced fresh lemongrass in Step 1 (with the scallions).

What To Serve With This Recipe

I love serving this ginger lime pork recipe with either:

  • Fresh veggies: Sliced cucumber, shredded carrots, fresh bean sprouts, sliced bell peppers, or sliced tomatoes would all be delicious no-cook options to serve alongside this dish.
  • Cooked veggies: Roast some broccoli, asparagus, green beans, or any other veggies that sound good to serve as a side.
  • Salad: Toss some greens and fresh veggies with nước chấm for a quick and simple side salad.
  • Lettuce cups: For a fun twist, scoop this dish into lettuce slices to serve as lettuce cups!

Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice in Bowls with Lime

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Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice

Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 18 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


This Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and is bursting with savory, sweet, fresh flavors.


  • 1 batch coconut rice*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, or more/less to taste
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • toppings: chopped peanuts, extra lime wedges, chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, and/or Thai basil)


  1. Cook the coconut rice. Prepare the coconut rice as directed
  2. Sauté. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil over high heat in a large sauté pan. Add the white parts of the scallions, garlic, ginger and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the pork and use a wooden spoon to stir and break it up as it cooks.
  3. Add the sauce. Once the pork is no longer pink, add in the brown sugar, lime juice, sriracha and stir until evenly combined. Let the pork continue to cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes or until it caramelizes on the bottom. Stir, then let the pork cook undisturbed for 1-2 more minutes or until it caramelizes on the bottom.
  4. Season. Taste and season with salt and pepper and/or extra sriracha as needed.
  5. Serve. Serve warm over the coconut rice, garnished with your desired toppings. Enjoy!


Rice: If coconut rice isn’t your thing, no worries! This recipe will still be delicious if served with plain white or brown rice.

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25 comments on “Ginger Lime Pork with Coconut Rice”

  1. I think I recall you mentioning your husband following a vegetarian diet. Would you ever consider a post with recommendations for how to accommodate different dietary preferences within the same family? This recipe looks delicious!

  2. This recipe is amazing!! Every single person in our family asked for seconds. We served it with roasted broccoli, like you recommended, and it was so easy. It’s already on the menu again for next week!

  3. I plan to make this! I noticed that for this recipe and one other I plan to make (Thai Basil Beef Noodle Stir-Fry), there is no “yield” information. How many servings do these recipes make? Thanks!

  4. LOVED this one!!! Thanks, Ali!

  5. My family really enjoyed this! I think next time I may add some veggies but it was super yummy just the way it is posted.

  6. The sugar in the recipe greatly overpowered the other flavors. If I made this again, I would use maybe only 1 tbsp of brown sugar to see if that improves the taste. Also the lime flavor did not come through very much, would add some lime zest to the meat to add flavor.

  7. Made with 1 lb ground turkey and 14 oz extra firm tofu. I increased the garlic and ginger slightly to compensate, and a fairly good swirl of grapeseed oil for fat. We needed a little more flavor at the end so added 1/3-ish cup of TJ’ island soyaki. Everyone liked it!

  8. Definitely adding this to my rotation! Loved the flavor, and it was easy to make! I had it with roasted broccoli one day and roasted asparagus the next day. Delish!

  9. I loved this dinner! Generally, getting caramelization is hard for me as I’m not patient, but I made it happen here and it really helped balance out any sweetness. Will absolutely make this again!

  10. Wow, this was terrific. My local grocery store was out of ground pork so I subbed ground lamb. Wasn’t sure how that’d work out but it was delicious! The sweetness is sort of unexpected.

  11. MAKE THIS RECIPE!!! :) Omg, it was so much better than I was even expecting. The sauce to pork ratio is just perfect as written so I think it is definitely best to cook any vegetables on the side.

  12. This was great and so easy to make. I loved the flavors of the tangy lime, pungent garlic and sweet sugar. Leaving the pork to caramelize at the end was a great tip. I made the coconut rice in the slow cooker and it was perfect. My seven year old picky eater son has two bowls! Thank you for this recipe!

    • I would love to know how you made the rice in the slow cooker… many thanks. would love to make this for dinner tonight !

  13. This was great and the family approved! Used ground turkey, added lime zest and bell peppers, and subbed Cholula hot sauce because that’s what we had. Made it with the coconut rice recommended with the recipe. Thank you!

  14. Absolutely delicious! I added fresh mango as a garnish

  15. Made this last night as a solo meal for myself with the coconut rice. So simple and delicious. I’ll increase the heat of sauce but that was a simple fix at the table last night.

  16. The pork is fantastic! I didn’t want overpowering sweetness, so I’ve reduced the amount of sugar (to about 1 heaping teaspoon for 1 pound of ground pork), and also added 1 teaspoon of fish sauce for more flavor depth. The pork still caramelized beautifully and it tasted amazing! I’ve served this over Vietnamese Banh Mi salad (with lime/garlic/sugar/fish sauce dressing)- the flavors worked together beautifully. This goes into our regular dinner rotation. Thank you for yet another great recipe, Ali!

  17. This was so tasty and so easy. Definitely agree with the observation that it’s more than the sum of its parts. I didn’t have ginger, so I just sprinkled some powdered ginger on top and it worked fine, The coconut rice was good as well. I accidentally read the recipe wrong and put in 2 tbs of sugar (yikes), but it seemed totally fine, so I guess I got away with it. I also added a little bit of lime into the rice, but not really enough that I tasted it.

  18. This recipe is amazing. I’ve made it several times and it’s always a hit! Thank you!

  19. This looks and sounds amazing! I was thinking . . . might it be a nice filling for a lettuce wrap? Anyone tried that?

  20. Very tasty dish. Coconut rice came out great even without rinsing the rice as I didn’t have the right strainer. Loved the flavor of the pork but think I did something wrong as it was drier than I expected. Not sure if I overcooked, crowded the pan too much, or didn’t have enough sugar? I’ll try again since I really did enjoy the flavor.

  21. Yum! I made this today, and it was a huge hit! So easy and has lots of flavor. Thank you!

  22. I love all your recipes, Ali, but this one didn’t quite work for me. I had a hard time carmelizing the pork. I ended up adding more brown sugar. The coconut rice was a bit flavorless, IMO. But my husband loved it. I guess I like something a little saucier.

  23. Delicious! I have made this four or five times now. So easy and tasty. I added Bok choy, shredded carrots, and zucchini to clean out my fridge! The coconut rice is also delish! This will stay in my rotation. Perfect weeknight meal.