When I was younger, I was totally unadventurous with my food. If I didn’t grow up eating it, couldn’t pronounce it, or it looked unfamiliar, I just wouldn’t eat it. And since Filipino food wasn’t something familiar to me, I never ate it.
Thankfully, things have changed. Now, I enjoy trying new recipes and sharing new foods with my kids. So of course, when my husband offered to teach me how to make a Filipino dish he grew up eating, Pork and Peas or Pork Guisantes (guisantes = peas), I was more than happy to try it.Delicious and easy one pan meal - Pork and Peas!
Pork and Peas
If you need to feed a lot of mouths and don’t like a kitchen full of dishes, this recipe is for you. It’s super easy, incredibly tasty, and can be made in only one pan!
Next, add in the seasonings and pimentos. Bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduced the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Then, add in the peas and cook for another 10 minutes.When it’s done, serve over rice for a great one pan meal!
What’s your favorite ethnic pork dish?
Pork and Peas Recipe Helpers:
Easy pork and peas recipe, a one pan Filipino meal.
- 2 lbs. pork shoulder - cut into 1" cubes or slightly smaller
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp. chopped bottled garlic or 3 cloves chopped fresh garlic
- 1 medium onion - sliced
- 1/2 cup bell peppers - sliced
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 cup water or chicken stock
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 4 oz. bottle pimentos
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 oz. frozen peas or half of a 13 oz. bag
- salt/pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pan on medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers. Cook until the onions begin to caramelize. Lower heat to medium and add chopped garlic and pork. Stir until all sides of the pork are browned - about 5 minutes.
Add soy sauce, fish sauce, tomato paste, water, pimentos, bay leaf, and sugar to pan. Stir until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. When the sauce starts to boil, cover the pan. Lower heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add in peas and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve over rice.
Fish sauce can be omitted, but it adds a unique flavor to the dish.