This simple ground pork dish consists of summer vegetables such as corn, green peas. In the Philippines, I grew up eating these kinds of dishes because they are so flexible. You can use ground beef, turkey or chicken depending on your preference and different vegetables and seasonings can be used depending on what you have in the pantry. The ground pork was first sauteed with garlic, onion and tomatoes and then further cooked with carrots and potatoes. The green peas and kernel corn were added last. This dish was simply flavored with fish sauce, soy sauce and freshly cracked ground black pepper. I used Maggi liquid seasoning in this recipe since it adds a nice taste and flavor to the dish, but is definitely optional.
Ground Pork with Corn, Green Peas and Potato
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 small onion , chopped
- 2 large tomatoes , chopped
- 1 ½ lbs lean ground pork
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- Freshly cracked black pepper , to taste
- 1 cup ½-inch cubed carrots
- 1 large potato , peeled and sliced into ½-inch cubes
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup frozen green peas , thawed
- 1 cup whole kernel corn
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- A splash of Maggi liquid seasoning (optional)
- Chopped fresh cilantro , for garnish
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and tomatoes; sauté for 3 minutes or until onion has softened.
- Add ground pork and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is light brown and no longer pink. Season with fish sauce and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Add carrots, potato and water. Cover and simmer until potatoes are fork tender, about 7 minutes.
- Add green peas, corn and soy sauce. Stir and then add liquid seasoning, if using and more freshly cracked black pepper, if desired. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
- Serve with steamed rice.
I had defrosted a pound of ground pork, intending to make stuffed cabbage or stuffed zucchini, but was unable to get to grocery to buy the cabbage or zucchini. I went to the net to find something else to make with the pork that didn’t involve pasta or tortillas and found this. Since I had both frozen corn and frozen peas in the fridge, I decided to give it a try. I followed the recipe except (1) peeled the two fresh tomatoes before using, (2) used chicken stock instead of water and doubled the amount, (3) doubled the fish sauce, and (4) didn’t use cilantro because I didn’t have any. Served with rice as suggested. It turned out to be a mild dish. My husband and I said “meh” with the first bite. We kept eating. After three or four bites, we said, “this isn’t too bad after all.” After another three or four bites, we said “this is damn tasty.” And so it remained. Thanks for an interesting recipe.
You are welcome! Take care and thanks for the interesting and detailed feedback 🙂
Do I have to use fish sauce? Is there another option?
You can use salt (or soy sauce) instead of the fish sauce and adjust the measurement accordingly. Hope this helps!
I made this recipe today! I have a household of boys only and not only dis they clear there bowls but they asked me to make it tomorrow! They said it was their favorite meal ever! I added samal oelek (ground chili paste) and added few extra potatoes and didn’t serve with rice! Thank you for this new family favorite!
Awww! That’s awesome!
Hi, what is the serving size? Thanks!
I doubled the recipe, served it with rice, as illustrated, plus soup on the side, but my large family still destroyed it, leaving no leftovers. Mine appeared very similar to the pictures above. Everyone was happy with the light touch of the flavors and the appealing colors. This is a quality weekday family meal. I have bookmarked it.
That’s awesome Jim! Love that your large family “destroyed it, leaving no leftovers” 🙂 Take care and stay safe!