Sesame-Mirin Pork Rice Bowl
with broccolini and peanuts
Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Spice Level: Mild
Cook Within: 5 days
Contains: Wheat, Peanuts, Sesame, Soy
Meal-in-a-box seems like a relatively new creation, but not so: before meal-kits, lunch boxes, and frozen dinners, the Japanese had bento boxes. The bento box originates in the 12th-13th century, as a way for Japanese workers to take food to work. We'll stop the history lesson here, even though the flavors of this bento-inspired dish speak for themselves. Sliced pork in garlic sauce and sweet mirin sit atop rice with fresh carrots and broccolini. Add some peanuts for a salty crunch, and red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, and you've got a meal-in-a-box that's a bowlful of joy. Tip: To peel the carrot with less effort, lay it down on your cutting board peel one half, rolling it as you peel. (Be sure to peel in a motion away from you!)
In Your Box (serves 2)
- 10 oz. Sliced Pork
- 8 oz. Carrot
- ¾ cup Jasmine Rice
- 4 oz. Broccolini
- ½ oz. Mirin
- ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
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Nutrition (per serving) zPapod3v
You Will Need
- Olive Oil
- 1 Small Pot
- 1 Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:
- Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
- Seafood 145° F |
- Chicken 165° F |
- Ground Beef 160° F |
- Ground Turkey 165° F |
- Ground Pork 160° F
Customize It Instructions
If using 20 oz. sliced pork, follow same instructions, working in batches if necessary.
If using steak strips or flank steak, follow same instructions as sliced pork in Steps 2 and 3, stirring occasionally until no pink remains and steak reaches minimum internal temperature, 4-6 minutes. Rest, 3 minutes.
If using Impossible burger, follow same instructions as sliced pork in Step 3, breaking up burger until heated through, 4-6 minutes.
Cook the Rice
Bring a small pot with rice, 11/4 cups water, and a pinch of salt to a boil.Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes.Remove from burner. Set aside covered.While rice cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Trim bottom ends from broccolini and cut into 2" lengths.Peel, trim, and cut carrot on an angle into 1/4" slices.Coarsely chop peanuts.Separate sliced pork into a single layer and pat dry. Season all over with 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Cook the Sliced Pork
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add sliced pork to hot pan and stir occasionally until no pink remains and pork reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 5-7 minutes.Remove from burner and transfer sliced pork to a plate. Rest, 3 minutes. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Cook the Vegetables
Return pan used to cook sliced pork to medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.Add carrot and 1 Tbsp. water to hot pan. Cover, and cook until starting to soften, 4-5 minutes.Uncover and add broccolini, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper to hot pan. Stir occasionally until tender, 5-7 minutes.
Finish the Dish
Add sliced pork and any accumulated juices, garlic sesame sauce, and mirin to hot pan. Stir until pork and vegetables are lightly glazed, 1-2 minutes.Remove from burner.Plate dish as pictured on front of card, placing sliced pork and vegetables on rice and garnishing with peanuts and red pepper flakes (to taste). Bon appétit!
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