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Green Bean Pork Rice Bowl


Green Bean Pork Rice Bowl

Green Bean Pork Rice Bowl

Photo © Molly Watson
Green Bean Pork Rice Bowl is an easy, nutritious dinner to pull together any night of the week. It's satisfying, warm, and welcome after a long day. Use fresh, bright green beans for the best result.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups rice (brown rice is a great option)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 lbs. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup sake or white wine (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari or soy sauce, plus more to taste and/or for serving
  • 1 lb. green beans
  • 1 piece ginger, about 4 in. long
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch (6-8) green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • Cilantro for garnishing


  1. Bring 4 cups water, the rice, and the salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, cook 15 minutes, turn off heat and let sit an additional 5 minutes. (Know that if you use brown rice it will need 50% more water and will take 40 to 50 minutes to cook.) Fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside until ready to serve. Or, do as I do and set it all up in a rice cooker and forget all about it.
  2. While the rice is cooking, cook everything else. Put the pork in a medium bowl and pour the sake or white wine and the tamari or soy sauce over it. Mix gently and let sit.
  3. Trim the green beans and cut into bite-size pieces.
  4. Now grate the ginger, mince the garlic, and chop the green onions.
  5. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of the oil and the pork and cook, stirring once in a while, until the pork is about half-way cooked – some is cooked through and some isn’t and none if it is starting to brown yet. Add 3/4 of the grated ginger. Stir in the ginger and cook until the pork is cooked through and starting to get brown in some spots.
  6. Transfer the pork to a bowl or plate and cover to keep warm. Return the pan to the stove and add the remaining tablespoon of oil, the remaining ginger, garlic, and green onions. Cook, stirring, until the fragrances blend, about a minute. Add the green beans, stir to combine, add 1/4 cup of water, cover, and cook until the beans are tender, about 4 minutes.
  7. While the beans cook, chop or mince the cilantro.
  8. Divide the rice between 4 deep cereal or chili bowls. Top with green beans and pork. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with tamari or soy sauce on the side for people to add to taste.
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