Crispy Pork Rice Salad with Fish Sauce by localhaven | Quick & Easy Recipe | The Feedfeed
Crispy Pork Rice Salad with Fish Sauce
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"This Crispy Pork Rice Salad with Fish Sauce is one of my absolute most favorite meals. Inspired by a recent trip to Ralston Family Farms in Arkansas along with The Feedfeed and USA Rice to learn about U.S. sustainably grown rice. During my trip I not only got to see where they grow, mill and package the rice, but also got to taste a lot of newer varieties that I hadn’t tried before, like purple rice and rice grits!"
-- @localhaven


A Note from Feedfeed

We love the contrast between the crispy caramelized pork and fresh cucumber and herbs in this rice salad. A sweet and tangy shallot and lime dressing take this over the top!

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Details

Prep time 20mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 4-6

Recipe

For the Cilantro Peanut Rice:

  • 3 cups U.S.-grown long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/ 2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

Garnishes

  • 1 small English cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  • 1 cup mix of fresh cilantro, mint, and basil

Method

  • Step 1

    Combine rice, lime juice, and salt in a large serving bowl; set aside

  • Step 2

    Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot rings and cook, until brown and crisped, about 5-7 minutes. Strain the shallots and let cool (and continue to crisp) onto a paper towel.

  • Step 3

    Return pan to medium-low heat and add peanuts. Cook, stirring, until peanuts turn a medium shade of brown and become fragrant, 5–8 minutes. Add peanuts, shallots and cilantro to rice and toss together.

  • Step 4

    Taste and add more salt and lime juice, if needed. Set aside

For the Lime Fish Sauce:

  • 1 small shallot, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/ 4 cup lime juice, (2 to 3 limes)
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Method

  • Step 1

    In a small bowl, whisk together shallots, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chile flakes, and scallions. Set aside

For the Crispy Caramelized Pork:

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, or other neutral oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons caramel sauce, (1 tsp molasses + 1 tsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced

Method

  • Step 1

    Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pork, breaking it up into small pieces for 3-4 pieces until no longer pink. Add the fish sauce, caramel sauce and sugar, stirring to combine.

  • Step 2

    Turn the heat to medium-high and cook for another 5 minutes until deeply browned. Keep stirring and spreading out the pork to cover the bottom of the skillet. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring to avoid burning.

  • Step 3

    Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the green onions.

  • Step 4

    Using a slotted spoon, add the crispy caramelized pork to the cilantro peanut rice. Top with cucumbers, cilantro, mint and basil and serve with lime wedges and the lime fish sauce.