Flavorful, affordable, and super versatile, these pork mince recipes are ideal for busy weeknights.
They’re hearty, scrumptious, and kid-friendly to boot!
Pork mince (aka ground pork) is popular all over the world. So expect plenty of variety on this roundup.
From American classics and hearty European dishes to bright Mediterranean meals and flavorful Asian dinners, you’ll fall for more than one of these pork mince recipes.
I’m talking juicy burgers, meaty pies, playful potstickers, and more!
25 Best Ground Pork Recipes for Family Dinner
1. Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Bowls
If you’re looking to expand your roster of rice bowl recipes, this one’s for you.
While the term “caramelized” is most often associated with desserts, it perfectly describes the pork mince here.
Cooked in sugar (among other ingredients) until it caramelizes, the pork becomes wonderfully sweet and savory with a beautiful golden hue.
Serve it over rice with chilis, chopped green onions, tomatoes, and sliced cucumber. Enjoy!
2. Easy Pork Bolognese
Bolognese is traditionally made with beef, but there’s no rule saying you can’t use pork.
And while the taste is very similar to a classic bolognese, the pork mince gives it a lighter flavor.
So it’s ideal if you want to dial down the richness of a beef bolognese.
3. Pork and Ginger Dumplings
I’ll admit it’s much easier to buy frozen dumplings. But making your own is so fun!
Also, it yields tastier results!
These homemade dumplings greet your taste buds with crisp and chewy skins, followed by a juicy and savory pork filling.
Infused with soy sauce, sesame, sweet chili, and ginger, these dumplings burst with bold Asian flavors.
And while they seem intimidating to make, the process is relatively easy, even for newbies.
So make a big batch and freeze them for later.
4. Pork Mince Noodle Stir Fry
In the mood for Chinese takeout? This noodle stir fry is guaranteed to curb those cravings.
A merry mix of noodles and pork mince tossed in a sweet, savory, and spicy sauce; this stir fry is a hit any day of the week.
5. Ginger Minced Pork Rice Bowl
Here’s another rice bowl packed with nothing but amazing flavors.
You’ll cook the pork mince with ginger, rice wine, sugar, and soy sauce, giving it a bright flavor and color.
The mildly spicy ginger, sweet sugar, and umami-rich soy sauce complement each other well. And that hit of meaty goodness can’t be beat!
6. Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans
A combination of juicy pork mince and crunchy green beans, this is one light yet flavor-packed side dish.
Cooked in Szechuan sauce (soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, sugar, and chili garlic), this dish is fully loaded with sweet and umami flavors.
Serve over a bed of white rice for a simple yet scrumptious Asian meal.
7. Traditional Scotch Eggs with a Thai Inspired Pad Kra Pao Twist
This next recipe is extra special because it combines two cuisines in one mind-blowing dish.
Scotch eggs are deep-fried boiled eggs wrapped in ground meat. They’re a British delicacy often found on buffet tables during the holidays.
But this recipe offers a Thai twist on the classic.
To make it happen, the pork mince coating is cooked in a sweet-savory-spicy sauce featuring soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and chili-garlic paste. Yum!
8. Pork Meatballs for Banh Mi
This dish is a crossover between a meatball sub and a banh mi, and it is de-freakin’-licious.
The pork mince meatballs include jicama seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, and green onions.
But instead of pan-frying, you’ll poach them until they’re fall-apart tender.
To make it a banh mi, stuff the balls in a baguette and top them with red chili, coriander, and homemade Asian sauce (included in the recipe).
Note: don’t skip the jicama! It gives the meatballs a nice crunchy contrast. If not available, use finely chopped pears or apples.
9. Swedish Meatballs
Move over, IKEA! These homemade Swedish meatballs are unbelievably juicy, tender, and to die for.
And they’re much cheaper, to boot.
It’s not just the meatballs that make this dish a hit, but the sauce, too.
Made with cream, butter, broth, and soy sauce thickened with flour, this gravy is so rich and delectable, you’ll want to put it on everything.
Doubling the recipe might be a good idea.
10. Pork Koftas with an Asian Twist
Here’s another awesome mash-up of cuisines for you!
Middle East + Asia = one helluva dinner.
These pork koftas contain pork mince flavored with chilies, ginger, coriander, and garlic.
Oh, and peanut butter, too! So while they look like koftas, expect the taste to be similar to satay.
Serve the koftas with either a Greek or Asian side dish or in a pita with pickled red onions, tzatziki or homemade hummus, and sliced cucumber!
11. Potstickers (Chinese Pan Fried Dumplings!)
Ever wanted to make your very own Chinese dumplings? Well, thanks to this recipe, you can!
Crisp on the outside with a juicy and savory filling on the inside, it’s not surprising why these potstickers are so addictive.
What’s shocking, though, is that they’re so easy to make. Sure, it’ll take a few tries to get the wrapping right, but I’m sure you’ll master it in no time!
12. Chinese Eggplant and Pork
Another popular Chinese dish to try at home is eggplant and pork. It’s a simple combo but oh-so-scrummy.
And to be honest, it’s the sauce that really steals the show!
Soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper combine to make a sweet and savory dressing exploding with umami flavors.
Put it on any stir fry or noodle bowl, and you’ll be more than happy.
13. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Sauce
I know cabbage rolls don’t always look super appetizing, but just what until you try this recipe.
You’ll be blown away by the simple mix of cabbage and tomato sauce with savory pork filling.
I like to sprinkle cheddar cheese on top, kind of like Irish enchiladas.
14. Chinese Lettuce Wraps (San Choy Bow)
Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up on good food. Case in point: this recipe.
You’ll pile these lettuce wraps high with a filling of pork mince, carrots, water chestnuts, baby corn, and mushrooms.
Cooked in a dreamy sweet, savory sauce, chopped peanuts and scallions are the perfect finishing touch.
This dish may be healthy, but the flavors and textures will knock your socks off.
15. Pork and Veal Terrine
If your weekly meal rotation is getting a little repetitive, how about trying something new?
It’s time to French it up with this pork and veal terrine!
This French dish is similar to our meatloaf, but it’s chilled overnight and served cool. This allows it to set and the flavors to marry.
And this terrine is extra special as it’s studded with pistachios and basil and wrapped with prosciutto.
It’s a show-stopper, that’s for sure!
16. Mexican Pork Burger
I adore poblano peppers, so you know I made this one right away!
They’re roasted and served on juicy pork mince burger patties along with feta and a creamy aioli sauce.
Wow is an understatement.
17. Simple Pork Mince Cottage Pie
From the pork mince on the bottom to the mashed potatoes on top, this cottage pie is simple, but it sure hits the spot.
It’s cooked in a scrummy ragu of tomatoes, stock, Worcestershire sauce, and tons of herbs and seasonings.
And while it may not be traditional (i.e., made with beef), it’s more than worth straying from the norm.
Carrots and frozen peas give it extra color and a lot of crunch. And feel free to add other veggies if you like.
18. Thai Minced Pork Over Rice Noodle (Larb)
This Thai dish is a festive stir fry of pork mince, rice noodles, and vegetables.
You’ll throw in some mint leaves to give the rich dish a touch of cooling sensation.
Though even without the mint, this is one hearty yet light dish. I think it’s the lime juice that makes it zippy!
19. Pork and Apple Rissoles
Pork and apples go hand in hand. And that’s especially true in these tasty rissoles.
Rissoles are like smaller burger patties or flattened meatballs. But the concept is the same.
Full of ground meat, herbs and spices, and a few other key elements (apples in this case), they’re super easy to whip up and pair well with mashed or roasted potatoes.
20. Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls
If you saw the recipe above and thought, “Wow, I wish there were more carbs in the recipe!” you’re in luck!
Because this recipe is essentially the same mixture of pork mince and apple, only it’s rolled into logs and cooked in flaky puff pastry.
It’s British comfort food at its best!
21. Vietnamese Watercress Soup
Pork mince and watercress swim in a broth seasoned with fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Sounds pretty scrumptious, huh?
This soup is healthy and light but surprisingly full of flavor. You’ll be amazed at how a small splash of fish sauce can transform a dish!
22. Pork Meatloaf with Bacon, Leek, and Thyme
Tired of the same old beef meatloaf with tomato glaze? Try this stunning pork recipe with bacon, leeks, and thyme!
It’s salty, meaty, earthy, and loaded with onion and garlic notes.
This blend is so good, I actually use it to make meatballs and sausage rolls.
23. Ground Pork Nachos
Who could ever say no to a big plate of nachos? I mean, it’s crunchy, cheesy, and oh-so-naughty.
And no matter what meat you use – if any – you can’t beat this classic appetizer.
That said, if you’re not a fan of the overwhelming richness of beef, use pork instead.
These nachos still deliver bright colors, flavors, and textures but with a slightly lighter meaty taste.
24. Pork Mince Bao Buns
If you’ve never tried bao buns before, you’re in for a real treat.
The buns themselves are insanely tender and fluffy. They’re steamed and a little chewy, which is ideal for crispy fillings.
And the filling is just as exciting. You’ll make mini rissoles with pork mince and spices, then serve them with spicy mayo and crunchy slaw. Delish!
25. Spicy Pork Mince Pie Made with Cambodian Prahok Ktis
One look at this mince pie, and I’m drooling. Seriously, how insanely delicious does that thing look?
You’ll love this Cambodian twist if you’re a fan of classic Australian meat pies.
Made with minced pork, coconut cream, eggplant, and a Cambodian fish paste called prahok, this pie is rich and savory with a spicy kick.
What a fantastic crossover of two amazing cuisines!
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