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Thai Garlic Pepper Pork recipe (Moo Gratiem)

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This garlic pepper pork recipe, also known as “moo gratiem” in Thailand, comes together in just 15 minutes. It’s a quick and easy stir-fry that’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners and ideal for home cooks. Serve with jasmine rice or Thai sticky rice.

Thai garlic pepper pork with sticky rice and a lime wedge.

Don’t miss out on my other variation of pad kratiem: Thai garlic pepper chicken. And here are some more easy Thai pork stir-fry recipes you can try later: pad kra pao with holy basil, pork with oyster sauce, and moo pad prik pao with chili paste.

What is Thai garlic pepper pork

Thai garlic pepper pork, also known as moo tod gratiem prik Thai, is a classic stir-fry of tender pork slices tossed with a generous amount of garlic and pepper. It combines the subtle heat and aroma of pepper with the pungent notes of garlic, perfect for a quick meal.

Thai pepper garlic pork

Stir-fried pork with garlic and pepper is a staple at many street food stalls, but it has also taken its spot on the menus of countless Thai restaurants. It’s easy to whip up with lots of fried garlic and pepper, perfect for garlic lovers!

For me and many Thai children, this dish is a childhood memory. It’s such an easy dish to make, and it’s the perfect choice for whenever you’re low on inspiration.

It has that perfect balance of sweet, salty, and garlicky. The pepper brings a gentle heat, as opposed to the spicy flavors found in this Thai basil pork belly recipe.

Close-up of Thai pepper garlic pork, moo gratiem, sprinkled with crispy fried garlic and a side of sticky rice.

And that’s why this is the perfect dish to add to your weekly dinner rotation, it’s the perfect family dinner!

A simple combination of light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, white sugar and a sprinkle of flavor seasoning give the pork umami, sweetness, and a subtle note of salty.

The duo of garlic and coriander root adds flavor and depth, while black pepper adds a subtle hint of spice.

How to customize Thai garlic pork recipe

The beauty of Thai food is how versatile it is, and this garlic pepper pork stir-fry is a great example.

Top-view of bowl with Thai garlic pepper pork stir-fry, lime wedge, fresh chilies and garlic, and a bamboo basket with Thai sticky rice.

Switch up the protein: You can make this with seafood like shrimp or squid, beef, chicken, or even tofu for a vegetarian version. In our former Thai restaurant we offered both the chicken and pork version, it was always a hit!

Season to taste: Feel free to experiment with different flavors. Other recipes might call for fish sauce or other Asian seasonings. Use white pepper instead of black pepper, you can even ground fresh peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.

Add spice: For a spicy flavor, feel free to add fresh Thai chili peppers like bird’s eye chilies or sprinkle Thai chili flakes before serving.

Crispy fried garlic

Thai crispy fried garlic is my secret to the best pad kratiem. It adds an irresistible crunch and an extra layer of garlic goodness.

Making it is a breeze: just fry a batch of chopped garlic in a pan and keep some tucked away in a mason jar for later use. Don’t forget about the aromatic garlic oil left behind, it’s perfect for infusing your next stir-fries with notes of garlic.

Crispy fried garlic in a black spoon on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for garlic pepper pork: pork, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, flavor seasoning, coriander root, white sugar, black pepper, and fresh garlic.
  • Pork – Slice your pork into thin slices, this will speed up the cooking time. Pork tenderloin, pork loin, pork shoulders, and pork sirloin are all great cuts for this recipe.
  • Oyster sauce – This sauce is savory and umami-rich. It’s often used in stir-fries or meat marinades in Southeast Asian cuisine.
  • Light soy sauce – Used in Asian cooking for its salty flavor.
  • Dark soy sauce (not pictured) – As I approached the final stage of stir-frying, I noticed the pork needed an extra touch of color. I added some dark soy sauce, which we often use to darken the color of our dishes. This is the beauty of intuitive cooking, you can craft delicious meals on the go.
  • Flavor seasoning – Rosdee is a Thai brand of flavor seasoning, which is used to add extra flavor to food. Golden mountain seasoning sauce can be used as a substitute.
  • Coriander root – Brings a pungent and peppery flavor to the mix.
  • White sugar – Essential for balancing out the savory flavors. Avoid brown sugar and palm sugar to replicate the exact flavors of this recipe.
  • Black pepperAlternatively, you can use black peppercorns and crush them with a mortar and pestle. White pepper can be used as a substitute.
  • Garlic – Feel free to up the garlic.

How to cook garlic pepper pork

Close-up of fried garlic, black pepper, and coriander root in a pan.

Step 1: Heat a non-stick wok or skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Add garlic and coriander root, season with black pepper, and stir-fry for about 20 seconds or until garlic is fragrant and turns golden.

Close-up of stir-fried pork slices in a pan.

Step 2: Add your pork slices and cook until they are about 80% done.

Top-down view of a large pan with stir-fried Thai garlic pepper pork on a wooden background.

Step 3: Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, flavor seasoning, white sugar, and dark soy sauce. Continue to stir-fry until the pork is fully cooked, making sure each slice is well-coated in the sauce. Serve immediately with rice.

Kitchen tools

  • Work or large skillet with spatula or wooden spoon
  • Cutting board and sharp knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Crispy fried garlic bits: Don’t skimp on it, and add more or less to taste.
  • Avoid overcrowding: Cook in batches if necessary to ensure even cooking.
  • Adjust to taste: Thai cooking is all about taste-testing as you go. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • High heat: Stir-frying is best done over high heat and at a quick pace. The pork will sear quickly over high heat while keeping it tender inside.

How to serve moo gratiem

Garlic pork stir-fry is a versatile dish perfect for dinner or as an easy side. Serve it with steamed jasmine rice or Thai sticky rice to soak up the flavors of the stir-fry sauce. Fresh vegetables like long beans or Thai eggplants are a good side, and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, black pepper, and crispy fried garlic for added taste.

Optionally, a lime wedge and a garnish of cilantro or finely chopped green onions bring a tangy note and freshness. A dipping sauce like Thai hot sauce is perfect for spice.

How to store and reheat

Allow your moo gratiem leftovers to cool to room temperature before transferring them to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 to 4 days.

Freezing instructions: Freeze it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Thaw it in the fridge overnight.

Reheating instructions: Gently reheat on the stove top using a non-stick pan. If needed, add a little oil.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this with tofu?

Yes, simply substitute the pork with tofu and adjust the cooking time accordingly. For a complete vegetarian meal, sub oyster sauce with mushroom soy sauce.

Is this a spicy recipe?

This meal has a subtle hint of spice since it’s made with black pepper. To make it spicier, you can add fresh chili peppers or chili flakes.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

No, this recipe is not suited for a gluten-free diet.

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Thai Garlic Pepper Pork recipe (Moo Gratiem)

Thai garlic pepper pork with sticky rice and a lime wedge.
This delicious recipe for garlic pepper pork comes together in no more than 15 minutes.
Praew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 bunches of coriander root chopped
  • black pepper add to taste
  • 8 ounces pork sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 0.5 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon flavor seasoning
  • 0.5 tablespoons white sugar

Instructions

  • Heat a non-stick wok or skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Add garlic and coriander root, season with black pepper, and stir-fry for about 20 seconds or until garlic is fragrant and turns golden.
  • Add your pork slices and cook until they are about 80% done.
  • Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, flavor seasoning, white sugar, and dark soy sauce. Continue to stir-fry until the pork is fully cooked, making sure each slice is well-coated in the sauce. Serve immediately with rice.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Garnish with extra black pepper and crispy fried garlic before serving.

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