Szechuan Pork, Watercress and Broccoli Stir-fry

Szechuan Pork, Watercress and Broccoli Stir-fry


  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) pork tenderloin, cut into thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ a head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red onion, sliced thickly
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) toasted cashews
  • 1 x 85 g bag watercress
  • 1 red chilli, sliced, optional
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 50 ml (2 fl oz) dark soy sauce
  • 50 ml (2 fl oz) vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs cornflour whisked with 1 tbs water
Recipe created by development chef Keri Astill-Frew for The Watercress Company.

This week, millions of people all over the world celebrated Chinese New Year. We’re celebrating, too, with this Szechuan Pork, Watercress and Broccoli Stir-fry!

Our recipe serves four.


  1. To make the sauce, in a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok.
  3. Season the pork slices well with salt and pepper and batch fry in the oil, searing quickly on the outside to give colour then setting aside on a plate for later. Do not cook the pork for too long or it will become dry.
  4. Keeping the wok on the heat, add in the broccoli and onion.
  5. Fry for a couple of minutes, then add the pork, cashews, watercress and chilli if using.
  6. Pour in the sauce and cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce is simmering and has thickened nicely. Ensure that the pork is cooked through before serving.


Interested in learning a little more about Chinese New Year? Click here to read about some of the history and traditions behind it.

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