Thai Garlic Pork | Moo Gratiem

April 17, 2019 (Last Updated: March 27, 2020)

thai garlic pork in a white bowl

If I have to name a Thai dish that pretty much every Thai kid and adult loves, Thai garlic pork or moo gratiem definitely comes to mind. Why this dish? Because it’s just oh so perfect with rice, our staple, and there’s no chili in it, so you don’t have to worry about it being too hot for kids. Of course, for those who don’t eat pork, there are other variations of the dish as well. Here, people do have garlic chicken, beef, seafood or even tofu.

This Thai fried pork with garlic and pepper is one of the easiest tasty pork recipes. The main ingredients required are just pork, lots of garlic, and whole white peppercorns (no ground white pepper or it won’t be the same!), which are so basic. All you need to do is massage the pork with freshly pounded garlic and pepper and a little bit of salt before frying it over medium-high heat.

thai garlic pork in a white bowl

For the seasoning, I use oyster sauce, soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. While the oyster sauce keeps the pork moist and also sticks the pork and garlic together, the soy sauce adds some saltiness to the dish. At the same time the sweet soy sauce is not something to be overlooked.

If you’ve read enough Thai recipes, you might have noticed we use sugar in our cooking. In Thai cuisine, we don’t always add sugar to actually sweeten food. A lot of times we just use it to round out the flavor. For this dish, though, we’re using sweet soy sauce instead of sugar because it adds a bit more stickiness to the dish and helps us achieve that nice dark brown color sugar won’t. 😉

thai garlic pork in a white bowl

Now, when it comes to serving this Thai garlic pork, simply place it over or on the side of rice and enjoy with cucumber slices or salad greens for some crunch and added fiber.

Like how simple all this sounds? Let this easy Thai moo gratiem recipe be your next I-only-have-pork-left-in-the-fridge dish!

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Thai Garlic Pork | Moo Gratiem Recipe

thai garlic pork in a white bowl

THE best Thai/Asian garlic pork EVER!!!

  • Author: Cooking with Nart
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Ingredients

  • heads garlic, pealed
  • 1 teaspoon whole white peppercorns
  • 200 grams pork, sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sweet soy sauce

Instructions

  1. In a mortar, pound the white peppercorns until fine with a pestle. Add the garlic and give it a few pounds. The garlic doesn’t need to be fine.
  2. Place the pork in a bowl and massage with the white peppercorn and garlic mixture and salt for about a minute.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry the pork once the oil is hot.
  4. Season the pork with oyster sauce, soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. Remove from heat when the pork is done and serve with rice immediately.

Keywords: Thai garlic pork, Asian fried pork, moo gratiem, fried pork

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Christian Guzman
    March 4, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Oh, wow. That looks incredible. I would love to try that in fried rice.

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 5, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    LaRena
    March 5, 2020 at 1:41 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it. Not to metion this is so easy to modify to gluten-free. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 5, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks, and you’re welcome!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    March 5, 2020 at 2:03 am

    I really want to make this Thai garlic pork. It looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Do it, do it! Make it part of one of your pasta dishes :p

  • Reply
    Beth
    March 5, 2020 at 3:12 am

    Considering all the Thai restaurants I’ve eaten in during my Hawaii years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this dish on a menu. I can see I either have to look for it on my next visit, or make it myself, mmm.

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      It’s super easy, you can definitely make it!

  • Reply
    saif
    March 5, 2020 at 8:09 am

    This look absolutely delicious. Perfect to eat this with rice. Makes me hungry 🙂

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 5, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s so good with rice 🙂

  • Reply
    Ai
    March 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Looks incredible Nart! Thai food is one of my favorites! I’ll take this pork and a bowl of rice every single day! YUUUUMMMM!

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you Aiiiii! It’s super easy to make too. Hope you get to try!

  • Reply
    Sherelle
    March 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    This looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lathiya
    March 10, 2020 at 2:41 am

    I love how simple your dish is using minimal ingredients. Hope I can try this with chicken as we don’t eat pork.

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 10, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you! We do make this dish with chicken as well and it’s just as good!

  • Reply
    qungying
    March 23, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    it’s definitely one of my favorites! I normally opt for chicken but after seeing this one I’m definitely going to try it with pork! I’m loving how simple your sauce is too!

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 25, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      Yaassss, just lots of garlic! 🙂

  • Reply
    Daniel
    March 29, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I lived in Thailand 2 years and had this at least once a week. The pork in Thailand is amazing and cheap. Will try this week

    • Reply
      Nart
      March 30, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Thanks, enjoy!

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