Thai Pork with Spicy Green Beans

This Thai Pork with Spicy Green Beans recipe (moo pad prik king) is delicious, easy to make and the sauce is just waiting to be soaked up by the rice!

This Thai Pork with Spicy Green Beans recipe (moo pad prik king) is delicious, easy to make and the sauce is just waiting to be soaked up by the rice!

I have a serious phobia about trying new things at restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love checking out new restaurants and have no problem ordering whatever sounds good to me, but when it comes to ordering something different than what I got the first time I was there, I’m a total wimp.

When I already know that something is good, why would I take a risk and order something different? What if it doesn’t taste good and I just waste a bunch of money?

The absolute worst case of order-changing-phobia I’ve ever had was at this little Thai place in the town where I went to college.

The first time I tried Thai food I ordered chicken with cashew nuts, and it has been my absolute favorite dish in the WORLD ever since.

In all seriousness, it took me YEARS to order something different. I finally got tipsy brave one night at dinner and decided to order something different.  

I went with pad prik king, also known as chicken with spicy green beans, and it was divine. Prik king itself is actually a type of curry, like panang or massaman.

In Thailand the husband and I saw prik king used “dry” (meaning without coconut milk) to saute meat and vegetables.

While chicken and green beans is the most common combination seen here in the states, moo paht prik king, moo pad prik king, or pork with spicy green beans, is a delicious alternative.

An absolute cinch to make, this Thai pork recipe comes together in under 15 minutes so be sure to start your rice ahead of time!

This Thai Pork with Spicy Green Beans recipe (moo pad prik king) is delicious, easy to make and the sauce is just waiting to be soaked up by the rice!

Side note: I recently found myself on the rice aisle at the local Asian supermarket deciding between a ten or twenty-five pound bag of jasmine rice. I think I have a problem.

Okay, back to the pork: Do you see that delicious sauce nestled underneath the green beans and pork? It is just begging to be soaked up by some rice. Never skimp on the rice.

This Thai Pork with Spicy Green Beans recipe (moo pad prik king) is delicious, easy to make and the sauce is just waiting to be soaked up by the rice!

You don’t need any special equipment or ingredients to make this incredibly easy dish at home.

I’ve included the traditional elements below, but I’ve also added notes about simple substitutions you can make if you don’t have a particular ingredient on hand.

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Pork and Green Beans Stir Fry served on a plate.

Thai Pork and Green Beans Recipe

Experience the zest of Thailand in your kitchen in just 30 minutes with our Thai Pork and Green Beans. This Pad Prik King recipe combines a spicy kick with mouth-watering sauce, perfect to mingle with your favorite rice.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Dairy Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Linda
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  • 3/4 lb. green beans - trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed - or vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. prik king curry paste - or use any red curry paste, such as panang, massaman, or regular “red”
  • 1 lb. boneless pork loin - very thinly sliced crosswise into 2-inch strips
  • 1/2 c. fat free chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. palm sugar - or brown sugar
  • 4 wild lime leaves* - halved (or serve with lime wedges)
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  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and toss in your green beans. Let them cook for about 3 minutes, then strain and rinse with cold water.
  • Heat the sesame and grapeseed oil over medium-low heat in a large skillet. Add in the curry paste and stir for 2-3 minutes until the paste is well combined with the oil. Use the back of a wooden spoon to work the two together.
  • Turn the heat up to medium high heat and add the pork strips. Stir the pork around to evenly coat in curry paste for a minute or two, then add in the broth, fish sauce, wild lime leaves (if using), and palm sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Add the green beans to the pan and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  • Serve with lots of jasmine rice!


*The lime leaves are pictured as a garnish, in case you are wondering what they look like.
Store any leftovers of the Thai Pork and Green Beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and they should remain good for up to 3-4 days. While freezing is an option, be aware that the texture of the green beans may change when thawed.
For reheating, you can gently warm the dish in a skillet over medium heat, adding a little water or broth if it appears dry. Alternatively, you can reheat using a microwave but be sure to cover the dish and stir it halfway through.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2334IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. It was very oily. I used slightly less meat and less fish oil and less sesame oil and it was very very oily! Is that normal? It was super tastey however!!! So far the best prik king I’ve had.


    1. Hi, Mandy! Prik King does typically have a good amount of oil in it. If it was too oily for your taste, I’d suggest increasing the amount of meat, or slightly decreasing the amount of oil. Also, did you use fish oil instead of fish sauce? That may have made a difference 🙂