Pork & Broccolini Stir-Fry with Italian-Style XO Sauce

Pork & Broccolini Stir-Fry with Italian-Style XO Sauce

Pork & Broccolini Stir-Fry with Italian-Style XO Sauce

Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cook Time
16 Minutes
Asian XO sauce gets an Italian twist in this rich, umami-forward take on a classic Mediterranean dish. Stir-fried broccolini is drizzled in a sweet, salty Italian XO sauce and served with seared garlic pork atop warm polenta … the stuff dinner dreams are made of.
  • 675 grams (1 bag) pork tenderloin, cut into cubes

  • 1 tablespoon chunky garlic paste

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, , divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 125 grams (5 ounces) tender stem broccoli, trimmed and sliced diagonally into 3½ cm (1½”) pieces

  • 3 tablespoons Italian XO Sauce

  • 500 millilitres (17 fluid ounce) chicken stock

  • 500 millilitres (17 fluid ounce) semi-skimmed milk

  • 125 grams (5 ounces) instant polenta

  • 100 grams (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese, grated, plus extra to serve

  • 25 grams (1 ounce) butter

Cooking tip
  1. XO sauce, the iconic condiment, was first created in Hong Kong. Meant to impress, it is known to be a luxury blend typically made with dried shrimp and scallops, Chinese dry-cured ham, garlic and various chillies.  The ingredients, combined in a base of oil, create an intense sweet, salty, rich umami flavour.


  • 1 Toss pork with garlic, ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt, Pepper and vinegar in large bowl until well coated. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan on high heat, add pork and brown on both sides. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
  • 2 Heat the remaining oil in the same pan on medium heat, add the broccoli and stir-fry for 5 minutes, or until tender crisp. Stir in the XO sauce, tossing to coat the broccoli. Return the pork to the pan, cook and stir until heated through.
  • 3 Meanwhile, for the Polenta, add the stock, milk and remaining 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt to a large saucepan and bring to the boil, whisking constantly, add the polenta gradually, reduce heat, stirring constantly, simmer for 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and butter. Serve pork and broccoli over the Polenta with additional XO Sauce. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.