Pot Sticker Stir-Fry + First Look at Nom Nom Paleo’s New Cookbook

Recipe reprinted with permission from Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017). Copyright © 2017 Michelle Tam & Henry Fong.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 small Napa cabbage, cut in half and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Butter lettuce leaves, to serve (optional)

Special equipment:


1 Cook the vegetables: In a 12-inch (or larger) skillet over medium heat, melt the ghee. Once it’s hot, toss in the carrots, shallots, and mushrooms.

Add a sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shallots are soft and the ’shrooms are pliable.

Toss in the garlic and ginger, and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

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2 Add the ground pork and cook: Add the pork along with another sprinkle of salt, and break up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Crank up the heat to medium-high, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink.

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Transfer the cooked pork with a slotted spoon to another platter. Leave the cooking liquid in the pan.

4 Cook the cabbage: Throw the cabbage into the pan with another sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until wilted.

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5 Combine everything back in the skillet and season: Lower the heat to medium, and add the ground pork back into the skillet. Stir to combine.

Season with coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and fish sauce. Taste and adjust with more seasoning if needed.

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6 Serve and eat: Remove the skillet from the heat. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and a generous sprinkle of scallions. Serve the stir-fry on its own, or with butter lettuce to make lettuce cups (i.e. paleo "tacos"!).

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  • Ronda

    What would be the best way to make this dish vegetarian? Im thinking of leaving out the pork altogether and doubling the veggies. Thoughts?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Ronda! I think that’s a great idea! You might also swap the pork for a mix of chopped mushrooms and crumbled baked tofu (the kind you buy at the store). Let us know how it goes!

  • Sharon

    What do coconut amino add to the recipe? If essential, is there a substitute? Thanks.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Sharon! Coconut aminos are frequently used in Paleo recipes as a substitute for soy sauce (same savory flavor, minus the wheat or soy, which aren’t eaten in the Paleo diet). You can swap in soy sauce or tamari if you prefer!

  • Mary

    So easy and so good! I have made it three times. The last time I used ground turkey and it was just as good!


  • Cliff

    This was easy and amazing! Unprompted, one my older kids said “tastes like the inside of a pot sticker :-). We’re going to use the leftovers for Udon at breakfast!


  • Claudia Cash

    SO GOOD. My whole family loved it!


  • Surin

    No garlic chives in a pot sticker recipe? And fish sauce and coconut aminos? Looks interesting and I’m definitely going to try the concept, but not with these strange modifications.

  • Rebecca

    Can you substitute ground chicken for the pork??

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Rebecca! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. Sure, I think that ground chicken or turkey would make a fine substitute for the pork. I think the cooking time should be roughly the same. Let us know how it turns out!

  • Erin

    I cooked in the instant pot and added 32 oz of beef broth and thickened it into a stew with a head of regular diced cabbage . AMAZING! Cooked it as instructions except all done in instant pot and followed the steps as instructed.


  • Kay Mohrman

    Wonderful sounding recipe! I don’t like mushrooms so I’d add more of the carrots or even more meat. I can hardly wait to make this for my hubby – I know he’ll love it! :D :D

  • claudia otis

    This was delicious, Children approve! It there any way to find the nutrition facts for this recipe? Thank you

  • Aaron Ekdahl

    Saw this recipe the day it was posted, and thought it sounded amazing. Ended up ordering Ready or Not!… a couple days ago. Finally got around to making this dish for dinner tonight and the whole family loved it! Also of note, I’ve been following your blog for years and totally love it too! Thank you!

  • kHuck

    Do you have a suggested substitute for the mushrooms (allergic)? Thanks!

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi kHuck! I think I’d probably just skip them, or add more carrots or ground pork. If you have any leftover grains, like rice or barley, you could throw those in. They’d have a similar chewy texture to the mushrooms. Hope this helps!