Five-spice Pork Stew

Points® value
Total Time
5 hr 15 min
15 min
5 hr
Five-spice powder is a punchy combination of Szechuan peppercorns, star anise, whole cloves, cinnamon, and fennel seeds. To make things easy, use a store-bought mix.


Uncooked lean trimmed boneless pork chop

1½ pound(s)


1 cup(s), matchstick cut, 1/4 inch thick

Ginger root

1 piece(s), 2 inches, peeled, and minced

Fresh garlic scapes

6 medium, minced

Five-spice powder

1 tsp(s)

Fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth

1½ cup(s)

Hoisin sauce

¼ cup(s)

Soy sauce

2 tbsp(s)


1 tbsp(s)

Frozen chopped broccoli

16 oz

Unsalted toasted sesame seeds

2 tsp(s)


  1. In a 5- or 6-qt slow cooker, combine pork, carrots, ginger, garlic, and five-spice powder. In a large glass measure, whisk together broth and hoisin sauce; pour over pork and vegetables. Cover and cook until pork is fork-tender, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer pork to a medium bowl; cover to keep warm.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce and cornstarch until smooth. Whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook until mixture simmers, about 10 minutes on High. Stir in stir-fry vegetables. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Return pork to slow cooker and cook until heated through, about 10 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Serving idea: Cooked brown or white long-grain rice makes a solid base for this stew.