Amy Green

Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Peanut Butter Pork with Brown Rice and Stir-Fry Vegetables

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Slow cooking is one of my favorite ways to get dinner on the table. It frees me up to focus on other things and the meals are always delicious. Though there’s peanut butter in the sauce, the flavor becomes very subtle due to the other ingredients. Instead of contributing a strong peanut butter flavor, it imparts a creamy, rich texture to the sauce. I used Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter but Smooth Operator or The Heat is On would work beautifully.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5-7 hours
Total time: 5 hours and 30 minutes to 7 hours and 30 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Peanut Butter Pork with Brown Rice and Stir-Fry Vegetables


Ingredients for Pork

Ingredients 2

For the pork
1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 (2 pound) pork shoulder
1/2 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/3 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
1 tablespoon cold water

For the rice
1/2 cups brown rice
3 cups water or chicken stock

For the stir-fry vegetables
2 tablespoons seasame oil
5 cups broccoli florets
4 cups sliced baby bella (cremini) mushrooms
3 cups (1 large) bell pepper, cut into large dice
2 medium zucchini, cut in half and sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 green onions, sliced, white and green parts
1/4 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Golden Roasted Peanuts


1. Put the sliced bell pepper in the bottom of a large slow cooker. The slow cooker should be large enough to accommodate the pork without it touching the sides. (If it touches a little in one or two places that’s ok.) Place the pork on top of the sliced bell pepper.

2. Whisk together the soy sauce or coconut aminos, garlic, coconut palm sugar, and rice vinegar. Pour the mixture on top of the pork. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours, until the meat is fork-tender.

3. Once the meat is cooked, remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it.

shredded pork

4. Strain the remaining juice into a medium sauce pan. Discard any solids. You can also use a gravy separator to remove much of the fat in the sauce at this point.

5. Heat the sauce and whisk in the peanut butter.

pork sauce

6. Stir together the cornstarch and water. Whisk the mixture into the peanut butter sauce. Return the meat to the slow cooker and mix in a generous amount of sauce. You may not use all of the sauce; that’s ok. Keep it for serving.

7. If the sauce thickens as it sits, just whisk in a little water until it reaches the desired consistency.

Make the rice
Put the rice and water or stock in a medium sauce pan. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Let rice stand for 5 minutes covered then uncover and fluff with a fork. Keep warm until served.

Make the stir fry vegetables
Heat the sesame oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, until the broccoli is bright green, about 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook for another two minutes, just until it begins to get soft. Add the zucchini and cook for another two or three minutes, until the zucchini becomes tender but still solid. Stir in the green onions. Remove from heat and keep warm. Sprinkle the Golden Roasted Peanuts over the vegetables just before serving.

Slow cooker pork cooked veg

To serve
Put the rice in a bowl or on a plate. Top with stir-fry vegetables, then top the vegetables with the slow cooker pork. If you have extra sauce, serve it warm on the side.

low Cooker Pork


What other slow cooker meals would you add peanut butter to?

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26 Responses to Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Peanut Butter Pork with Brown Rice and Stir-Fry Vegetables

  1. Raymond says:

    Chicken Peanut Thai Slow Cooker with mushrooms and snap peas!

  2. Soo Lee says:

    Make Thai Chicken with peanut butter sauce in a slow cooker 🙂

  3. Linda F says:

    Anything with chicken

  4. Linda Carlson says:

    Slow cooker chicken strips!

  5. Jessica K. says:

    In a sauce for sweet potatoes and apples.

  6. Nancy Reid says:

    Spicy Chicken in Peanut Sauce made in a slow cooker

  7. brittany doerfler says:

    i think i would add some peanut butter to my famous slow cooker chili

  8. karen b. says:

    I’d probably add some pb to a slow cooker vegetarian chili. It sounds strange but I think it would work.

  9. Debra Lee says:

    Thai Peanut Pulled Chicken!

  10. Jennifer Hudson Mosher says:

    I add peanut butter in with pork and sweet potatoes!

  11. Caro says:

    I’d make a peanut butter and chocolate cake in the slow cooker.

  12. Ric says:

    Chicken is good with peanut butter in a slow cooker.

  13. Kimberly says:

    Thai Peanut Soup!

  14. Francisco says:


  15. Alexi says:

    some kind of slow cooked pork dish

  16. Natalie says:

    I would make a slow cooker pad thai dish!

  17. Georgiana says:

    A chili stew with an thai peanut butter twist might be fun!

  18. Kimberly Snyder says:

    I would cook a pork loin, in a peanut/chili sauce

  19. kate brandvold says:

    Pulled BBQ pork with PB

  20. Kim says:

    I would make a crock pot bread pudding with peanut butter.

  21. Jessica says:

    How about a spicy PB chicken chili

  22. megan says:

    African peanut soup made in the slow cooker is perfect for a busy week night meal. especially in the cooler weather now.

  23. nik says:

    Slow Cooker Baked Beans

  24. Kelli says:

    I’d add peanut butter to a chili.

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Slow Cooker Asian-Inspired Peanut Butter Pork with Brown Rice and Stir-Fry Vegetables