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Slow Cooker Five Spice Pork with Sugar Snap Peas

Five Spice Pork served over rice.

Recently I have joined the slow cooker fan club and I’ve been trying about every slow cooker recipe I can get my hands on. Five Spice Pork with Sugar Snap Peas may be my favorite slow cooker recipe to date.

I made a few alterations to the recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine. I reduced the amount of water added from 1/2 a cup to 1/4 of a cup. Meats give off so much liquid in the slow cooker and there’s no way for it to evaporate, so I don’t feel like there is a need to add but a little water. I also added a tablespoon or 2 of Wondra at the end to thicken the sauce up a bit. Wondra is a specially treated flour that dissolves easily in liquids without clumping.

I browned the meat first in a skillet. This step is not necessary, but I do think it adds flavor and makes the meat more visually appealing. I used dry Sherry instead of the Shaoxing, which is an ingredient I’ve never used before. Normally, I jump at the chance to try a new ingredient, but I’ve had a bottle of Sherry taking up valuable real estate in my refrigerator for several months now.

You could definitely sub snow peas for the sugar snap peas, but I much prefer the taste of the sugar snaps.

Slow Cooker Five Spice Pork makes a wonderful meal when you are tired of the same old boring meals. The flavor is unique and delicious!

Five Spiced Pork with Sugar Snap Peas served over rice.

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Slow Cooker Five Spiced Pork on a white plate.

Five Spice Pork with Sugar Snap Peas

Slow Cooker Five Spice Pork with Sugar Snap Peas

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 5 hours
TOTAL: 5 hours 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Shaoxing Chinese Rice Vinegar or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce such as Sriracha
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons Wondra
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed


  • In a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker, combine Shaoxing, soy sauce, brown sugar, chili suace, garlic, ginger, five spice powder, and 1/4 cup water.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dab as much moisture off pork with paper towels as possible. Season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and lightly brown on both sides.
  • Place pork in slow cooker and coat with sauce. Cover and cook 4 to 5 hours on high or 6 to 7 hours on low.
  • Stir in Wondra and sugar snap peas and cook until peas are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes.
Course: Main Dish

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Recipe Source: adapted from Fine Cooking

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4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Five Spice Pork with Sugar Snap Peas”

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Joan! I fell like I was late to get on the slow cooker bandwagon and I need to make up for lost time. I’ve been pinning slow cooker recipes like crazy.

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