Slow-Cooker Red Curry Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

March/April 2013

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Thai flavors—curry paste, fish sauce, lime and coconut milk—and a cabbage and cilantro slaw update this healthy slow-cooker pulled-pork sandwich recipe. A smaller slow cooker (such as a 4-quart model) is ideal for this healthy crock pot pulled-pork recipe. Look for red curry paste in jars in the Asian section of the supermarket.

Slow-Cooker Red Curry Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

Makes: 10 servings, 1/2 cup pork & 1/4 cup slaw per sandwich

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Slow-Cooker Red Curry Pulled-Pork Sandwiches

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3-3 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or Boston butt, trimmed
  • 2 20-inch whole-grain baguettes or 10 whole-wheat buns
  • 1/4 cup “lite” coconut milk
  • Zest of 1 lime


  • 2 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Whisk brown sugar, 1/4 cup lime juice, 3 tablespoons curry paste and fish sauce in a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add pork and turn to coat. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours (or on Low for 8 hours).
  2. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Pour the cooking liquid into a large glass measuring cup and place in the freezer until the fat rises to the top, about 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, cilantro, lime juice, oil and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. If using baguettes, cut each into 5 pieces (about 4 inches each). Toast or heat baguettes (or buns), if desired. Shred the pork using two forks. Skim the fat from the chilled liquid. Return the pork and liquid to the slow cooker; add coconut milk, lime zest and remaining 1 tablespoon curry paste and stir to combine. Serve the pork on baguette (or buns) topped with the slaw.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Combine sauce ingredients; trim pork; make slaw; cover and refrigerate separately for up to 1 day. | Equipment: 4- to 6-quart slow cooker
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.


Per serving: 456 calories; 19 g fat (6 g sat, 8 g mono); 83 mg cholesterol; 47 g carbohydrates; 7 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 7 g fiber; 696 mg sodium; 316 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (42% daily value), Zinc (28% dv), Vitamin C (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat

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