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.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013


Recipe Summary

4 hrs


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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).

  • 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.

  • To prepare slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, cilantro, lime juice, oil and salt in a medium bowl.

  • 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.


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.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 46.5g; dietary fiber 6.9g; sugars 7.5g; fat 18.5g; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol 83mg; vitamin a iu 2076.8IU; vitamin c 9.4mg; folate 3.5mcg; calcium 44.7mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 22.3mg; potassium 315.7mg; sodium 728mg; thiamin 0.4mg; added sugar 7g.

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Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe This stuff is killer after it's been in the fridge for a night! Pros: Tasty healthy Cons: Not hard to make but it does take some time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This made the kitchen smell so good. My family enjoyed this sandwich. My husband took it to work the following day and said it was even better the next day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Family favorite I've made this dish about 4-5 times now. The quality of the curry makes a HUGE difference in the flavor. The grocery store 'taste of thai' curry is a dud but the small cans of thai red curry you can pick up at the asian store kicks the flavor off the charts. My whole family loves this dish with the exception of my daughter who has no tolerance for spicy foods. I love this enough to make something else so the rest of us can enjoy this! Pros: Flavorful and easy Cons: Spicy (I consider this a pro) Read More