How to Cook Pork Perfectly
Did you know that pork is a red meat? This means that it's best to rest once cooked and it's perfectly OK with a hint of pink - just like beef and lamb. In fact cooking it this way means your pork will remain succulent and tender - perfect!
Cooking pork is easy in just three simple steps…
PORK STEAKS = 3 + 3 + 3
For a steak 20mm in height:
- Preheat pan to medium heat. Rub steak with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Fry each side for 3 minutes, turning only once.
- Remove from pan and rest for 3 minutes.
- Rub the chops with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
- Preheat a heavy-based fry pan, add the pork chops, cooking for 5 minutes on each side.
- Place on a plate, rest for 3 minutes.
Pork mince binds to itself, so it's great for meat balls!
- Preheat pan to high for 1 minute. Add a splash of oil once the pan has heated.
- Divide your pork mince and roll into balls
- Add pork balls to the pan and stir-fry until they change colour.
- Preheat pan or wok on high heat. Splash pan with oil after it has heated.
- Sear pork for 3 minutes.
- Remove and rest while stir-frying veges.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, baste the fillet with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
- Heat a heavy-based fry pan and sear the fillet for 2 minutes on each side.
- Place in a roasting dish and roast 8 - 10 minutes. Rest for 3 minutes then carve across the grain and serve.
Pork roasts are taken from different parts of the animal and for best results should be cooked slightly differently - see roasting instructions for the different pork cuts here.
- Preheat oven to 150°C. Wipe the skin dry, score and then rub with olive oil and salt
- Roast for 30-35 mins per 500g.
- Remove from oven, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving across the grain.
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How to convert a Cooktop recipe for a Slow Cooker
As a general rule, 1 hour of simmering on the cooktop of oven equates to approximately 5-6 hours on low or 2-2.5 hours on high in a slow cooker. As there is little evaporation when cooking with a slow cooker, you need to reduce the amount of liquid. As a guide, reduce the liquid (e.g. stock, wine or water) by approximately half of the original amount. A maximum of two cups of liquid will generally be enough for most slow cooker recipes (except soups).