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Crispy Fried Pork

Braised pork tenderloin simmered in a sweet and spicy pepper sofrito then fried till crispy golden brown.

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WHAT’S GOING  ON HERE:

Pork Tenderloin: Pork tenderloin is a wonderful cut it’s lean and doesn’t take too long to cook. Alternatively, you can easily use a pork shoulder for this recipe just remove the bone, cube the meat, and add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.

Sofrito: My sofrito for this dish is a little different, it’s blended smooth. My sofrito consists of celery, onions, garlic, and peppers. the pork simmering in the juice of fresh vegetables is the ultimate flavor bomb. don’t worry if your sofrito seems thick coming from the blender once cooking the water released will loosen it up.

Pico: Fresh Pico de Gallo is always great to have on hand it’s easy additional freshness that really livens up the pork when served.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST CRISPY FRIED PORK

don’t over-simmer: pork tenderloin is already tender. were just cooking the meat to cook it. overcooking pork tenderloin can result in a mashed finer texture which can be hard to crisp later on.

limit Stirs: limiting your stirs will keep the pork from breaking down, once cooked the pork is extremely tender. move the pork enough that it’s not sitting on the bottom of the pan. but not too much you break up the nice bits. once you are ready to sear have the pan screaming hot.

throw it all in: once the vegetables are blended throw that and the pork straight into the pot. there is no need to heat or sear anything before simmering.

let it cool: letting the pork cool before frying helps it stay together once fried. it also helps create a nice sear on the pork when added to the cast iron.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:

  1. ASIAN BBQ PORK
  2. SALT CRUSTED PORK TENDERLOIN W/ SPICY PEAR GLAZE
  3. GRIDDLE PORK CHOPS AND ONIONS

ENJOY THIS RECIPE WITH

  1. TACO TRUCK GREEN SAUCE
  2. TAQUERIA STYLE RED SAUCE
  3. HOT BUTTER OLD BAY WINGS

Crispy Fried Pork

Crispy Fried Pork
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INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3lb Pork Tenderloin, cubed
  • 16oz Water
  • 1tsp Annatto Seeds
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Black Pepper
  • 1Tb Olive Oil
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Onion, rough chopped
  • 2 Carrots, rough chopped
  • 1 Celery, rough chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, roguh chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno , rough chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, rough chopped
  • 1/4c Cooking Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a blender, combine water, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
  • Season with annatto, salt, pepper, bay leaves, olive oil and cumin.
  • Blend low to high till smooth.
  • Pour into a pot with the cubed pork.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for one hour till the pork is fork tender.
  • Once tender remove from the heat and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  • Once cooled separate the meat from the cooking liquid.
  • Heat a cast iron over high heat then add in cooking oil.
  • Season the pork with salt ,pepper, and garlic powder then fry in batches till browned.
  • Serve with tortillas, mashed avocado and fresh pico.
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