Spicy pork loin with Thai apple salad

Spicy pork loin with Thai apple salad

Fabulous Food, Minus the Boombah
Mark Roper

Pork loin is so sweet and lean and juicy. Apple traditionally goes with pork, and this salad with a zesty dressing gives the dish a crunchy Asian feel.


Quantity Ingredient
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 small bunch coriander, roots well washed and chopped, leaves reserved
1 x 240g pork loin
1/4 cup roasted peanuts

Thai apple salad

Quantity Ingredient
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 spring onions, finely shredded
6 snow peas, finely shredded
1 stick celery, finely shredded


Quantity Ingredient
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 small red chilli, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon caster sugar


  1. Combine the cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli flakes, soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil and the coriander roots in a shallow dish. Add the pork loin and turn around in the spicy mixture so it is evenly coated. Leave for 15–30 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
  2. Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Add the pork and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then turn and cook for another 3 minutes. Turn again and cook for 2 more minutes then remove from the pan and leave to rest in a warm place for around 5 minutes before serving. When carved, the meat should be ever so slightly pink in the centre.
  3. To make the Thai apple salad, combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour onto the salad. Toss so evenly coated.
  4. To serve, arrange a mound of salad on each plate, add slices of spicy pork and sprinkle with peanuts and coriander leaves.
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