Pork Cooked in Orange and Lemon

The Random Recipe challenge hosted by Dom over at Belleau Kitchen has reached its first birthday and for this anniversary challenge Dom has asked us to return to the book we used for the first ever event. For me that was the ‘The Cuisine of Alain Senderens’.

I have huge admiration and respect for M Senderens, mostly for his masterly cuisine but also because he had the courage to tell the Michelin guide he didn't really want his three stars any more. On the other hand, finding a recipe that would be suitable for the challenge wasn’t easy, partly because we’re trying to eat a little less fat around here at the moment and partly because we’re not rich. The recipes in this particular book take no prisoners. They include a lot of cream and butter as well as plenty of lobster, turbot, oysters and frog's legs. Eventually, after a few random attempts, I came across this dish, although I confess that I’ve simplified the recipe and reduced the fat a little. The result is simple but, happily, very tasty.
Pork Cooked in Orange and Lemon
You need to start this dish the day before you want to eat it to allow time for the marinade to work. This will serve 2.

2 oranges
2 lemons
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp dried oregano
450 g pork shoulder, cubed
2 tomatoes
1 bay leaf
½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
125 ml vegetable stock

Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons. Peel the garlic cloves, crush them in a pestle and mortar with the oregano and mix into the orange and lemon juice. Season the pork, pour over the juice mixture, cover and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

The next day, drain the pork thoroughly, reserving the marinade. Peel and deseed the tomatoes and chop the flesh quite finely. Use a cloth or plenty of kitchen paper to dry the pork (it’s important to do this thoroughly) and fry the meat in a large pan with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes. Remove the pork from the pan and pour away any excess fat. Add the marinade and let it reduce by about half. Add the tomatoes, the stock, the bay leaf and the thyme. Return the pork to the pan, bring to a simmer, cover the pan and let it cook gently for 35 – 40 minutes until the pork is very tender.

At this point, you could simply remove the bay leaf and serve the pork in its sauce, but I prefer to remove the pork and allow the sauce to cool before skimming off any fat. Check the seasoning and add a little honey if the sauce tastes a bit too sharp. Reheat the pork in the sauce before serving.

I think this is best served with plain rice to soak up the strongly flavoured sauce.


  1. Wow. Marinating the meat first makes a big difference to the final taste of the dish, I find that too.
    This dish is excellent. Simple ingredients and a recipe easy to follow.I love the idea of adding orange and lemon. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Looks delicious. I love the flavour combinations!

  3. this sounds lovely! I think most meat do better with a slow marination (: and definitely agree with the part about serving it with plain rice to soak up all those lovely juices.

  4. Mmmmmmm! I'd go for a chunk of crusty bread to soak up the juices myself. This looks delightful. As always I truly appreciate your time and effort in participating in this event. We too are pretty poor at the moment and do every meal is sacred!

  5. This sounds great I love the mixture of citrus with it. Diane

  6. Lemon chicken is one of my favourite dishes from a Chinese takeaway - this looks like it might be similiar - am I right? I love citrus. Looks lovely. I very rarely marinate anything the night before but it really would be easy to do and probably makes a big difference. I must be more organised.

  7. Just to let you know I have awarded you with a versatile blogger award and I have a link to your blog on my mine. But if you don't want to do it or accept that is absoloutly fine, but thought I would let you know! Very tasty looking pork!

  8. Please Do Not Feed The Animals - Is this like lemon chicken from a Chinese takeaway? That's a difficult question. It's not like most lemon chicken I've had because the sauce is less sticky and tastes sharper. But it's quite like one I tasted not long ago (in Liverpool, I think), so I suppose it depends where you get your takeaway. The marinade does tenderise the pork a lot.

  9. This sounds lush. I love the combination of pork and orange (funnily enough I was just musing over dinner tonight, which is pork chops, and was thinking about grating orange zest over), but I've never done it with lemon as well.

  10. Ho trovato questa ricetta molto interessante. Mi piace molto usare gli agrumi in cucina. Anche io ho fatto una ricetta di arista di maiale iall'arancia e mi è piaciuta molto.
    Proverò sicuramente anche questa versione! Piacere di aver conosciuto il tuo blog!

  11. I love sauce with rice! And this looks like very classy sauce :)

  12. really like pork with citrus and this one sounds like it will work well. Great recipe! Archi


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