Cuban Pork Recipe -
Cuban Pork Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Cuban Pork

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"This zesty recipe leaves your kitchen smelling awesome and your taste buds dancing! I have made this recipe with pork tenderloin and pork chops. My next attempt will be with chicken, and I will try baking it. So, as you can see this recipe is very easy to adapt to your own taste and preferences."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Flatten the pork tenderloin slices slightly, and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the lime zest, olive oil, cumin, salt, crushed red pepper, and garlic. Reserve the lime juice. Rub the seasoning mixture onto both sides of the pork slices.
  2. Spray a heavy skillet or ridged grill pan with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Pan-fry the pork slices until browned on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes per side. After you turn the meat over, pour the reserved lime juice over the meat and continue cooking until no longer pink in the center. Serve hot, topped with pan juices.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 05, 2010

This is a fantastic and easy recipe. I followed others suggestions about increasing olive oil and decreasing salt. And the sauce this creates is yummy. I served it with roasted potatoes (olive oil, garlic salt, pepper and a little dried oregano). As a salad, combined bibb lettuce, toasted almonds, mandarin oranges, red onion, with a blush vinaigrette. The dinner was devoured and people continued to talk about it the remainder of the evening.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 20, 2012

Way too much lime!!

May 10, 2010

This smelled great as it was cooking, and was very tasty! I used a little more than the 1 teaspoon of olive oil (didn't measure how much more, but probably around 1 teaspoon?) because the mix looked too dry to be easily rubbed onto the pork. Also thought it was a little on the salty side, so next time may use around 1/4 teaspoon of salt instead.

Aug 27, 2010

Delicious, easy, cheap and low cal - what more can a girl ask for? I served it with roasted red peppers and some leftover bowtie pasta with cilantro pesto and that was a perfect balance.

May 04, 2010

Really easy, and made with ingredients I always have on hand. This was so tasty, thanks!

Apr 26, 2012

This recipe is a definite keeper, a new favorite at my house. The flavor is bright and smoky...yum! The pork loins at my store weren't looking too good so I used some thicker cut pork chops and just cut them in half (across the middle) to make "medallions". I also put the cumin/lime mixture(I used 2 limes and had to almost double the rest of the ingredients for 8 medallions) on the pork and let it set an hour or so in the fridge to let the flavor sink into the meat. I used a little EVOO instead of spray in the pan, seared one side of the meat, (one note: you need to be careful your pan is hot enough to sear the meat but not burn your garlic in the lime/cumin mixture). Flipped them and added 4 cloves chopped garlic and the juice of 2 limes, I feel this makes the sauce, otherwise it's just lime juice and the flavor from the pork, the garlic gives it texture and amazing flavor since it mellows being cooked this way. I covered the pan after I added the lime juice because I didn't want it to just boil off before the meat cooked through. Served mine with a package of "bird's eye" roasted potatoes and broccoli in cheese sauce, brown rice (instant cooks in the perfect amount of time for this recipe!) with a can of "southwest" corn, black beans and red pepper. This is a super fast and easy dish with a surprising, different flavor, Thanks to rainyk for submitting! :)

Dec 20, 2010

Excellent recipe - I followed the suggestion of others and cut back a bit on the salt (used 1/4 tsp) and added more olive oil (close to 1 tbsp). Also used garlic powder instead of a garlic clove. Next time I might make more of the seasoning mixture, as it ran a little scarce toward the end. Definitely a keeper!

Aug 20, 2010

This was really tasty! I added quite a bit more olive oil and about 5 cloves of garlic like other reviews mentioned. Served with rice, carrots and edamame. Delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 79 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 25.8 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 347 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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