Pork loin steaks are a great midweek meal option, these are pan-fried for just 6-7 minutes and come with a simple & delicious cider sauce!
Whether you serve them with a salad in the summer or with mash and greens in winter these pan-fried boneless pork chops are the perfect midweek dinner.
Boneless Pork Chops
But pork chops are my usual munch. These pork loin steaks are essentially boneless pork chops taken from the loin. The same place that these harissa pork chops come from.
They are delicious, simple and quick to cook and for me make the perfect midweek meal.
This recipe cooks them in a skillet or frying pan in a splash of oil that is flavoured with thyme and garlic.
Whilst they are resting you have the perfect amount of time to reduce some cider and enrich it with butter to make the perfect pan sauce!
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of cider should I use?
When cooking with alcohol, generally speaking, I think that you should cook with something that you are prepared to drink.
I would caveat this with the fact that you should cook this with a dry cider and not a sweetened flavoured cider. I’ve been using Aspall draught cyder a lot for cooking of late.
A note for US and Canadian readers, Cider here refers to alcohol or what you guys refer to hard cider.
How do you cook pork steaks without them drying out?
The short answer is to not cook it for too long.
The first thing is to find a good butcher, almost all pre-sliced pork chops or loin steaks are cut way too thinly. By the time you have a nice colour on them on one side, they are almost cooked through.
I aim to have boneless cuts of pork that are around 3-4cm (1½”) thick.
You want a hot to medium-hot pan and then cook for just 3-4 minutes per side. Even if you want your pork well done, no more than 5 minutes.
I swear by using meat thermometers, pork is safe anywhere from 63°C 145°F. I aim for around 65°C (149°F) for these loin steaks after resting, as a result, I remove them from the pan at around 60-61°C (140°F).
As you can see from the image below there is just the slightest hint of pink.
Finally, rest the pork! Create a foil tent and allow it to sit for 4-5 minutes. This also gives you the perfect time to make a pan sauce.
They are great with a host of different side dishes, particularly with some salty fried potatoes.
You could even serve it with some braised cavolo nero kale.
If you want a different sauce then a classic parsley sauce would be a great call.
I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.
- 28cm or 11″ frying pan or skillet.
- Weighing scales and or measuring jug, cups and spoons.
- Spatula or kitchen tongs.
- Quick read meat thermometer, optional but it is a tool that I swear by for cooking meat perfectly.
These simple pork loin steaks are essentially boneless pork chops and they cook in mere minutes and rest whilst you make a simple cider pan sauce.
- 2 (3½cm or 1¼" thick) Pork Loin Steaks
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 15g (1 Tbsp) Butter
- 250ml (1 Cup) Dry Cider
- 2 Sprigs Thyme
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- Generous Pinch of Salt
- Heat a 28cm or 11" frying pan over a medium-high heat and when it's hot add the oil.
- Crush the garlic clove with the heel of your hand and add them to the oil with the thyme.
- Season the pork chops generously with salt.
- Add to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove from the pan and set aside to rest for 3-4 minutes under a foil "tent". The safe serving temperature for pork is 63°C or 145°F, you should remove the pork from the pan around 5° below this as it will continue to cook on after it has been removed from the pan.
- Return the pan to a very high heat, add the cider and reduce by three-quarters.
- Add the honey and whisk through the butter.
- Taste and add more salt as required.
- Return the pork to the pan with any resting juices and nap with the sauce before serving.
A note for my American readers, cider here refers to hard cider.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 23g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.