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New ideas for pork loin?

madwells1madwells1 Posts: 509Member, Premium Member Posts: 509Member, Premium Member
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Okay, I made a random decision to buy one of Costcos giant pork loins. Note that I am single and this thing is huge and taking up too much space in my freezer.

Also note that, not really thinking too much, I cut the thing into 1.5 inch pork loin chops (not the brightest move I know).

Other than pan frying or grilling the loins, does anyone have any other great ideas to use pork loin? Note that it is too lean I think for pulled pork, so I am pretty limited as far as braising, etc.

Remind me never to shop hungry!
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  • vamanvaman Posts: 127Member Member Posts: 127Member Member
    Cutting a boneless chop into 1/4" strips makes great stir fry. Also because pork loin is so lean and mild tasting, it can be used in most recipes that call for chicken breast.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 4,945Member, Premium Member Posts: 4,945Member, Premium Member
    Lawrys has a steak/chop marinade that works really well with pork loin.
  • CahgetsfitCahgetsfit Posts: 1,826Member Member Posts: 1,826Member Member
    I was gonna say cut some up into stir fry strips too! Just use different marinades with your steaks and then you will get some variety when you grill them.

    Or chop into cubes even and make like a stew kinda thing with vegetables.
  • JthanmyfitnesspalJthanmyfitnesspal Posts: 1,874Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,874Member, Premium Member
    I think cutting it into chops is a great idea. First, pork loin is a nice lean meat, great for dieting. Second, I love cooking pork in a covered pot with onions, mushrooms, peppers, spinach, garlic, and whatever else is in the fridge. Cook the vegetables, and put them aside. Sear the pork, then pile the veggies back on, cover, and allow to cook to perfection. (Test with a thermometer.)
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,865Member Member Posts: 3,865Member Member
    I've made this in an air fryer, but imagine it would work on a cast iron grill pan if the weather is too warm to turn on the broiler as specified by the recipe.

    https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/vietnamese-pork-tenderloin
  • madwells1madwells1 Posts: 509Member, Premium Member Posts: 509Member, Premium Member
    These are great ideas you guys, thanks!

    I was worried that it would be too dry for stir fry, but I will play around with different marinades.
  • fdhunt1fdhunt1 Posts: 202Member, Premium Member Posts: 202Member, Premium Member
    I always brine them before cooking. 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup kosher salt dissolved in enough water to cover chops. Brine for at least 1 hour, rinse and pat dry before cooking.

    I like to grill the chops strait up or with barbecue sauce. Breading and baking is also delicious. Serve with a mash and gravy. Could grind some up and mix with a 70/30 ground beef to make meat balls.
  • neugebauer52neugebauer52 Posts: 837Member Member Posts: 837Member Member
    Rolled / stuffed with prunes and green (soft) peppercorns with mixed salad.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 6,470Member Member Posts: 6,470Member Member
    I'm sure I've seen some recipes in the many Apple Cider Vinegar threads :lol:
  • anewghostanewghost Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    With 1.5 inch thick chops, you can fry them fat side down with no oil in the pan first(they should be able to stay vertical at 1.5 inches), then and sear them in the pork fat that renders out. They will probably need to finish in the oven if you like pork all the way done. Can do that with skin-on chicken thighs too.

  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 6,808Member Member Posts: 6,808Member Member
    madwells1 wrote: »
    Okay, I made a random decision to buy one of Costcos giant pork loins. Note that I am single and this thing is huge and taking up too much space in my freezer.

    Also note that, not really thinking too much, I cut the thing into 1.5 inch pork loin chops (not the brightest move I know).

    Other than pan frying or grilling the loins, does anyone have any other great ideas to use pork loin? Note that it is too lean I think for pulled pork, so I am pretty limited as far as braising, etc.

    Remind me never to shop hungry!

    Huge whole you say???
    Cut half into 1/2" chops. Freeze individually for later. Pound some thin and make schnitzel and grill the rest as is.
    Grind the rest in a meat grinder and freeze in 1lbs bags to use up later in burgers, meatloaf, stirfry, stuffings etc.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,865Member Member Posts: 3,865Member Member
    madwells1 wrote: »
    These are great ideas you guys, thanks!

    I was worried that it would be too dry for stir fry, but I will play around with different marinades.

    I stir fry lean cuts like pork tenderloin. Dry brining helps tenderize. That just means salting the normal amount you would use but doing that several hours in advance after slicing up into stir size pieces. My mother's technique of dredging the lean meat pieeces in cornstarch before frying keeps meat really tender. However, you need to use a really good non stick pan. I've done this easily in a stone coated pan and a season carboned steel wok. I've done this with considerable more difficulty in a stainless steel sautee pan where you either need to use quite a lot of oil or find yourself scraping off cornstarch baked on to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    You can do it in a crockpot. It’s lean, but works well for pulled pork. I make it with different sauces. BBQ and teriyaki are favs. I buy whole loins when they are on sale and cut them in half. Use 1/2 for a meal, and freeze half (there’s just two of us). Like others, I do a sweet and sour pork stir fry that’s a favorite. It’s not breaded, just simmered in a sweet and sour marinade. Really tender and tasty.
    edited August 15
  • bametelsbametels Posts: 941Member Member Posts: 941Member Member
    This is by far my favorite pork loin recipe! You can substitute soy sauce for the coconut aminos. I see no reason why you can't make it using the chops instead of the whole loin. https://lowcarbyum.com/crock-pot-balsamic-pork-tenderloin/#wprm-recipe-container-21644
    edited August 15
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,736Member Member Posts: 2,736Member Member
    Make chunky pork chili.
  • lporter229lporter229 Posts: 4,823Member Member Posts: 4,823Member Member
    A favorite fall meal of mine is to put pork loin or chops seasoned with salt and pepper in the crock pot with sliced apples and sliced onion and a sprig of thyme. Especially delicious with mashed potatoes and greens.
  • InspectorRedInspectorRed Posts: 496Member Member Posts: 496Member Member
    One of my favorite pork loin recipes is a cajun seasoned loin cooked in an InstaPot! I found and tweeked the recipe on Pinterest.
  • BecomingBaneBecomingBane Posts: 3,646Member Member Posts: 3,646Member Member
    I'm voting for Pork Loin Cloth. Most fashionable answer, obviously.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 36,679Member Member Posts: 36,679Member Member
    Carne Adovada
  • beckys19beckys19 Posts: 119Member Member Posts: 119Member Member
    Crock pot pork carnitas: https://damndelicious.net/2014/10/10/slow-cooker-pork-carnitas/ I've used leaner cuts and it still comes out good!

    I've also used Alton Brown's "Who loves ya Baby Back?" recipe for pork other than ribs: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/who-loves-ya-baby-back-recipe-1937448
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