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Grilled Pork Loin Strips


This is a great recipe for a main course or you can thread thin strips onto a skewer and serve it sate style as an appetizer. The marinade gives the pork loin a delicious depth of flavor. You can either broil, barbecue it outdoors, or use a stove top grill (the griddle/grill type that goes over two burners).

This recipe works great with chicken strips also. Choose your families preference. This recipe prepares enough for 2 people. Simply double the measurement quantities for the marinade if you are making more than just two chops.

Ingredients....

  • 2 boneless pork loin chops (one per person on average), cut into 1/4" strips
  • 1/4 cup light Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (granulated garlic)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 zip lock type plastic bag or whatever container you like to use for marinading.
Here's how you do it...
  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add the soy sauce, oil, and honey. Mix with a fork.
  3. Place the pork loin (or chicken) strips into the plastic bag.
  4. Pour the marinade into the bag.
  5. Press the air out as you seal the bag.
  6. Mush it around and put it in the fridge for as long as you can up to an hour. (Do not leave in marinade overnight as the acid from the lemon will cook the meat)
  7. Heat your grill pan or barbecue to medium heat.
  8. Lay the strips across (perpendicular to) the grill.
  9. Cook approximately 4 minutes on each side.
Check for doneness by taking a strip off the grill and cutting it open to look meat. Whether it's pork or chicken there should be no pink left.

Serve and enjoy.

2 comments:

Bunnie-ApronUnlimited said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried this recipe last night and my family is so in love with this marinade. Thank you so much

The Balaboosta said...

I'm so pleased that you both liked my marinade recipe and were thoughtful enough to come back to leave your lovely comment. Thank you.