50 Delicious Pork Recipes for the Stovetop, Oven or Grill

They’re hearty and lean at the same time.

August 30, 2023

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Our Favorite Ideas for Every Cut of Pork

Pork is a versatile ingredient. Whether you’re making pulled pork or roasting a tenderloin in the oven, this savory and tender meat can be cooked in so many ways, you’ll never lack for a fun and inventive way to prepare it. Family-favorite pork chops, showstopping pork loin and even hearty pork shoulder—there's almost no limit to what this do-it-all ingredient is capable of. Just take this one-pot dish, for example. We pair a pork tenderloin with sliced apples and apple cider for the perfect balance of sweet and savory. We like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples (they hold their shape nicely while adding a delicate hint of tart flavor) but you can use whatever you have on hand after a trip to the orchard or supermarket.

Get the Recipe: Apple Picking Braised Pork Tenderloin

Baked Pork Chops

These simple, oven-baked pork chops are coated in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture that isn’t a big mess to prep, which means it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. Ready in under an hour, this easy recipe uses panko to achieve a crunchy crust that’s crispy and flavorful. Finely chopped herbs like parsley, tarragon and dill add extra freshness to the breadcrumb mixture.

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The Best Pork Enchiladas

Enchiladas from the Mexican state of Oaxaca are made with a red chile sauce. Ours has raisins to pull the fruit flavors from the ancho chiles and add a touch of sweetness. The pork is braised with aromatics and seasonings that turns into a deeply flavored blended sauce. Frying the tortillas a bit before rolling them gives them a durability that is important when assembling the dish.

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Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches

When you’re looking for an impressive dish to serve at a dinner party, let this roast steal the show. First let it sit in a dry rub of paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard and salt for as long as you can—as little as one hour or overnight will do the trick. Next, roast it in the oven for about six hours, or until it starts falling apart and reads an internal temperature of 170 degrees. Serve with homemade spicy slaw.

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Pork Soup Dumplings

Xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, are Chinese steamed dumplings that have soup inside of them. Soup gelatin is this recipe’s secret ingredient—it melts down into soup once the dumplings are cooked. That means each bite is packed with juicy, vibrant flavor.

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Balsamic Roast Pork Tenderloins

Pork tenderloin is a super versatile cut of meat, so the mildly-flavored pork can accommodate a variety of different flavorings or seasonings. This recipe uses bold, sweet balsamic flavor to coat the meat, which then gets sprinkled with rosemary, thyme and salt and pepper. Twenty minutes in the oven is all you need to roast these tenderloins to perfection.

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The Best Pork Fried Rice

Cantonese-style BBQ pork fried rice inspires this dish with its sweet and slightly smoky flavor. The pork strips are marinated in a savory sauce with a hint of honey, with extra sauce for seasoning the whole dish. Be mindful that all the components should be cooked on a high heat to achieve a quick sear and even browning.

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Pork Belly Adobo

This pork adobo recipe tastes even better when it’s made the night before so flavors can develop overnight in the refrigerator. Soy sauce, garlic, sugar and peppercorns combine to make a sweet and tangy marinade that adds the perfect amount of heat. Once the meat is marinated, it gets seared in a hot pan to achieve a crispy texture on all sides then braised in a combination of marinade and distilled vinegar. Serve with jasmine rice.

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Perfect Pork Burgers

If you’re tired of traditional beef or turkey burgers, opt for pork instead. Bacon and garlic add deep, rich flavor to the ground pork mixture that gets mixed and seared on a hot grill. Buttered, toasted hamburger rolls add even more richness to the juicy burgers.

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Pork Carnitas

This super easy recipe sees pork shoulder get cooked down low and slow for over ten hours to create a tender, flavorful batch of carnitas. A dry rub of oregano and cumin helps flavor the meat, while onions, garlic, jalapeño and orange flavor the sauce. Once cooked, sear the meat in a pan to get make it extra crispy.

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Pan Fried Pork Chops

A dredge in seasoned flour is the key to giving these pan seared pork chops an extra crispy crust. Once the meat is evenly coated, heat a combination of oil and butter in a pan over medium heat. Sear the chops on both sides until crispy and golden brown, then serve with smashed potatoes.

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Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder

This recipe might look impressive, but it really couldn’t get any easier. Just four ingredients—pork shoulder, olive oil, chopped garlic and salt and pepper—are all you need to craft a flavorful and perfectly cooked roast pork. Roast in the oven for about five hours then serve with your choice of sides.

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Red Chile Pork Tamales

With tamales, everyone has their favorite filling—chicken, beef and pork are all popular. In our version, the pork shoulder filling is cooked low and slow in a flavorful sauce of dried chiles, aromatics and spices and then wrapped in a fluffy, tender masa dough. Enjoy these tamales on their own, or with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Pork Gyoza with Ginger Dipping Sauce

Pork gyoza are crispy and juicy at the same time, and best of all, they can be made in advance and frozen for up to two weeks. These tasty treats are perfect for dinner or a lunch, and they can be boiled or fried straight from frozen, which eliminates the need to thaw them in advance. Pair them with a homemade ginger dipping sauce for serving.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

This easy and delicious slow-cooker recipe will impress any taco lover. While it's an extra step, crisping up the shredded meat in a skillet before serving adds extra flavor and creates the crunchy bits that are typical of this Mexican dish. And don’t skip the pickled red onions! They complement the richness of the pork.

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Sesame Pork Milanese

This dish takes inspiration from Italian Milanese, thinly pounded pork cutlets that are breaded, fried and typically topped with arugula salad, but the use of toasted sesame oil and panko, plus the sesame-miso salad dressing, is a nod to Japanese cooking and tonkatsu.

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Easy Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops are filling and delicious, and they’re a fun alternative to the traditional hamburger or hot dog. To start, make a marinade of honey, apple cider vinegar, cumin and red pepper flakes, and let the meat marinate for an hour. Once removed from the marinade, each chop takes just about seven minutes on the grill. Don’t have time to fire up the grill? This recipe can easily be made in the frying pan, too.

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Pork Belly Sisig

This Filipino dish, usually made with pig face and ears, embodies the culture’s no-waste philosophy. It’s also a labor of love. After the pork is braised and grilled, it’s chopped and sautéed until crisp. Chopped grilled chicken livers and aromatics are added and everything is tossed with a mixture of tart calamansi juice, liquid aminos and soy sauce (sisig is derived from an old Tagalog word meaning “to make it sour”). In this version, pork belly fills in for the pig face and ears. It still takes a bit of work to make but is well-worth the effort.

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Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a BBQ staple, and these little sandwiches are an excellent option to serve at your next summer party or game day tailgate. The pork shoulder cooks for ten hours in a combination of brown sugar, chili, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne, which means it’ll come out with a tender texture and sweet and spicy flavor. Serve with an extra squeeze of your favorite barbecue sauce.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

Enjoy this simple cozy recipe with the flip of a switch. With a few easy-to-find ingredients and minimal prep, you can enjoy a pork chop dinner for four. Serve with creamy grits or buttered rice for a filling family meal.

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Barbecued Pork Ribs

These baked pork ribs will have you licking your fingertips in no time. Dark molasses is the key to sweet flavor and sticky texture, while soy sauce helps add a tangy saltiness. While they’re coated in barbecue sauce, there’s no need to turn on your actual barbecue—these ribs get cooked to perfection right inside the oven.

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Roast Pork and Sweet Potatoes

If you’re looking for an easy, filling and nutritious weeknight meal to feed the whole family, try this roast pork with sweet potatoes. Brown sugar, sage and garlic combine to make a sweet, savory and herbal dry rub for the meat. Simply roast the meat until tender, then scrape up the drippings and whisk together with broth and mustard to create the perfect pan sauce.

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Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder can get tough, so cooking it low and slow helps the meat break down, get perfectly moist and tender, and develop rich and bold flavors. Though this simple recipe takes multiple hours to come to perfection, its surprisingly easy to whip up. Pair with your favorite vegetable side dish like mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, or sautéed broccoli.

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Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas

Add this sheet pan dinner to your list of go-to weeknight dinners. It’s ready in just 30 minutes and cooking everything in one pan helps cut down on dirty dishes in the house. Chopped fresh rosemary, crushed garlic and lemon zest are the keys to bold and vibrant flavor. Crispy chickpeas are the perfect side to pair with the tender pork chops.

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Pork and Apple Salad

Pork and apples are a winning combination, and they taste even more succulent when served over a crisp salad. In this recipe, center-cut pork chops get grilled then brushed with apple jelly and thyme, then tossed with lettuce, onion, apple, bleu cheese and turnip. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

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Pork Lovers Baked Beans

Baked beans are delicious on their own, but they’re even more rich and tasty when loaded with pork. In this recipe, chorizo and bacon add rich, meaty flavor to the sweet and tangy side dish. Chopped jalapeño cuts through the richness with gentle spiciness.

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Stuffed Pork Chops

Pork chops are delicious on their own, but they’re even better when stuffed with flavorful additions like goat cheese, prunes and almonds. First cut a pocket in the side of each chop, then stuff with creamy goat cheese and rich, sweet prunes. Sear the chops in a hot Dutch oven then add water to the pan and allow the chops to braise undisturbed for another 15 to 20 minutes.

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Sugared Pork Buns

These pork buns are a more complex recipe that’s perfect for special occasions. The stuffing of gets seasoned with hoisin, honey and soy sauce, which makes it delightfully sweet and tangy. Once the meat is seasoned and cooked to perfection, the homemade dough makes for a pillowy texture in every bite.

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Sausage and Apple Stuffed Pork Roast

If Sunday dinners with family are a tradition at your house, try adding this stuffed pork roast recipe to the weekly rotation. Sausage and apple make up the sweet and savory filling, and fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage add herbal flavor to every bite. The stuffed pork gets stuffed, then seared in a hot pan and roasted to tender, juicy perfection in the oven.

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Pork Paprikash

Tender cubes of pork tenderloin make this satisfying Hungarian-style dish easy enough to make on a weeknight. Two kinds of paprika—sweet and smoked—gives the sauce extra depth of flavor, while a bit of cayenne lends a subtle kick of heat. Serve it over wide egg noodles, pappardelle, or roasted, buttery potatoes.

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Beef and Ground Pork Sliders

This recipe takes standard beef burgers and bulks them up with extra meaty flavor from ground pork. Perfectly portioned in slider size, this recipe yields 12 sliders, so they’re ideal for serving as appetizers or as a light lunch or dinner. The mayonnaise and mustard mixture adds even bright flavor and creamy texture.

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Pork Lo Mein

Pork lo mein is the perfect weeknight meal: it’s filling, nourishing and warms you up from the inside out. This recipe uses fresh vegetables like red bell peppers, shredded cabbage and snow peas to not only add bright, fresh flavor, but to also add color and crunch. Top with sliced scallions and sesame seeds for extra flavor.

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Recipe developer Daniela Swamp says, "In Puerto Rico, it isn’t the holidays without pernil. You'll find the slow-roasted pork shoulder with crispy skin on tables from Christmas Eve to New Year's, with staples such as pasteles, arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and potato salad served alongside. This adobo and sofrito marinade (which includes green olives in a nod to my abuela's recipe) penetrates the pork with incredible flavor. The succulent meat and crispy skin that forms on top at the end are what make this a dish to look forward to every year."

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Real Meatballs and Spaghetti

The best meatballs are made with a mixture of meats, and this recipe puts pork at the forefront. Whether you serve them over pasta or with a side of roasted vegetables, these hearty meatballs are perfect for a family dinner. The best part? This recipe yields up to 20 meatballs so you can serve them at a party or freeze some for later, too.

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Speedy Pork Scaloppini

This pork scaloppini recipe is shockingly quick—it takes less than 20 minutes to whip up from start to finish. The chops get dredged in flour then egg and breadcrumbs, then seared in a hot pan. After the meat is cooked, use the pan drippings to make a savory sauce. Without cleaning the pan, add capers, butter and flour then cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Serve with pan sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork

This sweet and spicy pork recipe is extra tangy thanks to a secret ingredient—Dr. Pepper. The soda pop complements spicy adobo sauce perfectly, so the resulting meat is tender and packed with spicy flavor. Brown sugar helps add even more sweetness.

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5-Ingredient Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peaches

If you're craving a juicy piece of meat from the grill but still want a meal that’s on the lighter side, give pork tenderloin a try. Grilled peaches also pair perfectly with the savory meat, and they make for a summertime treat that’s even better on the grill. The seasonal stone fruit also pair well with chicken or can be enjoyed as a side dish for any barbecue.

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Homemade Bacon

If you’re someone who likes to experiment with different cooking projects at home, making homemade bacon is both fun and rewarding. Staring with a dry pork belly, a spice rub of pink salt, brown sugar, honey, red pepper flakes, paprika and cumin coats the meat generously for seven to 10 days in the refrigerator. Eventually, you’ll have firm pork belly that can be smoked low and slow until the bacon reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees. Finally, slice and cook as desired.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork is delicious on its own, but it’s even better when piled high on a sandwich. Cover the meat in a homemade BBQ rub and let it cook slowly in the oven for up to ten hours. You’ll be left with deeply-flavored meat and a house that smells vibrant and smoky.

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Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins

Fresh herbs add vibrant flavor to any recipe—especially meat—and this roasted pork recipe is no different. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest help add bright, citrus flavor, and Dijon mustard adds even more complexity and heat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Pork and Broccoli Grain Bowl

When it comes to hearty, filling and nutritious weeknight meals, you can’t beat this roast pork grain bowl. The easy recipe can be ready in under an hour so all components—the meat, grains and vegetables—are all ready at the same time. Though this recipe uses broccoli and sweet potato, feel free to swap them out for any vegetable you like. Cauliflower, spinach or fingerling potatoes would all be a great swap.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin

Pork loin is rich and flavorful, but wrapping it in prosciutto helps add even more richness. A mixture of parsley, sage, mustard and shallot add fresh, bold and vibrant flavor to the meat that complements the rich and fatty flavors of the prosciutto perfectly. Serve with roasted potatoes or a light side salad.

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Miso Ramen with Fried Pork Cutlet

Savory, slurp-able miso ramen gets a hearty addition when topped with crispy pork cutlets. This authentic recipe will make you feel like you’re sitting at your favorite ramen recipe, which means it’s great for chilly winter nights at home when you want something special to warm you up. Top with shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, scallions or toasted sesame seeds.

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Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

This versatile dish takes just 30 minutes to cook to perfection. First, season the meat with dried spices like garlic powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, and dried thyme. Next, sear in a hot pan for about ten minutes to achieve a crispy crust, then transfer to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then slice and serve.

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin

When making recipes that take a long time, employing your slow cooker is the easiest way to let your cookware do the work for you. This recipe is the perfect time to put a slow cooker to good use. First rub the pork loin with ginger, garlic powder, thyme and pepper, sear on all sides, then transfer to a slow cooker. Add chicken broth, lemon juice and soy sauce, then let the meat cook low and slow for up to 10 hours.

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Maple-Candied Bacon

Everyone loves bacon, and this recipe manages to make the breakfast side dish even more irresistible. Ready in just 30 minutes, this simple recipe requires just four ingredients like bacon, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and finely ground black pepper. The Dijon adds zesty spice, while the maple syrup adds sticky, caramelized sweetness.

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Stuffed Pork Chops

If you’re looking for an impressive meal to serve at your next dinner party, these stuffed pork chops should be your new go-to. Onions, breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic powder make up the savory stuffing, which then gets stuffed into thick chops. Once stuffed, the chops get dredged in flour and seared to golden perfect. The result is a crispy crust with tender and flavorful inside.

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Beer-Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs

Pork ribs are perfect for a party—they’re sticky and tender with tons of flavor in every bite. This recipe uses amber ale to add extra flavor to the meat while cooking, and the beer helps tenderize it too. Braise the meat in a combination of beer, chicken broth, bay leaves, and thyme for about an hour, then add apple cider vinegar and honey. Remove the ribs and reduce the sauce until thick and sticky.

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Ground Pork, Water Chestnuts and Crispy Noodle Lettuce Cups

Lettuce cups with savory, sweet pork and crunchy noodles are a favorite in Chinese-American restaurants. They are also incredibly easy to cook at home! The secret ingredient here is mushroom soy sauce—like traditional soy sauce, it’s a smooth, rich sauce with a caramel-like texture and color, but with a bolder flavor.

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Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a versatile dish that’s easy to prepare and can be paired with a variety of side dishes. As the name implies, this recipe comes out perfect every time, with minimal effort. Whether you’re serving it at a special dinner party or a normal weeknight dinner, it’s especially flavorful thanks to the homemade herby mustard cream sauce that goes on top.

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