Fruity pork steaks

Fruity pork steaks

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(105 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 22 mins


Serves 4
This winter warmer is quick, delicious and packed with healthy ingredients - all it needs is a dollop of mash

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal304
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.79g
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  • 4 boneless pork loin steaks, trimmed of any fat
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 large red onion, cut into thin wedges through the root
  • 4 red apples, cored and cut into eighths



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 200ml chicken stock


  1. Dust the pork steaks with the Chinese five-spice powder. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and fry the pork for about 3 mins on each side until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the remaining oil to the frying pan, reduce the heat slightly, then fry the onion wedges for 2 mins. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 3 mins.

  3. Add the redcurrant jelly to the pan, followed by the vinegar and then the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer rapidly, uncovered, for 8-10 mins until the sauce is slightly syrupy and the apples are tender. Gently reheat the pork in the sauce, turning to glaze each side.

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Steve_Humphries's picture
18th May, 2020
This has been a bit hit in our household for a good few years now, and it still never fails to disappoint! I think the taste is improved by using ras el hanout instead of the Chinese 5 spice, and we only use a tablespoon of the jelly. I still think a couple of apples is enough particularly when you're feeding kids who think the idea of putting fruit into your evening meal is a little odd! Best recipe ever, cheap, delicious, nutritious and easy!
5th Feb, 2020
Really tasty. Didn’t have red current jelly so used cranberry sauce and added 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar. Only used 1 apple as that’s all I had. Will definitely make again with only 1 apple.
14th Sep, 2018
Lovely, easy and so cheap to make. A regular now, lovely with mash and cabbage and /or leeks as side dishes. I use less apple and slice thinly but add more red onion
15th Jan, 2018
Very easy to make and extremely tasty, I normally don’t eat pork loin but this recipe gave the pork a lovely flavour. I used 2 small brown onions as that’s all I had in and it work perfect although next time I will cut my apples smaller and use only 3 as some still had a bite and I felt I had a lot on my plate.
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Chancery Bunch
10th Dec, 2017
This dish really is easy and tasty. I did it with cous cous. I used two apples and red onion jam. I would say that 300ml of stock would help to keep a reasonable amount of sauce to pour over the couscous. But a success..
15th Nov, 2017
My husband told me it was “delicious” several times and I liked how easy it was. Didn’t have Chinese five spice, but managed a similar substitute by grinding cloves, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns and fennel (didn’t have star anise). Have saved to my favourites and will definately try again after buying Chinese 5 spice!
13th Jul, 2017
Easy and delicious!!!
22nd Apr, 2017
Made this last week there is only two of us so next time I will only use 1 or 2 apples but it was very tasty and will make again
25th May, 2016
Made the pineapple version as I hate cooked apple. It was delicious! I used pork rib steaks (More like a chop, bone-in) which were massive so I had to finish them off in the oven, cooked in a bit of leftover stock (I had made twice the amount required just so I didn't need to faff about cutting a stock cube in half!) so they weren't dry as pork can sometimes be. I also used apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar, and shallots instead of red onion. I didn't have any redcurrant jelly so I subbed it for sweet onion marmalade. My sauce ended up more like a topping as my two year old spilled the soy, vinegar and honey mix leaving me with only half the amount of liquid, so instead of using it to pour over the meat I mixed it in with the plain boiled rice I was serving as an accompaniment. I loved it and will definitely make this again.
5th Feb, 2016
This was really quick and easy to make. Also very tasty. Have added to my saved recipes.


24th Oct, 2017
Can this be frozen?
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27th Oct, 2017
For best results, we do not suggest freezing this dish. We put a blue star above the nutritional information if we have found a recipe to work just as well when frozen and reheated.
20th Jun, 2016
helo i have no five spice can i use mixed herbs as a alternative also can i use red wine instead of red wine vinegar x
JenS's picture
10th Mar, 2015
Are the food values per person or for the whole dish ?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Mar, 2015
Hi JenS thanks for getting in touch. All our recipes have their nutritional analysis calculated per portion so for this recipe the values are for 1/4 of the whole dish. Hope this helps. 
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