Lemon & chilli sesame pork with mangetout

Lemon & chilli sesame pork with mangetout

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Don't be scared of a little chilli, this dish by Gary Rhodes has the perfect amount of kick to complement the citrus twang of the lemon

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  • 100g sesame seed
  • olive oil, for cooking
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 shallots, sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 medium red chillies, halved and deseeded and very thinly sliced
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 350g pork fillet, or loin, sliced into thin strips
  • knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • trickle sesame oil (optional)
  • 100g mange tout


  1. To pre-cook the mangetout, snap away and discard the tops, then plunge into rapidly boiling salted water for 1 min before draining and keeping to one side. Heat a wok or frying pan, add the sesame seeds and ‘toast’ until golden brown. Spoon into a bowl and leave to one side.

  2. Add a splash of olive oil to the pan and fry the shallots, chilli and lemon zest over a medium heat for a few mins until the shallots just begin to soften. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Increase the heat in the pan, add the pork and fry for just a few mins until the pork is golden brown. Stir in the mangetout, sesame seeds, butter and lemon juice (using just half if it’s a particularly juicy fruit). Finish with a trickle of sesame oil, if using.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007
BBC GoodFood Magazine

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dave6376's picture
20th Jul, 2015
Quick and easy but not really sufficient on its own - it definitely needs rice or something else to make it more substantial. 100g of sesame seeds is such an obvious typo that I'm amazed to think anybody would actually use that quantity. 10-15g is ample.
12th Jan, 2015
Not much flavour - nothing special
30th May, 2014
I've just had this with my boyfriend for dinner. He's still picking sesame seeds out of his teeth. Far too many sesame seeds and very dry. Such a shame because nice ingredients.
22nd Jul, 2013
We have just had this for dinner, it was lovely. I only used about 15g of sesame seeds, with the sesame oil added it didn't need any more.
7th May, 2012
I made this with chicken instead of pork as preferred by one of my children. t was easy and liked by all.
2nd Feb, 2012
Easy to make and tasted good - although perhaps needed a bit more kick. I cut down on the amount of sesame seeds used in the recipe - 100g is a lot!
5th Jun, 2011
Yummy, I had a stinking cold so added some fresh ginger and garlic to up the ante and also a splash of soy sauce - tasty freah and healthy.
25th Aug, 2010
To make this 5 stars I omitted the lemon and added finely chopped garlic, half a chilli, pinch of brown sugar and soy sauce. Used 1 tsp of seeds. I also added broccoli and pak choi to up the veg count. I used pork left over from sunday roast cut into thin strips. Also used groundnut oil instead of butter. Basically I changed the whole recipe....but hey that's the whole idea of BBC Good Food...being inventive! Served with sticky jasmine rice.
2nd Dec, 2009
This was delicious. Very similar to another sitr fry recipe on here. served with rice & a spud. Was worried there was no sauce but with the flavours coming through as they do you don't really need it. Will be making again. So nice!
25th Feb, 2009
We enjoyed this, used chicken inplace of the pork which worked well. Used less sesame seeds after realising 100gms equalles 2 jars ! Added ready cooked noodles for speed. Will become one of my regular weekday meals.


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10th Mar, 2014
Hated it... Please refrain from using that amount of sesame seeds... just add 2 tbsp... that should be more than enough...
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