Cuban Pork Chops | World Atlas of Food

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Cuban-style pork chops - extracted from World Atlas of Food
Cuban-style pork chops – extracted from World Atlas of Food

The text in World Atlas of Food is provided by Mariëlle Renssen and was derived from a variety of sources. It made for some very interesting reading and when it came to choose the recipe for Cuban pork chops I read with interest that citrus fruits were introduced to the country by the Spanish and that the essential spices in the cuisine are cumin, bay leaf and oregano. Food preparation is simple and pork is widely used.

Cuban Pork Chops
Cuban Pork Chops

Meat, especially, lamb, has become very expensive and as I want to buy free range and organic proteins I am always on the look out for a bargain. Woolworths have introduced a special discount where they offer 30% off all meat which has reached its sell by date. The offer starts at 2pm and I try and get to the shop every day to see the specials. The other day one of the senior managers was there and waiting for the stickers to be put on the meat so he could choose the best ones. I was really disappointed by this as Woolworths offer their staff fantastic discounts and I could see no reason why management should take advantage of this shopper discount. On the day I made these Cuban pork chops they were on special. Dave and I tend to eat 3 pork chops between the two of us and so I bought 2 packs of 3. I marinated the meat for 5 hours and Dave cooked all of them at once. I then reheated the rest for dinner the following evening.

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Recipe For Cuban Pork Chops

This marinade turns ordinary pork chops into something extraordinary
Prep Time1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Recipe Category: Meat, Pork
All Rights Reserved: Adapted From World Atlas Of Food page 87


for the marinade

  • 1 lime, zest only
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 5 mls ground cumin
  • 1.25 mls onion flakes
  • 1.25 mls white pepper
  • 15 mls olive oil

for the meat

  • 6 thin pork loin chops *


for the marinade

  • Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl
  • Whisk to combine
  • Place the meat into a ziploc bag
  • Pour the marinade into the bag and seal, getting out as much air as possible
  • Rub the marinade into the meat and then place into the fridge
  • Leave to marinade for between 1 and 6 hours
  • Cook on the BBQ for 3 to 4 minutes a side, depending on how thick your meat is


* you want about 1kg of chops.
Dave cooked these on our gas Weber braai for 2 and a half minutes per side


Serving: 4g

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61 thoughts on “Cuban Pork Chops | World Atlas of Food

  1. I love learning the history of where different foods came from. There was a lot of cross pollination between Europe and the Americas with different fruits and vegetables during the colonization. Super interesting and these pork chops look amazing of course!

  2. I am all about free range and organic proteins too! It is so expensive where I live, but I guess you’ll pay now or pay later in your health, not to mention the health of the animal! Ugh. Pork chops is totally my moms domain and I will be sharing this recipe with her =)

  3. 5 stars
    Cubans do love a citrus spicy marinade and have amazing food. You should try out some adobo seasoning or sazon completa if you can get your hands on them, they make for a great rub !

  4. Did you say something to the manager? Or write a letter even? That is so frustrating, I can just see them swooping in and getting the pick of the bunch too. Great recipe, I ate a bunch of different pork recipes last night at a bloggers dinner at mine, forgot how much I enjoyed. 🙂

  5. Love the cultural introduction…thank you. Your marinade recipe looks wonderful. Will try out your recipe the next time we make pork. That’s pretty surprising behaviour from the Woolworth staff!!!

  6. These sound delicious – pork is a favourite with us (and definitely over lamb). They sound similar to a Filipino dis I had in NYC. I wonder if there’s a connection there? Probably – no doubt something to do with colonisation etc

  7. 5 stars
    Amazing! Looks so delicious. I would love to try this recipe at home with the help of your blog. Thanks

  8. 5 stars
    I always comment after trying the recipe. There’s one word which describes it well “yummilicious”. Looking forward for more such amazing recipes.

  9. 5 stars
    Many thanks for your recipe. I read this long time ago but not until last weekend did i have spare time to try this. really tasty. Thanks again

  10. 5 stars
    Amazing! Looks so delicious. I would love to try this recipe at home with the help of your blog. Thanks

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