Cuban shredded pork

Cuban shredded pork


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About this recipe: This is a popular Cuban pork dish known as Lechon Asado. I use a cheat's version. The pork is simmered in stock until tender, then shredded. It's traditionally served with black beans and rice.


Serves: 5 

  • 500ml water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 750g boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • handful chopped fresh coriander

Prep:1hr30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, juice of one lime, thyme sprig, peppercorns, garlic and salt. Bring mixture to a boil. Add pork chops, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, until meat is very tender. Add more water as necessary to keep chops covered.
  2. Turn off heat and let the chops rest in the stock for 30 minutes. Remove chops from stock and shred, removing excess fat; set aside.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shredded pork and fry until it is almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until the onion is just tender yet slightly crisp, about 10 minutes more. Add the juice of one lime, mix through and toss with coriander. Serve and enjoy.

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Delicious. Served with Cuban black beans and brown rice. - 08 Jan 2015

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