Orange-braised pork

Orange-braised pork

Tender pork in a rich, slightly spicy sauce with hints of orange. This dish is so versatile that you can cook it in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove top. Serve over sautéed bok choy, cauli rice, cabbage noodles, or sautéed spinach if you like.

Orange-braised pork

Tender pork in a rich, slightly spicy sauce with hints of orange. This dish is so versatile that you can cook it in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove top. Serve over sautéed bok choy, cauli rice, cabbage noodles, or sautéed spinach if you like.
USMetric
8 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
  • 2 lbs 900 g boneless pork ribs (country style short ribs)
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 1 medium yellow onion, choppedmedium yellow onions, chopped
  • 1½ tbsp 1½ tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 3 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup 60 ml fresh orange juice
  • 13 cup 75 ml unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp Chinese chili garlic sauce
  • 3 oz. 75 g coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp fish sauce
  • 6 oz. 175 g beef broth

Instructions

Instructions are for 8 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. In the Instant Pot, use the sauté function to sear the pork. Melt the bacon fat, add the pork, searing well on all sides. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper as it sears. When dark brown, remove the pork from the pan, and set aside. Leave any drippings in the pan.
  2. Place the chopped onions in the pan and sauté along with the ginger and garlic.
  3. When the onions are tender and browned, add the five-spice powder, orange zest, juice, and rice wine vinegar. Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the sauté function. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Place the seared pork back into the instant pot. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Use natural release for 20 minutes. Pork should be fork tender.
  5. Shred the meat and serve with pan drippings. If the sauce needs thickening, use the sauté function to reduce the pan juices (about 8 to 10 minutes) before serving.

Slow cooker instructions

Sear the pork in the bacon fat in a skillet on the stove top. Season with salt and pepper. When pork is seared, place in a 4-quart slow cooker along with the onion.

Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the pork. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or until pork is tender. Shred the pork and mix with the pan juices. You might also collect the pan juices and simmer then in a pot on the stove to reduce them.

Serve the pork with the pan juices.

Dutch Oven stovetop instructions

Use a 4-quart Dutch oven to sear the pork in the bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sear well on all sides. When well seared, remove the pork from the Dutch oven.

Place the chopped onions in the pan and sauté along with the ginger and garlic. When the onions are tender and browned, add the five-spice powder, orange zest, juice, orange oil, and rice wine vinegar. Let simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the seared pork and remaining ingredients.

Cook covered on low heat until pork is tender, at least an hour. Uncover and simmer on low until juices are reduced to a thick sauce, about 30 minutes.

Kristie's tips!

The thick sauce is the star of this recipe and begins with getting a dark sear on the pork and browning the onions. Be sure to simmer it down for maximum flavor!

The pork should be a fatty cut. If boneless pork ribs are difficult to source, a pork roast will work. Leaner cuts such as a tenderloin or loin cut will not be as tender or flavorful.

Substitution suggestions

If you use tamari instead of coconut aminos, be sure to omit the salt and fish sauce to avoid adding too much salt to this dish. Also, if you avoid pork, dark meat chicken such as boneless, skinless chicken thighs also works well in this dish.

If you don't have Chinese five-spice powder, you can use a mix of Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, ground cloves, cinnamon and ground fennel seeds.

If you don't have Chinese chili garlic sauce, you can use a mix of red chili pepper, salt, garlic and vinegar.

Serving suggestions

Serve with cauli rice, sautéed spinach, cabbage noodles, bok choy.

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5 comments

  1. Liz
    Really enjoyed this. I made it with belly pork and served it with butter and black pepper braised Bok Choi. I didn’t have any Chilli garlic paste but added Chilli flakes to suit our taste. Will definitely do it again and I’m surprised by how low the star rating is.
  2. Teresa
    I have recently acquired a Ninja Foodi so thought I would give this recipe a try. Absolutely fantastic! I could not find country style pork ribs so ended up using part of a pork butt roast, which turned out great. It was delicious over steamed bok choy.
  3. Hilary
    Really delicious - I’d give it 6 stars if I could! It cooks well in the oven also, covered, for 2-3 hours starting at 170C (340F), dropping to 150C or so (300F) once the liquid has reduced somewhat. Slower than a pressure cooker but lots of lovely browning and umami flavours, and less wet. I used pork shoulder, which was fine.
  4. pelham
    Could I make this with pork cheeks in the slow cooker?
    Reply: #5
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Could I make this with pork cheeks in the slow cooker?

    We have not tested the recipe that way, but it sounds like it would work. Try 6-8 hours on low.

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