Help Decide the Future of Aging. Join the White House’s Live Stream From Cleveland Monday. Learn more

8 Interesting and Different Ways to Cook Pork

Recipes from a variety of cuisines that make tasty use of that other white meat

Pork Recipes from Cookstr. (Foodcollection/Getty Images)

Oven-roasted, slow-cooked or stir-fried, pork works perfectly as the centerpiece in a variety of recipes. — Foodcollection/Getty Images

Pork has come quite a long way since its uninspiring classification as "the other white meat" years ago. While the bacon craze persists, these recipes celebrate the tenderloin, shoulder and other less-trendy parts of the pig, and incorporate the delicious flavors of a range of cuisines, including Mexican, Chinese and Italian.

1. Marinated Pork Loin

by Penelope Casas

This Spanish recipe marinates pork loin in garlic, herbs and paprika for 24 hours, leaving the meat tender and flavorful (and quick to cook once the marinating is done). It's excellent served with oven-roasted or mashed potatoes.

Per serving: 256 calories, 4g saturated fat, 1g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 31g protein, 142mg sodium

2. Maple-Pear Roasted Pork Tenderloin

by Robin Miller

This easy six-ingredient recipe makes the most of pork's affinity with sweetness (as the famous "cola ham" attests). The tenderloin here is bathed in canned pears, Dijon mustard and maple syrup.

Per serving: 190 calories, 1g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 24g protein, 394mg sodium

3. Chunky Pork Shoulder Ragu

by Michele Scicolone

If you have some time to spare and crave real comfort food, consider making this rich ragu. The slow cooker does most of the work, combining the meat with tomato puree, herbs and spices. The author suggests serving it over rigatoni or another hearty pasta, or polenta.

Per serving: 95 calories, 1g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 11g protein, 123mg sodium

4. Posole Rojo

by Liana Krissoff

Posole (or pozole) is a traditional Mexican stew that uses hominy (ground maize kernels) to thicken and flavor the dish. This slow-cooker recipe requires a few types of chiles and spare ribs. Serve it as you would a standard chili, with optional toppings on the side such as tortilla strips, thin-sliced radishes, cilantro, sliced avocado and lime.

Per serving: 325 calories, 3g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 36g protein, 770mg sodium

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.


Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

denny's restaurant member discount membership

Members save 15% all day, every day when dining at participating Denny’s restaurants.

Member Benefit Discount Dunkin Donuts Cream

Members get a FREE Donut with purchase of a L or XL beverage at Dunkin' Donuts.

Outback membership benefit aarp festive steak dinner

Members save 15% on lunch and dinner every day at Outback Steakhouse.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.