I have been converted.
After years of generally avoiding having to cook pork fillets at home, this recipe changed my mind. I cannot believe that following such simple steps, with only few ingredients, has made such a big change in the result. This is the original recipe from Jamie Oliver’s site (link above):
- 4 higher-welfare pork neck fillet steaks
- olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic , peeled and crushed
- 1 handful fresh sage leaves , chopped
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon
Instead of using sage, as in the original recipe, I decided to use Rosemary (about a teaspoon of leaves).
Obviously we all know how it goes with Maltese lemons, they’re much juicier than the ones in the UK, so the fillets will be quite lemony. I think it works with the strong taste of pork and the fillets taste great when you get the timing right. I like to generally follow the rules as follows, but you may need to adjust if you use bone-in fillets as these will need a longer cooking time:
- in a hot pan, lay the fillets out so that there is plenty of space between them. There’s no need to add more oil since the fillets have been marinating in some.
- turn after 2 minutes, then turn every minute for a total of 8 minutes. Switch the hob off and let the fillet rest for 1 minute before serving.