This quick and easy meal of pan-fried or grilled pork steak with garlic asparagus and watercress salad is nutrient-dense and perfect for a sugar-free, low-carb reset. This pork steak recipe takes only 15 minutes to make!
Who doesn’t love a quick and easy meal, especially when it’s full of nutrients AND flavour? I certainly do and this is one of those meals.
I love making a grilled pork steak with vegetables when I want something healthy, recalibrating and sugar-free…like after you’ve had an overindulgent weekend. If you’re doing a healthy kickstart or a low-carb reset, this is a great dish to add to your menu.
What Is A Pork Steak?
A pork steak is a cut of meat that can come either from the pig’s shoulder area, back or leg/butt area. The steaks are usually cut into palm-size servings, just like steaks from beef, and there are a few varieties. There are leaner leg steaks (the working muscle) and loin or sirloin steaks (from the back, also known as New York pork chop) or slightly thicker, fattier scotch fillet steaks or collar butt steaks from the shoulder area (not the butt!).
Pork steaks are great marinated and grilled or pan-fried but they can also be braised and slow-cooked. In this recipe, you can use any of the above-mentioned pork steaks.
Grilled Pork Steak & Vegetables
I used free-range pork sirloin or loin steaks, which are quite lean and high in protein, and I simply pan-fried with sea salt and pepper. I am using Dijon mustard to give that extra flavour and spice hit. Mustard goes so well with pork!
For sides, I cooked some asparagus (it’s in season at the moment) and you can do this in the same frying pan to save on washing up. I think it’s such a tasty vegetable that all it needs is a little olive oil, salt and maybe garlic.
Did you know that asparagus is also full of gut-friendly fibre and nutrients that help support healthy hormones? Yep, they’re often on the menu here. Check out this asparagus recipe too! If you have an Instant Pot, you can easily make asparagus in that as well.
Finally, I wanted to freshen everything up with a little zesty side of leafy greens. When it comes to salad veggies and nutrients, watercress is the absolute winner. In fact, this leafy wonder is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet!!!
I simply tossed it with some lemon juice, olive oil and black sesame seeds (these guys are rich in calcium, by the way). Alternatively, you can use baby spinach or rocket (arugula), which are also vitamin-rich leafy greens.
By the way, you can make this meal with chicken or beef instead.
All in all, this meal took me about 10-15 minutes, cooking the pork steaks and asparagus at the same time, and making the salad in parallel. Asparagus doesn’t need much prep and the salad leaves came pre-washed, so it was super quick and easy.
I hope you enjoy this lovely recipe for pork steak and delicious vegetables on the side.
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This quick and easy meal of pan-fried or grilled pork steak with garlic asparagus and watercress salad is nutrient-dense and perfect for a sugar-free, low-carb reset.
For pork steaks
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 medium pork steaks (about 150 g / 4–5 oz each)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder (optional)
- Generous pinch of black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (wholegrain or yellow are also fine)
For the asparagus
- 1 bunch of asparagus (I do about 10 spears per person), harder ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 large cloves of garlic, sliced
- Pinch of salt
For the salad
- 100 g / 3 oz watercress salad
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (black or white)
- Heat coconut oil in a large frying an over medium-high heat. Season the pork steaks with salt, onion powder and pepper and place in the middle of the pan. Cook for 3.5 minutes on each side.
- While the steaks are cooking, add asparagus spears and garlic to the same frying pan (around the pork steaks, if it’s big enough pan) or to another hot frying pan and drizzle with olive oil. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring a few times, to ensure even cooking. Season with a little sea salt, to taste.
- While the pork and the asparagus are cooking, add the watercress salad to a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Toss through with some sesame seeds.
- Serving Size: 1 pork steak with salad asparagus
- Calories: 256
- Sugar: 3.2 g
- Sodium: 1069.1 mg
- Fat: 8.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.3 g
- Protein: 32.9 g
- Cholesterol: 91 mg
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