This zesty recipe leaves your kitchen smelling awesome and your taste buds dancing! I have made this recipe with pork tenderloin and pork chops. My next attempt will be with chicken, and I will try baking it. So, as you can see this recipe is very easy to adapt to your own taste and preferences.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Flatten the pork tenderloin slices slightly, and set aside. In a bowl, mix together the lime zest, olive oil, cumin, salt, crushed red pepper, and garlic. Reserve the lime juice. Rub the seasoning mixture onto both sides of the pork slices.

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  • Spray a heavy skillet or ridged grill pan with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Pan-fry the pork slices until browned on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes per side. After you turn the meat over, pour the reserved lime juice over the meat and continue cooking until no longer pink in the center. Serve hot, topped with pan juices.

Nutrition Facts

175.9 calories; protein 25.8g 52% DV; carbohydrates 2.3g 1% DV; fat 6.7g 10% DV; cholesterol 79mg 26% DV; sodium 346.7mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2010
This is a fantastic and easy recipe. I followed others suggestions about increasing olive oil and decreasing salt. And the sauce this creates is yummy. I served it with roasted potatoes (olive oil garlic salt pepper and a little dried oregano). As a salad combined bibb lettuce toasted almonds mandarin oranges red onion with a blush vinaigrette. The dinner was devoured and people continued to talk about it the remainder of the evening. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2017
I didn't really think it was that good (Sorry!). It was kind of bland. I ended up adding corn starch and water mixture to the gravy to thicken it up and lots of salt/pepper and some paprika. We don't be making this again. It sounded like it would be so good. Read More
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74 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2010
This is a fantastic and easy recipe. I followed others suggestions about increasing olive oil and decreasing salt. And the sauce this creates is yummy. I served it with roasted potatoes (olive oil garlic salt pepper and a little dried oregano). As a salad combined bibb lettuce toasted almonds mandarin oranges red onion with a blush vinaigrette. The dinner was devoured and people continued to talk about it the remainder of the evening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2010
This smelled great as it was cooking, and was very tasty! I used a little more than the 1 teaspoon of olive oil (didn't measure how much more, but probably around 1 teaspoon?) because the mix looked too dry to be easily rubbed onto the pork. Also thought it was a little on the salty side, so next time may use around 1/4 teaspoon of salt instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2010
Delicious easy cheap and low cal - what more can a girl ask for? I served it with roasted red peppers and some leftover bowtie pasta with cilantro pesto and that was a perfect balance. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2011
This was an amazing dish. I never imagined how this combination of flavors would work together. We did the following: 1. Added tons of fresh garlic - we are true garlic lovers. Ten cloves or so, finely diced. 2. Add just a little black pepper. The pepper compliments the lime flavor nicely. 3. Diced the meat into 1" chunks and cooked it at very high heat to get a nice browning. Too low of heat causes over cooking. We did use extra olive oil in the pan to encourage browning. The result was bite sized pork with lime and garlic flavors. We served it with black beans and rice. It was amazing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2012
This recipe is a definite keeper a new favorite at my house. The flavor is bright and smoky...yum! The pork loins at my store weren't looking too good so I used some thicker cut pork chops and just cut them in half (across the middle) to make "medallions". I also put the cumin/lime mixture(I used 2 limes and had to almost double the rest of the ingredients for 8 medallions) on the pork and let it set an hour or so in the fridge to let the flavor sink into the meat. I used a little EVOO instead of spray in the pan seared one side of the meat (one note: you need to be careful your pan is hot enough to sear the meat but not burn your garlic in the lime/cumin mixture). Flipped them and added 4 cloves chopped garlic and the juice of 2 limes I feel this makes the sauce otherwise it's just lime juice and the flavor from the pork the garlic gives it texture and amazing flavor since it mellows being cooked this way. I covered the pan after I added the lime juice because I didn't want it to just boil off before the meat cooked through. Served mine with a package of "bird's eye" roasted potatoes and broccoli in cheese sauce brown rice (instant cooks in the perfect amount of time for this recipe!) with a can of "southwest" corn black beans and red pepper. This is a super fast and easy dish with a surprising different flavor Thanks to rainyk for submitting!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
This was really tasty! I added quite a bit more olive oil and about 5 cloves of garlic like other reviews mentioned. Served with rice carrots and edamame. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2010
Really easy and made with ingredients I always have on hand. This was so tasty thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2010
Excellent recipe - I followed the suggestion of others and cut back a bit on the salt (used 1/4 tsp) and added more olive oil (close to 1 tbsp). Also used garlic powder instead of a garlic clove. Next time I might make more of the seasoning mixture as it ran a little scarce toward the end. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
This was great! Easy to make even for a beginner. I used 5 garlic cloves and a little extra oil it was still pretty thick. Would like to have more sauce because it was perfect with white rice! I made festival's (a jamacian bread) and mojito's. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2017
I didn't really think it was that good (Sorry!). It was kind of bland. I ended up adding corn starch and water mixture to the gravy to thicken it up and lots of salt/pepper and some paprika. We don't be making this again. It sounded like it would be so good. Read More
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