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Pan-Roasted 5-Spice Pork Loin

Rated as 4.63 out of 5 Stars

"This pan-roasted pork loin uses lots of spices and an Asian-inspired marinade for a truly flavorful cut of meat. And it's perfect to use for a Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich!"
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55 m servings 364
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place the roast on its side and split in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Make shallow slashes in a diamond pattern on both sides of each piece. Transfer halves to a flat dish.
  2. Whisk rice vinegar, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, salt, pepper, and Chinese 5-spice powder together in a bowl. Pour sauce over the meat; turn each piece over several times to thoroughly coat. Let meat marinate for about 30 minutes at room temperature. (Or transfer to a zip top bag and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours.)
  3. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Brown meat on each side, 4 to 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  4. Transfer to a plate to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can brush the meat with marinade while it's cooking, but stop basting before the meat has fully cooked. Do not drizzle marinade on finished meat.
  • Leftovers? Try them in this Roasted Pork Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 364 calories; 21.8 2.4 37.5 108 1391 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

It was a delight! Just the right amount if spice. I BBQ'd it instead of frying, and I will definitely be preparing it again! Next time it will be for guests.

Most helpful critical review

Too salty, drop the sea salt and could use some sweetness, maybe add brown sugar.

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It was a delight! Just the right amount if spice. I BBQ'd it instead of frying, and I will definitely be preparing it again! Next time it will be for guests.

Delicious! It is a bit spicy, and a tad salty, but if you take the chef's suggestion and put it inside a sandwich, this pork has just the right punch to shine through other ingredients. I used...

I have made this over and over again since I found this recipe! It's by far the best pork loin recipe I have found. I do omit the teaspoon of salt, I find the fish sauce and soy sauce give enou...

Amazing and easy. Followed exactly. YUMMY!

Great recipe. I will make again. Grand kids and I loved it how ever wife is not a big fan of five spice and thought it was just ok. I did cook this on the grill.

I didn't change a thing, it's the bomb! Wonderful flavors together.

I made it exactly as written and it was delicious--and very easy to make!

Put al the ingredients for the marinade into a zip lock bag and mixed it up. Then added pork cutlets to bag. Marinated for 6 hours and cooked cutlets on indoor grill (grill closed) for about ...

Excellent!!! Although I made a few changes... mine ended tasting like a teriyaki loin, but it was delicious! I just loved the idea of cutting the meat and creating surface to marinate.