Star Anise Pork


Slideshow: More Pork Roast Recipes


  • Servings: 6

Related Video

More Videos
Ludo Lefebvre’s Ultimate Steak Frites


  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 whole star anise pods, crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • One 3-pound boneless pork shoulder, tied, or 6 pork loin chops, cut 1 1/4 inches thick (3/4 pound each)

How to make this recipe

  1. To make star anise pork chops

    In a small bowl, mix the stock with the sherry, soy sauce, brown sugar, star anise, garlic and five-spice powder.

  2. To make star anise pork chops

    Season the pork with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Add the pork and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 15 minutes. Add the sauce mixture and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the casserole. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for about 3 hours, turning the roast every 30 minutes, until very tender. Remove the pork and boil the sauce until it is reduced to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. Discard the strings. Pull the pork into long shreds and return to the casserole. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.

  3. To make star anise pork chops

    Pour the sauce mixture into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chops and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or for up to 8 hours. Drain the chops, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 12 minutes. Serve the pork chops.

Serve With

Pasta or rice.

Suggested Pairing

Opt for a Gerwürztraminer. Its natural richness and unctuous texture stands up to the spices in Asian dishes, while its low alcohol and sweet fruits help to balance powerful flavors. Look for one from Alsace or Washington state.

Contributed By Photo © William Meppem Published October 2001

488764 recipes/star-anise-pork 2013-12-06T23:51:32+00:00 Rori Trovato fall|winter|roasting|dinner-party|fathers-day|new-years-eve|asian|chinese|6 october-2001,rori travato,star anise pork,pork recipe,pork shoulder,pork chops,star anise marinade recipes,star-anise-pork 488764

Aggregate Rating value: 4

Review Count: 6

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: @OrangeBandAid

Review Body: So this recipe is from ages and ages ago but it is one that I remember fondly... The broth from making the pork roast (not the chops) is intensely flavorful and the pork and sauce is great over butter noodles. The instructions above have a typo though. #2 are the instructions for the roast (but is say chops)

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-16

Author Name: FlorAngel

Review Body: I haven't tried this recipe yet but this surely makes me hungry this time. Looks so delicious! Can't wait to try this!

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: 711Christel

Review Body: It looks sooo good.. I have to find a good roasting tray which can handle stovetop and oven and start cooking this! I'm so excited. Great recipe!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: shoeman26

Review Body: magnificent meat dish!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: Stardust

Review Body: Food Porn!! I love this! This is perfect along with rice.

Date Published: 2016-07-22

Author Name: theEarthChildx

Review Body: I'm not inspired to add some extra oil into it. Minimal will do for me!

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: @OrangePopsicle

Review Body: This might be suitable for a vegan diet!

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2016-06-29

Author Name: crafter102

Review Body: Great recipe! I made this earlier and it's very authentic and delicious! 

Date Published: 2016-08-03