Quick-Cooking Pork Cuts You Need to Stock Up On

Want a meaty meal that cooks fast?

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It's an easy hack: keeping thinly-sliced pork in the freezer makes for easy-to-make meals. It’s perfect for quick meals because it cooks in no time and can be turned into a wide variety of dishes. 


Here’s a list of all the pork cuts you can buy and the recipes that go best with them. You can also ask your butcher to cut up a fresh slab of pork for you in these ways.


Quick Easy Pork Recipes


1 Bacon Slice

Make: liempo 

Cut from pork belly, it’s basically thinly-cut liempo which means faster cooking time. Because it has streaks of fat running through it, this pork cut is always flavorful whether made crispy or tender. It’s also the same cut that is cured to make smoked bacon. The fat content is perfect for absorbing aromatics and spices.


Substitute your beef for gyudon with this slice for a tasty, flavor bomb that goes so well with rice. Another wonderful use for it is to make a quick substitute for chicharon if you find yourself with a bowl of creamy monggo.



This Filipino favorite is given a kick of texture and flavor with the addition of crisp pork belly.

Top with fried garlic for a punch of extra flavors!

Whip up a tasty stir-fry in less than 20 minutes with just six key ingredients!



Quick Easy Pork Recipes


2 Sukiyaki-Cut Pork

Make: Gyudon, Bulgogi, and Sukiyaki (use pork instead of beef) 

Pork sukiyaki cut is taken from pork loin, so it's a leaner cut than bacon slice. They cook so quickly, it feels like a miracle every time. Marinate overnight or longer for easier breakfast prep. You can cook them in teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, or better yet, use them for an easy sukiyaki recipe instead of beef. We also recommend Gyudon and Bulgogi which traditionally uses beef, but you can easily substitute with pork. If you’re looking a for a fun idea, you can even organize your own mini Korean barbecue at home!


Quick-cooking beef is the key ingredient in this simple recipe that yields a sweet, umami-packed meal.

This Korean-inspired dish features kimchi rice as the base and a choice of beef or pork for the topping.


Quick Easy Pork Recipes



3 Pork Steak

Make: Pork Steaks 

Already have pork steak in your freezer? Simply slice them thinly with your knife to get them cooking quickly. It’s a versatile boneless cut that you can mix with a lot of vegetables and add in stews for a meaty addition and much-needed flavor. Another tip for quicker cooking? Pound the meat with a mallet.


Always keep some thinly sliced pork in the freezer. You'll be able to whip up a stir-fry in no time!



Quick Easy Pork Recipes


4 Tenderloin

Make: Pork stir-fry, homemade tocino 

Pork doesn’t always have to be a fatty affair. Tenderloin is a quick-cooking and tender but is a lean cut of pork. You can use it to make homemade tocino, and a flurry of other delicious meaty dishes.


This pork tenderloin recipe is easy to prep!

Use pork tenderloin for this quick stir-fry!

Save this pork stir-fry recipe for days when you need to put food on the table fast.

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Here’s a more detailed guide to all the pork cuts you need:

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Here are more pork recipes: 

Elevate pork chops just by adding five-spice powder and rice wine.

Learn how to make this popular Pinoy bar chow.

Spice up your usual adobo with this Chinese-inspired twist!



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