Sesame Coated Pork with Apricot Sauce in The Pan by Perco with Garnish and a plate to the side
July 20, 2022

Sesame Coated Pork with Apricot Sauce

Sesame Coated Pork with Apricot Sauce

This is a weeknight dinner for the books. Use sesame seeds as an upgrade to breadcrumbs for crunch and a nutty flavour. The umami-rich apricot sauce and gingery spinach add a delicious fusion twist to your plate. Round things out with fluffy rice. Or, for a lighter take, serve the pork with sliced cucumbers spritzed with rice vinegar and a drizzle of sesame oil. The only tools you'll need for the job are The Pan, measuring cups/spoons, and something to stir with that won't scratch the nonstick layer of the pan.

Servings: 4

Total Time: 35 minutes. 5 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook.

What you’ll need to make the dish: 

  • 1 cup short-grain white rice
  • ½ cup dried apricots (3 1/2 oz.), finely chopped
  • ¼ cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (about 1/2 in. thick) (4 oz. each)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup sesame seeds (black and/or toasted white sesame seeds)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (from a 1-in. piece)
  • 20 ounces of fresh spinach 

How to prepare the dish:

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Place apricots in a small saucepan with 3/4 cup water, tamari, and honey. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Pat pork chops dry and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Working with 1 pork chop at a time, dredge in sesame seeds, pressing firmly to adhere.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium until shimmering. Add pork; cook until seeds are golden and pork is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a towel-lined plate.
  5. Wipe skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add spinach in batches; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve rice with pork chops and spinach. Spoon sauce over pork.

Check out last Week's Recipe of the Week: Lemon Garlic Chicken