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Crispy Baked Panko Pork Loin with Spicy Lemongrass & Ginger Sauce

Thursday, 12 February 2009

I have lots of leftover ingredients after baking the lemongrass & ginger cake. Whilst very tempted to bake another of that wonderful cake, I figured I still have a lot left. Enough to maybe bake another 10 of those. Not that I really mind...but...I really have to start watching my diet! Less than 2 months till the big day!

So, what to do with the rest of the cordial and stem ginger? And the other stalk of lemongrass? These ingredients reminds me of Thai food and so I decided to add some chili and make a somewhat Thai flavoured sauce out of these leftovers. The wild boar has been bugging me about panko chicken ever since those delicious panko chicken wings that I made awhile ago. So, all these lead to another wonderful meal.

panko pork with spicy lemongrass and ginger sauce


  • 500g Pork Loin Steaks
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Panko
  • Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray
For spicy lemongrass & ginger sauce


  • Pound meat with a meat mallet or rolling pin until meat is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of pork, leave aside for at least 30 mins.
  • Switch oven to broil.
  • Place beaten eggs in a bowl.
  • Spread panko breadcrumbs on a plate.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper or foil.
  • One by one, dip pork in beaten eggs then transfer to the plate with panko and coat thoroughly. Pour more panko on plate if not enough.
  • Arrange pork on baking tray.
  • Spray the pork with oil spray.
  • Broil until browned (about 10 mins each side). Look closely as it will burn within seconds!
For spicy lemongrass & ginger sauce:

  • Heat up a bit of oil in pan.
  • Add onions and saute until soft.
  • Add lemongrass, garlic and chili, fry until fragrant.
  • Mix in stem ginger, cordial and water.
  • Bring to boil then lower heat and leave to simmer for about 15 mins.
  • Add fish sauce to taste.
  • Pour onto baked pork loins and serve!


  • This sauce is on the dry side, so I would suggest using less onions or just add more cordial and water. But I personally prefer more onions as the flavoured onions were delicious with the pork and rice.

51 oink oinks...:

Donna-FFW said...

What a lovely combination you have going on here. Your photos are always so gorgeous! Wish I was half as good as you at taking pictures!

Sara said...

This looks delicious, I love pork loin - there are two in my freezer right now!

Apples and Butter said...

I love when you can turn leftovers into a whole other meal. Nice work!

Heather said...

i love asian inspired pork dishes. it's such a delicious flavor combination. the lemongrass here sounds delicious!

Reeni♥ said...

What a gorgeous dish with lots of great flavors going on!

Selba said...

Oh wow... This must be really delicious!!!

noobcook said...

omg so pretty, love the crispy skin. Can I have a bite? ;p

5 Star Foodie said...

What a gorgeous dish! Love the crispy texture on the pork. Delicious! I have to confess to recently trying to make a lemongrass and ginger sauce and failing miserably - The third ingredient was opal basil and while the sauce was actually really tasty, it really tasted like a pesto sauce and not exactly what I was intending :)

Bob said...

Man, that looks way better than what I had for dinner tonight! I've been wanting to use lemongrass for some time, but can't find it around here.

gastroanthropologist said...

That Lemongrass and Ginger Sauce sound so delicious! i'm baking some mackeral tonight and usually use this sesame-honey-soy sauce, but I think I'm going to try it with your sauce instead.

Margaret said...

Lots of wonderful ingredients here to get those tastebuds working!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Mmm I love panko anything! It always makes things so deliciously crunchy. Looks great!

Ben said...

Even though I am not familiar with some of the ingredients, the dish looks very appetizing. What time is dinner? :-p

mycookinghut said...

Lovely! Looks real crispy!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Thislooks fantastic!!! I love Panko crumbs! What a great idea. This would be such a hit at our house. I'm definitely giving this a try!

pigpigscorner said...

Donna:Thanks =) I'm still learning and am trying to figure out what's the best lighting.

Sara: I don't usually cook pork loin but cooking it this way is really delicious!

Apples and Butter: Thank you =) I always try my best to finish leftovers so I won't waste anything.

Heather:THe combination is great. I don't usually cook with lemongrass but I think I will in the future!

Reeni:Thank you =)

Selba:It was really delicious!

noobcook:I love crispy skin too! You are welcome to =)

5 Star Foodie:oo adding basil? That's interesting. But I think basil will overpower the flavours.

Bob:Try an oriental supermarket.

gastroanthropologist: oo I'm sure the sauce will go well with your mackerel!

Margaret:Yeap! Delicious flavours.

Lorraine: Thanks! I think we are addicted to panko!

Ben:Thank you =)

mycookinghut:It was really crispy and delicious!


Pam said...

I love lemongrass! A tasty looking dish.

Zen Chef said...

Yum! My kind of food.. I love it! Anything with a panko crust is the bomb!
You can come to cook me dinner anytime! :-)

Jennifer said...

Oh Pig-Pig! I love panko and I just saw fresh lemon grass at the store yesterday-hello pork!

luckytastebuds said...

Hi there! How do you get your panko to stay so crisp and for the meat to not be overly doughy? My boyfriend tried to make chicken parmasean with panko and it tasted SOOOO doughy/floury even though the meat was cooked perfectly! Do you have tips for us because that pork looks DARN awesome. Thanks!!

noble pig said...

So crispy and beautiful with the Panko.

zerrin said...

This photo is excellent! The crispy cover sounds good. Do you suggest anything to drink with this scrumptious dish?
And could you please tell me what lemongrass is?

tigerfish said...

Yum yum, I've tried something close with pork and lemongrass too!

Dee said...

That's it, I'm packing my bags and moving in! You guys eat so well, I'm jealous. By the way, your Guinness stew reminded me that we hadn't had any in a while so I whipped up a batch of my regular no-recipe version last night :)

Kevin said...

That pork looks nice and crispy and good!

beachlover said...

May I have a bite please.....:)

once in a blue moon... said...

looks really good~

Dhanggit said...

oh my goodness i love love panko pork!! i always eat them when i was a exchange student in japan :-) yummy!!

pigpigscorner said...

Pam: I love lemongrass too! It just shines in a dish! Love the aroma.

Zen Chef: Thank you =) and I love anything with panko too!

Jennifer: Do give this a try and tell me how it goes!

luckytastebuds: Thank you =) It was really light and crispy. I basically just dip the seasoned pork loin in beaten egg and straightaway coat it with panko, shake off excess panko then broil. Did your boyfriend coat the chicken in flour? Perhaps omit the flour? And try to keep the panko layer thin by shaking off the excess. I've never pan fried panko crust for my diet's sake. So perhaps you can try baking/ broiling. It's healthier =)

noble pig:Thank you =)

zerrin:Thanks! Perhaps a cold beer?!

Lemongrass is commonly used in Asian cooking such as in stews, curries and soups. It is used like a herb and has a citrusy, lemony aroma. Here is a picture and more information of it.

Tigerfish: I'm guessing lemongrass will be a frequent on our dinner table!

Dee: You are only seeing the better meals =P THe stew is really a no-fuss recipe! Just dump whatever you fancy in and pour in a bottle og Guinness! Yummy!

Kevin: Thank you =)

beachlover:You can have a slice =P

once in a blue moon:Thank you =)

Dhanggit:We love panko too! Kind of addicted and crave for it ever so often.

Grace said...

oh, the breading. how glorious! what a spectacular component of an all-around fantastic dish!

Food For Tots said...

You are such a creative cook! The pork looks so crispy and irresistable!

Joie de vivre said...

Those chicken wings look lovely with the panko crusted on the outside!

maggie said...

yum! looks tasty!

The Duo Dishes said...

Panko on pork is a great idea. Nice crispy crunch!

Maria said...

I love lemongrass! What a great dish!!

pigpigscorner said...

Grace: Thank you! The crust was really good with the sauce!

Food For Tots: Thank you =)

Joie de vivre: The chicken wings were really good! Delicious with chili sauce!

maggie: Thanks =) They were really tasty.

The Duo Dishes: I think we are addicted to panko and have been coating everything with it =P

Maria: Thanks =)

chuck said...

I really have to cook more with Lemongrass. I really don't know why I don't I love the flavor that it gives. Yummy!

Ricardo said...

I love Panko and the pork is delicious in this dish...lovely..thx and Happy Valentine's day xxx

Joan Nova said...

Came to you via your listing in today's Foodie Blogroll. Very nice blog, great photos, you've got a new subscriber!

Soma said...

U pictures make me want to eat what i don't:-) I do not eat pork.. This looks sooooo good, may be worth trying with chicken.

Natashya said...

Great flavours! Looks wonderful.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Sam said...

Great pictures, it looks fantastic!

Maya said...

I am now intrigued by that cake recipe.

Wild Boar said...

Its like a healthy tonkatsu.

janetching said...

This looks so delicious, making me very hungry now at 9am.

pigpigscorner said...

chuck: I love the aroma but I don't really cook with it too. I have to say that it's not a very friendly ingredient =)

Ricardo:Thank you! Happy belated v-day to you too!

Joan Nova:Thanks for visiting and thanks for your scubscription! You have a wonderful travel blog!

Soma:I am sure it works well with chicken too! I've tried making chicken fillets and chicken wings with panko, they were delicious!

Natashya:Thank you =) Happy belated v-day to you too!


Maya:Do give it a try!

janet: hehe, you can have that for breakfast!

LyB said...

That looks really delicious. I always love the texture of panko in recipes like this. :)

Girl Japan said...

These are amazing PPC! Panko flakes keep the moisture in plus they work well baked or friend, I love your dish!

pigpigscorner said...

LyB:Love the crunchy texture too! And it goes well with any sauces!

Girl Japan:Thanks! The pork was very juicy and tender! Love panko!

Chef E said...

Beautiful, and panko does make things nice and crunchy, my friend here in NJ just discovered it and I smile when she goes on about her new love for it!

pigpigscorner said...

Chef E: Looks like everyone loves Panko! I keep craving for it!

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