Mandarin Five Spice Pork

Mandarin Five Spice Pork

Add a burst of citrus flavour and vitamins to your dinner with this tasty recipe that incorporates this seasons sweet and juicy mandarins.


  • 800g boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil (oil oil, coconut oil, sesame oil - whichever you prefer)
  • 6 small brown onions, peeled and left whole
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 chillies, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped finely
  • 4 mandarins, juiced (reserve peel of 1 mandarin)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • ½ cup spring onions, sliced



    1. Heat oil in a saucepan on high. Dust pork with flour and sear in hot oil, in batches- so pork doesn’t stew. Remove from pan and set aside. 
    1. Add onions, garlic, chilli and ginger. Sauté for a few minutes on medium-low heat until onions start softening.
    1. Return pork to pan and add tomato sauce, white pepper, five-spice powder, tamari/ soya sauce, the peel of one mandarin, vinegar and water. Mix well. 
    1. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer gently for 1 hour. 
    1. Add mandarin juice. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with spring onions and serve with rice

Tip: We love this dish prepared in the slow cooker also, simply dust pork with flour and combine with rest of ingredients except spring onions in your slow cooker. Cook on 'Low' setting for 3 -4 hours. 

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