Boneless pork cutlets are lightly seasoned with Southwestern spices, pan-seared until golden brown, then served, covered in a delicious fresh citrus sauce.Boneless pork cutlets are lightly seasoned with Southwestern spices, pan-seared until golden brown, then served, covered in a delicious fresh citrus sauce.

I recently made some delicious Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets with Citrus Sauce for our dinner and wanted to share this very simple recipe with you today.

The recipe originated on the Epicurious website and sounded interesting, so I decided to try it, only making a couple tweaks to the original recipe. The pork cutlets are seasoned, then pan-seared.

As soon as they are done, a quick and easy citrus sauce (with orange juice, lemon juice, and garlic) is made and then spooned over the cooked pork cutlets. The cutlets are then served. It really couldn’t be any easier!

How To Make Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce

If you are using thin, small cutlets, a serving size would be 2 cutlets per adult (and you will NOT need to pound them down).  You want to use fairly thin pork cutlets, so they will cook quickly.  Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Raw pork cutlets on plate before pan-searing.

**NOTE: I ended up using slightly larger and thicker boneless chops that I already had in my freezer for this meal, so I pounded each piece with a meat mallet between plastic wrap to flatten them out more (to about 1/2 inch). Since they were large pork chops to begin with, we had 1 cutlet per serving.

Pork cutlets can be flattened with a meat mallet.

On a plate, mix the flour, ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper until the ingredients are fully combined.

Flour, cumin and other spices for pork cutlets, in bowl.

Once mixed, coat both sides of each of the pork cutlets with seasoning. Make sure to shake off any excess flour from the pork cutlets.

Pork cutlets are dredged in flour/spice mixture until covered, before cooking.

Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), add cutlets. They should sizzle when they hit the hot oil.

Pork cutlets are seared in large skillet with oil.

Cook 3-4 minutes on first side, then turn over and cook other side for same amount of time (until fully cooked through and golden brown). Transfer the pork cutlets to a serving plate; keep them warm.

Cumin dusted pork cutlets are browned on all sides.

Making The Citrus Sauce For The Pork Cutlets

Do not clean out the skillet (the brown bits on bottom of skillet help to flavor citrus sauce!). Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to skillet; heat on medium.  Add minced garlic to skillet; cook for about 15-30 seconds, stirring constantly (don’t burn it!).

Add fresh orange and lemon juices, and a few orange slices.  Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook the sauce until the liquid has reduced in volume and has thickened a bit. This will take about a minute or so.

Taste the citrus sauce; add additional salt and pepper, if needed. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Orange juice, garlic and orange slices in skillet for citrus sauce to top pork cutlets.

Spoon the citrus sauce over the pork cutlets. Garnish each serving with thin orange slices and parsley (fresh or dried) if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Cumin dusted pork cutlets on plate with rice, peas, and orange slices.

The pork cutlets have a nice, slightly Southwestern flavor (the cumin does not overpower it).  There is enough sauce for 4 servings (single cutlet). If serving 2 cutlets per person, the recipe as written makes enough sauce for 2 servings.

Hope you will consider making this easy, tasty pork cutlets meal. Have a great day, friends.

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Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cumin-dusted-pork-cutlets-with-citrus-pan-sauce-105363

Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Boneless pork cutlets are lightly seasoned with Southwestern spices, pan-seared and cooked, then covered with a delicious fresh citrus sauce.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork cutlets
Servings: 4 servings (1 per person)
Calories Per Serving: 311 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Pork:
  • 4 boneless pork cutlets
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
For Citrus Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • A few orange slices (see below)
For garnish:
  • 1 orange , sliced into thin slices, then cut in half (divided)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Lightly season pork with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. On a plate, mix together flour, ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once mixed, coat each pork cutlet (on both sides) with seasoning. Shake off excess flour.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), add cutlets. Cook 3-4 minutes on first side, then flip and cook other side for same amount of time (until cooked through and golden brown). Remove pork to serving plate; keep warm.
  4. Do not clean out the skillet. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to skillet; heat oil on medium. Add minced garlic to skillet; cook for about 15-30 seconds, stirring constantly (don't burn it!). Add fresh orange and lemon juices, and a few orange slices. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced and thickened a bit (this will take about a minute or so). Taste sauce; add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove sauce from heat.
  5. Spoon sauce over the pork cutlets. Garnish with thin orange slices and parsley (fresh or dried) if desired. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If a slightly sweeter citrus sauce is desired, add 1 teaspoon honey.

Nutrition Facts
Cumin-Dusted Pork Cutlets With Citrus Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 363mg16%
Potassium 648mg19%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 32.6mg40%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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