Thursday, June 19

Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry-Mango Salsa

pork strawberry salsa

Strawberry season is in full swing across most of the country, so chances are you're buying lots of them. You are, aren't you? Then that also means you likely have a few soft or slightly bruised berries -- good enough to eat but not pristine enough to showcase on the top of a strawberry shortcake.

Well I'm not going to suggest you use them to make sweet jam or a smoothie (though I love both). I'm going savory with strawberries. That's right. If you've never paired strawberries with meat, then expect to be wowed. Succulent strawberries and creamy mango are enhanced with aromatic anise seed in this simple yet flavorful salsa. The fruits' sweetness provides the perfect balance to the savory, buttery flavor of the pork tenderloin.

I hope Jeanne of Cook Sister! likes savory strawberries because this is my entry for this month's WTSIM: Berried Treasure.

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Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry-Mango Salsa
Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup sweet onion, such as Vidalia
1 teaspoon anise seed
1 cup diced mango
2 cups chopped strawberries
salt and freshly ground back pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked grain of your choice, such as cous-cous, quinoa, or white rice.

Cut the tenderloin into medallions, and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the salsa, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the sweet onion for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly softened and browned. Stir in the anise seed and diced mango, cooking for 2 minutes more. Add strawberries and cook 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 teaspoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons butter. Add the pork; cook for 3-4 minutes, until crispy and browned, then flip and cook until browned all over and just cooked through (the meat should be tender).

Place cooked grain on a platter, add cooked pork, and cover with warm fruit salsa. Serve immediately.

Other meat dishes you might like:

Lamb Kebabs

Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette

Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) and Sausage Sandwich with Sharp Provolone

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Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! Drool worthy photos, as always, Susan!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love how you put the anise seed in there, what a nice new approach for a salsa, love it!

Patty O. said...

Wow, that looks good. I think I will have to try it. My husband's not a big fruit person, but the savoriness (is that a word?) of this dish just might win him over!

Susan @ SGCC said...

This looks wonderful, Susan! We love fruit in pork dishes. The use of strawberries in the salsa is inspired!

Manggy said...

I actually think the pork-strawberry combination is pretty great, so I'm loving this dish already, Susan! I had a dish a long time ago-- prok ribs in a strawberry sauce. The sauce was flavored with strawberry jell-o of all things (I think the recipe was looking for a strong strawberry flavor for cheap). A real guilty pleasure, haha :)

Lori Lynn said...

I am always interested in food pairings. This is very interesting.

Love the colors too.

P.S. I responded to your query about black cod on my post.

Sarah said...

Mmmm . . . I have all the ingredients for this in my freezer and fridge and pantry - even the anise seed (which I normally only use for a Christmas cookie - it'd be great to use it for something else!)

Maybe moving on to this weekend's menu . . . thanks for the inspiration!


grace said...

currently, my favorite way to eat pork is marinated and baked in orange juice and brown sugar (i have several sweet teeth). maybe i can add that amazing salsa to the orange-juiced pork and just skip dessert. who am i kidding, i never skip dessert. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks divine, too bad the season is practically over here (Italy). We stuffed ourselves with strawberries in May and now they are getting harder and harder to find. The weather really threw the seasons off this year. Oh well, I'll just admire and wait 'til next year.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Ooooh, I can think of a bunch of ways to use this salsa, and it's prime strawberry season here in New England. Will pick up some berries at the farmers' market tomorrow morning!

Chibog in Chief said...

pork with strawberries and mango salsa, i must admit i've never tasted a flavorful combo like this!! you are big one machine of creativity susan!! that's why i keep on coming back here!! yummy

Anonymous said...

I love strawberries in savoury dishes susan. This is a lovely sounding salsa with the anise.

Asha said...

LOVE the Salsa combo, how beautiful!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kristen-Aw, I appreciate that.

marie-It really enhances the flavors of the fruit.

patty-Yup, it's a word.:)

susan-Oh, thank you!

manggy-You're probably right. Fresh berries are pricier but worth it, right? :)

lori lynn-I'll come check it out. Thanks.

sarah-Anise seed is really lovely in savory dishes. I hope you like it!

grace-Brown sugar and oj? What's not to love about that?

joanne-It's worth the wait! ;)

lydia-Have fun at the market!

dhanggit-Do you see the big smile on my face?

helen-Then you'd really like this salsa.

asha-Thank you!

Prudy said...

Pork is such a nice meat with a sweet sauce. The strawberries sound heavenly and exciting with a pinch of anise. I love the photo below of the apricots and cherries.

Anonymous said...

Pork and fruit are such good companions... and this salsa is truly beautiful.

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

This is something I probably wouldn't think of doing Susan...but you just make it look so good! I definitely need to give this a go!

Unknown said...

The salsa sounded so delicious and I loved the beautiful spice that goes with it. lovely presentation.

Anonymous said...

wow that's just beautiful! awesome colour and it must be so refreshing.

Jeanne said...

Oh Susan - inspired!! I was hoping to get some unusual savoury berry recipes and you've come up trumps, as always :) I am definitely going to try this as I'm always lookign for new things to do with pork tenderloin. Love the photos and I particularly love this dish with the angled sides which I've seen on Foodblogga before . Want one!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

You're killing me with all those delicious recipes.

Nic said...

Now that is an interesting recipe! I've not done strawberries in this way before - it's so colourful!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Great idea and looks and sounds delicious! You're like the Thomas Edison of the culinary world!

Anonymous said...

Susan-this is a fantastic looking dish. Love the colors and flavor combinations.

Ms Meghan said...

I just picked my first batch of local strawberries this morning!

This sounds delicious, but I think we'll be eating them too fast to make a complete meal out of them (unless it's shortcake). :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This is new to me but sounds delicious! I've only had strawberries in a savory application once before, and I was incredibly suspicious but had to try it anyways expecting to be revolted (it was a sauce paired with crab dumplings). I was stunned by how good it was!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

prudy-The anise really brings out the natural sweetness of the strawberries.

ann-Why, thank you.

peter-Hope you do!

pearlsofeast-Thank you so much.

diva-It really is.

jeanne-I thought a savory dish might be interesting too, so I'm so happy you like it!


nicisme-I hope you give it a try!

tw-Now, that's a comparison I never would have thought of. Thanks!


msmeghan-Woo-hoo! Fresh berries!

mike-Berries are really lovely in savory dishes, though I haven't tried it with crab.

RecipeGirl said...

I'm printing this one out. Boy, you're on a roll lately. I think I've printed several from you lately!!

I just picked up some French strawberries from Chino Farms yesterday. They're incredible... sweet and soft and ohhhh! I bet they'd be good in this dish.

Anonymous said...

I was headed down the grilled peach path for our pork tonight, but you've got me thinking about strawberries now...And the mangoes? YUM!

Deborah Dowd said...

I never think of using strawberries in savory dishes-thanks for shaking up the way I look at berries!

Anonymous said...

i'm thinking salmon with it. i like to leave the swine alone, but this looks really nice.

Thip said...

This looks delicious, Susan. :)

Anonymous said...

At first I was looking hard for slices of pork, then I realized you tossed chunks of it in w/ the salsa... gorge!! and healthy too...

Big Boys Oven said...

this is a delicious dish, love having mango!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely looking dish!

Nora B. said...

Hi Susan,
this dish looks so fresh and inviting. And I don't even eat pork ;-)

Hope that you've had a good weekend,

The Spiteful Chef said...

It's funny, I'm a relatively new food blogger, and my fiance is an allergist who is starting an allergy blog. I read this and was like "Hey! That'll be us soon enough." Also, while I am in negotiations to make peace with the banana, I do love me some pineapple, so this recipe may ease diplomatic relations between myself and the humble banana. Thank you.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lori-Really? That's wonderful. Thanks for letting me know. I've heard those strawberries are amazing. Enjoy!

kellypea-Oh, good!

deborah-You're welcome!

flanboyanteats-Sure, salmon would be lovely.

thip-Thank you.

weareneverfull-Oh, many thanks!

bigboysoven-Glad you like it!


norab-This dish might tempt you. :)

spitefulchef-Best of luck to you both! And I'm a peace maker too? That's so cool! :)

Jaime said...

i love how you're combining savory with sweet... this looks so good!

Dragon said...

Oh, how lovely. I've never had pork with strawberries before. Looks divine!

Anonymous said...

Really like the sound of that salsa. It will definitely go will with pork tenderloin.