Curry and Stew! My 2 best friends when it comes to Caribbean culinary culture. Combine them and only good things shall happen. I grew up eating pork 2 ways.. Ginger Stewed (brown sugar like you’ll see below) and roasted in the oven or ‘bake pork” as mom would say. ONLY after coming to Canada did I ever eat Curry Pork (living with my aunt) and years later I combined both for this amazing dish.
2-3 lbs pork ( I used pork tenderloin)
1 lime or lemon
3/4 tablespoon salt (adjust)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
4 scallions (divided)
1 1/2 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2-3 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon golden brown sugar
1 1/4 tablespoon curry powder
IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements (especially the curry powder you use as some contain flour as a filler). I used a pork tenderloin in this recipe but any cheap piece of pork will work (something a little fatty will be best), just be prepared to adjust the cooking time accordingly. I used the entire Scotch Bonnet pepper.. feel free to do the same but note it will be spicy. Cut back and don’t use any of the seeds nor white membrane surrounding the seeds if you want to cut back on the heat level. AND remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling such hot peppers.
Cut the pork into cubes (about 2-3 cm), wash with the juice of a lime or lemon and cool water. Drain dry.
Season the pork with the salt, black pepper, ketchup, onion, tomato, Caribbean Green Seasoning, scotch bonnet pepper, ginger, scallions (1/2) and curry powder. Mix well and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours.
Place a heavy pot on high heat, add the oil and sugar. The sugar will start to melt, go frothy, then amber in color (do not proceed if the sugar goes BLACK). Add the seasoned pork to the pot in batches, while your stir. Use a spoon (dry) with a long handle as the melted sugar will be HOT.
Heat still on high, bring to a boil with the lid on (about 3 minutes). Then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Now remove the lid and crank the heat to high. We need to burn off all that natural liquid (about 6 minutes or so) and in doing so we’ll intensify the color and flavor.
Put the water in the same bowl you marinated the pork in and swish it around to pick up any remaining marinade. As you burn off ALL the liquid and you can see the oil we started off with at the bottom of the pot.. add this water and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a medium low and cook with the lid slightly ajar. Basically we’re braising until tender.
After about 45 minutes, you now have to personalize things. Taste and adjust the salt and decide if it’s tender enough for you (cook longer if necessary) and finally burn off any extra liquid to get to the consistency of gravy you like. I turned up the heat and cooked it for another 5 minutes, then I topped it with the remaining scallions as I turn off the heat.
ABSOLUTELY – one of the best pork dishes you’ll ever have. Fork tender and packed with rich Caribbean flavors. Add a bit more ginger for more of a ‘punch’ and if you don’t care about gravy, burn off ALL the liquid at the end – the flavor will be intense! (only way mom would do it – no ‘sauce’)