It's important to have a collection of last minute recipes. Keep ingredients for these recipes on hand and you'll never be caught without a fallback lunch or dinner. No more ordering pizza or running out to the expensive drive-through window when everybody's hungry! Not only is this a wonderful way to turn dinner into a family occasion, you'll save money and make your family healthier by feeding them homemade meals. These last minute pork recipes are delicious and simple.
Pork will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I've been buying the 'Always Tender' cut of pork tenderloin and roasts. These are packaged so they will keep in your fridge for a week or two, making them ideal to keep on hand. Always follow 'use by' and 'best if used by' dates on any perishable food.
If you have a favorite pork recipe that marinates for hours in the fridge, you can make it without marinating. Just mix the marinade, add the pork, and let it stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Don't forget about the pork, and don't let it marinate longer than that. Just go ahead with the recipe.
Since pork only has to be cooked to 140 degrees F to be safe, medium pork that is slightly pink on the inside is perfect. This keeps the meat juicier and more tender. I like to cook pork to 150 or 155 degrees F just to be absolutely sure it's done.
Enjoy these easy last minute recipes using pork. You'll love them!
Last Minute Pork Recipes
- Pork Chops and Peppers
This super quick recipe pairs tender chops with sweet bell peppers in a savory, thyme-scented sauce. Start to finish? Twenty minutes.
- Apple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
Balsamic vinegar flavors and colors this tender pork entree recipe along with apple cider and a few spices. It's perfect served with a simple dish of roasted corn and a green salad.
- Parmesan Pork Roast
Lots of grated and shredded Parmesan cheese coat this tender and succulent roast. It's important to use both types of cheese so the roast is completely coated. I love this easy recipe!
- Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
This recipe is so easy. The pork is flavored with soy and mustard for a wonderful taste and tender texture.
- Kung Pao Pork
Broccoli slaw and Szechuan stir-fry sauce turn pork loin into a super quick feast. Serve over hot cooked rice with a fruit salad on the side.
- Pork Fried Rice
Bacon and pork loin turn cold leftover cooked rice into a wonderful fast main dish recipe. You could add other veggies to this stir-fry if you'd like.
- Pork and Onions with Orange Glaze
Orange marmalade and chili sauce make a delicious glaze on tender pork and sweet onions.
- Lemon Thyme Pork Tenderloin
Lemon is always delicious with pork. The pork can marinate in the lemon mixture at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before you cook it instead of hours in the fridge.
- Southwest Pork Tenderloin
Your indoor dual-contact grill is the secret weapon in this spicy and simple pork tenderloin recipe. I like to serve it with some corn on the cob and Cotija Flatbreads.
- Apple Pork Chops
Butter, brown sugar, and chopped apples add the perfect finishing touch to tender baked pork chops. Make a package of scalloped potatoes (made with my special recipe) and bake along with the chops.