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Popcorn Pork

Once you pop, you won’t wanna stop.

Serves 4


400g pork tenderloin

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

750ml canola oil

To Serve:

Salt to taste

2 tbsp spicy mayonnaise


STEP 1: Heat canola oil in a medium saucepan over low heat.

STEP 2: Using a sharp knife, dice the pork into cubes, approximately 2cm thick.

STEP 3: Add diced pork to a bowl and coat with buttermilk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

STEP 4: In a separate bowl, add flour, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.

STEP 5: Add the diced pork into the flour mixture and toss to coat evenly.

STEP 6: In small batches of 3-4 pieces, fry the coated pork in oil for 2 minutes using a timer to ensure accuracy. They should be nice and golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the pork out of the oil and lay to dry on a paper towel.

STEP 7: Repeat the frying process until all pork pieces are cooked all the way through.

STEP 8: Serve with a sprinkle of salt and spicy mayonnaise for dipping.

STEP 9: Enjoy!


Use a slotted spoon to suspend the pork pieces in the oil, so that they don’t touch the bottom of the pan. This will prevent the coating from over-cooking or burning.