Oven pork steaks with a tasty satay sauce – an easy weeknight meal with an oriental twist.
Pork chops and steaks are so convenient – just take them out of the packet, whack them under the grill and you’re away. They’re what I tend to pick up at the butchers if I don’t have any particular plans but want to stock up on easy dinner. I’m rarely satisfied with the result though, as when grilled or fried they can be so tough.
Oven pork steaks with an easy satay sauce, however, are so much more tender and juicy! This recipe gives them enough time to be succulent and tender – no steak knives needed. If you leave them in the oven a little longer or give them an extra 5 minutes’ browning you will be able to cut them with a plastic spoon.
Easy Asian Flavours – Easy Satay Sauce
This meal had all the flavour of a chinese style stir fry – but much less hassle. I was able to make a cake for pudding while it was cooking, or cook the rice and veg and do some jobs around the kitchen. For a super easy dinner sling some chips in the oven with them.
The sauce for an Asian stir fry cooks in just a few minutes, thickening up with cornflour. They’re so simple to mix together that by pouring them over your oven pork steaks you keep the meat succulent, and end up with a really easy satay flavour. The oven does the work for you.
Whilst a traditional peanut sauce or satay isn’t made with peanut butter, it’s an acceptable substitute. I’ve kept the spices and flavourings simple with this one so it’s suitable for a family weeknight meal – you can even leave out the chilli if you wish.
So there you are – child friendly but with a touch of class. What more could you want? If you want to try more easy recipes with an oriental twist why not check out my salmon in Miso sauce or chicken portions in black bean sauce?
Making Oven Pork Steaks with Easy Satay Sauce
First preheat your oven to gas mark 6/200C/400F.
First brown your pork steaks on both sides in a frying pan or skillet – just so they have a little colour. You don’t need any fat.
While the steaks are browning mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, chilli, cornflour/cornstarch and freshly boiled water in a bowl or jug to make your sauce.
Place your pork steaks on the bottom of an ovenproof dish that they fit in comfortably and pour over the sauce. It will look quite watery. Cook for half an hour until the pork steaks are cooked and the sauce thickened.
This Asian twist on an easy weeknight meal can be served with stir fry noodles or oven chips (or whatever you fancy ) for a bit of the exotic every day.
- 2 pork steaks
- 3 tbsp peanut butter I use a natural 100% peanut one but any will work
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
- 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper or ground chilli or according to preference
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200C/400F
First, brown the steaks on both sides- five minutes in total would be sufficient but a little more won't hurt.
Mix the peanut butter, cornflour/cornstarch, chilli and soy sauce to a paste. Then add 300ml/20 floz freshly boiled water, stirring it in gradually.
- Place the steaks in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over them.
Cook them for 30 minutes until tender.
- We served them with rice and steamed veg to keep the oriental feel.
Updated from the original version published on 18 March 2016