Easy Pork Roast (Asian Fusion Lazy Girl Style) and GIVEAWAY – TWO Winners of Costco Gift Cards!

Since having another baby, I am feeling re-domesticated and find myself really reveling in cooking and recipes for my family. It must be the hormones! So here is my very first recipe/food blogging attempt…with photos. (You professional-grade cooks out there are very free to mock me.)

I believe this recipe for pork roast is a winner even if you would rather do most anything besides cook because it is so freaking easy. This is my family’s favorite pork recipe, and it is probably the easiest special-tasting dish in my arsenal.

You can literally make this with a baby on your hip (I did!). This recipe is also one of my go-to dishes when we are hosting another family for dinner. I love how I can just pick up one good quality roast of meat at Costco or another local grocery store, pour a few ingredients on it and shove it in the oven.

There is no fiddling, no multi-step recipes, there is hardly any prep at all. When the roast comes out, all fancy looking and juicy delicious, everyone is always so impressed…when really I just sat on my duff drinking wine with my guests or playing Uno with my kids while the piece of pig did its thing!

Throw some rice in your rice cooker and flip the switch, throw some veggies on to steam (or stick one of those steam-in-the bags in your microwave) and you have a dinner that is less effort than boxed mac-n-cheese or frozen chicken nuggets. Really.

Easy Pork Roast (Asian Fusion Lazy Girl Style)

Ingredients

1 boneless roast of pork, 2-4 lbs. (2 lbs. feeds a family of four with leftovers, 3-4 lbs. is great for larger families or easy entertaining)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium is fine)

2 tablespoons finely minced garlic, about four cloves (for ease I use the fresh pre-minced garlic from a jar, found in the produce section in most grocery stores)

2 tablespoons peeled, minced fresh ginger (for ease I use the fresh ground ginger paste from a jar, found in the produce section in most grocery stores)

Optional if you like a kick of onion: 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots, about 1/2 of a large one or 1 small shallot (again, for ease I use the fresh pre-minced shallots from a jar, found in the produce section in most grocery stores). I often leave out the shallots when making for children, as the garlic and ginger alone combine to make a milder, sweeter taste my children prefer.

1 glass white wine (any type, quality does not matter)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place your roast in a roasting or baking pan. Drizzle over the roast the olive oil, turning the roast to coat completely and rubbing into the meat (imagine you are applying moisturizer). Similarly drizzle the soy sauce.

Combine the garlic, ginger and shallot (if you are using) in a small bowl and then thickly and evenly spread over the top and sides of the roast. If you are the type to buy or stock fresh garlic cloves, ginger and shallots, I bow down to you. I personally live by the fresh, jarred versions of these items – it drastically cuts down the prep time for so many dishes and they are always dependably ready in the condiment section of my fridge.

Roast the pork for 20 minutes per pound or until the center of the roast reaches an internal temperature of 150°-155°F on your meat thermometer. (In May, the USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145°F. I believe 150ish is the ideal temp for a flavorful, fully-cooked roast which is not too dry. However, ground pork, like all ground meat, should always be cooked to 160°F. )

Halfway through the cooking time pour the glass of white wine into the roasting pan (not over the roast) so that the roast does not dry out and a thin gravy is created.

Remove roast from pan and let stand on a cutting board for 10 minutes before carving into thin chops. The roast will have a delicious carmelized crust.

Pour the juice in the pan into a gravy boat if you are a gravy-pouring kind of family. Because the roast is lean and the olive oil a healthy fat, you do not even have to strain. Be sure to scrape in those stray garlic and ginger pieces left hanging in the roasting pan.

Serve with steamed brown or white rice if you really want to go for the Asian-fusion meal vibe, but potatoes or couscous work too. A hearty green veggie that appears in Asian dishes also goes well on the side. My kids adore broccoli (“baby trees”) so that is usually the accompaniment when I make this for my family, but if we are hosting a dinner party I often also stir fry a more “glamorous” vegetable such as kale or bok choi to go alongside for the grownups. Next to your gravy boat of au jus, stick your bottle of soy sauce (and your bottle of Sriracha if you have it for the spicy addicts) on your table or buffet.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Costco, The National Pork Board and The Motherhood are providing one lucky reader a $25 Costco gift card and a free instant read meat thermometer.  And I’ll throw in a SECOND $25 Costco gift card from me for another reader, so there will be TWO WINNERS. (Hey, it’s the least I can do for subjecting you all to my first food blogging recipe attempt!)

To enter, leave a comment on this post describing your favorite pork dish OR the item you most love to buy from Costco!

The two winners will be randomly drawn from all comments on Friday October 14 at midnight. Be sure to leave your e-mail address or login via Facebook so I can contact you if you win.

Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Comments

  1. I love all Costco produce!  Makes my life so much easier to know that we can get a large quantity of fresh, delicious fruits and veggies!

  2. Mary Happymommy says

    I like this Portuguese Pork with Red Peppers recipe–http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Portuguese-Pork-with-Red-Peppers/Detail.aspx

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  3. My favorite pork dish is roasted pork.  I use the hawaiian seasoning packet from NOH.  So simple.  Just rub it on and bake.

    We love Costco…esp their ready made ribs.  Hope we win!

    rayamashita at yahoo dot com

    Thanks Jessica!

  4. Eve Weisberg says

    I LOVE Trader Joe’s pulled pork barbecue.  I look forward to Costco coming to Wheaton, so I can explore their pork dishes as well.

  5. My favorite pork dish is a pork roast that my mom used to make for us when we were growing up. She knew how to cook it just right so it was nice and tender and not dry. I have a lot of favorite items at Costco, but I think the one that makes my life easier is the veggie tray. I don’t always have the time to cut up veggies myself, so the tray makes it so convenient and helps my family eat healthier. reyes7104@msn.com

  6. Love the recipe!  My fav from Costco is Nutella – it is sooooo much cheaper there.

    Laura.ann.matthews@gmail.com

  7. My favorite pork dish is a pork roast that my mom used to make for us when we were growing up. She knew how to cook it just right so it was nice and tender and not dry. I have a lot of favorite items at Costco, but I think the one that makes my life easier is the veggie tray. I don’t always have the time to cut up veggies myself, so the tray makes it so convenient and helps my family eat healthier. reyes7104@msn.com

  8. Brandan WH says

    My go to pork recipe is always pork chops, espeically since I started ordering them from my CSA. The flavor is wonderful and they are quick and easy to make!

    From Costco, their diapers and baby wipes are the absolute best. I was turned onto them by a girlfriend, and I have not looked back.

  9. kfpainemilla says

    My go to meal in terms of pork is crockpot pulled pork. It’s so easy to throw it in the crockpot and leave it go all day!!!

    Thanks again for another great opportunity

    kfpainemilla@gmail.com

  10. Anna Marie says

    My family’s favorite pork recipe is Szechuan Noodles with ground pork – it uses lots of garlic & ginger , just like this pork roast recipe (which I’m sure to try soon, seeing how easy it is!)
    amwrin at gmail dot com

  11. Shannon.earle@gmail.com says

    We quit eating meat after reading The China Study, but my favorite thing to buy at Costco are the raw whole wheat chapatis in the fridge section – they work for burritos, wraps, mooshu, or of course chapatis!

  12. I love pork BBQ! It’s do easy and everyone loves it!
    My favorite thing to buy at Costco is the rotisserie chicken. It’s very tasty
    And you can’t beat the price($5)!

  13. Mfbroome@gmail.com says

    Oops I forgot to leave my email.

  14. Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!  Our favorite pork dish is sweet and sour pork chops! The favorite Costco buy is Rotisserie Chicken!  moreaus@gmail.com

  15. My favorite thing to bye at Costco is for sure…sopresetta! 
    jmonti3@yahoo.com

  16. patti lalley says

    The item I most love to buy from Costco are the chicken and apple sausages in the refridgerated section of the store.  Love them grilled on the BBQ or even sliced up for a pasta dish.

    —–PTLalley@aol.com

    PS/ Thx for the great recipe.

  17. patti lalley says

    The item I most love to buy from Costco are the chicken and apple sausages in the refridgerated section of the store.  Love them grilled on the BBQ or even sliced up for a pasta dish.

    —–PTLalley@aol.com

    PS/ Thx for the great recipe.

  18. I love the chapati dough that we cook up for tortillas – so good. 

  19. Bratwurst and rice is great. Just score the sausages on both sides and the fat drains away more. Slice sausages about 1 mm thin and the kids will really enjoy it more.  Jasmine rice and broccoli round out the meal.

    (l.farmer@elsevier.com)

  20. heathercmd@yahoo.com says

    I love to cut pork up and stir fry it with veggies.  then I add half a packet of taco seasoning.  So yummy in a tortilla with tomatoes, sour cream, avacado and cheese.

  21. Brinks75@yahoo.com says

    We think all the meat from Costco is great.  Much better than any local grocery store, and cheaper!  We make pulled bbq pork (in a crock pot) but also love this recipe for carnitas.  For WWs, 4pts per serving!!  http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/03/mexican-slow-cooked-pork-carnitas.html

  22. A simple pork loin, with salt and pepper grilled on the barbeque.  That’s my favorite!
    kgdasilva2002@yahoo.com

  23. thelunsfords@hotmail.com says

    I do a pork roast almost weekly, so I’m happy to have a new recipe.  A favorite of mine is an herb crusted pork loin.  I serve it with apple sauce and kale.

  24. Mm…pork.  🙂   My most loved pork dish is coconut pork stir fry with coconut rice.  SO good.  So good, in fact, that I buy huge things of pork roast and spend an afternoon cutting and marrinating and cooking it to freeze it.  Then another super easy meal! 

  25. There are SO many things to love at Costco – the salmon, the rotissierre chicken (bigger than grocery stores and cheaper), all the meats, the fresh edamame, Hard to choose!

    A great thing with pork is to put a pork shoulder roast (3-5 lbs.) in a crockpot with a bottle of beer and a bottle of barbecue sauce.  Cook on low 8-10 hours.  Shred and you have amazing pork barbecue!

    TinaMaxwell_450(at)msn.com

  26. I love Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs

    elena150980@yahoo.com

  27. I would love to buy their roast chicken – I hear it’s delicious and it always smells really good. Also, they have sandwich wraps that come in handy for work every day! 🙂   deeg131 at gmail dot com

  28. Thanks for yummy recipe.  My baby-on-hip pork recipe was pork chops with sliced apples, onions, and sauerkraut… everything stays moist and delish.  My Costco favorites include the salmon (made with salt, pepper, lime, and a wee bit of butter as per the 6o’clock scramble) and rotisserie chicken. Thanks for all the fun posts!  anadaroo@aol.com

  29. I love Costco’s rotisserie chicken – not the tastiest in town but can’t beat the price and convenience!

  30. (sorry, forgot my email lnurman(at)hotmail.com)

  31. I love the book selection at Costco – both for adults and children’s books.

  32. I love to buy books at Costco – both adult and children’s books – they always have something new. 
    alpinewht at comcast dot net

  33. A1farrar@yahoo.com says

    We love Costco! It’s so hard to choose just one item but one category I would choose would be the meats.
    Costco has so many great deals and we love our Costco trips.
    A1farrar@yahoo.com

  34. Thanks for the great recipe.  There are many items on my Costco favorite list, so it’s hard to choose.  One of my new favorites is the Kirkland brand large tubs of Greek yogurt.  SO much cheaper than any other and just as good.
    athena_gaalswyk@yahoo.com

  35. lisarbetts@gmail.com says

    Thanks for the new recipe — it looks sooo good!  Will definitely try and keep the recipe blogs coming I say!!!  Costco fav? So many, but the roast chicken has to be a topper!  thanks, lisarbetts@gmail.com

  36. lisarbetts@gmail.com says

    Thanks for the new recipe — it looks sooo good!  Will definitely try and keep the recipe blogs coming I say!!!  Costco fav? So many, but the roast chicken has to be a topper!  thanks, lisarbetts@gmail.com

  37. cookwith5kids@gmail.com says

    My favorite thing to buy at costco has to be the huge pack of toilet paper so that we never run out!!

  38. Mary Beth Sheridan says

    I am going to try your recipe. My favorite pork dish is Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce (made in the crockpot), also super easy! Thanks, Mary Beth (dmbsheridan at juno dot com).

  39. I love to buy strawberries and raspberries at Costco – Yummy.
    summerstarfish (@) comcast (dot) net

  40. we love to buy bulk items from costco, especially toilet paper

    m8usi@yahoo.com

  41. I don’t know who loves Costco more – my husband or me! We buy everything there- from food to clothes to books and household items. It’s very difficult to pick just one favorite! I agree with several commenters – the rotissere chicken is such a steal! We love their selection of children’s clothen and we get a lot of electronics from Costco. My email is debrajoy @ gmail . com

  42. I basically do that exact same pork loin seasoning but chop them up into thin strips, can totally stir fry that with veggies or make a mooshoo. 

    Oh and my family LOVES the huge Sabra hummus vats from Costco!  Roasted Pine Nut ftw…

  43. I basically do that exact same pork loin seasoning but chop them up into thin strips, can totally stir fry that with veggies or make a mooshoo.   
     
    Oh and my family LOVES the huge Sabra hummus vats from Costco!  Roasted Pine Nut ftw…

    oops forgot the email – markmchou@hotmail.com thanks!

  44. I’m very untalented when it comes to cooking pork – but, one of our friends makes an amazing pork loin.  He marinates it with spices and olive oil – and, half way through its slow cooking, glazes it with an orange marmalade sauce.  There are never any leftovers! 🙂

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. auntiethesis says

    I usually use two cans of cream of mushroom soup, water, spices and cut up carrots, onions and potatoes with my pork loin in the crockpot.  We love Sunday pork loin dinners and I love that I don’t spend all day in the kitchen cooking.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  46. Erica Best says

    I love the chicken wings at Costco and they have the best whole cooked chicken

  47. Catherine Sobieszczyk says

    Costco has the extra large bags of Majorca coffee – definitely a fav.
    Catherine_A_Sobieszczyk@mcpsmd.org

  48. I love anything from Costco’s bakery! They are the best!
    esalad at juno dot com

  49. Jane Meier says

    Some costco favs–jarred garlic, sundried tomatoes, & capers.

  50. Anji Johnston says

    we have a fabulous thai pork stew recipe that you make in the crock-pot – add in with the pork tenderloin, teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger – this cooks all day – then you add green/yellow/red peppers until softened, stir in some peanut butter and serve with rice – super easy and very delicious! anjijohnston(at)gmail.com

  51. No Drama Mama says

    Hah! I am not a professional grade cook, so all I will say is that this recipe looks delicious and healthy and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  52. My favorite method for pork tenderloin is to season it, then sear the outside in a pan with a few sprigs of thyme (this helps that I grow thyme in my yard), then stick the whole thing in the oven to roast until around 160. During the last 20mins, I add some peeled, sectioned apples that roast along with the pork juices and seasonings. The apples get savory; the pork get a little sweet. It’s ahhhmazing.
    delorap@yahoo.com

  53. Thrift Store Mama says

    Ooh – thanks for sharing the recipe, it sounds great.

    I’m not a regular pork cooker (although I will be now) so I don’t have a favorite pork recipe, but I am a regular Costco shopper.

    My favorite thing to buy there is the boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  It is close to impossible to find them at a better price anywhere (and I should know because I shop around).  We usually buy two packs at a time, I take the kids out of the house, and my husband spends a couple hours cutting them up, marinating, and putting them into freezer bags (while he listens to his favorite classic rock station).  It usually makes 8 dinners of 6 adult sized servings each (which feeds our family for one meal and a meal of leftovers).

  54. Sylvia Kim says

    That sounds great and easy! I often stick fresh ginger in the freezer–I can grate it frozen–but I like the idea of jarred ginger as well. Thanks for sharing!

  55. unichas@netzero.net says

    I love to make pernil (spanish pork). I like to use the boneless pork chops at Costco for this recipe. I also love Aidells Chicken Meatballs (Teriyaki & Pineapple), Yum.

  56. I would love to buy snacks at Costco!

  57. kelly kopipari@verizon.net says

    I love Costco baby wipes.

  58. My favorite pork dish is pork chops sauted with fresh peaches and white wine.  I found it in Cooking Light this past spring.  hgelfuso@yahoo.com

  59. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite pork dish is grilled pork chops with pierogi and sauerkraut!

  60. Tracy Robertson says

    My favorite item to buy at Costco is the 6 packs of Kirkland Foster Farms Chicken Breasts.  Based on my household’s consumption, I calculated that I am saving over $200 a year on chicken alone since I have been buying it at Costco as opposed to the supermarket where the same chicken costs twice as much!

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