Pumpkin Seed (Pepita) Crusted Pork Steak

I bought these pork steaks the other day and wasn’t sure about what I was going to do with them. I was going to just make my garlic rosemary pork steak recipe, but then realized I had nothing to post this week yet, so needed to change course! I wracked my brain all day and had no idea what to do. I was going to run to the store, but it was freaking cold out, so I went through my pantry and saw them…the pepitas! My mind started firing at all speeds and decided to use them.

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I have to say that I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. The pepitas mixed with the seasonings I mixed together, but I am happy to say it turned out A-MAZING! The pork was nice and juicy, the outside had a delicious texture and crunch. The flavors melded together and I could not be more pleased with what came out. I don’t think I have ever seen a recipe like this before outside of using bread crumbs or parmesan cheese. Seriously, this is a NEED TO TRY RECIPE. You won’t be let down.

To see how I did it and how Walter and I reacted to tasting it for the first time, check out the VIDEO on the YouTube Channel. Now go. Cook!

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Pumpkin Seed (Pepita) Crusted Pork Steak

Ingredients:

4 pork steaks, cut about ⅔ inch thick
1 cup shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon coriander
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup olive oil
additional salt

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Directions:

Chop down pepitas in a chopper/food processor/by hand until they are in small bits. Add seasonings and olive oil. Mix together well.
Salt each side of the pork steaks. Proportionately add mixture to each side of each pork steak encrusting it. Place on a dish and let marinate in the refrigerator at least an hour and up to 3 hours.

Remove steaks from refrigerator. Warm a large cast iron skillet to a medium heat. Add steaks. Cook first side about 7 minutes then flip and cook other side about 4-5 until steak is to preferred doneness. Remove from heat and let rest about 3-5 minutes.

Serve hot.

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Pumpking Seed (Pepita) Crusted Pork Steak
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 pork steaks, cut about ⅔ inch thick
  2. 1 cup shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 teaspoon allspice
  7. 1 teaspoon coriander
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 1 cup olive oil
  10. additional salt
Instructions
  1. Chop down pepitas in a chopper/food processor/by hand until they are in small bits. Add seasonings and olive oil. Mix together well.
  2. Salt each side of the pork steaks. Proportionately add mixture to each side of each pork steak encrusting it. Place on a dish and let marinate in the refrigerator at least an hour and up to 3 hours.
  3. Remove steaks from refrigerator. Warm a large cast iron skillet to a medium heat. Add steaks. Cook first side about 7 minutes then flip and cook other side about 4-5 until steak is to preferred doneness. Remove from heat and let rest about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.
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