Pork tenderloin with tamarind


As you can see, I straddle the fence when it comes to my diet. If there weren’t so many omnivores in my life I probably would buy a one way ticket to vegetarianism, but there are, so every so often I will post a recipe which is about meat.

St. Lucia produces some very good pork, and we also use local spices extremely well. This is a combination of the two. The flavour achieved with this mixture is very evocative of visits to family estates in my childhood in Soufriere. Its sweet, earthy and aromatic. Redolent even. Very mysterious of what’s drying in that shady barn over there…..


Whenever we go to London now, I bring my friend Emma a stock of these spices. She loves mace, and uses it in her cooking, but didn’t know that it is the beautiful orange tracery which covers the nutmeg. Maybe you didn’t either?? Why would you?


Quite a complex little design really, as the inner nut which we grate has a woody shell which bears the marks of the mace which grows completely covering it.


Serves 4

655g pork tenderloin cut into thick slices or steaks

1.5 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp honey

3 star anise

1 tsp crushed fresh mace

good grating of fresh nutmeg

salt and pepper

Spring onions (salad onions) snipped for garnish


So, my friends, simply mix all the marinade ingredients together and in a mystical, magical way, cover all the pork and leave it to absorb all that loveliness for at least an hour and up to overnight if covered and in the fridge.


I chose to barbecue mine, but you could just as easily grill them or roast them. Obviously each option will give you a slightly different outcome, but I promise all will taste divine. Whichever you do choose, err on the side of caution in terms of cooking times as the last thing you want to do is dry this out. I bbq’d mine for 5 minutes on each side on a very hot grill.

I think served with plain boiled plantain, or sweet potatoes, and a clean fresh green vegetable, maybe bok choi……

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Proud of you Germaine….great idea…delicious receipies and of course so well written and photographed . Know you wouldn’t do it any other way !!
    Well done.

    • Reply
      March 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much Shirls. Really good to hear…..

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    Debbie Charles
    March 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Must try! Never thought to combine these flavors! Salivating with envy!!!!

    • Reply
      March 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Debbie..let me know if you cook this, how it turns out…

  • Reply
    Deborah Lescroart
    March 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Must have read my carnivorous mind… I have a pork tenderloin awaiting and was not inspired as to what do do with it – this might be a fun, new Caribbean approach. Thanks!

    • Reply
      March 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Serendipity? Please let me know how it turns out.

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