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Sri Lankan Pork

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Sri-Lankan Pork

Sri Lankan Pork

So easy and so good too!

Sri Lankan recipes aren’t usually baked. They are cooked on the hob or over fire. This easy baked Sri Lankan pork recipe is one I tried last year at a BBQ in Sri Lanka. I loved it! the chargrilled pork had been marinated for two days and was absolutely delicious.

I’m currently writing a series of quick and easy recipes that can be made without much effort after work. With this recipe, I have used the same marinade recipe as the one I tried in Sri Lanka but baked it instead. It tasted completely different because of the cooking method but was equally as delicious.

You can make the marinade a day early and let the meat marinate in the same pan you bake it in. All you have to do then is place it in your pre-heated oven for an hour and dinner is served.

Although I love this version of Sri Lanka pork, I love it even more done on the BBQ. So if you feel the urge to get outside and cook, I highly recommend it with this one. 

If you like this pork recipe here are a few others to give a go:

Indo-Chinese Pork Belly Bites
Green Chilli, Pork, Coriander and Coconut Curry
Pork Lettuce Wraps
Sri Lankan Pork Curry
Thai Pork Laab
Thai Pork Skewers

Sri Lankan Pork

Pounding the meat with a meat mallet tenderises the meat and is better for marinating.

Sri Lankan Pork marinade

The marinade ingredients ready to blend.

Making Sri Lankan Pork

Ready for the oven.

Sri Lankan pork

Ready in an hour. There is so much delicious flavour in this sauce.

Sri Lankan pork

Ready to serve!

Yield: 6

Easy Baked Sri Lankan Pork

Easy Baked Sri Lankan Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 8 cloves garlic - roughly chopped
  • The same amount of ginger - roughly chopped
  • 1 onion - roughly chopped
  • 3 green chillies - thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • Lime wedges to serve
  • 8 - 10 pork chops - pounded with a meat mallet


  1. Place all the ingredients up to the soy sauce in a blend and blend until you have a smooth marinade.
  2. Place the pork chops in a large roasting tray and cover with the marinade. Be sure to rub the marinade thoroughly into the meat.
  3. Let marinate for at least one hour or over night.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 200c (400f).
  5. Place the marinated meat, still covered in the marinade in the oven, covered loosely with foil and cook for 60 minutes.
  6. Serve over plain white rice with the lime wedges.

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Billy Connolly

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Hiya, I've had the dish marinading overnight, and having followed the recipe I am concerned that there isn't a lot of sauce, and what there is will dry out further during the cook. It certainly doesn't look as saucy as your pictures. Could I add water to it, or something else, or is it meant to be a fairly dry dish anyway?

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Hi Billy It is meant t o be quite a dry dish but yes, keep an eye out while it is cooking and add some water if necessary. Thanks Dan

Jeff S.

Monday 15th of January 2018

Chef Dan: This looks delicious. I will give it a go next weekend however, I'd like to grill the pork instead of bake and serve with naan, lime cilantro rice, marinated cucumbers and peanut sauce. A bit of a mash up but I've found the flavors work extremely well together. Also, rice vinegar instead of white? Any thoughts? Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers and happy cooking. Jeff S.

Dan Toombs

Monday 30th of April 2018

Hi Jeff

Your ideas sound awesome. Hope it went well.



Monday 16th of October 2017

This would soooo work with lamb instead of pork.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 17th of October 2017

I agree. Go for it Danyelle.


JB Dallas

Sunday 28th of May 2017

Looks like you have a suggested side dish too - what could that be?

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 31st of May 2017


That is a cauliflower dish I whipped up. Here is the link

Thanks, Dan

Bill Harding

Friday 14th of April 2017

Easy baked Sri Lankan pork.

Lovely looking recipe, but when is the Soy sauce added?

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Hi Bill

Thanks for noticing. I need to get that fixed. Just add it when you add the other liquid to the marinade, right before blending. Thanks, Dan

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