Masas de Cerdo Frita (Masitas de Puerco)
Pork dishes hold a special place in Cuban cuisine. There are many delicious Cuban pork recipes, but perhaps the most tasty and easy recipe of all is Masas de Cerdo Frita, also known as Masitas.
This dish features diced pork marinated in lime or sour orange juice and a pinch of salt before being fried and is typically served with mojo sauce and onions
Enjoy this traditional
Masas de Cerdo Frita (Masitas de Puerco )
- 2 kg pork pork shoulder or pork belly, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 6-8 garlic cloves
- 1 white onion julienned
- cooking oil
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 onions sliced
- 1 cup sour orange juice (see substitute below)
- 3 cloves garlic diced
- Start by cutting the pork meat into bite-sized pieces.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, crush the garlic and mix it with the meat chunks to coat evenly. Leave the meat to rest for about 30 minutes at minimum, though you can definitely give it more time if you can (2-3 hours would be great!).
- Next, heat up a good splash of cooking oil over medium heat. Drain your pork of any excess liquid and drop into the hot oil. Fry the pork chunks without overcrowding, working in batches if necessary. Stir often to avoid the pieces sticking to one another.
- Once the pork chunks turn a nice golden color, cover the pan and cook for another 3-5 minutes until tender.
- While the pork is cooking, prepare the mojo with white onions, garlic and sour orange juice. The sour orange juice can be replaced with 2 parts orange juice, one part lime juice and one part lemon juice.
- If you're working in batches it's a good idea to keep the cooked meat in the oven at 200F/ 95C. They'll get a nice crispy surface as a bonus too!
- Finally sauté the onion until a little softened and place on top of the fried pork.
- Serve your delicious fried pork chunks hot with Moros y Cristianos (Black Beans and Rice) and the Mojo sauce.