Cajun Blackened Grilled Pork Fillets

cajun blackened grilled pork fillet recipe


  • 4 x NZ pork fillets, approx. 150-180g each
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • Juice and grated rind of 1 orange
  • ½ cup tomato sauce or ketchup
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Small bunch fresh thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves


In a mortar and pestle, grind the cloves, fennel and cumin seeds until powder-like in consistency. Add the remaining ingredients to a bowl and marinate the pork fillets in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Place marinated pork fillets in a baking dish and cook for 20-25 minutes. Serve sliced on a sharing plate.


Alternatively, heat the BBQ grill until smoking hot and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until the pork is blackened and very dark, then rest for 5 minutes.

nz porkSource:  New Zealand Pork, with permission