Curried Pork Sliders with Peanut Sauce and Apple Slaw

Curried Pork Sliders with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Apple Slaw | foxeslovelemons.com

I think anybody that cooks for a living or just really, really loves food constantly has ideas for new recipes bouncing through their brain. I draw inspiration from things I eat in restaurants, see on TV, and ingredients at the grocery store. I use the notepad feature on my iPhone to jot down recipe ideas, hoping I’ll get a chance to follow through on them one day.

This recipe is as easy as rubbing a pork tenderloin with some curry powder and throwing it on the grill. The slider buns are slathered with a simple spicy peanut sauce using my condiment forever-love sambal oelek. And I’ll call it a coleslaw, but there’s not a speck of cabbage in sight – this one uses bean sprouts (which perfectly mimic the texture of crunchy cabbage), shredded green apple, red onion, toasted sesame seeds and a light coating of Greek yogurt for some tangy creaminess.

When I took that long-awaited first bite of the sandwich that has lurked in my brain for years, it was love at first bite, I tell you. Well worth the wait.

Curried Pork Sliders with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Apple Slaw | foxeslovelemons.com

Curried Pork Sliders with Peanut Sauce and Apple Slaw

Yield: 4 servings (2 sliders per serving)

Ingredients:

For the Spicy Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

For the Green Apple Slaw:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and shredded
  • 1/4 medium red onion, shredded
  • 1 (7 ounce) container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup bean sprouts, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

For the Curried Pork Tenderloin & Assembly:

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 8 slider buns

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare Spicy Peanut Sauce: In medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Also, prepare Green Apple Slaw: In large bowl, stir all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Rub pork with curry powder. Transfer pork to hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook 14 to 16 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, turning pork occasionally. Transfer pork to plate; cover tightly with foil and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Spread top half of buns with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Thinly slice pork and build sliders using pork slices (I used 2 slices per slider) and Green Apple Slaw.

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108 comments

  1. I love the apple slaw! What a great idea for pork sliders!

  2. I love the apple slaw! What a great idea for pork sliders!

  3. Ohhhhhh…that spicy peanut sauce is calling my name!

  4. Ohhhhhh…that spicy peanut sauce is calling my name!

  5. I think they are PERFECT for a BBQ! YUM!

  6. I think they are PERFECT for a BBQ! YUM!

  7. What a delicious alternative to a burger or pulled pork! Terrific sandwich!

  8. What a delicious alternative to a burger or pulled pork! Terrific sandwich!

  9. These are adorable. And they’re little, so I can eat a whole bunch, right? Right

  10. These are adorable. And they’re little, so I can eat a whole bunch, right? Right

  11. Sign me up! I will take a Crave Case of these. I love all of your flavors. I can’t pick just one. The spicy peanut sauce, fantastic. The apple slaw sounds like heaven. Cool and heat combo? Yes please!

  12. Sign me up! I will take a Crave Case of these. I love all of your flavors. I can’t pick just one. The spicy peanut sauce, fantastic. The apple slaw sounds like heaven. Cool and heat combo? Yes please!

  13. If you only knew how much I love all the flavors in this recipe Lori! Very, very awesome combination!

  14. If you only knew how much I love all the flavors in this recipe Lori! Very, very awesome combination!

  15. I have so many recipe ideas floating around on my phone, in my email, on random napkins shoved into drawers. I just hope I get the time to try them (and that when I do have the time, I can actually find them!) These look super good, and I’m really intrigued by using sprouts and apple slices in place of cabbage. Sounds yummy!

    • Thanks Courtney! Oh yeah, it’s not just my Iphone. It’s binders and binders full of recipes I want to try, things tucked behind the knife block, in the junk drawer, bookmarked on my laptop and kindle and phone….everywhere.

  16. I have so many recipe ideas floating around on my phone, in my email, on random napkins shoved into drawers. I just hope I get the time to try them (and that when I do have the time, I can actually find them!) These look super good, and I’m really intrigued by using sprouts and apple slices in place of cabbage. Sounds yummy!

  17. Great flavors and love that you use sprouts in your slaw instead of cabbage. I love pulled pork but it’s all day in the oven for a shoulder and it’s just too damn hot for that. Here you have done tenderloin which cooks in a flash, great idea and I love the Asian flavors.

  18. Great flavors and love that you use sprouts in your slaw instead of cabbage. I love pulled pork but it’s all day in the oven for a shoulder and it’s just too damn hot for that. Here you have done tenderloin which cooks in a flash, great idea and I love the Asian flavors.

  19. I love curry on pretty much everything! The green apple slaw and peanut sauce sound like the perfect flavors to balance the curried pork. This recipe sounds absolutely fabulous!

  20. I love curry on pretty much everything! The green apple slaw and peanut sauce sound like the perfect flavors to balance the curried pork. This recipe sounds absolutely fabulous!

  21. These are so cute, and I love the apple and ginger!

  22. These are so cute, and I love the apple and ginger!

  23. Love your little sliders and I know they would be so full of flavor!!

  24. Love your little sliders and I know they would be so full of flavor!!

  25. I’m always thinking about food… Twenty four/seven! These sliders sound AH-mazing!

  26. I’m always thinking about food… Twenty four/seven! These sliders sound AH-mazing!

  27. I love spicy peanut sauce and the combo with the apple slaw sounds amazing!!!

  28. I love spicy peanut sauce and the combo with the apple slaw sounds amazing!!!

  29. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!! And love that we both made an apple slaw w/no cabbage lol! I’m actually allergic to cabbage and carrots, so I was especially excited to see another option- bean sprouts! So darn creative, you are!!! 😉

    • Thanks Di 🙂 Yeah, the bean sprouts were kind of a happy accident. I thought they would be just a small portion of the “slaw,” but then I ended up buying way more than I needed, and they kind of became the whole slaw, with just the apple for a bit of flavor. The texture was just as good, if not better than, coleslaw! Who needs cabbage?

  30. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!! And love that we both made an apple slaw w/no cabbage lol! I’m actually allergic to cabbage and carrots, so I was especially excited to see another option- bean sprouts! So darn creative, you are!!! 😉

  31. Bean sprouts instead of cabbage in slaw is a brilliant move, Lori! As is the peanut sauce and everything else…which is why I’ve saved the recipes =)

    P.s. The notepad on the iPhone and iPad are well used by this Ninja Baker, too=)

  32. Bean sprouts instead of cabbage in slaw is a brilliant move, Lori! As is the peanut sauce and everything else…which is why I’ve saved the recipes =)

    P.s. The notepad on the iPhone and iPad are well used by this Ninja Baker, too=)

  33. Wow these sound like they are flavor packed. That apple slaw would be so refreshing with the curried pork. Great combo!

  34. Ok, I am absolutely drooling at the thought of these sliders – the flavors sound awesome!

  35. Ok, I am absolutely drooling at the thought of these sliders – the flavors sound awesome!

  36. These look amazing and perfect for a BBQ! The spicy peanut sauce and apple slaw sound incredible!

  37. These look amazing and perfect for a BBQ! The spicy peanut sauce and apple slaw sound incredible!

  38. Oh WOW! My mom would love this for sure

  39. Oh WOW! My mom would love this for sure

  40. Love the curry flavors in the patty and your lovely peanut sauce!!The apple slaw also sounds delicious!!Cannot wait to try 🙂

  41. Love the curry flavors in the patty and your lovely peanut sauce!!The apple slaw also sounds delicious!!Cannot wait to try 🙂

  42. Isn’t it the best when an idea you’ve had floating around comes to fruition and it tastes awesome?

  43. Isn’t it the best when an idea you’ve had floating around comes to fruition and it tastes awesome?

  44. OMG, I love everything about these sliders. . yummm! Delicious!

  45. OMG, I love everything about these sliders. . yummm! Delicious!

  46. Peanut sauce, apples, pork what’s not to love!

  47. Peanut sauce, apples, pork what’s not to love!

  48. There’s so much going on here, and it all sounds wonderful! I love grilled pork–now I need to try it with curry!

  49. There’s so much going on here, and it all sounds wonderful! I love grilled pork–now I need to try it with curry!

  50. Thanks Jen! I wish I would have made a bigger batch of the sauce, cause then I would have some in the fridge right now 🙂

  51. Thanks Liz. And actually, as I was eating these, I was thinking how I could adapt it to make it with either ground pork burgers, or pulled pork. haha.

  52. Oh, definitely, Kim – a whole bunch 🙂

  53. Haha, I should package them up in Crave Cases. Hilarious 🙂

  54. Thank Paula! I think these flavors were just meant to be together.

  55. Thanks Courtney! Oh yeah, it’s not just my Iphone. It’s binders and binders full of recipes I want to try, things tucked behind the knife block, in the junk drawer, bookmarked on my laptop and kindle and phone….everywhere.

  56. Seriously – too damn hot. Especially today. I’m only laying on the couch, and I’m a little too toasty.

  57. Hahah, I’m so glad somebody else understands!

  58. Thanks Di 🙂 Yeah, the bean sprouts were kind of a happy accident. I thought they would be just a small portion of the “slaw,” but then I ended up buying way more than I needed, and they kind of became the whole slaw, with just the apple for a bit of flavor. The texture was just as good, if not better than, coleslaw! Who needs cabbage?

  59. Thanks Kim! And yeah, what would we do without that notepad?

  60. Thanks Isabel! I appreciate it!

  61. Thanks Soni, I hope you enjoy it!

  62. Way too toasty here in NYC, my AC unit in the kitchen just died. UGH!!! Can’t cook without it, it’s so hot and so humid it’s unbearable.

  63. Oh no, that stinks!! Yes, the humidity is just making it unbearable here in Detroit, too. Don’t think I’m going to get much accomplished in the kitchen this weekend…

  64. I have a Pork’tacular BBQ party coming up next weekend. I may have to add this to the menu. Looks amazing.

  65. I have a Pork’tacular BBQ party coming up next weekend. I may have to add this to the menu. Looks amazing.

  66. That BBQ party sounds awesome! If you make these sliders, please let me know how you liked them. Enjoy the party!

  67. Wow these sound like they are flavor packed. That apple slaw would be so refreshing with the curried pork. Great combo!

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