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Pork and Charred Brussels Sprouts with Chile Lime Sauce

Chef Gregory Gourdet prepares modern Asian cuisine at Portland's Departure Restaurant + Lounge. But at home, the Bikram yoga disciple and marathoner adheres strictly to the Paleo diet, which is rooted in whole foods and nutritionally dense ingredients. Here's how the chef-athlete gives a healthy, classic meat-and-vegetable combo an unexpected Southeast Asian flavor twist.

Sunset FEBRUARY 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total: 1 Hour


  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, stems trimmed
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 1/4 lbs.), trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, cut into 3/4- by 4-in. wedges
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-in. wedges
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 Thai chiles or 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro, divided


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Separate brussels sprout leaves; thinly slice hearts. Set aside.

2. Season pork with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Brown in 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over high heat, turning, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Toss sweet potatoes in a roasting pan with onion, 2 tbsp. oil, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Add pork. Roast 15 to 20 minutes for medium-rare, stirring vegetables once.

4. Meanwhile, purée honey, lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and half the chile in a blender. Stir in remaining chile; set sauce aside.

5. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in the frying pan over high heat and lightly char half the brussels sprouts, stirring, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat for remaining brussels sprouts. Toss with 1/2 cup cilantro and 1/4 cup sauce.

6. Slice pork, toss sweet potatoes with remaining cilantro, and set on a platter with brussels sprouts. Drizzle more sauce to taste over everything (you may have some left over).

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 523
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Protein: 37g
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 48g
  • Fiber: 8.9g
  • Sodium: 871mg
  • Cholesterol: 92mg

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Pork and Charred Brussels Sprouts with Chile Lime Sauce Recipe