A Little About the Recipe: Zero Carb Simple Roasted Pork Loin
Zero Carb Simple Roasted Pork Loin requires pork. I have spent over 15 years in Malta and I have yet to see a pig here. Or a cow…
Mysterious Invisible Animals of Malta
There is a magical mystery in Malta. While my native England has the usual mysteries like ghosts, black dogs, gigantic worms. Malta has invisible farm animals. There’s Maltese meat, milk, butter, cheese, sausages and yet not a single farm animal to be seen, zip, nada, not-a-one. My Maltese friends assure me they are here. My friends from other countries and myself peer in every direction in the hopes of spotting one. But, these invisible farm animals of Malta remain magically elusive…
The Struggling Maltese Pork Market
Jokes aside, however, the truth is the Maltese pork market is struggling. Being a part of the European Union comes with both the good and the bad. The truth is other countries in the European Union are bigger with more farmland and resources. The Maltese Pork Trade is fighting against cheaper pork imported from these other countries. As a result, local production has dropped by a third. It is still falling and, in a few years, could be non-existent.
Good Pork Loin, Bad Pork Loin
When cooking pork, there are good and bad joints. However, even the bad ones will produce great tasting meat once roasted.
I use boneless pork loin in this recipe, sometimes with and sometimes without the pork rind. Both kinds have turned out delicious. If you choose a joint with the rind, make sure it’s faced upwards. There are fancy ways to make the rind more crusty if you wish, but this is a simple roasted pork joint. Everything is streamlined for ease, and still, the rind will be crusty and crackling at the end of cooking.
This is such a simple recipe it doesn’t feel like cooking at all. There are only three ingredients, less than two minutes of prep time, and once you put the meat in the oven, there is absolutely nothing to do.
I Recommend This For: Zero Carb Simple Roasted Pork Loin
The good thing about simple recipes is they will fit any diet and almost any side dish. So let’s get started.
Some Curry Tinted Parsnip Chips are a great addition to Simple Roasted Pork Joint. It’s a mild-tasting side dish that compliments the salty taste of the pork joint wonderfully. As always, there is no appliance clash because the parsnip chips are cooked at the same temperature as the pork.
Here, I would heartily recommend Butternut and Bell Pepper Curry. It’s a taste explosion from everywhere on the plate and with the same overall cooking time as the pork to make life easy in the kitchen. Add some Keto Skillet Flatbreads, cooked on the hob, to the centre of the table, and it’s a complete meal that rivals anything in a restaurant.
One thing I do often is to combine pork and bacon. In theory, it sounds like an overload of the same meat, but in reality, it really, really works. The pork compliments the bacon, or the bacon compliments the pork, whichever way around you want to view it. Sticking to this tried and tested method of pairing main and side dishes, I recommend Keto Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Topped with Cheese. The totals for this meal would be 2.2g net carbs and 79g of protein.
The only minus point would be a lack of fat. Use the remaining net carbs for a salad and a vinaigrette or mayonnaise, or, alternatively, add Garlic Butter Mushrooms to the meal as a starter. Either or both of these suggestions would increase the day’s fat content to an appropriate level for keto.
Pork is zero for total carbs and higher in protein than fat – this is perfect Atkins’!
I’ve kept the Induction Phase and Ongoing/Maintenance Phase together because, essentially, I am going to suggest the same side dish for both. Although, a possibility for those on the ongoing weight loss phase of Atkins’ would be to follow the side dish recommendation I made for keto instead but without the extra additions for fat.
However, for all Atkins’ dieters, I recommend an egg side dish. So, the Induction phase could choose between a plain yet delicious fried egg, a Keto Goats’ and Cheddar Cheese Omelette or an Keto Easy Egg Salad. The ongoing and maintenance phases can choose from all these options and Goats’ Cheese and Mixed Pepper Frittata. The frittata is 11.4g total carbs. Psst! Don’t forget to add in your cup of salad greens too!
And Here It Is: Zero Carb Simple Roasted Pork Loin
Zero Carb Simple Roasted Pork Loin
- 1.2 kg boneless pork loin (2.6lb)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Remove the meat from the fridge about half an hour before cooking and lightly score the meat with a sharp knife, thicker bits of fat may have to be stabbed through.
- Rub the salt into the meat on all sides and then rub over the meat again with the olive oil.
- Preheat a fan-assisted oven to 200° C (400° F).
- Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and place the pork joint on top.
- Place the tray in the oven.
- Cook the pork for 50 mins.
- Insert a meat thermometer into the centre of the meat. If it reads 70° C (160° F) or above it's done. If not, return it to the oven for another 15 mins before trying again. Keep going till you get the right temperature.
- Once you get the correct temperature from the meat remove the oven and wrap the joint in the aluminium foil it was roasted on and add another layer as well.
- Leave the meat to rest for 30 mins.
Updated: May 2021