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Leftover Roast Pork and Pineapple Skewers

Leftover Roast Pork and Pineapple Skewers

This recipe takes your ordinary leftover roast pork and elevates it to a whole new level of deliciousness. By combining succulent chunks of pork with the natural sweetness of pineapple and a secret ingredient – star anise – you'll create skewers that are bursting with flavor. The star anise adds a unique, subtle licorice-like aroma that pairs beautifully with the other ingredients.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups leftover roast pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning


  • Marinate the Pork: In a bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, and star anise. Add the cubed roast pork and ensure it's well-coated. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Assemble the Skewers: Thread the marinated pork and pineapple chunks onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating between the two ingredients for a balanced flavor profile.
  • Grill to Perfection: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the skewers for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pork is slightly charred and the pineapple caramelizes beautifully.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a minute. Then, serve these aromatic skewers hot and savor the delightful combination of flavors.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Don’t Overcook: Be mindful not to overcook the pork, as it can become tough. Grill until it’s just cooked through and slightly charred on the outside.
  2. Soak Wooden Skewers: Soaking wooden skewers in water before using them will prevent them from burning on the grill.
  3. Fresh Pineapple: Whenever possible, use fresh pineapple for a burst of natural sweetness. Canned pineapple can be too sweet and may not grill as well.
  4. Adjust Spice Level: If you prefer more heat, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the marinade for a spicy kick.
  5. Serve with a Dip: Accompany these skewers with a dipping sauce like a zesty peanut sauce or a cool yogurt-based dip for an extra layer of flavor.

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FAQs about the Leftover Roast Pork and Pineapple Skewers Recipe

Can I use frozen pineapple instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use frozen pineapple, but fresh pineapple offers a better texture and flavor when grilled.

What can I substitute for star anise?

If you don’t have star anise, you can use a pinch of fennel seeds for a similar subtle licorice flavor.

Can I marinate the pork overnight?

Certainly! Marinating the pork overnight will intensify the flavors even more.

Is it possible to bake these skewers instead of grilling?

Yes, you can bake them at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.

What side dishes pair well with these skewers?

These skewers are great with a side of coconut rice, a refreshing cucumber salad, or grilled vegetables for a complete meal.

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