Pork Loin with Star Anise and Strawberry Relish

The star ainse and strawberry relish is a prefect match with roast pork

Tip: Remove star anise from plate before eating.

Wine Match: Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc

Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: Approx. 20 minutes, plus 1 hour for roasting pork


For Pork

  • 1 kg pork loin or loin rack, crackling scored
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt

For Strawberry Relish

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cm square piece fresh ginger, diced
  • 6 eschallots (small onions), peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce (Japanese is good)
  • 1 x 250g punnet Victorian Strawberries, washed, hulled and chopped
  • cracked black pepper
  • Asian greens to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. Place pork skin side up in a roasting pan, rub with oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Bake for 20 minutes then reduce heat and continue baking for another 40 minutes.
  2. To prepare relish, heat oil and lightly fry star anise and ginger. Add eschallots, sugar and soy plus 2 tbsp water and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add strawberries, simmer a further 5 minutes. Cool slightly, taste and season with cracked pepper.
  3. Serve crisp pork loin thickly sliced on a bed of steamed Asian greens with a generous dollop of relish.