Pork Shoulder Pernil with Coriander Seeds

The salt in this marinade will draw the moisture out and give some crunch!

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time180 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy
1 boneless pork shoulder (about 2kg), skin on
4 garlic cloves, smashed
1 handful fresh oregano
1 bunch fresh coriander seeds, plus chopped coriander seeds, for garnish
1 tsp ground cumin
Salt and fresh coarsely ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for serving
2 oranges, juiced
250ml extra-virgin olive oil
1) Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting tin fitted with a rack insert, and using a sharp knife, score the surface of the meat with small slits.

2) Prepare the adobo: In a food processor, add the garlic, oregano, coriander seeds, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add lime juice and orange juice. Drizzle in olive oil and pulse until you have a nice puree.

3) Rub the marinade all over the pork, being sure to get into the incisions so the salt can penetrate the meat and pull out the moisture - this will help form a crust on the outside when cooked.

4) Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas 2.

5) Roast the pork for 3 hours, uncovered, until the skin is crispy-brown. Let the meat rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing, covered lightly with aluminum foil. Drizzle with lime juice and garnish with coriander seeds.

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