Pork Loin with Orange Sauce Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Pork Loin with Orange Sauce Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Intermediate Recipe

Dish Description:
A surprisingly wonderful combination. The unique flavor of the pork combined with the natural sweetness of the oranges highlights the naturally sweet and savory character of the pork, creating a surprisingly light and delicious meal.

Tasting Guidelines:
This recipe should taste sweet and savory.
The weight of this recipe is light but can be balanced with sugar.
The texture of this recipe is meaty.
This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This recipe gives an emotional response of a delicious roasted meal.
This recipe is best categorized as Mediterranean.

Food Ingredients:
1 pork loin at least 2 lbs. in weight
2 oranges

Flavor Balancers:
kosher salt to taste
2 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
black pepper to taste
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 c. orange juice
1 c. sugar

Aromatics:
1 tsp. ground ginger

Recipe Directions:
Season pork loin across all surfaces with salt and pepper. Allow to rest on counter at least 30 minutes at room temperature before baking.

In a medium sauce pan, combine orange juice, red pepper flakes, dark and light soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and ginger. Bring to a medium heat; allow to simmer 10 minutes. Take one orange and cut in half. Squeeze fresh juice into sauce, taking care to strain the seeds. Place orange rind into sauce. Allow to simmer 10 additional minutes.

Remove rind. Slowly whisk in sugar. Taste for sweetness. When sauce is sweet, pour over pork roast and bake in oven at 375°F until internal temperature reaches 145°F. Slice and serve with fresh orange slices as garnish.


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.