braised pork cheeks

Spanish Sherry-Braised Pork Cheeks

The perfect addition to a wonderful tapas spread, this offcut of pork is cooked in a Spanish-style sweet sherry sauce, with cumin, paprika, parsley and almonds.

Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 2 hrs 15 mins


  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 600g pork cheeks, excess fat trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 tbsp flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp group cumin 
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 150ml medium dry sherry
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • Handful of toasted flaked almonds for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, season to taste



Heat 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan then add the onion. Cook gently for 10 – 15 minutes until softened and lightly coloured. Remove and set aside.


Toss the cheeks in the seasoned flour. Add a little more oil to the pan and turn up the heat. Brown the pork cheeks all over in batches. Turn the heat down to medium.


Return all the pork and the reserved onions to the pan. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for a minute, then pour in the sherry. Use your spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan and mix in all the flavours.


Pour in the beef stock then bring the pan to a simmer. Simmer gently for 2 hours or until the cheeks are tender.


Scatter with parsley leaves and flaked almonds. Serve with rice or buttery mashed potato.

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