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Pan-fried Pork Chunks - Greek Pork Tigania

Tender pan-fried pork chunks cooked with peppers in a wine sauce, this Greek pork tigania dish, is a delicious meze when having friends around or a quick midweek meal with some french fries or rice on the side. Enjoy!
Pan-fried Pork Chunks - Greek Pork Tigania.

You might have seen Greek tigania in the menu of tavernas and restaurants when you’ve visited Greece. It’s quite a simple dish, full of flavor and aromas and can be served as a mezze dish with a drink and some french fries or as a main meal. Either way, it’s delicious and my family absolutely loves it. It’s fairly easy to make and you could also freeze it for busy days when you want something quick.

There are many versions of tigania, but the one we like the most has a bit of mustard, lemon juice and a bell pepper in it. I find that this combination makes the sauce taste better, especially if you serve it with some rice or you like to dip a slice of bread in the sauce. If you are looking for other Greek recipes with pork, I recommend you to try my oven baked pork skeweres, they are really tender and easy to make.

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Why you should try my recipe

  • A meaty, rich dish, great as a main or side dish.
  • Easy to make and with just a few ingredients.
  • Nice choice for little gatherings with friends.
  • You could freeze any leftovers.

Ingredients & How-to

To make this hearty Greek pan-fried pork, you are going to need some pork meat, a bell pepper, garlic cloves, mustard, lemon, white wine, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.

I’m usually buying a big chunk of pork meat that is recommended for stews like pork shoulder. I cut it into small chunks about 2cm / 1in to cook faster. For full quantities check the recipe down below. So let’s get started!

Ingredients for pan-fried pork chunks.

01. I start with prepping the ingredients. I cut the pork into small chunks about 2cm / 1in thick. As for the vegetables, I cut the pepper into strips and coarsely cut the garlic cloves. Now we are ready to move to the stove.

02. I add the olive oil to a wide pan and turn on the heat to medium-high. I add the pork chunks and saute for 5-6 minutes turning them around every now and then until they get a nice brown color on all sides. To get a nice color you need to have high heat, don’t worry it gets a bit sticky at the bottom. It will just add more flavor to the tigania dish.

Bell pepper cut into strips. Pork chunks sauted in the pot before adding the rest of the ingredients.

03. Now I add the chopped garlic cloves, the peppers and the wine in. I season with salt and some freshly ground pepper. I cover with a lid and leave it to simmer for 15 minutes.

04. I uncover and add the mustard, lemon juice and oregano. I continue cooking it for 30 minutes until the meat is tender, with a nice brown color and the sauce thickens.

Adding the bell peppers and garlic to the pot. Adding the mustard and lemon to the tigania.


  • You could use mushrooms instead of peppers or both.
  • Instead of oregano, you could use italian seasoning.


  • Cut the pork chunks about the same size to be cooked evenly.
  • Simmer the pork and cover with a lid to get tender and juicy.
  • Make sure you brown the pork on high heat before adding the rest of the ingredients to get a nice crust.
Greek tigania on a frying pan next to peppers and slices of bread.

Serving suggestions

This Greek pan-fried pork chunks dish is usually served as an appetizer or side dish in tavernas and restaurants. It’s a popular tapas choice, perfect for pairing with beer or wine, accompanied by a side of french fries and various mezedes. At home, we usually have tigania as a main with some rice and veggies or with french fries. Some delicious side dishes that we like to serve it with, especially when we have friends around, are


If you have any leftovers of the pork tigania, you could store it in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. When you are ready to have it, warm it up thoroughly in the microwave or the stove for a few minutes. You could also freeze the pan-fried pork for up to 3 months if you have made a big batch and you have leftovers.


  • What cut of pork is good for frying? Pork cuts that are good for pan frying are pork shoulder or pork loin.

  • Does pork tigania have pepper in it? There are many variations of the Greek tigania dish. In some recipes, like mine here, you will find a bell pepper cut into slices added to the pan fried pork. The pepper adds some flavor and body to the dish but it is optional.

  • Is Greek pork tigania a meze dish? Usually, you will find the Greek pork tigania under the appetizers or mezze dishes when you go to a Greek restaurant. But you can enjoy it also as a main if you serve it with some french fries or rice on the side.

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Pan-fried Pork Chunks - Greek Pork Tigania

This delicious and tender pan-fried pork chunks, Greek tigania, is ready in less than an hour and with only a few simple ingredients. A great appetizer, mezze or main with some french fries or a salad on the side. Enjoy!
Category: Meat Difficulty: Easy

4 servings

Prep time

5 minutes

Cooking time


  • 500gr / 1lb pork cut into chunks
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup wine
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper



  • Cut the pepper into strips and the garlic coarsely.
  • Heat a wide pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and the pork chunks. Saute for 5-6 minutes turning around to brown on all sides.
  • Add the garlic, peppers and wine. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the mustard, oregano and lemon juice. Cook for 30 more minutes until the sauce thickens and the pork is tender.


- Cut the pork into small chunks about the same size to cook evenly.


You can store any leftover of the pan fried pork tigania in the fridge and have it within the next couple of days. You could also freeze it for up to 2 months, then thaw it overnight and warm it up thoroughly before you serve it.

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 35g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Fiber: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 706mg | Sugar: 2g

I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.

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This recipe is: dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free, keto friendly, greek savoury
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