Our Mini Family: Alaskan Fireweed Jelly Pork Chops with Garden Snap Peas

Jul 17, 2016

Alaskan Fireweed Jelly Pork Chops with Garden Snap Peas

Have you ever tried cooking with Alaska fireweed jelly before? Try this pork chops recipe!

Fireweed grows everywhere in Alaska! 

In Alaska, fireweed can be collected in the Spring and then used for cooking and certain medicines. During my most recent visit to Anchorage, I learned all about the different ways that fireweed could be used. For medicinal purposes, it's said that fireweed is used for treating pain and swelling, and since it grows naturally on its own in the wild all of the natural wildlife in the area enjoy eating it as well. For cooking, fireweed is most commonly used in honey, syrup, candy, ice cream, and jelly!

Before I returned home, I made sure to pick up some fireweed ingredients to cook with. Last week, I made Adam and I some delicious fireweed jelly pork chops! Fireweed jelly is sweet and unlike any other jelly I've ever tasted--this recipe is a must-try for foodies!

Fireweed Jelly Pork Chops

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
  2. Marinate the pork chop in 3 tablespoons of fireweed jelly for at least 1-2 hours (overnight is best if you can).
  3. Lay the pork out on an oven-safe pan and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until it's cooked all the way through. 
  4. Sprinkle a little bit of black pepper and about 1 tablespoon of fireweed jelly on top, and serve immediately! If you like snap peas, I recommend serving them together--the snap peas taste great with the jelly as well!

Have you ever tasted fireweed before?

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  1. This sounds like a phenomenal meal. I am always looking for new ways to make pork, so I must make this.

  2. I have never had fireweed before but now that I have read about it I wouldn't be scared to try it. I wonder if it is in stores in the southeast?

  3. We love fireweed jelly. Brought back several jars when we went to alaska a few years ago. All out now. :(

  4. I have never in my life heard about fireweed. It sounds amazing and great with the pork chops.

  5. Pork chops are one of my favorite dishes to make for the family over the weekend. I've tried apricot jelly before and liked it and can't wait to give this one a go, too!

  6. I have never heard of fireweed but it sounds like something I would love to try! So tired of cooking pork chops the same ole 2 or 3 ways!

  7. Alaskan Fireweed?! Whew! I've never heard of it but it sounds hot! This looks delicious!

  8. These sound good. We don't often do bone in but I'll bet it gives the meat a nice flavor. I've never heard of fireweed.

  9. I have never heard of or tried fireweed before. I am really curious as to what it tastes like, and can't imagine how it is used to make ice cream…that's interesting.


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