Frugal Meals: One Pork Pack 2 Family Meals – Pork Steak & Fries

"pork and chips"

Welcome to my frugal meals: one pork pack in 2 family meals – pork steak and fries.

So if you followed our chicken post last Wednesday where we showed you how we can make a small whole chicken last three different meals, well we are back to do it again but this time with a pack of pork. Or you could say we are technically cheating as we are only doing 2 meals this time, but it is still a great money saver.

By pork packs I am talking about those pre-packs of pork steaks that you pick up from the supermarket. We got a pack of six for just 1.63€/$1.79 and plan to spread it over two days.

I did originally look for pork chops because that’s what everyone seems to eat when they are on a budget, but they don’t seem to do them here and the cheapest cut always seems to be the steaks.

Traditionally here in Portugal they are served in a sandwich and you can often get them at a fixed price in a local café with a drink and a slice of cake.

But having pork steak brings me back to a time when we were first poor and how it was our weekly treat. We would get a pork steak each and have it with chips and a nice steak sauce. It was delicious and it became the food highlight of the week.

Surprisingly, with this version we are enjoying the flavours of the pork steak and going sauce free. Who needs a creamy sauce when you have olive oil?

[Tweet “#Frugal Meals: 1 #Pork Pack = 2 Family Meals (pork #steak & fries) @recipe_this”]

How Frugal Is Pork Steak & Fries?

Our pork steak & fries recipe works out at 0,93€ for a family of two or 0,47€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.54 per mouth that you have to feed!

"pork steaks"

1.0 from 1 reviews
Frugal Meals: One Pork Pack 2 Family Meals – Pork Steak & Fries
Serves: 2
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
  • 2 Large Potatoes (peeled and chopped into fries)
  • 2 Pork Steaks
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. First put your fries on. Place your fries into the airfryer and with 2tbsp of olive oil cook your fries for 15 minutes on a 180c heat. Make sure you shake them about twice while cooking so that they don’t become dry and end up evenly cooked.
  2. While your fries are cooking sort out your pork. Place 1Tsp of olive oil in the pan and heat it up over a medium heat. Salt and pepper one side of your steak and you place that side down in the pan. Then while the pork steak is in the pan season the other side. Cook for 7 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the steak) and then serve with your fries.
If you want to watch your weight, remove the fat from the pork before cooking.


"pork steak and fries"

ecover frugal ebookDo You Want MORE? Get Another 21 Recipes:

We have put together 22 favourite frugal recipes for you to enjoy and also frugal diaries, frugal tips and so much more. They are delicious recipes that any family would be happy to have on the dinner table.

Forget a life of frozen chickens and frozen vegetables this is your chance to enjoy real food at the same time as saving money.

These are in fact the recipes we personally used when we went frugal.

This ebook is just $2.99 on the Kindle and you can get your hands on it by clicking here.

Meet The Milners

Samantha and Dominic

Dominic & Samantha Milner are the founders of They love cooking, blogging and being full time parents to their three food obsessed kids. They cook with their kitchen gadgets everyday and love sharing their homemade recipes. Their favourite foods include chocolate, air fryer burgers and macaroni cheese. You can learn more about them here or you can sign up for their free newsletter here.

2 comments… add one
  • avatar Marta Sep 3, 2016, 11:25 am

    Just salt and pepper alone will make the Pork Steak taste very bland. Try incorporating more spices/seasonings.

    • avatar Samantha and Dominic Sep 3, 2016, 3:17 pm

      Hi Marta,

      Yes Sam would agree with you but myself i love my pork fried with some olive oil and salt and pepper, sam loves to add spices and seasonings to things but after finishing catering college i was taught to make the meat the star and to keep it simple sometimes, so i know it comes down to personal preference this is where me and sam differ in our opions. Thanks for the comment.



Leave a Comment

Rate this recipe: