Southern Streak o’ Lean

Streak o' Lean has a long history in traditional southern foodways having been used for everything from seasoning to rendering for fat. This recipe showcases it on its own, dredged in flour and fried.


I haven’t fried streak o lean in years but I love it! I keep it in my freezer for cooking peas and greens. Might have to get it out and fry some up!

— Salt pork — Milk — Ground black pepper — All-purpose flour — Peanut oil


The first step is to soak the salt pork. Remove the salt pork from the milk letting most of it drain away. Discard the milk.


Place the salt pork on a board or pan and sprinkle it liberally with ground pepper.


Then flour it well on both sides.


Heat about a ¼ inch of peanut oil in a heavy skillet. When the oil is hot, carefully lower the prepared pieces of salt pork into the pan.


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