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Garlic Pork Chop- How to make it in three simples steps (Asian style)

In this article, I want to share my favorite easy pork chop recipe- Asian-style garlic pork chop.

This garlic pork chop tastes different from the garlic butter pork chops popular outside Asia.

You will expect the flavor is Asianized as the seasonings are primarily used in Chinese and Vietnamese food. Despite that, the garlic flavor comes through clearly among the spices.

Garlic pork chop is an easy recipe that only needs to marinate the meat and pan-fry it. 

It is one of my favored recipes for an easy weeknight dinner. I prefer to marinate it a day in advance, so I only need to pan-fry it the next day for a quick dinner.

Tasty garlic pork chops with an Asian Twist. The pork is marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, and black vinegar. Pair with fried rice for a complete meal.

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How to prepare the garlic pork chop

Here is the step-by-step method to prepare my favorite garlic pork chop.

1. Marinate the pork chops

The preparation is identical whether you choose boneless pork or bone-in chops. I use pork loin chops with bone attached for this recipe.

Here are the steps:

  1. Pound the pork chops with the spine of the cleaver
  2. Then, prepare the marinade that consists of a few Asian seasonings. Season the pork with brown sugar, crushed garlic, Chinese black vinegar, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and some vegetable oil.
  3. Place the pork chops in the refrigerator to marinate for half a day.

Note: 

  • Pound the pork chop helps break down the tough tissues to make it more tender.
  • Most of the Asian seasonings are available in the Asian grocery store.
  • You can substitute the black vinegar with lemon juice.
  • Crushing the garlic with a garlic crusher will save you time.
  • Worcestershire sauce is now widely used in some pan-Asian fusion dishes.
  • Marinating is helpful as it infuses flavor and helps ensure you get tender pork chops.
  • You can use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. I would crush and mash the garlic instead of mincing it so that the flavor can absorb into the meat effectively.
  • If you have kids, omit the red pepper flakes to make it non-spicy so the whole family can enjoy the pork chops.
Tasty garlic pork chops with an Asian Twist. The pork is marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, and black vinegar. Pair with fried rice for a complete meal.

2. Pan-fry the pork chops 

I use a non-stick pan over the stovetop to cook the pork chops. A cast-iron pan and a cast-iron skillet are also suitable as they are non-stick. But, of course, it is even better if you can grill it over charcoal.

Here are the steps:

  1. Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator and let them return to room temperature.
  2. Remove the excess marinade from the pork chop. Keep the marinade for making the gravy in the next step.
  3. Heat some oil in the pan. When heated to medium, place the pork chop on it and sear them until one side has developed charred marks.
  4. Turn to the other side and continue to pan-fry the chops until the charred marks develop.
  5. Check the doneness of the pork. It is cooked when the temperature is approaching 60°C/145°F. Remove the pork chops from the pan.

Note

  1. Let the pork chops return to room temperature before pan-frying or grilling if you marinate them in the refrigerator. This step ensures that the pork chop’s inner part is cooked correctly.
  2. The pork is fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 60°C/145°F. The easiest way is to insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the pork chop to determine the doneness.
  3. It is not advisable to use high temperatures for cooking pork chops because they will become dry and tough.
  4. The cook time varies as it depends on the heat of the stove. It also takes more time to cook thick pork chops. 
Tasty garlic pork chops with an Asian Twist. The pork is marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, and black vinegar. Pair with fried rice for a complete meal.

3. Make the pork chop gravy

The final step is to prepare the gravy with the leftover marinade,

Here are the steps:

  1. Pour the excess marinade into a saucepan.
  2. Add some chicken broth and dark soy sauce. Cook down the excess marinade and thicken it with cornstarch. When the gravy starts to thicken, return the pork chop to the pan to let it absorb the gravy over low heat. 

Note:

  • The meat will become extra moist and juicy after absorbing more gravy.

Next time you are out of ideas for what to cook for dinner, give this recipe a try. It is the best pork chop recipe for a quick dinner. It is ideal for serving with rice pilaf, fried rice, and some stir-fry vegetables or salad to make up a complete meal.

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Garlic Pork Chop

Yield: 4 pork chops
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Tasty garlic pork chops with an Asian Twist. The pork is marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, and black vinegar. Pair with fried rice for a complete meal.

Ingredients

A (the marinade)

B (the gravy)

Instructions

  1. Pound the pork chops with the spine of the cleaver. 
  2. Marinate the pork chops with ingredients A for half a day.
  3. After that, remove the excess marinade from the pork chop. 
  4. Heat some oil in the pan. Pan-fry the pork chops at medium heat until one side has developed the charred mark.
  5. Turn to the other side to continue to pan-fry the chops until the charred marks develop.
  6. Heat the excess marinade with other ingredients in B in a saucepan to form a gravy.
  7. Return the pork chop to the pan to let it absorb the gravy over low heat. Serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 2447mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 23g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 4/7/2022

Rebecca David

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Thank you for sharing. It looks yummy. Can i substitute pork for chicken, lamb or beef?

KP Kwan

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Yes, you can use any meat of your choice.

Robert

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

I will try doing it . But it look goodssss.

KP Kwan

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi, this is KP Kwan. I am happy to see you in this comment area, as you have read through my recipe. I am glad to reply to any questions and comments as soon as possible.

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