Saturday, December 18, 2021

Soy Marinated Pork Chops


These thin-cut pork chops make for a perfect weeknight dinner. Easy to prepare, fast to cook and delicious to eat. They only need to marinate for 10 to 30 minutes, as the marinade will also serve as a drizzling sauce when you grill the chops. The chops are served with cilantro and jalapeño, making sticky rice the perfect accompaniment.

These pork chops are going to be a hit regardless of which soy sauce you use. Kikkoman is a delicious and very affordable store brand. But if you want to up your flavor palate by the power of 100, I would encourage you to try Yamaroku Shoyu Barrel Aged 4-Year Soy Sauce, "Tsuru Bisho". This is an artisan soy sauce....very dark, mellow and sweet. A 5-ounce bottle will set you back $18.00. While your wallet may grimace, your taste buds will thank you. It's available at

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4, 1/2-inch thick bone-in pork chops
Kosher salt
Cilantro and sliced jalapeños for garnish

  1. Stir first 3 ingredients together in a bowl. Prick pork chops all over with a fork and place in a ziplock bag. Pour in half of the marinade, seal bag and turn to evenly coat chops. Let chops sit on counter in the bag for 10 to 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare grill or grill pan for cooking over medium heat. Remove chops from bag and discard used marinade. Season chops lightly with salt and grill for 2-3 minutes per side, drizzling chops with remaining marinade while they cook.
  3. Top the chops with cilantro and jalapeños before serving.

Wine pairing: Unoaked Chardonnay or Merlot

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