It is sometimes hard to make something as boring as a pork chop exciting and different but these Korean Pork Chops offer an explosion of flavor that will make you love boneless pork chops again!
Korean dishes have taken the world by storm due to their fantastic and spicy flavor combinations that make dishes come alive. This easy baked pork chop recipe is quick to make and will reinvent the pork chop in your household.
Why This Korean Pork Chops Works
The star of this dish is the amazing marinade that you make for this easy pork chop dish. It really is one of the best pork chop marinades I have ever tasted. Make the marinade in advance and get a head start on your meal preparation. The Asian flavors of fresh ginger and sweet chili sauce will really wake up your taste buds.
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How to Make the Korean Pork Chops- Step by Step
- First Step: In a medium size bowl prepare the marinade by adding the garlic to the bowl.(Photo 1 below)
- Step Two: Add your favorite soy sauce to the bowl with the garlic. (Photo 2 below)
- Step Three: Grate the fresh ginger into the bowl. (Photo 3 below)
- Step Four: Add the honey, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce to the bowl and whisk until all the ingredients are combined. (Photo 4 below)
- Step Five: . Place pork chops in a shallow baking dish (Photo 5 below)
- Step Six: Pour one half of the marinade over the pork chops and allow to sit for 10 minutes. (Photo 6 below)
- Step Seven: Heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add pork chops to pan discard the marinade. Cook on the 1st side for 6 minutes. Turn over and cook on the other side for 6 minutes then add the reserve marinade. (Photo 7 below)
- Step Eight: Cook for an additional 6 minutes or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Allow the meat to rest before serving. (Photo 8 below)
Bone in versus Boneless Pork Chops
There are several differences to consider with these two types of chops. The bone in pork chop usually has less meat and more fat than a boneless pork chop. It just looks like it has more meat and is bigger due to the bone.
Meat cooked on the bone is often considered better tasting because it stays juicier. It is also said to be more nutritious as the bone transfers minerals during the cooking process.
Can I bake this boneless pork chop recipe?
Absolutely! Bake the pork chops in an uncovered shallow pan at 350 F. Boneless chops take approximately 11 minutes for every pound. Leave the pork chops to rest in the pan for 3 minutes after they are finished baking.
This easy pork chop recipe can also be made on the grill. Grill for about 5 minutes per side. Make sure the internal meat temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer and allow the meat to rest.
Expert Tips for Making the Best Korean Pork Chops
You don’t have to do a full on Pulgoki ( Korean Barbeque) to enjoy these delicious pork chops. This quick 30 minute meal is very versatile and can add some pizzazz to any dinner night.
- Make extra of this easy pork chop recipe so you can use it as a highlight in a second meal or stir fry.
- Try serving with my delicious Asian Slaw
- To make an authentic Korean experience, try adding many Banchan (side dishes) to your meal. They usually include many small dishes of vegetables like kimchi. You can buy these pre-made to save time.
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- I love these kitchen tongs for cooking the chops.
- A must have item in my kitchen is my meat thermometer.
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Korean Pork Chops
- In a medium size bowl whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce.
- Pour half of marinade over the pork chops and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Reserve the remaining half of the marinade.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.; add pork chops to skillet, discard the marinade left in the bowl.
- Cook chops until browned on one side, about 6 minutes.
- Turn the chops over and add the reserved marinade to the pan.
- Cook for 6 more minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
- Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
- Authentic: To make an authentic Korean experience, try adding many Banchan (side dishes) to your meal. They usually include many small dishes of vegetables like kimchi. You can buy these pre-made to save time.
- Add Toppers: Top with Fresh green onions or sesame seeds.
- Variation tip: Use this recipe on other protein such as chicken or beef, even salmon.
- Alternate ingredient: Try adding a little more heat. A sprinkle of red pepper flakes are wonderful for this recipe.
- Alternate cooking method tip: Make these Asian pork chops on the grill or in the air fryer for this great recipe.
Estimated Nutritional Information
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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe. I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.