Korean Pork Chops

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4.75 from 274 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Korean Pork Chops are taking the internet by storm due to their fantastic spicy flavor and the fact that they only take 30 minutes to make. This combination makes dishes come alive. This easy baked pork chop recipe is quick to make and will reinvent the pork chop in your household.

Korean Pork Chops

Korean Pork Chops are full of flavor. The star of this dish is the amazing marinade.  It really is one of the best pork chop marinades you have ever tasted.  

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What We Love About This Korean BBQ Pork Chops Recipe

The Asian flavors of fresh ginger and sweet chili sauce will really wake up your taste buds. 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.

  • 30 Minute Meal: A quick and easy 30 minute meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Sticky and sweet these will become your families favorite way to eat pork chops.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Make extra for additional meals or wonderful leftovers.
Side view of the chops.

Ingredient Notes

  • Pork Chops: Thin, boneless pork chops but bone-in can be a substitute.
  • Soy Sauce: A low sodium or soy sauce alternative can be a replacement for this recipe.
  • Honey: Any variety that you enjoy. There is even a sugar free version.
  • Garlic: Two cloves of fresh mince garlic.
  • Sesame Oil: It has a beautiful flavor and a great smoke point.
  • Ginger: Freshly grated ginger.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce: A simultaneously sweet, savory, tangy and spicy sauce incorporating red chilies, garlic, ginger, sugar and vinegar.
  • Olive Oil
Pork Chops

Equipment Needed for Korean Pork Chops

How to Make Korean Pork Chops

These are the basic steps for making asian pork chops. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information and cooking time.

STEP 1: WHISK

First, in a medium size bowl whisk together soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce and then pour half of marinade over the pork chops and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then reserve the remaining half of the marinade.

STEP 2: HEAT

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then place pork chops in the skillet. Remember to discard the remaining marinade left in the bowl. Cook the chops until brown on one side. This should take about 6 minutes. Flip the chops over and add the reserved marinade to the pan.

STEP 3: FINISH

Lastly, 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.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Korean Style Pork Chops

MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prepare the marinade and have it ready to go when you wish to make this meal. Store in an airtight jar or container.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store the leftovers in an airtight container or cover well with plastic wrap and/or foil and store for up to 5 days.

FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The recipe can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat in the oven for 19 to 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Add a little extra sauce to lock in the flavor and moisture and keep them from becoming dry.

Frequently Asked Questions about Asian Pork Chops

HOW TO MAKE THIS GLAZE RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try a low sodium or salt free soy sauce, use a honey alternative that is low in sugar.

SHOULD I MAKE EXTRA KOREAN-STYLE MARINADE?

Of course, this sauce is wonderful for rice and vegetables so make extra and drizzle a little on everything.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, make enough for one or for 10. It is easy to adjust the recipe card below to make the quantity that you enjoy.

Top shot of the Korean Pork Chops.

Expert Tips for Making This Spicy Pork Chops Recipe

  • 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, scallions 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 or an spice you like.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make these Asian pork chops on the grill or in the air fryer for this great recipe.

What to Serve with Korean Pork Chops

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Korean Pork Chops
4.75 from 274 votes

Korean Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Korean Pork Chops 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.
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Ingredients

  • 4 thin boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • 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.

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Expert Tips

  • 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

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1770mg | Potassium: 572mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, pork chops

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.

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62 thoughts on “Korean Pork Chops”

  1. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe for the second time but on steak tips after the pork chops were a hit a couple weeks ago. It is equally as yummy on beef as it was on the pork chops. Thank you for this delish and easy recipe.

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  2. 5 stars
    We made this recipe last night. The slightly sweet and spicy flavor was delicious and i will try the marinade with chicken as well.

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  3. 5 stars
    Hi, excellent recipe. I used pork tenderloin and then poured some unused marinade over it when it came out of the oven. Rave reviews from all!

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    • I wouldn’t substitute ground ginger in this recipe. I would get either fresh ginger and grate it yourself or use ginger paste found in the produce section.

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  4. 5 stars
    First and foremost, I wanna thank you for allowing me to be able to change the serving amount instead of me wrecking my brain with measuring (Mathematics) I do that everyday being a Registered Nurse… Lol! This is now one of my family’s favorite oriental dishes. I used toasted sesame oil and it gave the recipe a even more bolder flavor. Most definitely a keeper!

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    • I usually marinate for 30 minutes and leave it on the counter so it cooks more evenly. You can marinate for up to an hour but I would keep it in the fridge.

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  5. This recipe looks great, but as much as I love garlic do you mean 1-2 cloves garlic minced or actually 12? I plan to make this for dinner tonight and will try with 2 cloves or so.

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    • Good catch! It’s actually 2 cloves. I just updated the recipe. Although, I wouldn’t mind 12 cloves – I LOVE garlic 🙂

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  6. 5 stars
    This Marinade is the bomb! Just a sidebar to making it even faster, Spin the garlic and ginger in a mini-pocesssor ….no grating or mincing.

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    • 5 stars
      People can be SO RUDE. Maybe the recipe wasn’t 100% clear about that part but it wasn’t to hard to figure out. At least for me….just saying…
      I found this to be EXCEPTIONAL!!!

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  7. I am confused – why preheat the oven in the Korean pork recipe and then the recipe does not show where to use it. Am i missing something???

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  8. Just a quick question. If we are cooking the pork chops in a skillet, why are we preheating the oven to 400 degrees? Is there a step missing in the instructions?

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