Just like chicken, pork chops are simple and quick meat to cook up for a weeknight meal. I usually throw some spices in a dry rub fashion and pan fry the chops (sometimes finishing them off in the oven) till they’re juicy and tender. That’s when I don’t plan ahead. This time since I knew I wanted to do a recipe, I decided on marinating my pork chops in an asian inspired almost bbq sauce. But, even if you didn’t marinate these ahead of time, they’d taste great and a quick fix meal option for sure.
I’m not a big fan of sweet foods, but my husband and daughter are. So I tried to make a sweet and spicy balanced marinade to make everyone happy. And it turned out great. It wan’t overly sweet nor spicy which made them perfect for a family dinner. Using a grill pan I gave my chops some good grill marks and a charred flavor and then popped them in the oven to cook through evenly. I also basted the chops throughout the cooking process to keep them juicy and sticky. All in all a super easy recipe, I’ll be making again.
Here’s how you can make them…
- 4 pork Chops
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (or paprika, if you want it less spicy)
- 1 tsp chili oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 a chili pepper, de-seeded (I used a fresno)
- 2 tbsp Oil for frying
- 1 green onion for garnish
- – Make a marinade by mixing together the honey, ketchup, soy sauce, cayenne or paprika and chili oil. Grate in the garlic and finely dice the chili pepper and add it to the marinade. Stir everything well together.
- – Pour half of the marinade over the pork chops, making sure to get both sides.Let the chops sit in the marinade for atleast 20 minutes or even better still, for a couple hours. You can put it all in a ziploc bag and put in the fridge.
- – Then when it’s dinner time pre-heat your oven to 400F. Heat a skillet (preferably oven proof) on high with a couple tablespoons of oil.
- – Sear the pork chops well on both sides. Don’t worry about it cooking through, just a couple minutes on each side to get some color. Since I used a grill pan I tried to get a criss-cross pattern on the chops.
- – Baste the chops on both sides with some of the remaining marinade.
- – Pop the pork chops into the oven for about 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of the chops). Turn them over half way through the cooking and baste the chops with more marinade.
- – Garnish with some green onions (I totally forgot to do this till I was done taking my picture) and serve the chops with sauteed veggies or rice.