ASIAN MARINATED PORK CHOPS - Great Neighborhood Cooks

Asian Marinated Pork Chops

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Rob & I eat a lot of chicken & fish. Sometimes it’s great to grill a nice thick pork chop. We had some friends over for dinner one evening and I didn’t feel like another trip to the grocery store. Found 6- 1″ thick bone in pork chops in the freezer and gave it an Asian flair. Grilled the pork chops to medium and they were incredibly tender juicy. Served with sautéed garlic spinach and baked sweet potatoes. Yum!!

When I think of Asian pork chops, it reminds me of our Daughter Jennifer’s  best childhood friend Dorothea (also known as Dort).  They first met when Dorothea and her family moved in down the street.  Believe me when I tell you these two 5 year olds couldn’t have been any different.  Dort was the second youngest of 7 children with curly red hair and a million freckles &  her normal attire were the hand me down jeans and tee shirts from her older brothers.  Jennifer was a girly girl with long braids and Polly Flinders dresses (think 70’s), but they clicked.
Since Dorothea practically lived at our house, dinner for 4 was suddenly dinner for 5. That little girl could certainly eat and relished every dish I prepared.  She once commented that she loved eating at hour house because if she wanted 2 pork chops she could have them.  On the other hand, Jennifer love the chaos at Dort’s.  Jen said that if you didn’t take your food the first time it was passed, there was nothing left.
Today Dort is married with 2 teenage daughters.  She still has curly red hair and freckles but she no longer wears her brother’s hand me downs.

To make this disk perfect I recommend using these quality ingredients and kitchen tools:
Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce 
Domino Dark Brown Sugar
McCormick Culinary Garlic Powder 
McCormick Culinary Ground Ginger Derived from Pure Gingerroot
McCormick Culinary Ground Cumin
Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste
Ziploc Storage Bags, Gallon.


6 servings

Prep time

45-60 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




  • Place the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, cumin, and chili paste in a Ziploc Storage Bags, Gallon. Smush the bag a few times with your fingers to mix all the ingredients thoroughly and dissolve the brown sugar; place the pork chops into the marinade, and seal the bag. Allow to marinate for 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  • Remove the pork chops from the marinade, and discard the marinade. Shake off excess marinade, and grill the pork chops until browned, the meat is no longer pink inside, and the chops show good grill marks, 5 to 7 minutes per side. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a chop should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
Raw sweet potato slices ready for the grill!

Raw sweet potato slices on the grill!
Grilled sweet potato slices!
Asian marinated pork chops with sides of sweet baked potato and sauteed garlic spinach.

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