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Korean food is one of my kryptonite cuisines.  I am smitten with the flavors.  I just made some Korean short ribs, flanken cut, for my AP column, and now just want to use these flavors everywhere.

Sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, a bit of sweetness, a bit of heat.  Whenever you apply this combo of flavors to ….well pretty much anything, you are going to get something good.

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Spicy Pork Chops

In this case the heat comes from a traditional Korean ingredient, and one that’s become very readily available, Gochujang sauce.  Gochujang is a classic Korean hot paste, traditionally made with chili peppers, fermented soybeans, brown sugar glutinous rice, and salt (really, it’s so much better than that description would lead one to believe) that is winning new fans every day for its pungent heat.

It lasts for ages in the fridge. Just a little dab will do you, but I love it, and I’m adding it to everything these days.

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Buying Sesame Oil

Look for toasted sesame oil which has a darker color and a richer flavor.  Sesame oil, once opened, should be kept in the fridge to prevent it from spoiling too quickly.  A little bit is all you need to impart that toasty nutty taste to any Asian dish.

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Korean Pork Chops: Is this a gorgeous glaze, or what?

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How Long to Cook Pork Chops

If you have thinner pork chops, reduce the cooking time.  You really want to make sure that they don’t overcook.  Anyone who’s ever eaten an overcooked pork chop, which is most people who’ve ever eaten a pork chop, knows why.

While you do not need to brine your pork chops before cooking them, if you have time you will ensure that the results are tender and juicy.

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There is one other thing that in good conscience I must mention.  Whomever has to clean the pan may have a bit of scrubbing to do.  It would be less work with a nonstick pan, but you get such a great crust with a cast iron or heavy metal pan, that I think it’s a sacrifice worth making.  

But I guess I should also mention that my husband usually does the dishes.  So it’s not usually my personal sacrifice.  But life is filled with comprise.  I’ll see if this philosophical nugget flies while he is cleaning the pan.

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What to Serve with Korean Pork Chops

Serve Korean Pork Chops with rice and a salad – I happened to have some of this salad around, and it was a perfect companion.

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Korean Pork Chops

Please, just look at that glorious crust.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes



  • In a medium size bowl combine the soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha sauce. Place the pork chops in a shallow dish or container and pour the marinade over the pork chops. Turn to coat well and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, and up to overnight.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet (such as cast iron) over medium-high heat. Remove the pork chops from the marinade, reserving the marinade, and place them in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until the bottom is browned with a nice crust, then turn the pork chops and cook for another 5 minutes, until the bottom is also nicely browned, but the chops are still a bit pink inside. Pour the remaining marinade into the pan and bring to a simmer, cooking until the chops are just cooked, with an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Serve the pork chops, whole or sliced, with the rice or mashed potatoes, spooning over a bit of the sauce from the pan.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. SOOOO good!! I marinated the pork chops then ended up freezing them because I got called out of town. DELICIOUS!!! However, one thing I had a problem with was getting the “crust” on the pork chops. At medium-high. I couldn’t get a crust without overcooking the chops. Next time, I will sear the chops on high, then add the marinade. I didn’t ever remove the chops; I added the marinade as soon as the chops looked close to being done. The marinade reduced quickly, and then I served it. DELISH!!! Thank you for an awesome recipe!!!

  2. Sounds delicious. We love all these flavors. We keep a container of gochuchang in our fridge all the time and use it for bulgogi, mandoo dipping sauce and pork bulgogi (there’s a Korean name for it but I don’t know it).

    1. absolutely but keep a close eye on them and don’t let the flames get too high – the sugar will burn quickly.

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