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Vietnamese Glazed Skinny Pork Chops

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN plus overnight marinating
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • HEALTHY

"I love the way the Vietnamese grill pork chops," says Marcia Kiesel, who co-authored The Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking with chef Binh Duong. "They pound the chops thin for maximum exposure to the heat and then marinate them in a sweet-and-salty sauce that caramelizes as quickly as the pork chops cook on the grill."

  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  4. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 medium shallots, minced
  6. 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  7. 8 thin, center-cut pork loin chops on the bone (about 6 ounces each)
  8. Salt
  9. 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  10. Jasmine Rice with Carrot Relish, for serving
  1. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil with the honey, fish sauce, garlic, shallots and pepper. Add the pork chops, turn to coat thoroughly with the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Light a grill. Lightly season the pork chops with salt. Brush the grill with oil and cook the pork chops over very high heat until nicely charred and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Scatter the peanuts on top and serve right away with Jasmine Rice with Carrot Relish.

Suggested Pairing

Pork is often thought of as a hearty meat, but it can actually be quite light. And a sweet marinade like this one pairs well with a brisk, unoaked white. Try a dry Riesling from Australia or France's Alsace region.