While it’s been a bit spotty here in Vancouver – one day it’s super hot, the next day it’s raining and humid, I’d like to keep an optimistic eye on summer eats so today. Today, I want to share the Lemongrass Pork Chops recipe – courtesy of Whole Foods great recipe site, which I use occasionally when I’m trying to be impressive when I cook.
The great thing about Whole Foods is that they have a great meat department that has kebobs and burgers ready to go and made in store. For my lemongrass pork chops, I opted with a boneless chop that I picked up from Whole Foods.
• 4 (9- to 10-ounce) bone-in pork chops, each about 1-inch thick – I used boneless pork chops
• Juice of 2 limes
• 3 tablespoons fish sauce
• 2 Thai chiles (or other small, hot chiles), seeded and minced – I used one, Brian’s not a big fan of heat!
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 teaspoon sugar
Place pork chops in a baking dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, chiles, garlic and sugar. Pour the mixture over chops and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day, turning chops occasionally.
Prepare a grill for medium-high heat cooking. Remove chops from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chops, turning once, until just barely pink in the center (145°F internal temperature), about 5 minutes per side. Let chops rest 5 minutes before serving.
Note: My poor BBQ grill has seen better days and would not light up for my cooking experiment…I think it’s time to replace it with a shiny new one. But no worries, if you’re like me and you’re in between grills or looking for a healthier alternative, you can most certainly pop it into the oven – I went with 425F for 15 minutes on one side, then 8 on the other – however, it will all depend on how thick your pork chop is, so keep an eye on it!
To keep things interesting and also because it’s Brian’s favourite thing right now – I mixed up this traditionally Vietnamese dish with an Italian dish – Mushroom Risotto (check out the recipe I did a while back here). Super easy.
Now that we’ve got summer started, Whole Foods has kindly put together a $50 gift card giveaway for our readers! Follow the instructions below to win, we will be announcing a winner soon! Good luck! Congratulations Binder!