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Asian Pork Chops With Chinese Paprika Sauce

The grill adds a special dimension to this delicious, authentic Asian dish.

Type: Pork
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Pork Chops
1/4 cup 59mlSoy sauce
2 tablespoons 30mlSesame oil
2   Garlic cloves - chopped
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlAnise seed - ground in a
  Spice mill to make a powder
6   Pork loin chops, 1/2" thk - (abt 6 oz ea)
1 cup 237mlChicken broth
2   Roasted red peppers - quartered
5   Apricots - (abt 1/2 lb) - halved, pitted = (or 5 dried apricots)
2   Garlic cloves - crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlFinely-grated lemon zest
  Soy sauce - to taste
  Jasmine rice - for serving

Recipe Instructions

To make the Pork Chops: In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and anise powder. Place pork chops in a large plastic resealable bag. Pour marinade over chops; close bag. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, make the Sauce: In a 2-quart saucepan place chicken broth, roasted red peppers, apricots, garlic, and lemon zest. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a blender or food processor, puree until smooth and thickened. Adjust consistency by adding more chicken stock to thin or using heat to reduce and thicken, as needed. Add soy sauce, to taste. Keep warm.

Remove chops from bag; discard marinade. Place chops in center of cooking grate. Grill 12 to 16 minutes for medium (160 degrees) or 17 to 20 minutes for well-done (170 degrees), turning once halfway through grilling time.  Serve each chop with some sauce and jasmine rice.


Wine Recommendation: A Gamay Beaujolais Nouveau will have plenty of fruit to support this saucy dish.

Beer Recommendation: Try a dry, pale lager from Southeast Asia, such as Thailand's Singha, to celebrate each distinct flavor in this dish.

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