These teriyaki pork chops are a quick and easy weekday meal. The sweet and salty marinade and sauce will have you coming back for more. Cooks in less than 30 minutes it is perfect for those on the go.
I do enjoy a quick and easy meal that uses minimal pots and pans. Loving to cook is one thing but sometimes the clean up can be a nightmare. For that reason alone I love this recipe. All you need is a saucepan, mixing bowl, and a sheet pan. This meal is a great weekday recipe and also perfect for meal prep. Pair it with some sesame broccolini and rice and you have a meal ready in less than 30 minutes.
In this recipe
One of the best parts of this recipe is that almost all of the ingredients will probably already be in your kitchen. This makes meal prep very easy.
Pork chops: you will want a nice thick piece with the bone in if possible.
Teriyaki sauce: the one that I use has sesame seeds already in it so I don’t need to add any additional. You will want a sauce that is viscous and not as thin as soy sauce.
Ginger: the powder is great for this recipe however if you have fresh ginger then double the amount of it to really get that ginger flavor.
Choosing a good pork chop
When choosing pork chops for this recipe it is good to get bone-in that are at least an inch thick. Also bone in cuts of meat will have more fat on them which allows the pork chop to stay nice, tender, and flavorful. Thinner pork chops will work as well but it is important to make sure and reduce the cook time. If you happen to forget then you will end up with a very tasty hockey puck. A good rule of thumb is to cut the cooking time in half and then test the temperature.
Let teriyaki pork chops marinate
One of the best parts is that the marinade does all the work. If you are pressed for time you can make the marinade before heading out for the day and let it do its thing all day in the fridge and then when you are ready to cook just pop them in the oven. By the time the glaze is ready so will be the pork chops.
Not too salty
One of the challenges that can arise with pork is how naturally salty the meat is. I prefer to use a low sodium version of teriyaki sauce if I can. It is always easier to add more last. Additionally the brown sugar is added to the sauce to help reduce the saltiness of the marinade. This is equally as important when reducing the marinade down to a sauce. With the lack of water the saltiness will be increased. Taste the sauce to make sure it isn’t too salty and add an additional tablespoon of brown sugar if necessary.
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Teriyaki Pork Chops
- Sheet pan lined with foil for less clean up
- Mixing Bowl
- 4 pork chops 1 inch thick
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon green onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a mixing bowl combine the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, green onion, and pepper. Mix and add the pork chops coating them in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F, 190°C or gas mark 5.
- Place the pork chops on the sheet pan, cook for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F or 63°C.
Make a glaze (optional)
- In a saucepan over medium high heat bring the marinade to a boil and let the sauce reduce by half. Serve this over the pork chop.