Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops

Saucy Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops RecipeBold and spicy Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops! A recipe that will perk up dinner any night of the week. 

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Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe
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We all love simple recipes that are quick enough to make after a long day at work.


When those same recipes are also special enough to make for weekend dinner parties, what a bonus!

Spicy Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

Today’s Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops are such a recipe.

The pork chops are rich and spicy with a tangy-sweet note from the marinade. As the pork chops cook, the marinade simmers into a thick glistening pan sauce that packs a punch.

Zesty Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

You can serve these pork chops with a simple veggie side dish, like snap peas, for a simple low carb meal. Or make them the centerpiece of an Asian-inspired holiday feast, with kimchi, fried rice, and stir fried vegetables.

I have used this Korean-style marinade on many forms of protein. Yet I believe it’s at its best on pork!

Making Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

The combination of the zesty marinade with rich juicy pork chops, is so tantalizing, you’ll want to make them every week.

In fact, I’ve noticed this with many dishes at home and in restaurants… Chefs all over the country are recreating dishes to incorporate pork, because of its luxurious texture and taste.

How to Make Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops

Plus, pork is an affordable protein option that can be used in everything from succulent comfort dishes to lean low carb meals.

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with pork! Although our Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops might not be traditional holiday party fare, they would certainly be the star of any feast.

How To: Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

Just make sure not to overcook your Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops.

It’s safe to cook pork chops to just 145 degrees F, leaving the center a light shade of pink and extremely juicy, followed by a three-minute rest. Here I cooked mine to about 150 degrees, which ensures the meat is still moist and tender. Once you get beyond 160 degrees internally, the pork will dry out.

Tangy Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

These Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops have been a sensation at our house this season! I recently served them sliced over creamy five-spice risotto and they were a revelation. Even though the marinade is decidedly Asian, the flavor profile goes with all sorts of side dishes.

Be adventurous this season, and give Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops a try!

Easy Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

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The Perfect Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops Recipe

Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:3 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:10 minutes

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Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops – An easy pork chop recipe, packed with flavor and spice! A simple marinade turns pork loin chops into something spectacular.


  • 4 boneless center cut pork chops, 3/4 – 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Korean gochugang sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, for cooking
  • Possible garnishes: sesame seeds and chopped scallions


  1. Pour the soy sauce, gochugang, honey, sriracha, garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Stir well. Place the pork chops in a baking dish.
  2. Pour half of the marinade over the pork chops, reserving the rest for later. Allow the pork chops to marinate at least 30 minutes at room temperature. If marinading longer, cover and refrigerate the pork chops until ready to use. Then let them sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the sesame oil and swirl around the pan.
  4. Place the pork chops in the hot skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes. Then flip once more and pour in the remaining marinade. Let the pork chops simmer in the marinade 2 minutes, then remove from heat. The chops should rest 5 minutes before serving.

NOTES: Pork chops should be cooked to 145-160 degrees F internally, if using a meat thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest. If your pork chops are closer to 3/4 inch thick, cook for only 3 minutes per side, plus the 2 minutes for the marinade. If the chops are 1-inch-thick, cook for 4 minutes per side, plus 2 additional minutes for marinade.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 4 pork chops

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 265 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 78mg
  • Sodium: 882mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Sugar: 13.1g
  • Protein: 28.8g
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3 comments on “Pan Fried Korean Pork Chops

  1. Lee Thayerposted December 10, 2017 at 1:42 am Reply

    Why is meats always regarded as protein? Why not just say meat. I am reading a recipe, not a science experiment.

    • Cindy Jamesposted June 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm Reply

      Because not all proteins are meat. Tofu is a protein, and is not meat. So when it is said ‘I have used this marinade on all sorts of proteins” that can include things like Tofu, Quinoa, and Lentils. Which, if someone desired, they could add this seasoning to.

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