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Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops

Just a 10-minute marinade turns these boneless pork chops into a juicy, tender midweek meal. Grill on the barbecue or in a chargrill pan and add cucumber, tomato and a fried egg dressed with nuoc cham. Serve with rice.


Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops

20 minutes
10 minutes

4 x 150g (5 oz) boneless pork loin chops

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tsp sugar

¼ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

4 fried eggs

steamed rice to serve


Nuoc Cham dressing:

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup fish sauce

¼ cup white vinegar

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp finely chopped red chilli

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  • Step 1

    Cover pork chops with baking paper or cling film and use a rolling pin or saucepan to pound to an even 1.5cm thickness.

  • Step 2

    For the pork marinade, whisk together the fish sauce, garlic, sugar, turmeric and pepper.  Pour mixture over the pork and marinate for 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, to make the nuoc cham dressing, combine the fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, lime juice and 1/4 cup of water in a jar and shake until the sugar dissolves. This can be stored in the fridge to use for up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve, pour out a small bowlful of the dressing and add the chilli and garlic.

  • Step 4

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat and cook pork for 3-4 minutes each side until just cooked through.  Remove from heat to rest for 2 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Serve pork with rice, egg, tomatoes and cucumber.  Top the whole lot with generous spoonfuls of dressing.

  • Notes

    – You can store your nuoc cham dressing in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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What our customers say

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Yummy comfort food!

September 14, 2023

Appreciate the tip to make the nuoc cham base for easy refrigeration. I grilled the pork chops and they were delicious!

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Super easy and delicious

May 15, 2023

I’ve made this for myself and a few friends. They were licking their plates they enjoyed so much. A new go to!

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Wow so good!

January 26, 2023

I’m a serious home cook who’s wanted to take on Asian cooking styles for quite some time. I found Marion and found some confidence to try. This recipe is amazing- incorporating the different flavors I have been looking for in a simple way. So delicious! Made this with Marion’s fried rice. We loved it – can’t wait to try the next recipe!

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