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Vietnamese pork chops Sườn Nướng
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Vietnamese Pork Chops

Sweet and savory grilled Vietnamese pork chops, also know as Sườn Nướng. This restaurant-quality dish is so easy to make yet so flavorful. It can be prepared ahead of time and prepared quickly on those busy nights. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2
Calories 538 kcal


  • 2 pork loin chops, (about 6 oz each)

Marinade Sauce:

  • 1 lemongrass, (finely minced, white stalk only) Here's how to prepare lemongrass
  • 1 shallots, (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup oil


  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the marinade sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  • Rinse the pork chops under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towels. Make 3-4 tiny slits on the connection tissue between the meat and fat and without cutting through meat.
  • Transfer pork chops and marinade sauce into a large Ziploc or bowl. Massage to combine. Marinate in the fridge for 12 hours or up to overnight.
    Remove the pork chops from the marinade sauce. Discard the extra liquid. Let the meat sit out on the counter for 15 minutes before cooking.
  • Preheat a grill pan to medium high. Grease, and cook the pork chops for 4 minutes per side or until lightly charred on both sides and an instant-read the deepest part of a chop registers anywhere between 140°F-145°F. Remove from the grill.
    Place the meat on a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures 
The safe internal pork cooking temperature is 145°F. Please keep in mind that the internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise a little during the resting period. Be sure to remove your meat from the grill prior grill prior to reaching its target doneness temperature. 
Sodium Content
The sodium content seems high but remember that you will discard most of the sauce.  
Fish Sauce
Please note that not all fish sauce products/brands are created equal and they usually have different sodium levels (ex: Thai fish sauce has a lower sodium content than Vietnamese fish sauce).
To add saltiness to the dish, just add a small amount of salt (about ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt) . Do not go overboard with fish sauce or all you’ll taste is fish sauce.
You can purchase fish sauce at any Asian grocer or Target, Kroger/Ralphs, Vons, and Amazon.com


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 32gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 2489mgPotassium: 695mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Keyword grilled pork chops, Sườn Nướng, Vietnamese pork chops
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