Chinese Fried Pork Chops

Are you craving a budget-friendly, delicious dinner? Look no further than these Chinese fried pork chops. With their irresistible combination of juicy tenderness on the inside and a crispy, flavorful coating on the outside, these chops are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Fried pork chops on a tray

In Chinese cuisine, pork is a staple ingredient. While my mom usually prepares braised pork and stir-fries, my dad occasionally treats me to his special fried pork chops. It’s a rare occasion since my dad isn’t a frequent cook, but when he does make them, they turn out amazing!

These Chinese-style pork chops have the perfect texture and taste. The combination of ginger, garlic, and Sichuan peppercorns infuses them with aromatic flavors. The secret to their tender and juicy texture lies in the tenderizing process that allows the marinade to fully penetrate the meat. After marinating the pork in a savory and fragrant sauce, you’ll coat it with a special dry coating and deep fry it. The result is an extra fluffy and crispy exterior, while the inside remains tender and juicy.

Sliced Chinese fried pork chops

The beauty of this dish is that you can prepare it easily with ingredients found in your pantry. No need to make a traditional three-layer coating with egg, flour, and breadcrumbs. This recipe utilizes a magic one-layer coating that creates a perfect crispy crust. It may sound complicated, but once you try it, you’ll see how simple it is to achieve that heavenly crispiness. The best part is that the crispiness lasts even after refrigeration and reheating.

If you have access to an Asian grocery store, try to find thick sweet potato starch (粗番薯粉), a Chinese specialty that creates the ultimate crispy coating for fried food. Unlike other starches, it contains larger clusters of starch throughout the fine granules, resulting in extra crunchiness and texture. However, if you can’t find this ingredient, don’t worry! Regular starch can create a similar effect when combined with the double-frying technique.

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Chinese thick potato starch

Now, let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. Pound your pork chops into thin pieces.
  2. Marinate the chops for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Coat the pork chops with your choice of starch.
  4. Deep fry the first time at 350°F (176°C).
  5. Rest the chops on a rack to drain off excess oil.
  6. Fry a second time at 375°F (190°C).
  7. Rest the chops again and carve them!

How to make Chinese fried pork chops step-by-step

These Chinese fried pork chops not only taste fantastic but are also perfect for cooking ahead or meal prepping. You can refrigerate or freeze them once cooked and easily reheat them in the oven. The reheated pork chops will maintain their crispy exterior and fresh taste.

To serve, pair the fried pork chops with steamed white rice or try them in noodle soup for an Asian restaurant experience. You can also enjoy them with pickled cucumbers or your favorite hot sauce. The versatility of these chops allows you to incorporate them into many different dishes throughout the week, ensuring a week of deliciousness!

Chinese fried pork chops served with pickles

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Other Chinese pork recipes you might enjoy:

  • Hong Shao Rou (Red Braised Pork, 红烧肉)
  • Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧肉)
  • Char Siu Chow Mein (叉烧炒面)
  • Twice Cooked Pork (回锅肉)
  • Sweet and Sour Pork (糖醋里脊)

Now go ahead and unleash your culinary skills with these incredible Chinese fried pork chops!

Lilja Walter is a valued member of the Omnivore’s Cookbook team who worked closely with Maggie to develop and test this recipe.