A teriyaki marinade and sauce is a great way to prepare flavorful and delicious pork chops. This teriyaki pork chops recipe calls for very few ingredients — most of which you’ll have on hand if you like to cook Asian food.
What you’ll love about these teriyaki pork chops
They’re easy, healthy, and versatile.
- Easy: The prep involves mixing a quick marinade. You’ll bathe the chops in that marinade for 30 minutes, then grill them. You can also bake them if the weather isn’t right for grilling.
- Healthy: Pork loin chops are naturally lean and low in calories. Pork chops are also a good source of protein, vitamin B12, zinc, and selenium. The marinade has no added sugar, too.
- Versatile: Serve them with steamed rice, microwaved cauliflower rice, Asian slaw, and more. See more side dish ideas below!
Ingredients for teriyaki pork chops
The marinade is a quick, homemade teriyaki-inspired sauce. It’s made from canola oil, soy sauce, ketchup, white vinegar, a minced garlic clove, and ground black pepper.
Three-step prep for teriyaki pork chops
Here’s how to make a quick meal from pork loin chops.
Start by making your marinade. Simply mix these ingredients in a gallon-size resealable bag:
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup of soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 minced garlic clove
- A couple turns of fresh ground black pepper
Seal the bag and shake up the marinade until it’s well combined. Toss your pork chops in the bag, give it a shake, and place it in the refrigerator. Let it chill for 30 minutes or more.
The third and final step is cooking your chops. You have two options: grill them or bake them. I was going to grill them, as I love a good grilled chop. But alas, it turned out to be a cold evening, so I changed course and baked them.
To grill, grease your grill racks, heat up your coals, and place the marinated chops on the hot grill. Save the extra marinade. Cook the chops with the grill lid closed for 8 minutes. Baste them with extra marinade, then flip. Continue grilling until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F or 63°C. Remove from heat, rest for 3 minutes, then serve.
To bake, preheat your oven to 350°F or 177°C. Place the chops in a baking dish and pour half of the marinade on top. Bake for 15 minutes in the hot oven, flip, and pour on the rest of the marinade. Bake for another 15 minutes. Verify the meat has reached an internal temperature of 145°F or 63°C.
If you’d like a crispy exterior, move the chops to a different baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes. (Using the same baking sheet will leave you with a tough, burned mess of marinade to clean up.) Rest for 3 minutes and serve.
What to serve with teriyaki pork chops
These side dishes pair nicely with the sweet, smokiness of teriyaki pork chops:
- Steamed Rice: A classic choice, steamed white or brown rice pairs well with teriyaki flavors. It helps absorb the savory teriyaki sauce and complements the tender pork chops.
- Stir-Fried Vegetables: Sautéed or stir-fried vegetables such as broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, or bok choy bring freshness and vibrant colors to the plate. The crisp texture of the veggies provides a nice contrast to the tender pork chops.
- Grilled Pineapple: Grilling pineapple slices alongside the pork chops adds a touch of sweetness and tropical flair to the meal. The juicy, caramelized pineapple complements the teriyaki sauce beautifully.
- Asian Slaw: A refreshing and crunchy Asian slaw made with cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, and a tangy dressing like sesame ginger or soy vinaigrette adds a bright and flavorful element to the plate.
- Miso Soup: A comforting bowl of miso soup made with broth, tofu, seaweed, and scallions provides a light and savory accompaniment to the teriyaki pork chops.
- Sesame Noodles: Serve cold sesame noodles tossed with a flavorful sesame dressing. These noodles add a touch of richness and act as a satisfying and filling side dish.
- Grilled Vegetables: If you have the grill on already, cook an assortment of vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, and asparagus alongside the pork chops. The smoky flavor and charred edges enhance the overall meal experience.
- Edamame: Steam or boil some edamame, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, and serve them as a nutritious and protein-packed side dish. They make for a light and satisfying addition to the plate.
Drink pairings for teriyaki pork chops
Round out your pork chop meal with a perfectly complementary beverage. Here are some ideas:
- Sake: Sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine, is an excellent choice to accompany teriyaki flavors. Opt for a medium-dry or slightly sweet sake, such as a junmai or honjozo, to complement the savory and slightly sweet teriyaki sauce.
- Asian Beers: Crisp and light Asian beers like Japanese lagers (e.g., Asahi, Sapporo) or Chinese pilsners can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of teriyaki pork chops. Their clean and slightly malty profiles can help cleanse the palate between bites.
- White Wine: A light and fruity white wine, such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer, can work well with teriyaki pork chops. These wines offer a touch of sweetness that complements the sauce while cutting through the richness of the dish.
- Rosé Wine: A dry or off-dry rosé can be a versatile option, offering a balance of fruitiness and acidity. Look for a rosé with red berry or citrus notes to add a refreshing element to the meal.
- Iced Green Tea: A classic and healthful choice, iced green tea provides a clean and soothing accompaniment to teriyaki pork chops. Its mild grassy flavors can help cleanse the palate and complement the Asian-inspired dish.
- Citrus Infused Water: For a non-alcoholic option, infuse water with slices of fresh citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange. The citrus flavors add brightness and a hint of acidity to the meal.
- Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer: The zesty and spicy notes of ginger ale or ginger beer can be a delightful pairing with teriyaki pork chops. The ginger’s heat and effervescence can cut through the richness of the dish and offer a refreshing contrast.
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup of soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- ground black pepper (to taste)
- 4 large boneless pork loin chops
- In a large reseable bag, mix together canola oil, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, a few turns of black pepper, and garlic. Whisk until combined. Add the pork chops to the marinade and toss to coat. Place into the refrigerator and marinade for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.
- TO GRILL: Lightly grease the grill grates of an outdoor grill. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove pork chops from the marinade, reserve the marinade. Cook the pork chops for 8 minutes, baste with marinade, and flip. Keep grilling until the chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F or 63°C.
- TO BAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F or 177°C. Place the chops in a baking dish and pour half of the marinade on top. Bake for 15 minutes in the hot oven, flip, and pour on the rest of the marinade. Bake for another 15 minutes. If you'd like a crispy exterior, move the chops to a different baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes.
- Rest chops for 3 minutes, then serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1024mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Adapted from Budget Gourmet Mom.
More teriyaki recipes to try
If you love these chops, experiment with these fun teriyaki flavors:
You can also try a few of our popular pork loin chop recipes!
Teriyaki pork chops FAQs
Can I use store-bought teriyaki sauce for my homemade teriyaki pork chops?
Yes, you can. The end result might be sweeter than this recipe, however.
Can I marinate the pork chops in teriyaki sauce overnight?
While marinating the pork chops for a few hours can enhance the flavor, marinating overnight may result in an overly intense and salty taste. It’s best to marinate the pork chops for 30 minutes to 2 hours to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat without overpowering it.
Can I grill teriyaki pork chops indoors?
You can grill teriyaki pork chops indoors, assuming you have a George Foreman grill or something similar that’s safe to use inside.
Can I use bone-in pork chops for teriyaki pork chops?
Sure! The cooking time may be extended, however. Make sure you have a meat thermometer on hand to check for doneness.
Can I substitute soy sauce with a gluten-free alternative in teriyaki sauce?
Yes! If you follow a gluten-free diet, you can use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari as a substitute in your teriyaki sauce. Just ensure the other ingredients in the sauce are also gluten-free or make homemade teriyaki sauce using gluten-free ingredients.
Can I freeze teriyaki pork chops?
Yes! If you have leftover teriyaki pork chops, you can freeze them for future enjoyment. Allow the cooked chops to cool completely, then place them in airtight containers or freezer bags. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.