Asian-Brined Pork Chops Recipe
Adapted from Food and Wine, January 2013
Serves 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 12 minutes
4 bone-in pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
1/8 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3/4 cup mirin
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 ounces fresh ginger, thinly sliced
6-8 small dried chilies
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 1/2 cup cold water
Lightly season the pork chops with the salt.
Mix all the ingredients for the Brine in a container or pot, just big enough for the pork chops. Marinade the pork chops in the Brine for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Before cooking, remove the pork chops from the Brine and let them come to room temperature. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.
Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Pan-fry the pork chops for about 4-5 minutes each side. Transfer and wrap the pork chops with foil. Let them rest for 8-10 minutes before serving.
You can choose to use boneless pork chops. Adjust your cooking time accordingly.