I still have meals frozen that I made before the baby was born, but the itch to get back to cooking was unbearable!  I decided I would try something easy for my first night back in the kitchen so these pork chops seemed the perfect choice – and they were!  I served these with a fabulous new couscous recipe as well as sugar snap peas.  The whole dinner was delicious and ready in about 20 minutes.  Can’t beat that!  We’ll definitely be making this meal again.

Teriyaki Grilled Pork Chops


2/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup water

¼ cup rice vinegar

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine (or 1 ½ tsp. dried ginger)

4-6 pork chops



For the marinade, combine all ingredients except pork chops in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Cool the marinade completely.  Put the pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them.  Seal the bag, pressing out excess air.  Allow chops to marinate, turning bag once or twice, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.


Pour the marinade into a saucepan and boil for 5 minutes.  Grill chops on an oiled rack, approximately 7-8 minutes per side, or until just cooked through, basting with marinade during last 5 minutes of cooking.

Source: adapted from Elite Entrees, originally from Gourmet Magazine

  • This marinade sounds really good, as does the couscous. We don’t eat much pork in our house (neither of us care for it much), but I bet it would be just as good with chicken! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Teriyaki is one of our go to marinades because the ingredients are also staples in our pantry. The recipe looks great, as does your dinner!

  • oh my goodness, this looks delicous and we love pork chops! I am adding that recipe to my menu for next week! I am visiting your blog today via the foodie blog roll.

  • How do you get a pork chop to look like an incredible sirloin steak?

  • look at the nice sear you got on that pork chop!

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  • Gwyn

    This was delicious. We served it with the couscous you recommended as well (my first time cooking couscous & it was yummy)! I forgot to put the marinade on the pork chops at the end of cooking but served it as a sauce (and put a little bit on the couscous too). My husband & 2 kids (5 & 3) both gobbled it all up. Thanks for another family favorite!

  • How did you cook the sugar snap peas?

  • Annie

    Hi Brittany,
    Gosh, it’s been so long that I don’t even remember. I believe I put them in a saute pan with a little bit of oil and chicken broth and cooked/steamed them until crisp-tender. Then just season with salt, pepper and sesame seeds.
    :) Annie

  • karina

    Can I change the rice vinegar with another kind of vinegar?
    Thank you annie :)

  • Annie

    Try Googling for subs. I’m sure you can substitute something.

  • Jen

    Another great recipe!(even on the indoor grill!)

  • Hi Annie!

    I tried this for dinner yesterday and they turned out amazing! I substituted the pork for chicken and I had my doubts about the vinegar but regardless, they turned out beautifully. I loved the sticky coating of teriyaki! Thank you :)

  • Pat Cox

    This was amazing,especially the sauce.I’m going to use it for a lot more dished.Thank you.

  • Nicolekearnes

    I made this for dinner tonight….soon good. I did as you suggested and left the chops marinating overnight. After I put them on the BBQ for 7 minutes each side ( grill read a little less than 400) I put foil on them for a few minutes. Super, super moist. I intend to make this for my entire family for a birthday party.

  • Bderunk

    I made these tonight and they were so good!!! I made them in the oven though and cooked them at 350 degrees for about a hour. They were moist and the teriyaki sauce was so good! Everyone went back for seconds! Thanks for the great recipe! Will be making again!