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