Sticky Garlic Pork Chops

Background and History

Sticky Garlic Pork Chops are a delightful dish that combines the savory flavor of pork with the rich, sweet, and tangy taste of a sticky garlic sauce. This recipe has influences from Asian cuisine, where sweet and savory sauces are commonly used to enhance meat dishes. The combination of garlic, soy sauce, and honey creates a mouthwatering glaze that perfectly complements the pork chops. This dish has become a favorite for its simplicity and the robust flavors it delivers, making it a popular choice for weeknight dinners and special occasions alike.


  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)

Useful and Interesting Facts

  • Garlic is not only flavorful but also has numerous health benefits, including boosting the immune system and reducing blood pressure.
  • Pork chops are a lean source of protein, making them a healthy option when prepared without excessive fat.
  • Honey is a natural sweetener that also provides antioxidants and has antibacterial properties.

Recipe Instructions



Total Time

30 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes


  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)


Prepare the Pork Chop

  • Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.

Make the Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, rice vinegar, and grated ginger (if using).

Cook the Pork Chops

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the pork chops and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until they are browned and cooked through (internal temperature of 145°F).
  • Remove the pork chops from the skillet and set them aside.

Make the Sticky Garlic Sauce

  • In the same skillet, pour in the sauce mixture.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until it thickens slightly.

Coat the Pork Chops

  • Return the pork chops to the skillet and coat them with the sticky garlic sauce.
  • Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, turning the chops to ensure they are well-coated and the sauce is sticky and caramelized.

Garnish and Serve

  • Transfer the pork chops to a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.
  • Serve immediately with your choice of sides, such as rice, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.5g


  • For a deeper flavor, marinate the pork chops in the sauce mixture for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • If you prefer a spicier dish, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.

Allergy Warning

This recipe contains soy (soy sauce) and honey. If you have allergies to these ingredients, consider using substitutes like tamari for soy sauce and maple syrup for honey.

Should pork chops be sticky?

Pork chops can be sticky if they are coated with a glaze or sauce, such as in Sticky Garlic Pork Chops. The stickiness comes from the caramelized sugars in the sauce, adding a delicious and flavorful layer to the meat.

What is the best part of the pork chop?

The best part of the pork chop depends on personal preference. Some people prefer the tender and lean center-cut loin chops, while others enjoy the more flavorful and marbled rib chops.

What is the secret to making tender pork chops?

The secret to making tender pork chops is to avoid overcooking them. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145°F, and let them rest after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute.

What is the rule of thumb for cooking pork chops?

A good rule of thumb for cooking pork chops is to cook them for about 4-5 minutes per side over medium-high heat for 1-inch thick chops. Adjust the time based on thickness and desired doneness, ensuring an internal temperature of 145°F.

What temperature is pork chops tender?

Pork chops are tender when cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. This temperature ensures the meat is juicy and safe to eat while preventing it from becoming tough and dry.

What cooking method is best for pork chops?

The best cooking method for pork chops depends on personal preference. Grilling, baking, and pan-frying are all excellent methods. A combination of searing and baking can also produce tender and flavorful results.

Does salt tenderize pork chops?

Yes, salt can tenderize pork chops. Brining the pork chops in a salt solution before cooking helps to break down proteins and retain moisture, resulting in more tender and flavorful meat.

How do you tenderize pork chops without salt?

You can tenderize pork chops without salt by using a meat mallet to pound them to an even thickness, marinating them in acidic ingredients like vinegar or lemon juice, or using natural tenderizers like yogurt or buttermilk.

What to season pork chops with?

Season pork chops with a variety of spices and herbs such as garlic, onion powder, paprika, thyme, rosemary, sage, black pepper, and a touch of cayenne pepper for heat. A mix of soy sauce and honey can also add a sweet and savory flavor.

What is the best thickness for pork chops?

The best thickness for pork chops is about 1 inch. This thickness allows for a nice sear on the outside while keeping the inside juicy and tender.

Which pork chops are the juiciest?

Rib chops are typically the juiciest pork chops due to their higher fat content and marbling. Center-cut loin chops can also be very juicy if cooked properly and not overcooked.

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