Honey Garlic Pork Chops

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thin and crispy Chinese restaurant-style honey garlic pork chops use common ingredients to bring you an uncommonly exciting flavor everyone will love for dinner! {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Honey garlic pork chop

Pork is one of my favorite proteins to use when creating recipes. In Chinese and many Asian dishes in particular, it creates new and unique dining experiences, breaking away from the boring and expected.

You can check out my other pork chop recipes – Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Chinese Fried Pork Chops, and Instant Pot Pork Chops with Black Bean Sauce.

And now, you can add my honey garlic pork chops to your list of delightful pork recipes. If you’ve ever had it at your favorite Chinese restaurant, you might be surprised to know you can make it at home with common pantry staples. By simply putting these things together, you get a crispy pork chop with a heavenly honey garlic sauce. It’s so incredibly delicious and is sure to be a new favorite dinner at your home.

Homemade honey garlic pork chop

Why this recipe

This honey garlic pork chop is different from other recipes because:

  • It uses ultra-thin pork chops pounded very thin to create the extra crunchy crispy result. I then cut the pork into bite-size pieces so it will have more crispy surfaces, like nuggets.
  • The quick marinade helps get the maximum flavor.
  • My recipe uses tons of fresh aromatics to create a balanced and rich sauce. 
  • You will even satisfy your sweet tooth with only two tablespoons of honey without any other added sugar!
Crispy pork with honey garlic sauce

How to cook honey garlic pork chops

  1. Pound the pork chop thin
  2. Cut the pork chop into bite-sized pieces, then marinate
  3. Coat the pork with starch right before cooking
  4. Shallow fry the pork until crispy
  5. Gather the fried pork with aromatics and sauce before stir frying
  6. Cook the aromatics to release the fragrance
  7. Add the sauce and reduce until thickened
  8. Add the cooked pork for the final mix
How to make honey garlic pork chop step-by-step

Cooking notes

Cuts of pork

The best cut of pork chop is the thin bone-in cut, about 1/4” (1/2 cm) thick. You don’t need to remove the bones when you cut up the pork.

The next best choice is boneless chops that are around 1/2” (1 cm) thick. For this cut, you will need to pound them a bit more and the pork pieces will come out a bit thicker, but will still be very crispy.

I would avoid super thick chops that are more than 1/2” (1 cm) thick.

Frying method

You can use a bit more oil to shallow-fry the pork chops for that extra crispy crust and juicy texture just like you’d get at a Chinese restaurant. You can also coat the pork with a generous amount of oil spray and cook it in your air fryer if you prefer, then finish up the sauce in a pan separately.

Chinese honey garlic pork close up

Afterthoughts

This dish was my childhood favorite and I think it was extra special since my dad made it for special occasions. I always keep pork in my freezer (and you should too!) as it is so versatile and allows an escape from ordinary flavor. 

These honey garlic pork chops are wonderful on top of steamed rice or noodles. Serve them with some blanched veggies and you’ll have a delicious treat and full meal to enjoy!

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Thin and crispy Chinese restaurant-style honey garlic pork chops use common ingredients to bring you an uncommonly exciting flavor everyone will love for dinner! {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Thin and crispy Chinese restaurant-style honey garlic pork chops use common ingredients to bring you an uncommonly exciting flavor everyone will love for dinner! {Gluten-Free Adaptable}
To make the dish gluten-free, use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine. Use tamari instead of soy sauce. You should also replace the flour with the same amount of cornstarch. The pork will come out less golden, but very crispy nonetheless.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: restaurant-style
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 bone-in thin cut pork chops about 1 lb / 450 g in total (*Footnote 1)

Marinade

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or rice vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water

Fry

  • 1 cup oil (*Footnote 2)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced (*Footnote 3)
  • Sliced green onion and / or fried garlic , for garnish (Optional)

Instructions

  • Pound the pork chops with a tenderizer or the back of a heavy knife until 1/4” (1/2 cm) thick. Cut the pounded pork into bite-sized pieces and transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients except the cornstarch and flour into the bowl with pork chops. Massage in the marinade with your hand. Marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir to mix well.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed skillet until about 350°F (176°C).
  • Meanwhile, add the cornstarch and flour to the bowl with marinated pork chop. Mix until the pork is evenly coated. Add the chops to the preheated oil. Fry until both sides are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the cooked pork onto a plate.
  • Turn off the heat. Drain most of the oil from the skillet using a ladle, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan.
  • Turn on the heat to medium. Add the garlic. Fry until fragrant and golden, about 1 minute.
  • Pour in the sauce. Cook and stir until it reduces to a thin, syrupy consistency.
  • Add the cooked pork back to the reduced sauce. Stir a few times until it is well coated. Transfer everything to a serving plate. Garnish with sliced green onions and more fried garlic chips, if using.
  • Serve immediately as a main dish.

Notes

  1. You can either use bone-in or boneless pork chops.
  2. The result will be the best if you use a bit more oil to shallow fry the chops. Alternatively, you can spray the pork chops with a generous amount of oil and fry them in an air fryer.
  3. I fried some extra garlic chips to garnish the dish at the end. It adds a more savory taste to the pork. You can totally skip it or use store-bought fried garlic if you like.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 18.5g | Fat: 27.7g | Saturated Fat: 8.4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9.8g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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Lilja Walter is a part of the Omnivore’s Cookbook team and worked closely with Maggie to develop and test this recipe.

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4 thoughts on “Honey Garlic Pork Chops

  1. SC

    4 stars
    Hello,

    This is a good recipe. My trial did not look anything like those nice pictures but it still looked decent. To be faire, I semi-fried the pieces of pork with a very shallow level of oil. I also accidentally put the flour and cornstarch in the marinade.

    Because I had 1.5 kg of pork, I multiplied the sauce x 5 (and it wasn’t enough). I followed the recipe, except I needed tosubstitute honey for maple syrup. That might explain why my color isn’t as “golden brown”.
    With that modification, it tasted primarily sweet, but my 2 year old daughter devoured it, so it’s a recipe I’ll try again.

    I also added a mix of vegetables (cabbage, carrots, onions)

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