I love this recipe inspired by my mom. It uses basic ingredients that we always have in the house and it’s incredibly versatile for several reasons that I will share and you will experience as you incorporate this recipe into your weekly or monthly menu.
Before you do anything, remember to keep the juice of the marinade for a yummy sauce.
- 3-5 crushed garlic cloves (or 1 TBS powder)
- thinly sliced man-size thumb of fresh ginger (or 1 TBS powder)
- 1 tsp white pepper (or black pepper)
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup fresh blood orange juice (about 2-4 depending on size, regular oranges work too)
- 4 pork chops (1/2-3/4 thick bones-in or out)
- 1 TBS animal fat of choice
- 1/2 cup raw cream (for sauce at the end)
First, in a gallon ziplock bag (BPA-free) add the garlic, ginger, pepper, soy sauce and orange juice. Before you add the pork you can taste the marinade to make sure that it’s salty enough. If it’s too salty for you, just add more orange juice. Add pork chops and swoosh around and place in refrigerator for 3-8 hours. Great to make ahead.
Take pork chops out of marinade and dry with paper towels. Reserve marinade for sauce later.
Heat large stainless steel or cast iron skillet on medium high. Add butter or lard and fry pork chops 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. A tenderized piece of pork will only need 2 minutes per side. Add marinade back into the skillet and bring to boil. Remove pork chops and allow marinade to boil down for about 5 minutes on medium boil. Turn off heat and let it cool a little before adding raw cream. If you are using regular full-fat cream, you can add when the sauce is still boiling. I like to wait for the sauce to cool a little in hopes that more of the nutrients from the raw cream will be preserved.
I love serving this meal with rice and roasted brussels sprouts.
So here is the versatility:
- You can use powder spices and store-bought orange juice.
- You can use bone-in or out pork chops or tenderize boneless pork chops between a plastic bag or cellophane and hammer away.
- You can cook the marinade into a sauce or the pork chops are yummy on their own.
- The pork chops go well with rice, potatoes, or any root vegetable.