Citrus-Glazed Pork Chops With Gingery Bok Choy
Rich pork makes a perfect companion to tart oranges in this tasty weeknight meal. The bold, bright, citrusy sauce demands a robust cut of meat, so pick well-marbled, thick-cut pork chops with a nice fat cap. A dry rub of brown sugar creates a caramelized layer that lends depth to the pan sauce, and the gingery bok choy adds a delightful bit of freshness. This is quite a meal on its own, but you can steam some brown or white rice for a starchy side. Slice the pork to serve, and drizzle the pan sauce over everything.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1(2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2tablespoons rice vinegar
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1pound large or baby bok choy
- 2tablespoons neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed, plus more as needed
- 3(1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops (about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 1 ½tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1whole orange, cut in half crosswise, seeds removed, plus 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 4shallots, peeled and quartered
- 4garlic cloves, smashed
Step 1In a medium bowl, combine the ginger and rice vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Step 2Trim the bok choy and cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces, if large, or cut down the middle lengthwise, if using baby bok choy. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the bok choy to the pan, cut-side down, if using baby bok choy, and sear on one side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add additional oil, if necessary. Flip to cook on the other side until just tender, about 1 minute. Transfer bok choy to the ginger marinade and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Step 3Rub both sides of the pork chops with the brown sugar and season generously with salt. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium heat. Arrange chops and orange halves in the skillet, cut-side down. Sear one side of the pork (without moving it) until deep brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Flip the pork but leave the orange undisturbed. Cook on medium-low until the pork is browned on both sides and the orange halves are charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Move the orange to a serving platter and the pork to a plate.
Step 4Add the shallots and garlic to skillet and cook until softened and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add all the pork chops and any accumulated juices back to the pan, overlapping if necessary. Add the orange juice and 1/4 cup water. Bring the liquid to a simmer, swirling the pan to release any bits stuck to the bottom. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, then uncover and cook until the pork is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the cooked chops to a board and allow the sauce to continue cooking until reduced and sticky, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 5Transfer the bok choy to the serving platter. Slice the pork and transfer to the platter along with any accumulated juices from the meat. Spoon the pan sauce and squeeze the caramelized orange halves over the top.