Pork Chops With Tamarind and Ginger

Pork Chops With Tamarind and Ginger

Seasoning pork chops with a paste of fresh ginger, chile, cumin and tamarind gives the brawny meat a deeply spicy, sour flavor that gets more intense the longer it marinates. Then the excess marinade is mixed into the drippings to make a heady sauce. If you can’t find tamarind concentrate (also sometimes called tamarind extract), lime juice will supply the sour notes, though without the same fruity complexity.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, combine garlic, tamarind, sambal oelek, ginger, salt, cumin, fish sauce and turmeric. Rub mixture evenly over pork, and let marinate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  2. Step 2

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape the marinade off the pork, reserving it (there will be a tablespoon or two), then place chops in pan and sear on one side until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to hold pork chops vertically to sear the fat on the edges, another 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Flip pork so browned side is on top and add reserved marinade to pan, stirring it into the drippings. Transfer pan to oven and cook to desired doneness, about 8 minutes for lightly pink on the inside (135 degrees). Transfer chops to a plate or cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meat off the bone and serve slices coated with pan drippings, scallions and lime wedges.