Tender pork with a lemongrass marinade, grilled to perfection. Serve with Jasmine rice for a tasty, easy dinner.
Hi there! I hope you had a good weekend! I am so enjoying the verdant springtime landscape and the warmth! My husband and I bought many plants this weekend including herbs, vegetables, and flowers. If you read about me here, you will understand that this might prove to be a futile undertaking. Wish me luck! When it comes to food, what better way to prep a meal in beautiful weather than to grill? Today, I have a quick and easy Asian pork for you. It's so low maintenance that it allows me more time to enjoy the great outdoors instead of being cooped up in the kitchen.
One of my favorite ingredients to pair with pork is lemongrass. Its flavor is described as lemony (obviously) and aromatic. For me, lemongrass (and cilantro too!) are addictive—there is no such thing as too much. I am certain there are many others who will dispute that. In my opinion, the flavor is so distinctive that there is really no good substitution. And using lemon in place of lemongrass is not the same thing!
These pork chops are delicious, simple, and cooks in minutes. What's not to love about that? The rub is super easy to make and is composed of lemongrass, fish sauce, oil, black pepper, and sugar. To maximize flavor, make numerous punctures in the meat using a sharp, pointed knife. Marinade the pork for at least 2 hours. When ready to cook, toss them on the grill, and within minutes, dinner is on the table. White rice (preferably Jasmine) is the perfect side.
If you have never used lemongrass, refer to this for a quick tutorial on how to use fresh stalks. Since it is not readily available in my grocery store , I purchase extra from the Asian markets and freeze them whole (if I'm too lazy to pre-cut them). This way, I will always have lemongrass on demand. Another option is to buy them, grated and pre-frozen, from said Asian markets. I love this stuff! It is so convenient!
Until next time, happy grilling!
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