Charred Gochujang Pork Chops with Sour Cherry Soy Sauce & Sautéed Carrots
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Charred Gochujang Pork Chops

with Sour Cherry Soy Sauce & Sautéed Carrots

45 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For incredible depth of flavor, you'll marinate pork chops in a spicy chile paste mixture before searing, then serve it alongside a sour cherry and soy glaze––an ode to umeboshi sauce, a beloved Japanese condiment traditionally made with pickled sour plums.

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Charred Gochujang Pork Chops with Sour Cherry Soy Sauce & Sautéed Carrots
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  • 4 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • ¾ lb Carrots
  • 3 oz Radishes
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 Piece Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps Soy Glaze
  • 2 Tbsps Sour Cherry Spread
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 oz Salted Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
Marinate the pork
1 Marinate the pork

In a large bowl, combine the gochujang and sesame oil. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in the bowl of marinade and turn to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise; place in a bowl. Add the granulated sugar and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined and the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise on an angle. Peel the ginger; finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). Pick the mint leaves off the stems. In a bowl, combine the soy glaze and sour cherry spread.

Cook the carrots
3 Cook the carrots

In large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots and chopped ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the brown sugar, butter, and 3/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and the liquid is mostly reduced. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Cook the rice
4 Cook the rice

Meanwhile, carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork.

Cook the pork & serve your dish
5 Cook the pork & serve your dish

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the marinated pork (letting any excess marinade drip off). Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the cooked rice and cooked carrots. Top the pork with the sauce and marinated radishes (discarding any liquid). Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

Tips from Home Chefs

Marinate the pork
1 Marinate the pork

In a large bowl, combine the gochujang and sesame oil. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in the bowl of marinade and turn to coat. Set aside to marinate, turning occasionally, at least 10 minutes.

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise; place in a bowl. Add the granulated sugar and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined and the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise on an angle. Peel the ginger; finely chop to get 1 tablespoon (you may have extra). Pick the mint leaves off the stems. In a bowl, combine the soy glaze and sour cherry spread.

Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce
Cook the carrots
3 Cook the carrots

In large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced carrots and chopped ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the brown sugar, butter, and 3/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and the liquid is mostly reduced. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the rice

Meanwhile, carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork.

Cook the rice
Cook the pork & serve your dish
5 Cook the pork & serve your dish

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the marinated pork (letting any excess marinade drip off). Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the cooked rice and cooked carrots. Top the pork with the sauce and marinated radishes (discarding any liquid). Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

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