Pork Chop Marinade

pork chop marinade
Claire Cohen
  • Total: 26 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 16 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

A great marinade for pork, particularly pork chops. The sweetness from the brown sugar and saltiness from the soy sauce marries well with the chili sauce. 


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons ​brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mild chili sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (fresh and minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pinch salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until brown sugar has dissolved.

  2. Store marinade in an airtight container in refrigerator until ready to use. Mixture will last for 5-7 days if stored properly. Recipe yields about 3/4 cup or enough for about 4 pork chops. Increase recipe to suit your needs and quantity of pork chops. 

  3. To marinate: place pork chops into a resealable plastic bag (2 bags if you are preparing more than 4 chops). Pour marinade over top, making sure all surfaces of meat are well coated. Seal bag and place into refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours.  Cook as directed.

  4. This mixture can also be used as a sauce or baste. Simmer over medium heat in a saucepan for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring often. If you'd like it thicker, increase heat to medium-high, mix together 1 to 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons warm water until dissolved. Add to mixture and stir in for 1 to 2 minutes until desired thickness is achieved. 

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