Vietnamese Pork Chop Recipe (Sườn Nướng)

This quintessential rice dish of Vietnamese pork chops is packed with flavor, super easy to make, and a crowd pleaser!

The marinade adds a ton of garlicky, lemongrassy flavor that pairs great with the pork chops. Grilling adds an amazing aroma and sear, and as if the chops aren’t flavorful enough, they’re topped with scallions & oil.

vietnamese pork chop with rice and veggies

It comes with veggies and a lil’ bowl of dipping fish sauce on the side which goes great with Sambal Oelek (my choice!) or fresh chilies if you prefer.

These chops are something I used to eat all the time during late night food outings and it’s a dish that was the bulk of what Mom sold at her restaurant–so you bet I got some tips from her on this recipe!

a plate of Vietnamese pork chops and rice, with tomato, cucumber and fish sauce

Prepping the pork chops

A cool trick for these “Asian pork chops” is to snip the pork chops around the edges like these. About 3-5 cuts per chop, about 1″ deep each. It looks kinda cool once you grill them up, but the important thing is that the pork chops will stay flat.

If you don’t cut the edges like this, the chops will curl as it cooks, making it more difficult to manage and cook evenly unless you’re baking them. Just cut em.

prepared aromatics: shallots and garlic, with cut pork chops

Marinade the pork chops

Look how much aromatic action we have going into this marinade: a fistful of garlic, shallots, and lemongrass!

Marinade for at least 3 hours, but ideally overnight. It’s going to take a bit of time to infuse these pork chops with all that incredibly aromatic garlic, shallot, and lemongrass, but the overnight wait is worth it.

You can flip it midway through marinating to ensure the chops are coated and marinating evenly.

The lemongrass is what makes this marinade different than a normal one. You could pull out the lemongrass and use this as an Asian marinade for any kind of meat.

And thats it! Pull em out of the marinade and discard the extra liquid.

How to grill the pork chops

I LOVE the smell of cooking these on the grill, plus you get these great looking sear marks.

cooking Viet pork chops on the grill

Once the grill is preheated on high, you can lower temps a bit them throw the chops on. It doesn’t take too long to get the marks! Just rotate them ~45 degrees after the first set of marks are on, then flip and repeat on the other side.

Then pull em off the grill and serve with your favorite veggies! These pork chops are topped with even more flavor: scallions and oil.

plate of 2 Vietnamese sườn nướng with rice, and veggies

How to serve Vietnamese pork chops

Dipping sauce: The dipping sauce is the same fish sauce recipe here. If you’re making a big bowl of sauce to share for dinner, use a spoon to sauce up your plate instead of dipping your cuts in so you keep the sauce clean for everyone else.

Rice: You may typically find this dish served with com tam (broken rice) but long grain rice you typically find with Vietnamese cuisine works.

I actually love the stickyness of short grain rice and would recommend it with these pork chops too.

final plate of Vietnamese grilled pork chops (sườn nướng)

I used to eat these often at late night Viet restaurants when nothing else is open and always got it topped with a fried egg. Come to think of it, if I had em on hand, throwing a seasoned ramen egg on there would work just as well!

Try it out, and leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out for you!

Vietnamese pork chop Pinterest image
vietnamese pork chop with rice and veggies

Vietnamese Pork Chops (Sườn Nướng)

5 from 17 votes
A quintessential Vietnamese rice dish with grilled pork. Great to make in batches and an easy crowd favorite!
BY: Huy Vu
Prep: 3 hrs 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 3 hrs 25 mins
SERVINGS: 6 chops

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork chops about 6 chops

Marinade

  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • 4 Tbsp neutral cooking oil

Marinade Aromatics

  • 6 Tbsp lemongrass, minced
  • 2 Tbsp garlic, minced about 6 cloves
  • 2 Tbsp shallots, minced

Veggies & Garnish

Instructions 

  • Rinse pork chops under running water and lightly scrub with salt. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine and dissolve sugar and MSG. Then add the Marinade Aromatics.
  • Marinade the pork chops in a bowl or bag in the fridge for at least 3 hours, but ideally overnight.
  • Remove the chops from the marinade and discard the extra liquid–you can keep the aromatics on that stuck to the chops though.
  • Grill on a BBQ all at once or pan fry the chops without crowding the pan. You can sear on high heat for browning or grill marks, then lower to medium heat and cook on both sides until cooked all the way through. Chops are done when opaque inside and very lightly pink, about 145 degrees F.
  • Serve with a side of rice, veggies & garnish, and nuoc cham (dipping/prepared fish sauce).

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1593mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: bbq, grilled, pork, pork chops, rice
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21 thoughts on “Vietnamese Pork Chop Recipe (Sườn Nướng)

  1. Frank Mosher says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I will at first opportunity. We (our household-east coast of Canada) are very big on Vietnamese and Thai food! Have several cookbooks on each culture. always guessed at the ingredients when out to a restaurant, but I am certain you nailed it in this recipe if the “optional” is added. Thank you!

    1. Huy says:

      Hey Frank, good to hear from ya let me know how it works out for you! Yeah I tend to list things as ‘optional’ sometimes but think it’s pretty obvious this time what you can leave out if you don’t want it. E.g. will leaving out tomatoes blow up this recipe?.. only one way to find out 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Huy! I love, love this dish! I was wondering if I wanted to use tofu/beef/chicken instead, would I need to make adjustments to the recipe?

    1. Huy says:

      Hey Sarah! For beef and chicken it could probably be fine untouched, but tofu likely absorbs it differently so it would be hard to say until I tried it.

  3. Mayland says:

    5 stars
    This was such an awesome recipe!! Thank you so much! It was super easy and super tasty. Thank you so much for sharing!! PS, None of your recipes have ever let me down, they’re seriously all dummy proof and my friends/family think I’m an amazing cook thanks to you!

    1. Huy says:

      That’s awesome to hear it worked out for you Mayland! I do try to make them dummy proof (so I don’t screw it up in the future too hah). Being an amazing cook though–that’s all you 🙂

  4. Abithy says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe after speaking about food all day, all night and in my dreams to my boyfriend. The flavors of this dish are excellent. I will make this dish again.

    Also, will this marinade be good on chicken as well?

    1. Huy says:

      Lol heyo Abithy–glad ya liked it! Pretty simple right? Never tried it with chicken tbh, but I’d imagine it would work well too.

  5. Linz says:

    Hi Huy, I plan to make this recipe soon, have all the ingredients ready. Question, do we need to tenderize the pork chops before cutting the edges?
    I don’t have grill, can I cook them in the oven?

    1. Huy says:

      No need to tenderize first, and yes you can cook these in the oven.

  6. Hang says:

    5 stars
    Any Vietnamese cuisine made with lemongrass is a win in my book. The pork chops with lemongrass…mmmmm!!

    1. Huy says:

      Hey Hang, yup lovin lemongrass myself too 🙂

  7. Wei2 says:

    5 stars
    Wow, seriously so good. Thank you for sharing…. it’s super reminiscent of the place I used to go in my childhood. The pork was the perfect balance of savory and sweet. The scallion oil and dipping sauce is a must to complete the dish. Both my boys (3 and 5 yo) gobbled up their plates tonight so it’s definitely a success if both kids and adults like it!!

    1. Hungry Huy says:

      Im glad both the kids and adults like it, thanks for sharing Wei2!

  8. Jh says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it was delicious! Just like the com tam places in little Saigon! Even my Vietnamese mother was impressed with how flavorful it was! Love your recipes and I can’t wait to try more!

    1. Hungry Huy says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Jh, thank you!

  9. Jason T says:

    5 stars
    Made this with cơm tấm, turned out great! I prepped some nước chấm on the side, and served it on a leaf of lettuce to imitate the street vendors in HCMC. I pan fried the pork chops, and the only issue I had was that the marinade burned a bit in the pan – I thought I’d removed the extra liquid, but I should’ve removed it all. Didn’t impact the taste though, just made for some extra scrubbing after dinner. Great recipe, thank you!

    1. Hungry Huy says:

      Yesss glad you liked it Jason! Cool idea with the leaf lettuce–I didn’t notice this on my recent trip to Saigon.

  10. Wei says:

    5 stars
    I made these during the week, followed your recipe exactly except cut down a little on MSG. It was amazing, it’s restaurant standard. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, my family all loved it, I can’t wait to cook this for my friends after we are out of lockdown. 🙂

    1. Hungry Huy says:

      That’s so cool to hear Wei! Very nice of you to be thinking of your friends and fam too 🙂

  11. Eileen says:

    5 stars
    Great easy to follow recipe. I didn’t use any MSG and it tasted great! My kids loves it too!

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