Korean-Spiced Pork Chops & Slaw for Two

May/June 2012

Your rating: None Average: 4.5 (8 votes)

Chili powder and garlic, both of which star in Korean cuisine, season grilled pork chops and a cool, tangy slaw in this recipe for two. If you can find Korean chili powder use it, otherwise traditional chili powder is just fine.

Korean-Spiced Pork Chops & Slaw for Two

Makes: 2 servings, 1 pork chop & 1 1/2 cups slaw each

Active Time:

Total Time:


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 2 radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound), trimmed


  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Whisk vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon chili powder, sugar, fish sauce (or soy sauce) and cayenne (if using) in a medium bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, radishes and scallions; toss to coat.
  3. Place the remaining minced garlic on a cutting board; sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder and salt. Mash into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife. Combine the paste and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil in a small bowl. Rub both sides of pork chops with the paste.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the pork chops, turning once, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve the chops with the slaw.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)


Per serving: 303 calories; 17 g fat (4 g sat, 9 g mono); 67 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 3 g fiber; 356 mg sodium; 712 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (41% daily value), Vitamin C (37% dv), Potassium (21% dv), Folate & Zinc (18% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

More From EatingWell

Recipe Categories

Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner