In this quick saute, vinegar and sugar are caramelized in the skillet, forming a deep, richly flavored base for the sauce. Ginger adds a spicy note that plays against the mild pork and pear.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2004


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Pour off fat from the pan.

  • Add vinegar and sugar to the pan; stir to dissolve the sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until the syrup turns dark amber, 10 to 20 seconds. Pour in wine (stand back, as the caramel may sputter) and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add broth, pears and ginger; bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add scallions and cook until the pears are tender, about 2 minutes more. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until lightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan; turn to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

274 calories; protein 23.9g 48% DV; carbohydrates 18.4g 6% DV; dietary fiber 2.1g 8% DV; sugars 11.8g; fat 8.3g 13% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 59.9mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 240.3IU 5% DV; vitamin c 6.7mg 11% DV; folate 20.4mcg 5% DV; calcium 65.2mg 7% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 31mg 11% DV; potassium 439.9mg 12% DV; sodium 274.4mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 43% DV; added sugar 6g.

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Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I really enjoyed this. It was really flavorful and healthy. He said it looked like a really "special" dish. It was about the same difficulty as a stir fry and took about as long. It required the same kind of prep - getting everything ready and waiting before I turned on the burner. Then it came together easily. The sear on the chops is really important to the overall flavor so get them nice and brown. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Good broth for dipping/sopping This is a very good recipe I have made several times. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Addicted! Great flavor!! This is another favorite and a meal I've made more time then I can count. The flavor of the ginger and pears with the pork is perfect! I've even made the sauce and paired it with Tilapia and Salmon. Amazing! Pros: Sauce is amazing and can be used for fish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really easy! Tastes gormet! Read More