Grilled Vietnamese Pork Chops

Grilled Vietnamese Pork Chops

This is a simple and easy pork chop recipe that delivers a ton of flavor. The fish sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice combination drive home the flavors of southeast Asia and produce an amazing blend of sweet, sour, and umami flavors. The liquid from the shallot tenderizes the meat as well, so don’t over-marinate it!

We typically serve this with grilled sweet potatoes and a light salad with an peanut vinaigrette.


  • 1.5-2 lb bone-in pork chops (I prefer thin-cut, but this works fine with thicker cuts too)
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Mix all ingredients (except lime wedges) in a bowl. Marinate for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Prepare grill for high direct heat.
  3. Remove pork chops from marinade, reserve marinade.
  4. Grill pork chops 2-3 minutes per side, depending on thickness, until done.
  5. Meanwhile, strain the marinade into a small pot, and bring to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened.
  6. Allow pork chops to rest for about 5 minutes. Add the juice that collects to the sauce.
  7. Serve pork chops with lime wedges and sauce on the side.

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