Anthony Bourdain's Fried Pork Chops
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These are definitely better (and easier) than any fried pork chops you've ever tried before. Trust me.
Serves: serves 4
  • 4 boneless pork chop cutlets (about 6 ounces each)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • a few turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups peanut or canola oil, for frying (plus more as needed)
  • chili paste, for serving
  • toasted white bread, for serving (if desired)
  1. Place the chops between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them out to about ¼-inch thickness using a rolling pin (or forgo the plastic and use a meat mallet, if you have one). Place the pork chops in a sealable plastic bag.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, Chinese rice wine vinegar, black vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, five-spice powder, and brown sugar. Pour the mixture over your pork chops, turning them over to make sure they're coated well, then press as much air out of the bag as you can and seal. Refrigerate for at least one hour, but it's best to leave them overnight.
  3. When ready to fry, remove the pork from the marinade and brush off the garlic (it will just burn). Beat the egg in a shallow dish with about a tablespoon of water, and place the flour mixed with salt and pepper and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes (I like to use pie pans for this).
  4. In a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan (like a cast iron pan), add your oil and heat to medium-high. The best way to test this is to take a pinch of bread crumbs and add them to the oil. If they sizzle immediately, your oil is ready.
  5. While the oil heats up, dredge the pork chops in the flour, shaking off any extra, then dip them in the egg, then into the panko. Add to the frying pan and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown (be sure to turn them carefully). Remove the cooked pork chops from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate or sheet pan for a minute or so. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and crushed red pepper flakes, for presentation, mostly, if you like.
  6. To serve, place the pork chops between two slices of toasted white bread with some chili paste. This is obviously the most delicious way to enjoy these pork chops, but if you're trying to cut back on the carbs a bit, they are still totally mind-blowing on top of a salad or alongside some stir-fried greens.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at