Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pan Fried Pork Chops with Wasakaka Sauce


Pork chops simply marinated in lime juice, garlic and soy sauce already makes for a tasty meal.  The minimal ingredients to the marinade are quite effective in giving the meat a nice grilled flavor even though it is pan fried.

Although the pork chops are good on its own, the Dominican-style Wasakaka sauce really helps bring out the flavors to this dish with an added spicy bite.  This version of the wasakaka sauce uses a lot of garlic, 3 Serrano peppers for that spicy bite and some onions, parsley and olive oil blended with lime juice and water.   For a milder version of the sauce reduce the number of Serrano peppers or exclude them altogether.  I like this sauce hot, so I would recommend this version to people who like their sauces spicy and love garlic.

Most of my research on Wasakaka sauce usually paired it with grilled or roasted chicken, but I decided to try it with pan fried pork chops and found the results to my liking.  I've also tried it with chicken, but definitely prefer wasakaka sauce with pork chops.

For more Dominican style recipes, I recommend checking out Aunt Clara's Kitchen website at www.dominicancooking.com.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 45 minutes with marination
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops center cut bone-in
Freshly Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Lime juice
2 Garlic Cloves minced

Wasakaka Sauce
1/3 Cup Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Garlic minced
1/4 Cup Red Onion minced
3 Serrano Peppers thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons Parsley chopped

Step 1: Season the pork chops with pepper. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and minced garlic. Add the pork chops to the bowl and coat well with soy sauce lime mixture and let marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 2: While the pork chops marinate, make the sauce.  In a saucepan combine the water and lime juice and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the olive oil, garlic, onions, serrano peppers and parsley to the lime water. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the pork chops to the pan in batches if necessary (no need to place oil in the pan since the marinated pork chops are already coated in oil). Fry the pork chops for 4-5 minutes on each side flipping once until fully cooked.   Remove and set aside. Repeat until all pork chops are fully cooked.

Serve the pork chops with the Wasakaka sauce on the side.

Tip: Consider adding some of the marinade to the pan while frying for the pork chops to absorb more flavor.

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