Salt and Pepper Pork Chops are one of my favorite Chinese dishes to order at a restaurant. The pork chops are cooked to a crisp and infused with the flavors of salt, pepper, onions and jalapeno peppers.
In this version of the dish, I chose to cut the meat of the chops into strips for quicker cooking in the oven. Coating the meat with a combination of cornstarch, Wondra flour and baking soda creates a very nice crisp to the meat with almost no oily residue. The onions and jalapeno peppers are stir fried separately and then added to the strips of pork to bake in the oven.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
1lb. Pork loin or Pork Chops cut into strips
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Corn Starch
1/8 Cup Wondra Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Yellow Onion Chopped
1 Jalapeno Pepper sliced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the strips of pork with the salt and pepper. In a large bowl combine the cornstarch, Wondra flour, baking soda and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir the ingredients together until well combined. Add the strips of pork to the bowl and toss together with the cornstarch mixture until the meat is well coated. Set aside
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Line the foil with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to create a non-stick surface. Place the coated strips of pork onto the baking sheet (do not stack the meat). Place the baking sheet into the oven and cook the pork for 20 minutes.
While the pork bakes heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium sized skillet. Over high heat stir fry the onions for about 3 minutes then add the slices of jalapeno pepper and stir fry for an additional 3 minutes. Set aside.
After 20 minutes remove the pork from the oven. Use a spatula to flip the meat over. Layer the stir fried onions and jalapeno pepper over the strips of pork. Return the baking sheet with the pork, onions and jalapeno back into the oven to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Serve with Jasmine rice on side.
Tip* If you like your salt and pepper pork strips extra crisp, you can broil the meat for an additional 3-5 minutes after the 2nd baking step.