Grilled Cilantro Lime Pork Chops or Chicken


Did you hear me? I repeat: THE. BEST. MARINADE. EVER.

I can't believe I haven't posted this recipe yet! It should have been the FIRST recipe I posted! I think at first I wanted to keep it a secret so only I could make the best chicken-mwahahaha! But what's the use in having a great recipe if no one else can enjoy it? I found this recipe summer of '09 and we've made it several times.
Everyone we've made it for LOVES it. It's great with pork and chicken. Pork- maybe a little greater.

So juicy.

So tender.

So flavorful.

So spicy (if you want).

It's the PERFECT summertime grillin' recipe. I haven't made this since we packed up our grill for the season, and my mouth is watering. I'm so excited for summer!!!

It's getting warmer, so bust out those grills and make this. Tonight. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Cilantro Lime Pork Chops (or chicken)

6–8 pork chops (or chicken tenders or breasts, I like tenders better because smaller pieces of chicken means more sauce per bite!)
1 cup finely chopped cilantro* (reserve a little for garnish)
1/4 cup peeled grated ginger* (promise me you'll use FRESH ginger—it's the best part!)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp fish sauce (find it in the Asian foods aisle. Don't smell it. But it makes a big difference in the recipe!)
Juice of one lime
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp–1 Tbsp red pepper flakes (or cayenne pepper), depending on how much heat you desire
1–2 garlic cloves, minced*
Coarse salt and pepper

*It takes a while to chop all the cilantro, grate the ginger, and mince the what I do now is cut small pieces of ginger off the root and place it in a food processor with cilantro leaves and whole cloves of garlic. Then pulse away! This saves a lot of time!
Place all ingredients in a ziploc bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 2–3 hours. Grill for about 10 minutes, basting with leftover marinade until about halfway through (to make sure the raw juices cook).


What do we serve this with?
Rice, corn on the cob (YUM!) and a deliciously fresh summer fruit salad.
Best meal ever.


Stacey said…
Thanks! can't wait to make it.
Anonymous said…
Lindsey, I made this the other night and could only marinade the pork for about five minutes but it still turned out amazing! We also had it with corn and some green beans as a side dish.

Thanks for the comments! Glad you liked it Sally! It just gets better the longer it marinates—the pork especially gets SO tender!
Made this! Loved it! Thanks for sharing, we'll definitely be making this again. After marinading for a few hours we placed the chicken in tin foil and poured the marinade on top ( like you would for a tin foil dinner), then cooked it on the grill. It was SO flavorful. I made some cilantro and garlic rice pilaf and steamed some broccoli to go with it. Very good!
So we are trying this for dinner tonight along with the fudge drop cookies. I will let you know how they both turn out.
So we just finished dinner. Great marinade. Cant wait to try it on pork chops! We are making the peanut crusted chicken this week and the spicy thai chicken. I will let you know how those turn out!
Please keep posting healthy/lowfat meals and desserts!
lisa said…
question about the fish sauce... what brand do you use? I used some when we made egg rolls the other day, and it was seriously terrible--ruined them. Any recommendations?
It's Thai Kitchen Premium Fish Sauce. I think I got it at Smith's. Sorry it ruined your egg rolls! I'm sure it would ruin this recipe too, if there were more of it in the sauce, but with only two tablespoons, you can't even tell.
I made this last week at my in-laws and they didn't have fish sauce, so I used double the soy sauce. It was still really good, but it was missing the dimension that the fish sauce adds.
:) Lindsey
★Nicolle★ said…
Totally trying this next BBQ!

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