Rather than ordering salt and pepper pork chop bites from the local Chinese takeout, why not make your own gluten free pork chop recipe instead? The Asian salt and pepper seasoning adds so much flavour and you can make this dish as spicy as you dare!
Pan fried pork nuggets aren’t hard to prepare and I find this recipe even better than the Chinese takeout version. In the mood for Asian food? This recipe is a real winner.
Salt and Pepper Pork Chop Bites Ingredients
You’ll need pork chops for this pan fried pork chop recipe. Choose thick ones rather than thin, since they are better for this recipe.
Either Shaoxing wine (if you can find it) or dry sherry, along with soy sauce or tamari, sesame oil, chillies, garlic, cornstarch, and salt go into the mix. And for the breading you need cornstarch, rice flour, salt, and pepper.
Although most rice flour and cornstarch is gluten free, check the packaging to make sure, if you need a gluten free dish. Also use Tamari sauce instead of soy sauce to keep gluten out of your salt and pepper pork chop bites.
How to Make this Chinese Pork Chop Recipe
Combine the pork nuggets with the wine, soy sauce, oil, cornstarch, and salt, and let it marinate while you heat up the oil.
Grind the garlic with the jalapenos and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle. Toss thinly sliced chillies with garlic, cornstarch, and vegetable oil.
Fry the chillies and garlic for a minute then drain on paper towels. Next, mix the rice flour, cornstarch and white pepper and toss the pork in this. Fry the pork in the hot oil until golden then let it drain on paper towels.
Leave some of the oil in the pan and add the garlic and jalapeno paste and cook for about 30 seconds, then add the pan fried pork, peppers and garlic and warm though. Toss with salt and pepper and serve hot.
More about Asian Salt and Pepper Seasoning
If you like Chinese takeout, you’ll definitely know about Asian salt and pepper seasoning. And you might have wondered how these dishes get that distinctive flavour.
Recipes vary but this seasoning typically includes sea salt, white pepper, chilli flakes, ginger, sugar, garlic powder, and 5-spice. MSG also features heavily in many Chinese takeout (and eat-in) dishes, not only in pork nuggets.
This salt and pepper pork chop bites recipe is different because instead of using readymade Asian salt and pepper seasoning, you add the ingredients separately. It’s so tasty made with fresh chillies and garlic.
Making Chinese Takeout Style Dishes Gluten Free
The easiest way to enjoy Chinese food without the gluten is to make your own. Some soy sauce is naturally free from gluten but not all brands, so check the label. Tamari sauce tastes very similar and doesn’t have gluten.
Breading is typically made with wheat flour but you can swap the wheat flour for rice flour and cornstarch in many Chinese style recipes. If you’re gluten free yourself or you’ve been cooking for someone who is, you probably already know some ingredient substitutions.
Salt and Pepper Pork FAQs
Since you’re in charge of the ingredients, you can absolutely hone the recipe to suit your own palate. While some people love the heat from the chillies, peppercorns and so on, others might prefer a slightly milder, or even much milder, result.
As long as you have salt and pepper in there, you have plenty of flavour, so feel free to adjust the amount of chillies as you prefer.
Leftovers will be fine for a few days in a sealed container in the refrigerator and can be heated back up in a pan. You’ll probably lose some of the crispness but all the flavour will be there.
Classic Chinese sides include stir-fried vegetables, noodles or rice. Another idea is to serve this as an appetizer and then you could follow up with some other Eastern favourites, such as gluten free Kung Pao.
Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites Recipe
Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites
- 4 pork chops thick cut, cut into 1” pieces
- 2 Tablespoons shaoxing wine or Sherry
- 1 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce for gluten free
- 1 Teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch divided
- 2 jalapeños seeded and diced
- 6 Cloves garlic
- 1 Teaspoon peppercorns schezwan
- ¼ Cup vegetable oil plus 1 tablespoon
- 2 red chile peppers thinly sliced
- 2 green chile peppers thinly sliced
- ¼ Cup cornstarch
- ¼ Cup rice flour
- ½ Teaspoon white pepper
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt coarse
- 1 Teaspoon black pepper coarse
- Cut pork into 1” pieces and add to a large mixing bowl. Add in the shaoxing wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, and sea salt. Toss to coat. Marinate for 5 to 10 minutes
- Heat ¼ cup vegetable oil in a frying pan until shimmering (350 degrees F)
- Combine 3 garlic cloves, schezwan peppercorns, and diced jalapeños in a mortar and press into a paste
- Thinly slice red and green chile peppers and 3 garlic cloves. Add to a bowl and toss with ½ tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoons cornstarch.
- Add peppers and garlic to the hot oil and pan fry for about 1 minute. Remove and set onto a paper towel lined plate.
- Combine cornstarch, rice flour, and white pepper and add to the pork chops. Toss to coat.
- Add the pork to the hot oil and pan fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Turn the pork as it fries to evenly cook. Remove and place onto a plate with the peppers.
- Use a paper towel to soak up some of the vegetable oil in the pan. Keep just enough to coat the bottom, about 2 to 3 tsp worth.
- Add the jalapeño garlic paste to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the fried pork, peppers, and garlic to the pan and stir.
- Remove from heat and toss with sea salt and pepper.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Spicy, crispy and utterly irresistible, these salt and pepper pork chop bites are well worth making. So if you’re in the mood for Asian food, try this easy pan fried pork chop recipe.