Thai Marinated Pork with Dipping Sauce

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

This is a great Thai dish, that isn't too spicy. It goes great with sticky rice. Originally it called for meat sliced thinly at 1.5" x 3" and placed on thin skewers like a ribbon. But I just use pork steaks with the bone cut out, and then cut into quarters.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Pork and Marinade Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (sometimes I use a whole head)
  • 10 -12 sprigs cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce (get this at any asian food store, one brand I use is Tiparos)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 ounces thick coconut cream (1/2 cup, fresh tastes best, then canned, but I usually use powdered for convience. Prepare according)
  • 4 ounces cooking oil (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 teaspoon white pepper (yes, in a pinch you can use black, but the white has a better flavor)
  • 1 lb thinly sliced pork or 2 pork steaks, cut into quarters (8 pieces total)
  • Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 limes, juice of (or use 2 tbs rice wine vinigar)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, coarsely cut


  1. Pork& Marinade:Combine everything (but the pork) untill it's all blended together well.
  2. Add the pork and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. I like to let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  4. Some people like to use dishes or bowls to marinade the meat, but I like to use large zipper seal bags.
  5. While the meat is soaking we can get going on the dipping sauce: Mix everything together and taste.
  6. If it's too spicy-hot, just add a little more sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice till the flavor is right.
  7. When it's time to cook the meat, start your grill (I prefer charcoal).
  8. Skewer the meat if thats what you are doing, and place the items on the grill.
  9. Cook both sides evenly for a couple of minutes and make sure it's cooked all the way through.
  10. When eating, dip the meat into the sauce and enjoy.


Most Helpful

So delish! I left it the coconut cream because I don't like coconut and it was so good! I just used thinly sliced boneless chops and marinated them. I made the sauce and garnished with cilantro and green onion.

Anonymous October 21, 2015

This was EXACTLY what I was looking for. We loved it. I didn't measure out the ingredients exactly, and I didn't have any fish sauce so used a bit more soy sauce and a little black bean sauce. The dipping sauce was an awesome little extra.

ankhesenamen March 31, 2009

Excellent recipe! I used boneless pork chops in mine and cut them into kebab-like chunks. You're right, it isn't spicy at all, but the faint flavor of coconut on the grilled meat made my mouth water. The dipping sauce was good- not too tart. Tasted a lot like nuoc cham. Thanks for posting!

Sue Lau July 09, 2004

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