Pork Chops With Miso-Red Wine Sauce

"Please try me for this Summer's Unrated Asian Recipe Event ending August 30, 2009: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=305250. From Mark Bittman's "Quick and Easy Recipes" from the New York Times."
photo by Rinshinomori photo by Rinshinomori
photo by Rinshinomori
photo by Rinshinomori photo by Rinshinomori
photo by Rinshinomori photo by Rinshinomori
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  • 4 (6 ounce) pork chops (bone-in preferred, each about one-inch thick and 6 oz)
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sturdy red wine (like Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 tablespoons red miso
  • 14 cup roughly chopped fresh shiso (or basil or parsley)


  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the chops. Sprinkle them with a little bit of salt and a lot of pepper, then brown them on one side for 4-5 minutes. Turn and brown the other side until firm and nearly cooked through, another 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a warm plate and turn the heat to medium.
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to loosen any bits of meat that have stuck to the pan, until the wine reduces by about half. Turn the heat to low and add the miso; stir briskly to make a smooth mixture (a wire whisk will help here).
  • Taste the sauce and add more salt (unlikely) and pepper if necessary. Spoon it over the pork, garnish if you like, and serve.

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  1. This was so easy and the sauce was so flavourful -- really enjoyed it. As in your second photo, the sauce is thin and sort of makes a lake that the pork chops sit in. This is ok but I wished it was a bit thicker. Would it work adding a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce? Might try that next time. Anyway, the red wine and miso combo was great. Thanks very much.
  2. Delicious with minimal work. I used Nieman's pork chops about 1 1/2 inches thick. Because it was very thick, I cooked it longer. Very surprised to see the taste come through with only red wine and red miso. After cooking the sauce I checked the taste and decided to add about 1 1/2 to 2 tsp sugar to the sauce. Because miso is salty and I used cabernet, it needed a counterbalance to work with this sauce. Thank you Jen for posting this simple recipe. Made for Asian forum's unrated Asian recipe tag game.



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