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Three cooked Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops garnished with spring onions on a white plate.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Chop

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword Lemongrass Pork Chop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating 1 day
Servings 4
Calories 540kcal
Author Scruff


  • Air Fryer


  • 1.2 kg pork forequarter chops (approx 1.5 cm / 0.6 in thick)
  • canola oil spray


  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp lemongrass, very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ small brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp pork bouillon powder or MSG (optional)

To Serve (optional)


Preparing the Pork - The Day Before

  • Prepare all marinade ingredients and combine well in a bowl.
  • Rinse each piece pork chop under a tap and pat dry.
  • With a pair of kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, make 1 - 2 cm cuts into the edges of the chop.
  • In a zip lock bag or a large bowl, combine the pork chops and the marinade. Mix well and leave in the fridge to marinate for 1 day. Turn the chops over now and again to redistribute the marinade.

Air Frying the Pork

  • Take out the pork chops from the fridge and let it sit for 30 - 45 minutes at room temperature.
  • Pre heat the air fryer to 200°C / 400°F for a few minutes.
  • Spray the racks / bottom of air fryer with a little oil.
  • Take out the pork and lay them on the rack without stacking. Give the top of the pork chop a spray with oil.
  • Cook the pork chops for 12 minutes at 200°C / 400 F.
  • Flip the pork chops with tongs and cook for a further 7 minutes.
  • After 19 minutes flip the pork over one more time and check the colour and doneness. If it still needs a little more colour, let it cook for 1-3 more minutes. If its still raw then cook until done.
  • Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Add 3 chopped spring onions and a neutral oil (e.g. canola oil or sunflower oil) in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute


Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 201mg | Sodium: 1708mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg