Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork
Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork, BBQ grilled to juicy sweet & delicious. This Paleo, Whole30, and Keto Vietnamese Grilled Pork recipe tastes just like your favorite Vietnamese restaurant style !
Oohoo ! Holiday is right around the corner guys! Besides that I’m suffering from a cold that I still think I got from my colleague at work – speaking of the importance of not coming to work sick – everything else is going well.
As long as I can keep myself from falling asleep as a result of the virus I’m battling, I’m pretty much enjoying the staycation with my man and two pups this week. 🙂
I spent much of my stay-home vacation browsing through camera lenses for food photography and new recipes because I love what I do and you guys so much that I really want to make my blog even better for you all !
My previous post about Korean kalbi seems to have gotten a lot of likes from my readers. :)) Today, I’d like to share another great grilling recipe that will set your grilling game apart from everyone else’s.
Want to make yourself look good in front of the crowds without breaking the bank, and feed an army of people in the process?
This new recipe will deliver restaurant quality Vietnamese lemongrass grilled pork/pork chops.
You can eat it straight, with salad, with your favorite pickles, or with rice, noodles, even bread (if you aren’t strictly paleo) or make a sandwich out of it !
Don’t like pork? The same marinade will work uber well for chicken too !
What are you waiting for ?
Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork
- 2 lbs pork shoulder, , boneless
- Lime wedges, as much as you like, serving use
Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork Marinate:
- 6 large cloves garlic
- 2 large shallots
- 2 stalks lemongrass, (alt. 1 ½ grated ginger + 2 tbsp fresh lemon zest +1 tbsp fresh lime zest)
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- ¼ cup Red Boat fish sauce
- 3 tbsp pineapple juice, (alt. orange juice)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- Slice the pork to 1/2-inch thick & 3-4 inch wide for outdoor grill. For indoor stovetop, slice the pork to 1/4-inch thick.
- Blend the ingredients under “Pork Marinade” (garlic, shallots, lemongrass, coconut aminos, fish sauce, olive oil, and black pepper) in a small 4-cup work bowl until a fine texture. Pour the marinade over sliced pork and let it sit overnight (or up to 24 hrs.) in the fridge.
Day of grilling:
- Preheat a grill over medium-high heat. Slightly drip off the marinade and grill about 3-4 minutes per side or until the pork is cooked through and slightly charred on the surface. For 1/4-inch thick slices, grill about 6-8 minutes per side.
- Serve with fresh lime wedges and enjoy while they are sizzling hot !
Would you recommend making this in an air fryer? If so, could you recommend the settings?
I will need to spend time first in order to share with you what temperature and setting would be. Hopefully soon.
Hiya, I’m in New Zealand & have just recently bought your Asian Paleo cookbook, which I’m super excited about having in the house!! I really miss Asian cuisine & have never managed to nail it (especially with paleo restrictions), so thank you for making an awesome Asian Paleo recipe book to bring these flavours back into my life!!
Just wondering if I could make this recipe with pork tenderloin??
Hi Alice, thank you! This is a slightly older recipe and I haven’t tested with tenderloin. Tenderloin is a leaner cut. I think the flavor should work but please adjust the cook time as you might not need long hours to cook the tenderloin cuts. 🙂
I have made this twice and it is SO DELICIOUS! The first time I puréed the marinade to a soup like consistency and the second time I blended it to a fine consistency but chunkier than previously and I prefer the soup like marinade texture but both were still delicious. I am going to continue making this marinade on a regular basis and use it on chicken as well as pork. Thank you for a stellar dinner and lots of leftovers!
That’s amazing! Thank you, Katherine. Appreciate it!
I cannot even out into words how AMAZING this was!!!!!!! I absolutely love Vietnamese food but have moved out of the city and the closest Vietnamese restaurant is over 40 mins away. THIS was even better than the restaurant I couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you!!!!
Thank you, Kelly! So happy to hear!
Used this recipe on pork chops and they were AMAZING! Will now be in regular rotation in my house. Also made your beef & broccoli this week which was also stellar! Recipes like these are game changers for whole 30. Thank you and now going to hit submit so I can go purchase your cookbook!
Is the lemongrass conversion for ginger in tablespoons?
Hi Merle, thanks so much for the question. It’s in tablespoons. Thank you!
How do you cook it on the grill when the slices are so thin and small (like the photo)? I’d be worried they would fall through the grill. Thanks!
Hi Camille, thanks for asking. For outdoor grill, I recommend slicing the pork to 1/2-inch thick and about 3 to 4-inch wide (almost like thin cut pork chops). Hope that helps !! Thanks so much XOXO !
This pork looks so delicious! I love the flavors in that marinade- yum!
Thank you, Jessica !
I’m sorry you’ve been sick, but glad such good rest and inspiration came from it. Lovely recipe!!
Thanks so much!
I am SOO making this! This is one of my favorite preps of pork shoulder! Can’t wait to try your version!
Wow this looks so good! Lemongrass is one of my favorite flavors and my husband loves pork, this would be a huge hit. Love how crispy it is!
Thanks, Emily ! BBQ perfect !
This sounds so good! I looove grilled pork and this sounds like a must try.
Thanks, Jean. love Vietnamese lemongrass pork !
This was a stellar recipe. Better than restaurant quality. The meat was tender, flavorful, and juicy. We cooked the meat for a bit less time on the grill though, flipping it and removing it when it seemed appropriate.
Fire grill is definitely the best !! Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren !
What is a coconut aminos?
Hi Lety ! Coconut Aminos is made from aged coocnut sap (coconut blossom). It’s a great soy sauce substitute to make Asian-inspired Paleo recipes ! You can learn more and check out my Paleo and Whole30 Pantry guide here – https://iheartumami.com/asian-inspired-whole30-pantry-guide :))