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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork (Guest Recipe)


Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork  - Restaurant-style, paleo friendly recipe.

I am happy to have my guest contributor ChihYu Smith of I Heart Umami back on the blog with this fantastic recipe for restaurant-style grilled Vietnamese lemongrass pork. ChihYu is a recipe developer, photographer, and writer; she teaches people how to cook Asian-inspired paleo cuisine and this dish is another winner. Find ChihYu on  Instagram , Facebook, or YouTube. Take it away ChihYu!

This is an insanely delicious grilled lemongrass pork recipe. It delivers restaurant quality – just like the ones you love in your local Vietnamese restaurants!

I use pork shoulder instead of pork chops so it will be easy and quick to prepare. Also, be sure to marinate the meat in advance.

You can enjoy this juicy grilled lemongrass pork with a butter lettuce wrap or with your favorite pickles. For those of you who want a few carbs, this savoury and sweet pork would go perfectly well with steamed rice. The best part?  You can use the same marinade for grilled chicken too! Enjoy.


Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork (Guest Recipe)

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese



  • 0.9kg / 2 lbs pork shoulder, sliced to about ¼ inch thick pieces

Pork marinade:

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 large size shallot
  • 2 stalks lemongrass (cut off top and bottom and use the inner part of lemongrass only)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free tamari sauce (or 2 tbsp coconut aminos)
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste

Other ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons good honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Fresh lime juice, as much as you like


  1. Preparations. Place the ingredients under “pork marinade” into a food processor and process to a fine mixture. Pour the marinade sauce over the sliced pork and marinate overnight (or up to 24 hrs.) in the fridge.
  2. Day of grilling. Leave the meat at room temperature for 30 minutes to remove some of the chill before grilling.
  3. Preheat a grill over medium-high to high heat and grill each piece for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Mix 3 tsp honey + 1 tsp water and brush on each pork slice, then grill for 2 more minutes per side until the meat is cooked through and the surface is in light golden brown colour.
  5. Serve with fresh lime juice and eat while they are sizzling hot.

Other delicious recipes contributed by ChihYu

Crispy Shredded Chinese Chicken – Guest Recipe

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