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20 Pork Chop Recipes That Take Dinner from Bland to Grand

If you’re looking to liven up your meal plans with the delicious foods of fall, look no further than these flavorful 20 pork chop recipes.

 

Pork isn’t just “the other white meat” – it’s a savory treat that’ll transform the way you look at dinner.

Pork chops, in particular, are a high-protein, low-fat meal staple that are packed with vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, iron, zinc and selenium.

Even better, this humble meat can be enjoyed simply or dressed up for the refined palate through recipes like “Balsamic Pork Chops with Pear & Radicchio” and “Fontina & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Pork Chops.”

No matter what your preferences, there’s a pork chop recipe out there that’ll tantalize your taste buds.

Enjoy! 

Grilled Buttermilk Boneless Pork Chops with Spicy Corn Relish

Serves 4

How can you make Southern pork chops without breading and frying them? Use a buttermilk and honey marinade complete with a couple dashes of hot sauce.

After the chops soak up those flavors for a couple hours, they’re thrown onto a hot grill. Let them rest for a couple minutes while you toss together corn, jalapeno, and chipotle chili powder in a skillet to make a tasty corn relish topping.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

512

Calories

51 g

Protein

33 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups buttermilk

2 Tbsp. pure honey

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 head garlic, cloves smashed

2 tsp. hot sauce

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Canola oil

2 cups corn kernels

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced

2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped

1 tsp. chipotle chili pepper

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Jalapeno Popper Smothered Pork Chops

Serves 6

Since these pork chops are smothered in two kinds of cheese and topped with bacon, they aren’t low in fat. But you’ll want to indulge in this dinner when you’re watching those carbs.

There’s so much going on in this entrée that you hardly need a side to feel satisfied. That means you can keep it simple if you want to add calories and serve these Southwestern pork chops with black beans or brown rice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

534

Calories

60 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

Pork Chops:

6 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. salsa verde

Cream Cheese Mixture:

6 oz. cream cheese

1/3 cup salsa verde

1/3 cup shredded cheddar

1 Tbsp. diced jalapeno

Topping:

1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar

1/3 cup cooked bacon pieces (about 1/3 lb.)

1/3 cup raw jalapeno slices

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Pork Chops with Peaches & Walnuts

Serves 4

It doesn’t take much to turn plain pork chops into an outstanding dinner. This recipe makes the most of fresh peaches, walnuts, rosemary, and thyme to infuse pork chops with fresh flavors.

Although it looks fancy, this fresh entrée can be made in one pan, and it’ll be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

422

Calories

49 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. butter

1 peach, sliced

1/2 cup walnuts, halved

1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary

2–3 sprigs fresh thyme

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

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Maple Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops

Serves 4

Like most glazes for pork, this one uses brown sugar and maple syrup. But you can take it easy on the sweetness because there’s also bourbon in the mix.

You’ll want to make the most of this amazing bourbon glaze by serving with roasted vegetables, which will benefit from rolling around on the plate to pick up any excess.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

432

Calories

45 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless center-cut pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock

3/4 cup bourbon

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp. ground mustard

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Chipotle Lime-Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

Serves 4

A simple pork chop marinade will make a huge difference at dinnertime. Mix it together the night before or first thing in the morning, and leave the pork chops to marinate for at least four hours.

When your stomach starts to grumble, just remove the chops from the marinade and throw them on the grill, or into a grill pan. While they cook, you’ll have time to make a quick side like a green salad or grilled veggies.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

360

Calories

35 g

Protein

4 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

Chipotle Lime Marinade:

2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce

2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2/3 cup lime juice (about 3 medium limes)

3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

Pork Chops:

4 bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

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Pork Chops with Braised Bacon & Apple

Serves 6

If you think pork is boring compared to other proteins, the cookbook Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes That Respect the Whole Hog will change your mind. Try these braised pork chops, for example, which double up on the pork with bacon.

And they make the best of the classic flavor combo of apples and pork chops with fresh apples, apple juice, and apple cider vinegar. The recipe uses fresh sprigs of rosemary and sage, but you could use a teaspoon each of the dried herbs instead.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

555

Calories

7 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 1/3 lb. pork loin chops

8 strips bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2” pieces

2 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/2 head green cabbage, shredded

2 cooking apples, cored and diced

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided

2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided

1 cup water (or chicken stock)

1 cup unsweetened apple juice

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

3 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped

3 sprigs fresh sage, finely chopped

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Fontina & Caramelized Onion Stuffed Pork Chops

Serves 4

These decadent pork chops are worthy of a holiday, celebration, or special dinner. Since they’re stuffed with cheesy bread crumbs and glazed with red currant jelly, these pork chops can even be a turkey alternative for Thanksgiving.

And when you make the caramelized onions, it’s easy to add in extra to freeze for later meals, like to use as a burger orsoup topping.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

492

Calories

52 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

28 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 very thick bone-in pork chops (about 8 oz. each)

1/2 cup red currant jelly

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided

1/2 cup caramelized onions

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded fontina

1/4 cup soft bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. (1/2 oz.) grated Parmesan

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

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Bruschetta Style Pork Chops

Serves 4

These are two dishes you’ve never considered combining, but the results are unbelievable. And this is a great recipe to make the most of fresh tomatoes.

Dice them up with red onion, garlic, and basil to make the bruschetta topping. Let that marinate in olive oil and balsamic vinegar while the pork chops are grilled. When they’re nearly finished, the chops are treated like the bread in bruschetta – covered in mozzarella, and place under the boiler to get awesomely melty.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

414

Calories

54 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

2 large tomatoes (very firm), diced small

1/2 large red onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for basting

1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, plus more for drizzle

1/2 tsp. salt

Handful fresh basil, sliced into thin strips

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish

Serves 4

These are pork chops like you’ve never tasted them before. One bite will take you to a tropical location thanks to mango, pineapple, and orange relish. And in the skillet, the pork chops are seared and then glazed with orange juice and honey.

These flavorful citrus pork chops are also easy to make. Even if you choose frozen pork chops, dinner will come together in only a half hour.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

350

Calories

24 g

Protein

27 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

Mango Relish:

1 mango, peeled and chopped

1 cup pineapple chunks

1 small orange or clementine, peeled and segmented

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 small banana pepper, sliced

1 tsp. finely shredded orange peel

1/4 cup orange juice

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Pork Chops:

4 bone-in pork loin chops (about 4 oz. each)

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tsp. pure honey

1/2 cup water

Fresh cilantro

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Oven “Fried” Breaded Pork Chops

Serves 6

Get the flavor and crispy breaded outside you love from fried pork chops, only with less grease. They’re family-friendly in every way: kids love them for the simplicity, and adults will be thrilled with the macros.

They’re low-carb with a mix of Parmesan, panko bread crumbs, and crushed cornflakes for the coating. And since these baked pork chops take just 20 minutes, you can prepare them even on a busy weekday.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

378

Calories

33 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

13 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 center-cut boneless pork chops, trimmed (about 5 oz. each)

Salt to taste

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup crushed cornflakes

2 Tbsp. (1/2 oz.) grated Parmesan

1 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. chili powder

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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Lemon Rosemary Pork Chops

Serves 4

These grilled pork chops, with fresh herbs and bright lemon, are ideal for a summer cookout. And the fresh rosemary takes the classic lemon and pepper combo to another level of flavor. It’s rounded out with tangy Dijon mustard and salty Pecorino Romano cheese.

The recipe includes an arugula salad, so you don’t have to worry about making anything else to complete this entrée.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

385

Calories

37 g

Protein

2 g

Carbs

25 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp. coarse salt

2 tsp. lemon zest

2 tsp. chopped rosemary

4 bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

4 cups baby arugula

1/4 cup (1 oz.) grated Pecorino Romano

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Salty Grilled Pork Chops with Sage

Serves 4

This simple pork chop recipe requires only four ingredients, and it comes with a great tip to avoid overcooking meat on the grill.

After you cook them for a few minutes on each side, remove the chops from the grill. Quickly cover them with foil so they can finish cooking while they rest. In about ten minutes, your grilled pork chops will be tender and juicy.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

246

Calories

45 g

Protein

1 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Dried sage to taste

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Pork Chops in a Mushroom Burgundy Sauce

Serves 4

First these pork chops get browned in a skillet with butter, and then they’re finished in the oven.

Meanwhile you’ll be making the homey yet decadent sauce. Sauté mushrooms and onions, and once they start to soften, turn them into a tasty gravy with a bit of flour and a bunch of red wine.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

333

Calories

46 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

1 Tbsp. butter

1 large onion, diced

1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 Tbsp. flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3/4 cup burgundy wine

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Crockpot Applesauce Pork Chops

Serves 4

If you have a slow cooker, it takes no effort to make perfect pork chops. Seriously, just dump them into the crock with applesauce. Leave them to cook on low all day, and in the evening you’ll have juicy and tender pork chops.

The macros are for four pork chops, but if your Crockpot is large enough, you can cook six chops this way with the same amount of applesauce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

296

Calories

45 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

2 cups unsweetened applesauce

1 Tbsp. minced onion (optional)

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Smoked Pork Chops

Serves 4

For perfectly smoked pork chops, you’ll need to cook them low and slow for about an hour and a half. But boy is it worth the wait.

When the chops are almost finished, you can shave off a few minutes by searing the meat over direct heat. Either way, you’ll want to pull the pork chops when they have an internal temperature of about 140°F. Then let them rest for a few minutes to finish.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

346

Calories

35 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

Smoked Pork Chops:

4 thick-cut bone-in pork loin chops (about 6 oz. each)

1/4 cup BBQ rub

1 oz. Montreal steak seasoning

Apple Brine:

8 cups unsweetened apple juice

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup BBQ rub

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Kale-Stuffed Pork Chops

Serves 4

When you butterfly pork chops, you don’t need to have your salad on the side. Instead you can stuff kale right in the middle of the meat.

Most recipes will have you butterfly them before cooking, but here, the pork chops are cooked first before the bone is removed and they’re sliced open. Flatten each pork chop out to make a butterfly shape, and fill the middle with kale, which has been prepared by boiling with a smoked ham hock.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

363

Calories

36 g

Protein

4 g

Carbs

23 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 smoked ham hock

3 quarts water

1 large bunch kale

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

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Pan-Seared Pork Chop

Serves 2

All you need for amazing pork chops is a good frying pan. Aside from that, this recipe only requires salt, pepper, and olive oil. That means the only thing to focus on is your cooking technique.

Be sure to wait until the oil is heated enough – wait until it starts to shimmer. Lay the pork chops in the pan, and leave them to sear for several minutes. Flip to finish the other side, and wrap them in foil to gently finish. That way your pork chops won’t be overdone.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

347

Calories

35 g

Protein

0 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Mustard Seed & Flax-Crusted Pork Chops

Serves 4

You don’t need to use bread crumbs to enjoy pork chops with a crispy coating. This pork chop recipe uses nutrient-rich seeds instead.

First, season with salt to pull moisture out of the pork, and then let it sit in the coating mixture for a few minutes until it sticks. Meanwhile, heat up an oven-proof pan, and fry them in oil until the outside turns golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

524

Calories

41 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

1 cup ground flaxseed

2 Tbsp. whole yellow mustard seeds

1 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped

1/4 cup safflower oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Chai-Spiced Fruit Pork Chops

Serves 4

In the dead of winter, these spiced pork chops will be sure to warm you up. And you won’t believe how easy it is to infuse them with flavor using an ordinary tea bag.

The tea is first reduced with water and honey, and then the mixture coats dried figs and raisins. After that, the tea and spices on the inside of the second bag become the pork chop coating.

A quick pan-sear is all that’s needed to finish dinner, and about ten minutes later, it’s time to devour everything.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

684

Calories

54 g

Protein

79 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 boneless center-cut pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

1 cup raisins

1 cup dried figs, chopped

1 cup shelled pistachios

2 Tbsp. honey

2 chai tea bags

3/4 cup water

1 Tbsp. salt

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. garlic powder

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Balsamic Pork Chop with Pear & Radicchio

Serves 2

It’s possible to keep a pork chop healthy while making it gourmet. These are pan-seared with a bit of olive oil, basted in butter, and then coated in balsamic vinegar until it gets thick and syrupy.

You can pair those balsamic glazed pork chops with almost any side dish, but they’ll be especially impressive with roasted pears and radicchio. Put it all together, and yu’ll have a restaurant-ready plate for a fraction of the cost.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

662

Calories

34 g

Protein

37 g

Carbs

44 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 bone-in pork chops (about 6 oz. each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 Tbsp. butter

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 Anjou pears, quartered and thinly sliced

1 head radicchio, halved and thinly sliced

Splash of apple cider vinegar

Fresh thyme

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