Cooked perfectly, pork chops are one of the most delicious and filling meals around! Pork chops are easy-to-cook, reasonably inexpensive, and perfect as a busy weeknight meal. A simple salad and roasted potatoes are all you need to finish off a delicious pork chop meal.
Healthy Pork Chop Recipes
A pork chop is a fairly lean cut of pork, with little-to-no marbelized fat. However, don’t let that fool you – pork chops are juicy, full of flavor, and a great source of protein. Here are some of o…
r favorite healthy pork chop recipes.
Honey Lemon Pork Chops
All you need is a little honey, some lemons, garlic, oregano, and onions for this recipe! Start by zesting and juicing one lemon. Pour the lemon juice and zest in a freezer-size Ziploc bag, and add a teaspoon of oregano and black pepper, two sliced cloves of garlic, half of a red onion (sliced), ⅛ cup olive oil and ⅛ cup honey. Place fresh pork chops in the bag and allow to marinate in the fridge for six to eight hours. Once the pork has fully marinated, heat a grill or grill top to medium-high and gently place the pork on top. Grill for six to eight minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees F. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for five minutes before slicing. Serve with a baked potato and steamed broccoli for a delicious, filling, and low-fat meal.
Italian-Stuffed Pork Chops
These deliciously stuffed pork chops are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Begin by squeezing the water out of some thawed frozen spinach. Then, in a medium bowl, combine spinach, Parmesan cheese, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped fresh oregano, six cloves minced garlic, and a sprinkle of salt. Gently slice a pocket into the side of each of the pork chops and spoon in the spinach mixture, packing as tightly as possible. Secure with a toothpick if needed. Lightly oil the grate on your grill and heat to medium. Grill pork for six to eight minutes on either side, resting for three minutes before slicing. Enjoy your Italian-inspired, healthy pork chop meal with some mashed potatoes and a green salad.
Pork Chop Recipes to Make in the Oven
Firing up the oven can be a great and low-maintenance way to cook up some pork chops! Here are some of our favorite pork chop recipes to make in the oven.
Healthy Oven-Fried Pork Chops
Crispy on the outside, juicy and flavorful on the inside, these oven-fried pork chops are as delicious as they are healthy! Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place a cup of flour in a small dish. Mix together one egg and one teaspoon Dijon mustard in a second small dish, and in a third, combine some panko breadcrumbs and a dash of pepper. Sprinkle both sides of the pork chop with salt, and then dredge in flour. Shake off excess flour, then bathe in the egg and mustard mixture. Finally, coat the pork chop in breadcrumbs and place on the oiled rack. Spritz pork chop with a bit more cooking spray and place in the preheated oven. Bake pork chops for eighteen to twenty minutes until golden brown, or until an instant-read meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F. Plate your crispy, oven-fried pork chops with some garlicky broccoli and some roasted potatoes and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Easy Sweet & Sour Oven Bone-In Pork Chops
These delicious sweet & sour bone-in pork chops come together in twenty minutes! You can also use boneless pork chops for this recipe if you'd prefer. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper, and place in the hot skillet. Sear the pork chops for two to three minutes per side, or until a nice brown crust appears. Then, place the skillet with the pork chops in the oven and broil for eight to ten minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145 degrees F. While the pork chops are baking, make the sweet and sour glaze. Combine ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, three tablespoons of honey, two cloves of minced garlic, ½ teaspoon each of dried basil and dried thyme, and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until glaze thickens – about five minutes. Allow glaze to cool slightly and serve on top of baked pork chops. Voila! An easy and delicious pork chop meal on the table in twenty minutes or less!
Skillet Pork Chops
Hoping to cook your pork chops on the stovetop? We've got some delicious recipes for skillet pork chops right this way.
Cast-Iron Skillet Pork Chops
These delicious skillet pork chops are bathed in a foamy, buttery, garlic and sage broth. Start by heating one tablespoon vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. While the oiled skillet heats sprinkle both sides of the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Place in the skillet and cook for one minute, or until the bottom side is brown. Flip the pork chop and cook for another minute before flipping over again. Repeat this process for eight to ten minutes, flipping the pork chops over every minute or so. Be sure the internal temperature of the pork chops reads 145 degrees F before removing from heat. While the skillet is still hot, add one tablespoon unsalted butter, eight springs fresh sage, and two garlic cloves (peeled and smashed). Tilt skillet and spoon the foamy, buttery broth over the pork chops for a minute or two. Allow pork chops to rest for at least five minutes prior to slicing. Serve with some sauteed mushrooms and wilted spinach, and you’ve got yourself a winning weeknight dinner.
Juicy Skillet Pork Chops
Crispy and juicy and bursting with flavor, these skillet pork chops are sure to be a hit for the whole fam. Start by taking the pork chops out of the fridge and letting them come to room temperature. Then, season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine one tablespoon flour, one teaspoon of each of the following: chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder, and ½ teaspoon of black pepper and smoked paprika. Rub both sides of the pork chops with the spice mixture. Add the pork chops to the skillet and sear for two to three minutes. Once the pork is nice and browned, flip over and reduce heat to low and cover the skillet. Allow pork to cook, untouched, six to twelve minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 145 degrees, F. Remove the pork chops from the skillet and allow to rest while you make the pan sauce. Increase heat back to medium-high and add one cup chicken broth, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, and two teaspoons of honey or brown sugar. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Slide the skillet off the burner and, when no longer simmering, stir in one tablespoon of butter. Place the pork chops back in the pan and spoon the sauce on top. Place these juicy, skillet pork chops on a bed of wild rice and pat yourself on the back for cooking a quick and delicious meal!
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