25 Healthy Pork Chop Recipes
Whether grilled, broiled, or even fried, these light pork chop recipes all cut back on fat and calories without losing any flavor or texture.
Although it might not be the first white meat that always comes to mind, pork, particularly pork chops, can be prepared in a number of unique ways to please any palate. Summer’s freshest produce enhances the flavor and textures as a topping during the warmer months. When the weather cools down, rubs and sauces paired with comforting side dishes create the perfect winter meal. Let’s take a look at 25 of our favorite healthy pork chop recipes.
We'll start off with Greek-inspired spinach- and feta cheese-stuffed pork chops, which have earned rave reviews from our users.
This quick-cooking dish offers a nice balance of savory and sweet tastes. Serve with a side of simple roasted Brussels sprouts for a special meal that's full of fall flavors.
High-quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and fresh sage add robust flavors to lean pork chops. Serve with sautéed Swiss chard and creamy polenta for a quick weeknight dinner.
Allspice and mango bring Caribbean flair to this quick dish. The salsa, redolent of mint, also packs a bit of heat thanks to a dusting of crushed red pepper.
When topped with a creamy yogurt mixture and served with a tomato-cucumber salad, pork chops go Greek with delicious flavors sure to make you say, "Opa!" A side of toasted pita wedges completes the meal. Prepare the pita wedges by cutting two pita rounds in half, then cutting into quarters and toasting.
This quick and easy interpretation of the Japanese dish tonkatsu features pork crusted in panko breadcrumbs and kicked up a notch with spicy wasabi. Both of these ingredients can be found in the ethnic-foods section of the supermarket. Substitute chicken broth if you don't have sake or sherry on hand. Serve with rice and steamed snow peas and carrots for a complete meal.
Pork chops are prepared in the skillet, then topped with a classic red-eye gravy and served with quick-cooking grits. This is a perfect entree for a fast and easy weeknight dinner.
A sweet and fruity pomegranate dipping sauce gives new life to traditionally-prepared skillet pork chops. Mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes accompany the dish well.
The pork's flavor is amped up with a smoky-spicy rub and topped off with a fresh mango salsa. This recipe is a great option for summertime grilling.
Give your weeknight pork chops a makeover with the comforting flavors of Marsala sauce. Save time in the kitchen by purchasing pre-minced garlic and pre-chopped mushrooms.
The classic combination of fried pork chops and applesauce really can't be beat. Serve with green beans for an even more spectacular meal.
Pork chops rubbed in rosemary and garlic, then cooked in balsamic are a great meal for a weeknight or for entertaining. Reduce the vinegar while the polenta simmers so the entire meal is ready and hot at the same time.
A simple 8-ingredient marinade, made with mostly pantry staples, brings out the vibrant flavor of these chops. Pair with kimchi-style slaw for a flavorful duo and a quick cooking dinner solution, ready in about 40 minutes (including a 25-minute marinade).
Marinate pork for 30 minutes to allow it to soak up the delicious lemon, olive oil, and oregano flavors. Broil quickly and serve with a warm bulgar salad featuring spinach, tomato, and feta cheese.
Ancho chile powder, made from dried poblano peppers, adds a mild heat, which is mellowed by the sweetness of the preserves in the glaze. Serve this dish with smashed red potatoes.
This recipe calls for meat to be prepared with a savory rub of olive oil, chives, thyme, rosemary, and garlic. After grilling, the butter, shallots, and lemon rind mixture is applied for a satisfying, savory pork chop. If you plan to make ahead, allow the butter to come to room temperature before spreading over the pork. You can also combine the oil and herbs a couple of hours in advance.
The inspiration for this dish is a Creole classic, grillades and grits. Look for Berkshire, Duroc, and other heritage pork at specialty markets.