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Turmeric Pork Chops with Green Onion Rice

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1 cup rice)

Tumeric is the trending seasoning of the year. Its subtle flavor notes bring out the best in this simple pork chop recipe. We love that the side dish recipe allows you to dress up precooked brown rice by adding fresh lime juice and cilantro. You'll love the pork chop, but it may be the rice side dish that you make again and again, as it pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes, ranging from Spanish to Asian.  Opt for bone-in pork chops for this recipe to get the full depth of flavor the recipe promises.


  • 4 (6-oz.) bone-in pork chops
  • 1 large garlic clove, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 (8.8-oz.) packages precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 420
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 9.6 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 28 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 675 mg
  • calcium 33 mg
  • sugars 1 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. 1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high. Rub pork with cut sides of garlic; discard garlic. Sprinkle pork with turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and tomato paste. Brush both sides of pork with half of oil mixture. Add pork to pan; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a plate; brush both sides of pork with remaining oil mixture. Keep warm.

    2. Add onions to grill pan over medium-high; grill 2 minutes. Coarsely chop onions.

    3. Heat rice according to package directions. Combine green onions, rice, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve rice with pork. Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with lime wedges.