44 Healthy Pork Chop Dinners You Can Make Tonight
Pork Chops with Orange-Avocado Salsa
It’s easy to cook healthier meals when recipes are as simple as this one-pan dinner. The pork marinates while the potatoes and veggies roast, then everything takes a quick trip under the broiler to crisp up and concentrate the zesty flavors.
Pork Chops and Couscous with Tomato-Caper Sauce
This dish easily works with chicken if you don't have pork on hand. Toasting the turmeric in oil is a simple way to develop savory depth—try this technique with any spices you're cooking with. Couscous makes for a quick, versatile side dish that easily adopts different flavor profiles. Israeli couscous has more of a bite to it and can also be served chilled for picnics and to-go lunches. The tomato-caper sauce pairs well with other proteins beyond pork and poultry such as sole or shrimp simply cooked with garlic and butter. It's an impressive dish that's quickly prepared whenever you're short on time.
Skillet Apple Pork Chops
Consider this one-pan dish the modern twist on classic pork chops and apples. It is quite simple and perfect for easing into fall. Also, it comes together in one pan to boot, so clean-up is easier than ever. This dish also works beautifully with chicken thighs—a twist that's weeknight-fast yet fit for company.
Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola
A quick balsamic vinaigrette doubles as a marinade for the vegetables and a sauce for the pork. Taking the roasting pan from stove to oven jump-starts cooking so the pork, potatoes, and onions finish at the same time.
Seared Pork Chops with Poblano Peperonata
A sautéed mix of peppers spiked with vinegar adds instant interest to the pork. Skip the poblano and use just the bell peppers if you like.
Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Guaranteed to be a fast favorite, this recipe plays on the sweet-savory match made in flavor heaven: pork + apples.
Pan-Roasted Pork Chops With Cabbage and Carrots
Super-succulent pork chops are browned on the stovetop before being finished in the oven for tenderness. Roasted carrots are paired with vastly underrated cabbage to create a vibrant vegetable medley that is equal parts flavorful and nutritious. This meal is pretty enough to showcase, yet fast enough for weeknight cooking. Enjoy it with a side of wild rice or roasted potatoes for a well-balanced meal the whole family will love.
Oven Pork Chop Pan Roast
Delicata squash, as the name implies, has skin so tender you don't have to peel it and makes this dish just that much faster to prep. You can substitute butternut or acorn squash—just peel it (or buy butternut prechopped).
Turmeric Pork Chops With Green Onion Rice
You'll love this 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.
Ancho Chile Pork Chops with Pickled Pepper Relish
A cast-iron skillet is key for a quick, well-seared pork chop. Multicolored mini or baby bell peppers keep their texture but take on a fantastic acidity with a gentle quick-pickling technique. Instead of adding salt to the pickling liquid, stir it into the finished relish so no flavor is lost. The relish would also be delicious on barbecue pork sandwiches or hamburgers.
Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce
To get a good, brown sear on the pork, dry it with paper towels before adding it to the pan.
Creamy Pork Chops and Mushrooms
Our lighter twist on this classic is straightforward and just as satisfying.
Pork Chops Scottadito
Inspired by the late Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan, Smillie simply flattens bone-in chops, rubs them with a pungent paste, and grills them until crispy.
Tuscan-Style Garlic-Herb Pork Chops
These grilled chops rest in and absorb an herb vinaigrette for a few minutes while you mix what might be the easiest side dish ever—a toss of white beans, briny green olives, and fresh spinach that matches up beautifully with the juicy pork chops.
Oven Baked Pork and Apples
This is a delicious version of classic baked pork and apples. Serve with a simple broccoli slaw mixed with toasted walnuts and parsley and tossed with a light mayonnaise dressing.
Air Fried Pork Chops With Brussels Sprouts
If you’re looking for a hearty, simple, satisfying meal that you can make without a lot of excess fat, the air fryer is your friend. Here we serve up a crispy pork chop and some sweet, flavorful Brussels sprouts for a winter dish that is as delicious as it is easy to make.
Red Hot Currant-Glazed Pork Chops
If you want to use up some of the preserves languishing on the door of your fridge, you can sub them in for the red currant jelly—which offers a sweet-tart element here. Seedless raspberry or apricot jam will work well; to balance the sweetness, add a little lemon juice to the sauce. Orange marmalade will work, too, putting a mild, pleasantly bitter spin on the dish.
Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears
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.
Double Thick-Cut Pork Chops
Don't oil your grill rack before grilling so your meat will stick a little. This technique, called "scruffing," increases the meat's surface area so you get even more of that delicious, lightly charred, crisp-crunchy exterior. For nonstick grill racks, lightly score the surface of the meat to create more surface area from the start.
Grilled Pork Chops with Two-Melon Salsa
Cover this quick and easy grilled pork recipe with a tasty salsa that uses summer's freshest fruits and flavors to round out the meal.
Pork Chops with Cherry Couscous
In-season, sweet red cherries are a bountiful bargain, and they lend a wonderfully fresh, fruity element that pairs well with pork.
Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops and Polenta
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.
Spiced Pork Chops with Apple Chutney
Apple chutney is a heart-warming topping for pork in this family-friendly dinner of spicy, boneless chops.
Balsamic-Plum Glazed Pork Chops
Port wine, plum preserves, and balsamic vinegar combine for a sweet and savory glaze. Couscous and green beans complete the meal.
Parmesan and Sage-Crusted Pork Chops
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.
Spiced Chops with Mango-Mint Salsa
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.
Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Red Currant Sauce
Dress up the traditional pork chop with a glossy, homemade sauce made from tart cider vinegar and sweet currant jelly.
Greek-Style Pork Chops
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.
Wasabi and Panko-Crusted Pork with Gingered Soy Sauce
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 with Grits and Red-Eye Gravy
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.
Pork with Pomegranate Pan Sauce
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.
Pork Chops with Caribbean Rub and Mango Salsa
The spicy-sweet rub of coriander, cumin, ginger, and ground red pepper breathes life into pork chops, while the accompanying mango salsa lends a tangy, refreshing burst of flavor. Plus, it’s ready in just 20 minutes.
Pan-Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Jalapeño and pineapple flavors blend together for a sweet and spicy pork chop topping. Seed the jalapeño if you prefer a milder salsa.
Pork Chops Marsala
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.
Pan-Fried Pork Chops and Homemade Applesauce
The classic combination of fried pork chops and applesauce really can't be beat. Serve with green beans for an even more spectacular meal.
Barbecued Pork Chops
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).