When it comes to meat recipes, we often feel that pork often gets the short end of the stick, at least when compared to many other popular types of meat like chicken and beef.
For quite a lot of people, it seems that pork simply doesn’t have the met-in-your-mouth texture that a good beef steak is known for or the versatility and variety of recipes that chicken can be used with.
However, we think that pork is an incredible source of culinary creativity that many people simply haven’t tapped into yet.
And the best we to get those creative juices flowing is to have some great pork chop recipes to try out for yourself.
Which is kind of part of the problem. Many people often don’t know what to do with pork recipes, which only further fuels this misconception.
Well, with this list, we’re going to shatter that belief, and with some of the tastiest recipes for a pork chop that you’ll ever try!
1. Pork Chops With Celery & Almond Salad
Starting off this list, we have a great main course recipe dish that will be a real treat for diners that love a rich meaty flavor to their meals.
The softly cooked pork that has been roasted in butter allows for the salt in the butter to enhance the natural flavors of the pork, making it the perfect method of preparation to give someone who wants to know what a good pork chop tastes like.
And when combined with a good salad like this recipe, you have a great range of flavors to keep you engaged, plus tons of texture, thanks to the celery in the salad as well.
If you are looking for a good recipe to demonstrate to naysayers what a good pork chop meal should be like, this is a great option to start with.
2. Pork Chops With Scalloped Potatoes
Pork and potatoes are an age-old combination that goes back centuries.
It’s a perfect combo that combines hearty ingredients to make a filling meal for any occasion, whether just for yourself, for a homemade evening, or the family.
By cooking all of these ingredients in a single pot, you get an excellent blend of flavors from all the ingredients involved, especially when you add in the parsley and other herbs and seasoning.
3. One Pot Southern Pork Chop Dinner
Now, this is a recipe that is going to warm your southern heart and bellies!
This is yet another recipe that is cooked in a single pot, meaning that not only will your ingredients be able to blend their flavors, but you’ll also be saving on needing to use multiple cooking utensils, as well as cleaning time.
Considering that cleaning up is often the part of the cooking process that turns people away from it, recipes like this are a blessing both in flavor and in manual labor!
4. Jalapeño-Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
If you love a little extra spice with your pork as much as you like flavor, then this is the pork recipe for you.
What separates this recipe from others is how the extra flavors are added to it.
Whilst many recipes will often ask you to marinade whatever meat or fish you are preparing before cooking it, this one uses a slightly different method.
In this recipe’s case, we’re going to be cooking the pork chop first, then adding the vinaigrette and jalapeños to it afterward.
Don’t be intimidated by this new method. The results will still taste amazing!
5. Dry-Rub Grilled Pork Chops Over Cannellini Greens
This recipe is guaranteed to win the hearts and stomachs of anyone who isn’t a fan of pork over!
The beans that are used in this recipe help to accentuate the existing flavors of the pork chop, especially when you combine them with the extra flavoring from the olive oil, garlic cloves, and onions that you’ll be cooking alongside them!
Add a few pitted olives into the mix, and you have a combination of flavors and textures that will make even the most ardent pork-hater respect these most important aspects of cooking.
6. Sweet & Spicy Glazed Pork
Sweet and savory are a pair of flavors that go well together, especially in dense meat like pork chops.
Now, let’s add a little spice in there for good measure!
If you love a good pork recipe that has a glaze that can’t be beaten, then this is the recipe for you!
7. Mexican Style Pork Chop
Mexican cuisine is often a kind of food that is often reserved for other meats, such as beef, chicken, and even turkey.
However, with the right recipe, pork chops can fit in just as easily as these staples!
The rich tomato sauce that this recipe makes, plus the heat from the cumin seasoning, the serrano chili, and even the garlic clove, balance each other out nicely meaning that whilst there is a little heat, this is a dish that pretty much anyone can sample.
8. Pork & Asparagus Sheet-Pan Dinner
Sometimes, you want a meal that is full of flavor, but doesn’t necessarily have the time to find and prepare all the necessary ingredients?
That is, until you found this recipe, at least!
9. Pork Chops In Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Even people who aren’t exactly fans of pork know that a good sauce can turn even the driest medallion into something succulent and special.
So, when you combine an excellent creamy sauce with a well-prepared pork chop, whilst also throwing in some perfectly cooked mushrooms to boot, you have a creamy cacophony of tantalizing tastes and textures
10. Cider Braised Pork Chops With Shallots
Cider is a great ingredient to add to a recipe that goes nicely with good applesauce.
And arguably, more than any other meat, pork goes VERY nicely, with apple sauce.
So when you combine these two ingredients, you get the perfect fall recipe that combines both savory meaty flavors with the sweet fragrance and additive of apples and cider!
11. Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops
Pork may not be the first meat that you think of when it comes to the Caribbean and Jamaican flavors in your cooking.
However, trust us when we say that you are missing out on some amazing food combinations that will spice up any dinner table. And in Jamaican cuisine’s case, that’s some pretty tasty spice!
Plus, this recipe only takes a few minutes for virtually anyone to make, less than 30 minutes. So it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve if you aren’t sure what else to cook tonight!
If you want to make a Jamaican-flavored recipe unlike any other, this is a great meal to practice for yourself.
12. Baked Pork Chops With Dijon Cream Sauce
Considering how often we have sung the praises of pan frying pork chops on this list, this baked recipe makes for a nice change of pace to many of these recipes.
Pig-based products and Dijon mustard are an old favorite in many homes across Europe and the Americas, so it probably isn’t too much of a surprise to see a great pork and Dijon sauce recipe on this list.
However, you can’t deny how the creamy and peppery sauce transforms what can otherwise be considered quite a bland dish.
Don’t believe us? Well then, you’ll just have to try this recipe for yourself then!
13. Creamy Garlic Pork Chops
Garlic is an old favorite when it comes to seasonings for a variety of meats, including pork.
So, having a garlic-based sauce to slather over your medallions sounds like the perfect recipe for a perfect pork chop!
Because garlic is the main flavor of this recipe, don’t hesitate to use both plenties of the ingredient in your mix, whether it is cloves, garlic powder, or a combination of both.
14. Pan-Roasted Pork Chops & Potatoes
This one’s an easy recipe to make, so no one has an excuse to not at least try their hand with this recipe!
The marinade is full of flavor, but also very easy to follow and make for yourself. The crumb coating on the pork chops is simple but adds a lot of texture and flavor.
As we said, this is a recipe that anyone can try if they have the right ingredients, so grab what you need, and get started!
15. Crock Pot Pork Chops (With Gravy)
Who doesn’t love a good crock pot recipe?
Sure, they can take a while, but they’re relatively low maintenance, and produce some amazing recipes, like this one!
16. Juicy Pork In Air Fryer
Aren’t air fryers handy little inventions?
In next to no time at all, and with barely any extra oil or fat needed, you can produce amazing recipes like this one!
All you’ll need for this recipe is some pork rub, a little olive oil, and of course, your pork chops themselves, and you’ll have an amazing cooked medallion in less than 20 minutes!
17. Down Home Pork Chops
Is there anything more comforting than tasting a loved one’s cooking after ages of not tasting it?
This recipe captures that delicious nostalgia perfectly!
18. Herb Lemon Baked Pork Chops
What meat recipe isn’t improved by besting it with lemon and herbs before cooking them?
If there is, and this recipe is anything to go by, pork certainly isn’t one of them!
This is the perfect fresh-feeling dish to make for early spring when the heat just starts returning to your evenings.
19. Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops With Citrus Dressing
Out of many of the recipes that parents have to try and get kids to try, pork is one of the few that you rarely have to worry about them not eating.
Interestingly, the same also goes for a lot of citrus fruits.
So why not combine them into a single dish that the children will love?
20. Simple Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
Marinade recipes can often feel like they are overly complicated, with tons of exotic hard-to-find spices that need to be prepared days in advance.
If you love a good marinade that can be made easily and quickly for your pork chops, then you need to take a look at this one!
Whilst the best results with this marinade are found after leaving it in the refrigerator overnight, it is perfectly serviceable right after making it.
21. Skillet Braised Pork Chops
Of course, if you do have enough time, then many more options for preparing your steak present themselves. It gives you a chance to experiment with other flavors, or even entirely new cooking methods.
Braising is one such method. It can take a little preparation and practice to get right, but once you have it down, recipes like this one will become child’s play for you!
You’ll be making succulent and delicious pork chops in no time flat!
22. Smothered Pork Chops & Gravy
Of course, whilst pork chops are a great choice for any occasion, if you love your steak with a little extra juiciness, then you’re going to need a good gravy recipe to get that result (for some simple but juicy steak recipes, read here).
Fortunately, with its chicken broth base, plus a little olive oil, and plenty of good butter and flour, making a good gravy recipe will be a worry of the past.
Not just for pork chops, but all kinds of meats!
23. Breaded Pork Chops
We’ve covered one or two breaded recipes for pork chops on this list so far.
We love how a good breaded piece of pork chop is both a little crunchy on the outside, whilst also being soft and full of flavor on the inside.
If you love breaded pork as much as we do, then you’re going to love this recipe like we do, too!
24. Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops
Whilst some people might contest combining pineapple and pork chop flavors, we say that it’s one of the best things you can grill up for a hot summer day.
That’s right, not only is this a brilliant combination of sweet and savory flavors, but it is also one that can be grilled as part of a barbecue!
25. Spicy Baked Pork Chops
Do you want to make a recipe with pork chops that is incredible?
This one makes brussel sprouts taste great. You can’t get much more incredible than that!
… Okay, that’s a little harsh on these little vegetables.
But if you know a child, or even an adult for that matter, who hates how these taste to them, this is a recipe that can get them to start appreciating both pork and this notorious little veggie at the same time!
26. Pear ‘n’ Fennel Pork
Fennel is an underrated veggie for us, so we’re glad that at least this recipe is showing what it is capable of.
With a surprisingly sweet flavor that you may not associate with bulb vegetables like this, this makes an excellent sauce to drip over your pork and other vegetables.
27. Saucy Brown Sugar Bake Pork Chops
Using sugar is a time-honored way of making the best marinades, even if that can make them a little less healthy.
But if you’re looking to spoil yourself with your next marinade, whether it is for a thick piece of pork chop or any other meaty dish, this is a good recipe to draw on.
However, we would still recommend trying this with a nice pork chop first!
28. Slow Cooker Mushroom & Pork Chops
To those people that say that pork is a lump of bland meat on its own, we say… that’s a little harsh but fair.
However, this also means that pork can be great food for absorbing other flavors too, like in this mushroom and pork chop slow-cooked recipe!
The extra-long cooking time gives the pork plenty of time to absorb all those flavors and turns it into a gorgeous sponge of taste and texture
29. Pork Chops Ole
This is a great and simple way to present pork to any dinner table. Plenty of cheese and plenty of meat together will put a smile on everyone’s face here!
30. Boneless Pork Chops Skillet With Honey Garlic Sauce
Want more than just a little garlic to flavor your pork chops with?
Honey also makes a great meat glaze, as this recipe clearly shows!
31. Best Grilled Pork Chops
It’s time to get pork on a grill and make a fantastic recipe while we’re at it with this recipe!
Do the unthinkable, and make pork the best meat on your grill this summer season!
32. No Fuss Pork Chops
This recipe is exactly what its name suggests.
No fancy extras needed, no unnecessary spices wanted. Just a simple recipe that you can put together in the blink of an eye and enjoy!
33. Creamy Basil Skillet Pork Chops
It’s the end of our list, so we have to end on a strong note here.
Fortunately, we have found just such as recipe to leave you with. One that, with its creamy sauce that has been seasoned to perfection, will be an absolute treat to chow down on.
Both for yourself, and the 3 other servings that this recipe covers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are My Pork Chops Always So Tough?
If you are new to cooking, or even cooking pork chops specifically, you may have found that your pork chops feel very tough to bite and chew into, whilst also lacking a lot of flavors that you may have been expecting.
If this is the case for you, this could mean that you simply cooked the pork chop for too long.
Once thrown on a hot skillet or in a frying pan, pork is often very easy to dry out, resulting in that tough texture and lack of flavor that has been bothering your cooking.
Make sure to stay as close to the recipe for cooking times and temperature as you can to avoid this issue.
How Long Do Pork Chops Tend To Last?
This will depend largely on how you stored and cool your pork chops.
Like many other kinds of meat, such as lamb, veal, and beef, pork, once it has been thoroughly cooked, should be kept in an airtight container and the refrigerator.
If these steps have been followed, then pork can stay edible for around 3 to 4 days before expiring.
If the pork chop starts to have a sour smell to it, it is a sign that it has gone bad, and should be disposed of immediately.
And there you have it!
As you can see, there are a variety of pork chop (see also ‘How To Tell If Pork Chops Are Done‘) recipes out there for you to try, for all experience levels.
Now you have to pick just one or two of them!
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