Let’s face it. Plain old pork tends to be a little bland. Luckily, there are easy and delicious ways to spice up an ordinary, everyday pork chop. The best part is that they’re all relatively easy to put together. Often, all it takes is throwing a few ingredients together, letting the chops marinate, and tossing them on the grill. These seven pork chop recipes encompass all things delicious: tasty marinades, flavorful seasonings, and savory chops. So fire up the grill and try one of these marvelous recipes for yourself!
1. Teriyaki Pork Chops With Blueberry-Ginger Relish
Grilled pork chop perfection combined with a blueberry-ginger relish creates a healthy dish to enjoy any night of the week. For the best results, take a few minutes in the morning to get the pork chops marinating. The longer they marinate, the better the flavor! This guiltless Eating Well recipe yields 4 servings and only contains 229 calories and 8 grams of fat.
- 4 bone-in center-cut pork chops, (about 1¾ pounds), trimmed of fat
- 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, coarsely chopped
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Directions: To marinate, place pork chops in a large sealable plastic bag. Whisk soy sauce, sherry, garlic, brown sugar, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Add the marinade to the bag, seal, and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. To prepare the relish, combine blueberries, shallot, chile, cilantro, lime juice, ginger, and salt in a small bowl about 20 minutes before grilling the pork. Preheat the grill to high. Remove the pork chops from the marinade. Grill the chops 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving with the relish.
Recommended wine pairings: Pinot Noir shines when paired with pork and mild teriyaki marinades, so it should come as no surprise that it’s our choice here. Try a bright, acidic 2012 Ombré Pinot Noir or a spicy 2012 Porter and Plot—both delectable choices.