Like chicken breasts, pork chops are weeknight wonders. Not only do they cook quickly, but they are also infinitely adaptable. That means you can slot them into the meal plan weekly without ever growing tired of them. These 10 recipes prove just how flexible and fast the mighty pork chop can be.
1. One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops
Your favorite jar of salsa wants to be more than just a dip for chips. Instead, transform it into a flavorful sauce for this quick mix of pork chops and zucchini.
2. Crispy, Cheese Sheet Pan Pork Chops
Using a wire rack in the baking pan allows the air to circulate over all sides of the meat, toasting the tops and bottoms just right, so you end up with extra-crispy chops instead of soggy-bottomed ones.
3. Maple-Ginger Pork with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Since chunks of sweet potatoes cook right in the same skillet as the pork chops, they benefit from soaking in lots of the meat’s juicy flavor.
4. Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry
A quick mix of maple, mustard, and soy acts as both the marinade and sauce for this fast stir-fry. Serve it over egg noodles or rice to make it a meal.
5. One-Pan Basil-Plum Pork Chops
Be sure to serve this one-pan dinner with crusty bread alongside it, as there will be lots of saucy goodness to mop up.
6. Sage-Brined Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze
While sage give these pork chops a wonderful earthy, woodsy flavor, you could easily substitute it for rosemary, if you prefer.
7. Pork Chops Stuffed with Pine Nuts, Porcini Mushrooms & Pecorino
Here’s a quick way to dress up weeknight pork chops: Stuff them with a mix of herbs, cheese, mushrooms, and pine nuts, then sear and roast them and you have something that’s special enough for an impromptu dinner party.
8. Rhubarb and Brown Sugar Skillet Pork Chops
While rhubarb is more common in desserts, its inherent tartness works wonders in savory dishes, like these soy and ginger skillet pork chops.
9. Pork Chops in Port Wine Sauce
While the sweet and savory Port sauce is quick to make, you can save yourself even more time by making it the night before and just reheating it on the stove as the pork cooks.
10. Easy Rosemary-Rubbed Pork Chops
A quick dry rub of brown sugar, rosemary, salt, and pepper is all these pork chops need to ready themselves for the grill or a skillet.