Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pork Chop Success! Grilled Lemon-Herb Pork Chops

I love pork chops, but every time I attempt to make them they turn out dry and tough. Recently I set out on a mission to find a great pork chop recipe that would help alleviate my pork-chop-induced stress. I went to my favorite recipe website, and found a recipe that sounded simple and delicious. The recipe called for garlic, which I replaced with garlic olive oil (because I don't eat garlic). If you would like to try this recipe with garlic, check out the AllRecipes link below.

Grilled Lemon-Herb Pork Chops

(Adapted from

6 (4-ounces each) boneless pork chops
1/4 cups lemon juice
2 T garlic olive oil
1 t salt
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t pepper

** If you can eat garlic (not following a low FODMAPs diet), use regular olive oil and add 4 cloves of chopped garlic instead of using garlic olive oil **

  1. In a large resealable bag, combine lemon juice, oil, salt, oregano, and pepper. Place chops in bag, seal, and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Turn bag frequently to distribute marinade.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Remove chops from bag, and transfer remaining marinade to a saucepan. Bring marinade to a boil, remove from heat, and set aside.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill pork chops for 5 to 7 minutes per side, basting frequently with boiled marinade, until done.

You can marinade your chops in a container or in a large bag. I've done both (I've made this recipe twice now!).

Nick enjoyed his pork with a large salad and I ate mine with steamed kale. We both agreed that this recipe was "DELICIOUS", and I can finally stop saying that I have "never made a good pork chop". Wahoo!

(Serving Size: 1 piece of pork)

And if you want to reduce the sodium, try some Mrs. Dash or just omit some of the salt.
QUESTION: What's your favorite pork chop marinade? Share your recipes, please!

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  1. I'm so glad you posted this! Joe loves pork chops (he's the only person I know who goes out to dinner searching for them on the menu)...and I always seem to manage for them to turn out tough and dry. He likes them that way, but I don't!

    I'll definitely try this! When I was a kid, the only way I had pork chops was in Shake 'n Bake....yuck!!
    It reminds me of that one Brady Bunch episode when Peter walked around saying "Pork Chops and Applesauce"...
    I know, random!

    Hope you have a great day!

  2. I've never been a big pork chop person but I DO enjoy porkchops made with cinnamon apples!

  3. Goya Chipotle Marinade. It comes in a HUGE bottle for only a couple of $. Chicken, pork, beef, whatever. I cannot get enough of chipotle flavored anything. Allie

  4. I need to remember this recipe-- Ryan LOVES pork chops, but they always taste so dry and rubbery to me! Sounds like the perfect recipe!

  5. I find that pork is very easy to overcook, especially when the previous recs were to cook until 160 and tough as rubber. Cook chops/loin until 140 and let it sit until 145 and it's perfect :)

  6. It's so gratifying to cook something successfully that you haven't previously. Well done.

  7. This was my problem before, the pork chops turn out tough, good thing I’ve read “how to” steps over the net. I’m really happy that my dish became successful, good thing we’ve decided to buy a new refrigerator, where I stocked my marinated pork chop for about 24 hours.