Lick the plate good! A slightly tangy, slightly sweet, garlic marinade gives these pork chops a delicious flavor and makes extra for a finishing sauce. Top these chops with caramelized onions for a real weekday winner!
1 lb pork chops
1/2 large onion
1/4 olive oil
4 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp smoked sea salt (or regular salt if that’s what you have on hand)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Caramelize the Onions:
- Slice onion into strips.
- Heat some olive oil in a small skillet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute onions on low to medium heat.
- Onions are done when they are very tender, reach a golden color and taste sweet. Add extra salt and pepper according to your liking and try not to eat the whole pan before serving!
Marinate the Pork:
- Whisk all of the ingredients except for onion and pork chops in a small bowl.
- Place pork chops in a ziplock bag, bowl or baking dish and cover all sides with the marinade.
- Allow the pork to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes but up to 8 hours.
Cook the Pork:
- Heat a cast iron or stainless-steel skillet to medium-high heat. Coat skillet with a little oil or butter.
- Cook pork until it reaches your desired doneness. Depending on the thickness of your chop, the amount of time will differ. We used thin, 1/2 inch chops and only needed to cook them on the skillet for 2-3 minutes per side. Alternatively, you can use a grill pan or an outdoor grill to cook the chops. If using a grill however, you will not have the pan sauce to drizzle over the chops at the end. DO NOT drizzle any uncooked marinade over cooked meat!
- Drizzle some of the pan sauce over the cooked chops and top with caramelized onions. Enjoy!
Cook the chops any way you desire- skillet, grill pan or outdoor grill. Note that you will only get a pan sauce if you use a skillet. The pork is still very delicious without any excess sauce!
Discard any ‘raw’ uncooked marinade.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Time to marinate: 30 minutes-8 hours
- Cook Time: 15 minutes