This quick and easy Grecian Pork Chops Recipe is a delicious, fast way to prepare perfect pork your family will love! The pork marinates a few hours to overnight for a rich, developed flavor and moist and tender meat.
I never really made a lot of pork in the past- for some reason I thought it was hard to prepare, and mine always came out either way underdone or dry and tough. On our recent trip to The Republic of Georgia, I ate as much pork as I could find- it was so delicious and flavorful. So I decided to play around with some recipes I had used for chicken and found a method I really, really love- it’s perfect and gets great results every time.
The key here is really hot pans- let your pan heat up and do not under any circumstance overcrowd the pan! This will give the pork a lovely sear for tons of flavor, without drying out the middle of the meat. Just add to the oven to bring up the temperature to 145 degrees- don’t add to the oven without a gorgeous, brown crust or you’ll miss out on a ton of flavor!
I personally think this tastes best when allowed to marinate for a day. I sometimes add the ingredients to the baggie when I clean up dinner the night before, so I have a quick and easy meal for the next day!
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 10 cloves garlic, diced
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4-6 pork chops, about 1/2" thick- add more time in the oven for thicker chops
- Ziploc bag
- 2 tbsp ghee , or clarified butter
- Add juice of one lemon, diced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper into a bag with pork chops.
- Marinate at least 3 hours, up to one day before making.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat a heavy cast iron pan on medium high until very hot.
- Add ghee until melted.
- Add in pork chops, without crowding the pan.
- Cook until well seared on each side- about 3 minutes.
- Add to oven and cook until internal temperature reaches 145-150 degrees. If you go by the older guidelines, it used to be 160 degrees, but the USDA now says 145 is good. Note that pork can still sometimes look a touch pink even when fully cooked, so go by the temperature.
Amount Per ServingCalories 385 Saturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 108mg Sodium 66mg Carbohydrates 4g Protein 29g
And if you love this recipe, come see a fun twist (with lots of yummy tomatoes!!) that I made – this five ingredient one pan tuscan pork loin is a huge hit!