These juicy, tender pork chops are cooked in a flavorful honey garlic sauce. They're delicious on their own or served over a bed of rice and veggies!Jump to Recipe
Here's something you may not know about me: I grew up on a pig, corn and soybean farm in Iowa. I loved it....well, about 95% of the time. The other times, I wondered what it would be like to be a "town kid." Part of me was envious of them. Maybe then I could ride my bike to friend's houses, walk to the pool, hang out at the park, etc.
Fast forward twenty years and now I am that "town kid." And there are parts of if that I do really enjoy. Being 3 minutes from the grocery store, having incredible workout friends that challenge me at the gym, to hear the neighborhood kids giggling on a summer night. But as much as we've enjoyed it here in the "city," we know the farm is where we're meant to be.
City life to farm life
In about a month, we're planting our roots back on the farm and I couldn't be more excited. To see the stars again instead of city lights. To see the sunset over the corn field every night. And most of all, to see our girls experience farm-life, hard work, the beauty of rural Iowa and the wide open spaces.
Anyways, back to the pork chops! 🙂 Growing up on a farm that raised pigs (and moving to a farm that also raises pigs), there was no shortage of pork in the freezer. I thought these Honey Garlic Pork Chops would be a fun and delicious way to spice things up!
This recipe for Honey Garlic Pork Chops comes together super quick and has loads of flavor. I love slicing them thin, placing them on a bed of white rice and drizzling the leftover sauce on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about these....ah! You've just gotta try it!
Should I use bone-in chops for this recipe?
It's up to you. Personally, I really like bone-in chops as I think it makes a more flavorful cut of pork. However, both bone-in and boneless would work great and be delicious options if cooked properly!
If you prefer boneless chops, go that route. If your grocery store has a sale on bone-in chops, go that route. This recipe easily lends itself to minor changes like that, giving you the option to adapt to what you've got!
What temperature should I cook my pork chops to?
Any whole muscle cut should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. That includes pork chops, pork loin, pork tenderloin, etc.
If you don't currently have a thermometer, I highly recommend getting one. It's by far the best tool you can use to guarantee perfectly cooked pork! Do you have a meat thermometer, but aren't sure if it's accurate? Learn how to calibrate it!
How should I serve Honey Garlic Pork Chops?
You can serve them over rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice or nothing at all. I like to enjoy these on a bed of rice and a side of bright green vegetables! If it's summer, I love having garden lettuce with my favorite dressing. Keeps it healthy, filling and flavorful!
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Honey Garlic Pork Chops
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- pork chops (2 thick bone-in chops or 4 thin chops)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ c honey
- ¼ c water
- 2 tablespoon vinegar white, apple cider or rice wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
- Pour the vegetable oil in a large skillet and turn the burner on medium/high heat.
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Once the skillet is hot, add the pork chops. Cook uncovered for 3 minutes on each side to sear the outsides of the chops; remove the chops from the pan and set aside.
- Turn the burner down to low/medium heat.
- To the skillet, add the butter and garlic. Let the garlic cook for about a minute.
- Next, stir in the honey, water, vinegar and pepper. Let cook for a few minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Add the chops back to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, basting frequently with the sauce. The pork chops are done when they register an internal temperature of 145°F. Let rest for 3 minutes before slicing.
- Thinly slice the chops and serve over a bed of rice; drizzle the remaining sauce over the pork.
- Garnish with parsley and additional crushed red pepper, if desired.
So I have LOVED every recipe off your blog. However, this one I had a little trouble with. Your sauce looks so thick, mine is like water. What do you think I did wrong??
First off, I'm so glad to hear you've been loving the recipes!! And I'm so glad you mentioned the sauce not being 100% what you expected it to be. I'm going to go back and edit the recipe to clarify. I doubt you did anything "wrong." What I'm going to do is recommend that those making the recipe cook the sauce a bit longer before adding the chops back in. When it cooks longer, more water will evaporate out and make a thicker sauce!
Angela Rodriguez says
Super delicious! Amazing!
So glad you enjoyed it, Angela!!! Thanks for supporting my small business - reviews like this help more than you know!! <3
So I was debating between making this recipe or a drunken stove top recipe, but seeing that you're from Iowa (where I lived till I was 19! Around the Waterloo, Dysart, Vinton area), and that totally made my decision for me lol can't wait to make this for lunch for my husband and his coworker today 😁 thank you!
Hi Sarah!! I'm actually in Northeast Iowa, too! How'd the recipe turn out??!
It came out amazing! The guys left the house after lunch stuffed! Haha everybody loved it! I did add half of a red onion with garlic and sauteed them together (I LOVE red onions lol), but it was amazing - thank you for sharing the recipe! My almost 3 year old loved it too, so you have her approval too 😀
Chanin Kirby says
It turned out very nicely. Thank you. I did add a little more honey and garlic, we like bold flavors.
So happy to hear, Chanin!! 🙂
Stephanie Stephenson says
Just made this for my 96yr old client and she loved it! Savory sweet tangy & delicious thin loin chops for breakfast! Thank you!
beth byrd says
Delicious chops! This easy recipe is a keeper!
Woohoooo so glad you enjoyed them, Beth!! 🙂
Great! Tasted so good ! Thank you.
Ann Pattish says
I just had these. OMG So good!
Entire family loved this recipe. Even a finicky 7 year old. Made a double recipe to have one for my lunch but there was nothing left on the table.
Awww so happy to hear that even a picky eater enjoyed this dish!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! -Kelsey
Tried the honey glazed pork chops. FANTASTIC. I never have any lick with pork chops usually too dry but these were delicious and perfect.
Woohoo!! SO happy to hear that! -Kelsey
I topped the chops with some steamed&pan seared broccoli & Goat Cheese under white rice. Best recipe ever!