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These juicy, tender pork chops are cooked in a flavorful honey garlic sauce. Served on their own or over a bed of rice with veggies, it’s a meal the whole family will enjoy!

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Sauce being poured over a honey garlic pork chop

If you know me, you know I’m a farm girl at heart.  I’d prefer to see the stars instead of city lights. To see the sunset over the corn field rather than over skyscrapers every night. And most of all, to witness our kids experience farm-life, hard work, the beauty of rural Iowa and the wide open spaces.

Being on the farm, there’s no shortage of pork in the freezer. It’s fun to think up different ways to use pork chops and this recipe I dreamed up is one we’ll make again and again!!

honey garlic pork chop in a pan

My recipe for Honey Garlic Pork Chops uses simple ingredients and comes together super quick. 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!

Ingredients needed to make honey garlic pork chops.

Ingredients Needed

  • Vegetable Oil – You can opt to use olive oil instead. 
  • Pork Chops – You can use boneless pork chops OR bone-in pork chops for this recipe.  Both work great and are delicious options when cooked properly (more on that below!).
  • Salt & Black Pepper – Or seasoned salt.
  • Butter – I used salted butter.
  • Minced Garlic – You can buy minced garlic from the grocery store, cut up your own garlic cloves or opt for garlic powder (see notes in recipe card below)
  • Honey 
  • Water
  • Vinegar – You can use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar.
  • Red Pepper Flakes
Sliced honey garlic pork chop over rice with sauce being drizzled on top

How to Make Honey Garlic Pork Chops

You’ll start by searing the pork chops over medium-high heat until golden brown on each side.  This will help lock in the moisture and create a lovely caramelized flavor.

With all cuts of pork, it’s critical that they aren’t overcooked.  We want juicy pork chops….not tough, dry chops!  Therefore, once they’re seared, you’ll remove them from the pan.  

honey garlic sauce in a black skillet.

Next you’ll create a simple honey garlic sauce in the skillet.  Go ahead and use the same skillet – nobody likes extra dishes!

You’ll cook the sauce for just 3-4 minutes, or until bubbly.  The longer you cook the sauce, the thicker it’ll be.

Lastly, you’ll add the pork chops back to the skillet and let them cook in the most amazing honey garlic sauce!

Boneless chops cooking in a honey garlic sauce.

The cooking time will depend on how thick the pork chops are.  If you have thin-cut pork chops, they’ll take just a few minutes to an internal temperature of 145F.  Thin pork chops and boneless chops will cook more quickly than thick, bone-in chops.  

Baste the chops with the saucy glaze as they cook and serve right away!

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!

Sliced honey garlic pork chop with a bite out of it

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. This will guarantee the most tender pork chops.

If you don’t currently have an instant-read 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!

Sliced honey garlic pork chop over rice with sauce on top
How should I serve Honey Garlic Pork Chops?

You can serve them over rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes or nothing at all. I like to enjoy these on a bed of rice and a side of bright green vegetables like green beans or Brussels sprouts! If it’s summer, I love having garden lettuce with my favorite dressing for a quick healthy meal.

How Do I Store Leftover Pork Chops?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Other Favorite Pork Recipes

French Onion Pork Chops

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork in the Crockpot

Ground Pork Tacos

Honey Garlic Pork Chops
5 from 19 votes

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
4
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!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • pork chops (2 thick bone-in chops or 4 thin chops)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar white, apple cider or rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.5g | Protein: 31.2g | Fat: 22.6g | Saturated Fat: 8.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8.4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 84.5mg | Potassium: 555mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.1mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    is there a recipe for honey garlic chicken

  2. Ronnie Lee Beauford says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! I served over white rice!

  3. 5 stars
    Tasty dish for me, as a novice cook.. It did take several mins for my sauce to thicken (10-15 mins). I put the lid on my pan after reintroducing the chops and they ended up cooking too fast. Oops. Still good. I used 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes and my husband said it was too spicy for him, so I’ll omit it next time. I loved the tangy sauce and how it tasted over the brown rice we used instead of white rice. I think I will try it without any salt next time also to see if I can make it low salt, too.

  4. I miraculously found this recipe yesterday and my family absolutely LOVED it!!! I am not the best cook, so the fact that this was such an easy and simple recipe that had such a WOW factor, really says something! Thank you Kelsey! Can’t wait to check out your other recipes 🙂

  5. I made this dish tonite, my husband absolutely loved it!!