One of the best things about pork chops is how quick and easy they are to prepare. Plus, they’re extremely versatile. You probably have a favorite go-to cooking method, but we think it’s fun to shake things up from time to time. Next time your family wants pork chops, experiment with one of these unexpected pork chop recipe ideas.
1. Cheese-stuffed. Stuffing is a simple cooking concept that pays delicious dividends. After all, adding cheese to anything pumps up the yum quotient. The cheese you choose for your pork-chop filling will greatly affect the flavor.
- Mild mozzarella gives the Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops at Carmen’s Kitchen an irresistible Italian character.
- For a rich and tangy taste, try Apple Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops from Jo Cooks.
2. Kebabs. Pork chops are a great choice for kebabs because they’re magnificent in a marinade and they cook in a flash on the grill.
- Kick your BBQ efforts up a level with the Mojo-Marinated Pork Kebabs with Mangos from Serious Eats.
- Sriracha sauce gets a worthy outing with Sweet and Spicy Kebabs from So Tasty So Yummy.
3. Molasses brined. Brining is a favorite technique for preparing poultry, but that extra flavor and tenderness is also a perfect match for pork chops. Water and kosher salt are familiar ingredients in any brine, but the addition of a sweet element like molasses adds complexity to the final dish. You need to plan a little bit ahead, like with a marinade, but the results are worth it.
- A molasses brine paired with an olive oil and paprika rub creates a subtle but unmistakable sweet-and-savory tang in these Pork Chops with Roasted Corn Salsa from A Good Appetite.
- If you want a little more kick, try the Coffee and Molasses Brined Pork Chops full of dark and delicious flavors from One Woman’s Kitchen.
4. Soup. When you’re wondering what to do with a pack of frozen pork chops, soup probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind but maybe it should be. The gentle cooking keeps the meat tender, juicy, and flavorful. You can use chops in any soup recipe that calls for chopped pork shoulder or loin.
- Love the classic Mexican spicy soup called posole? Even a novice cook can make this simplified version, Pork and Hominy Soup, from Crumb.
- Think ramen is only for college kids? You won’t after you try this grown-up Pork Ramen Soup from Big Girl Small Kitchen. The flavors are sophisticated, but it goes from fridge to stove to plate in under 20 minutes.
5. Asian-inspired. Asian flavors play beautifully with pork, but people often don’t think to add them to chops. Pairing complex Asian flavors with simple pork chops is a sure way to liven up your dinnertime repertoire.
- The Thai Ribeye Pork Chops from Pork Be Inspired include a twist of lime that really gets our taste buds popping.
- An incredible combination of chili, ginger, and honey make the Korean Pork Chops from It’s a Keeper a must-try recipe.
- For a simple and authentic Japanese recipe, try the Baked Tonkatsu from Just One Cookbook. The breaded pork chop gets crispy in the oven without messy frying.