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Easy Pineapple Pork Chops

Easy pineapple pork chops combine juicy and tender pork chops with the sweet and sour flavors of pineapple, onion and garlic, and just a touch of honey for added sweetness. This quick pork skillet is the perfect quick weeknight meal. 

Easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet.

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EASY PINEAPPLE PORK CHOPS

Pork chops are always a hit with my family, juicy and tender pieces of meat, bound together with a tangy sweet and sour sauce that everyone enjoys.

My kids love these Easy Pineapple Pork Chops because of the sweet pineapple that is paired with the pork. I just love easy pork chop recipes on busy weeknights.

This recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and 10 to 15 minutes actual cooking time.

If you are looking for quick and easy meal ideas this one is one to make!

This is the kind of easy pork skillet recipe that I like to cook when I have family and friends over for dinner.

It tastes great and can be easily doubled up depending on numbers, but requires little cooking time once my guests arrive.

In my house we rotate between these Easy Pineapple Pork Chops, BBQ Baked Pork Chops, Maple Bourbon Pork Chops, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops or these Hawaiian Grilled Pork Chops

Easy pineapple pork chops ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE PINEAPPLE PORK CHOPS?

PORK: I use 4 medium sized boneless pork chops, however you can use bone-in chops in this recipe too.

OIL: I always use olive oil for flavor, but you can substitute with any other light flavored oil.

BUTTER: I also add a teaspoon of butter when cooking the chops, it adds great flavor to the finished sauce.  I like to use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe but any butter is fine. 

GARLIC: I always use fresh garlic which has the best flavor, but you can use garlic paste too.

ONION: I suggest using a white or yellow onion for a real hit of onion flavor, but you could use red onion too which is a little milder or even some shallots.

PINEAPPLE: I use fresh pineapple, cut into cubes in this dish. However, you could also used canned pineapple as a quick substitute.

HONEY: I use honey to sweeten the sauce, maple syrup would be a good substitution as it’s an unrefined sugar too.

SEASONING: Always use plenty of salt and black pepper when seasoning the chops, it will make all the difference to the finished dish.

GARNISH: I like to garnish the pineapple pork chops with some freshly chopped cilantro, flat leaf parsley would also work.

Easy pineapple pork chops on a white plate.

HOW TO MAKE EASY PINEAPPLE PORK CHOPS IN A SKILLET?

COOK THE CHOPS. Start by seasoning the pork chops well with salt and pepper. Next heat a large skillet with oil on medium-high heat.

Easy pineapple pork chops pork chops seared.

Place the pork chops into the hot large skillet and cook on one side for 4-5 minutes until golden.

Then push the pork chop to one side of the skillet to make space and flip the pork chops to cook the other side.

Easy pineapple pork chops seared in skillet.

ADD THE PINEAPPLE. Make the sweet and sour sauce, by adding the butter, garlic, onion and pineapple chunks into the empty space in the skillet.

Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly until combined.

FINISH THE DISH. Finally decrease the heat to medium and add in the honey. Stir through the pineapple sauce and remove from the heat and set aside to rest for 5 minutes. Make sure not to overcook the pork chops so you have juicy pork chops!

SERVE THE PINEAPPLE PORK. Serve the pork and pineapple sauce with a side of white rice and garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro. You also could serve this with pineapple slices  on the side.

Easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet.

WAYS YOU CAN MODIFY THESE HAWAIIAN PORK CHOPS

SAUCE: The sauce is delicious as is but you can modify it by adding a few particular flavors. Soy sauce works great in this sauce. It adds nice, salty flavor against the pineapple. You can use 2-3 tablespoons. I suggest using low-sodium soy sauce because it helps control the salt.

Another nice option is to add brown sugar alongside the honey for sweetness. If you like a slightly spicy sweet sauce add sriracha or chili garlic sauce like Huy Fong.

Lastly, I also wills sometimes add pineapple juice if I have it on hand. You could do 2-3 tablespoons or more if you like a thinner sauce.

FRESH HERBS: Fresh herbs always take dishes to the next level. I love adding fresh cilantro, fresh parsley or fresh oregano to this dish.

SPICES: If you want to add extra flavor to this dish try adding cayenne red pepper, crushed red pepper, oregano or Italian seasoning.

OTHER INGREDIENTS TO ADD: You can add grated ginger and minced garlic to enhance the flavor profile. Add a burst of citrus flavor by incorporating orange or lime zest and juice into the marinade. The acidity will help tenderize the meat and brighten up the dish.

Easy pineapple pork chops with sauce.

RECIPE HINTS & TIPS:

HOW TO STORE PINEAPPLE PORK CHOPS: Once cooked, allow the pork to cool down. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

HOW TO FREEZE PORK CHOPS: Allow the pork chops to cool down and place in an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator. Then once defrosted return to the pan and heat gently over a medium heat, until the chops have warmed through and the sauce is hot.

TEMPERATURE OF PORK: Pork chops dry out and become tough when overcooked. Only cook the chops until they reach in internal temperature of 145F, this way you avoid chewy pork.

Always rest the chops for 5 minutes after removing from the heat. This will allow the cooking juices to go back into the meat, resulting in tender, moist pork.

CUT OF PORK: I have used pork chops in this recipe, but you can swap the pork chops for pork tenderloin (pork filet) too. Don’t limit yourself to pork, as this recipe would work equally well with chicken thighs and chicken breast too.

VEGETABLES: Add in extra veggies to the sauce, bell peppers, broccoli and carrot would all work in this dish.

Easy pineapple pork chops with pineapple.

CAN PORK CHOPS BE SLIGHTLY PINK?

I often hear this question from people. The answer is yes! 

The internal temperature should be 145 degrees F in the deepest part using an instant-read thermometer or meat thermometer for pork chops and they will be slightly pink which means they are juicy and perfectly safe to eat.

If you overcook them to the point where there is no pink and the pork is slightly grey it will be tough and dry. 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PINEAPPLE PORK CHOPS?

Some steamed rice always works with pork chops or try my Cilantro Lime Rice. For something with a little more spicy try my Spicy Lebanese Potatoes or Paprika Roasted Potatoes.

Salads are always a nice pairing to pork chops. I love this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine NutsShaved Brussels Sprout SaladKale Salad with Lemon Dressing or this Everyday Italian Salad

Vegetable side dishes are another nice pairing. Some of my favorites are Mediterranean Roasted VegetablesTurmeric Cauliflower or this Simple Roasted Broccoli

Easy pineapple pork chops up close in skillet.

TRY SOME OF THESE OTHER GREAT TASTING PORK RECIPES:

AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN

SLOW COOKER HAWAIIAN PORK RIBS

CAST IRON PORK TENDERLOIN

HOW TO BAKE PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN

AIR FRYER PORK TAQUITOS 

HOW TO MAKE PORK TENDERLOIN IN THE SLOW COOKER 

EASY PORK ENCHILADAS

EASY PORK TACOS

Easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet.

Easy Pineapple Pork Chops

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy pineapple pork chops combine juicy and tender pork chops with the sweet and sour flavors of pineapple, onion and garlic, and just a touch of honey for added sweetness. This quick pork skillet is the perfect quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, boneless (medium size)
  • Sea salt, to season
  • Ground black pepper, to season
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter, unsalted
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple, cut in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh cilantro and green onions for garnish
  • Serve with rice or quinoa

Instructions

    1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat a non-stick skillet with oil on medium-high. Sear pork chops on one side for 4-5 minutes until golden.
    3. Push pork chop on one side of the skillet to make space. Flip pork chops to cook the other side.
    4. Add butter, garlic, onion and pineapple in the empty space of the skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes. Stir all together.
    5. Decrease heat to medium then add honey. Stir and remove.
    6. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.

Notes

How to store leftovers: Allow to cool down. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
How to freeze: Allow to cool down and place in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

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MO

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Made this receipe tonight and it was so easy and delicious. Thank you!

Julia

Thursday 25th of January 2024

So glad you liked it!

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I love this recipe. I had some fresh pineapple and smoked pork chops. The only thing I added was a pinch of cumin and it was a recipe we will repeat! Thank you

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