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Easy Pineapple Pork Chops

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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.

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 Pork Chop Skillet Dinner recipe because of the sweet pineapple that is paired with the pork. 

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 non-stick skillet with oil on medium-high.

Easy pineapple pork chops pork chops seared.

Place the pork chops into the hot 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 into the empty space in the skillet.

Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly until combined.

Easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet.

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.

SERVE THE PINEAPPLE PORK. Serve the pork and pineapple sauce with a side of rice and garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro.

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.

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 pineapple pork chops with logo.

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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