Honey Garlic Pork Chops are perfectly seasoned, seared to perfection and glazed with a mouthwatering honey garlic sauce. This deliciously simple pork chop recipe delivers a perfect blend of flavors in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights, impressive enough for guests, these honey garlic pork chops are sure to be a new favorite!
Honey Garlic Pork Chops Recipe
From stovetop to tabletop in under 30 minutes, this dish is a winner on all fronts and is sure to be a new family favorite. This delightful recipe turns every day pork chops into a dinner worthy of guests and yet is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight.
This deliciously simple pork chop recipe delivers a perfect blend of flavors in under 30 minutes. Pork chops are simply seasoned with salt, pepper and sage and then seared to perfection.
The honey garlic sauce comes together quickly and adds so much flavor to this effortless dish. Sautéed garlic is combined with a mixture of honey, apple juice (wine, chicken stock or water or perfectly acceptable substitutions) and soy sauce and simmered until the flavors have melded and the sauce has thickened.
The pork chops are then basted with the sweet and savory honey garlic sauce, allowing that amazing flavor to penetrate the pork, creating juicy, flavorful pork chops the whole family will enjoy.
What To Serve With These Pork Chops
The honey and garlic flavors work well with a variety of side dishes but here are some of our favorites to serve alongside these chops:
- These homemade Mashed Potatoes are the perfect side dish for these pork chips. Any extra glaze is sure to be scooped up into a perfect bite.
- Crisp and flavorful, this Green Bean Recipe is made with bacon to really lean into that pork dinner.
- A bright, green salad like this Fall Apple Salad cuts through the richness of the dish.
- Our favorite Dinner Rolls are always a welcome addition to any meal and the perfect complement to these pork chops.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick and Easy: Ready in less than 30 minutes, this recipe is a go to when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinners.
- Mouthwatering Flavors: The combination of sweet honey and rich garlic is irresistibly delicious.
- Family Friendly: The sauce is absolutely divine and turns pork chops haters into pork chop enthusiasts. The flavors are rich and flavorful but familiar for a family friendly meal that packs a powerful punch.
What You’ll Need
The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. It takes under 30 minutes, uses ingredients you likely have on hand, and delivers a restaurant-quality dish that’s sure to impress. As always, you can find the full printable recipe with complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need…
- pork chops – I opted for boneless center cut pork chops but feel free to choose bone-in if you prefer. The chops will need a little more cooking time so adjust the time accordingly.
- seasoning – Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and ground sage create a base of flavor for the pork chops.
- extra virgin olive oil – You’ll need a little extra virgin olive oil to sear the pork chops and then a little more to saute the garlic and create the base for the honey garlic sauce.
- butter – Combined with the olive oil, it creates a lot of richness and flavor in the sauce.
- minced garlic – I used a full tablespoon of minced garlic, about 2 to 3 cloves. Feel free to use more or less depending on your preferences.
- honey – The honey adds a lovely sweetness to the sauce and tastes delicious with the pork.
- apple juice – I like Simply Apple Juice but any apple juice will work. You can also use chicken stock, white wine or water instead of the juice although I think apple and pork go together beautifully. The juice helps to deglaze the pan and lift off all those bits of flavor leftover from the pork chops.
- low sodium soy sauce – The soy sauce adds a really nice, savory depth of flavor to the honey garlic sauce. Opt for a low sodium soy sauce to control the salt levels.
- parsley – An optional garnish but it looks lovely and adds a pop of freshness.
How To Make Honey Garlic Pork Chops
- Prep Pork. Pat the pork chops dry and then sprinkle salt, pepper and sage evenly on both sides. Gently rub the seasoning into the chops.
- Cook Chops. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pork chops and cook on both sides until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chops to a cutting board or plate and cover with foil.
- Honey Garlic Sauce. Add butter and olive oil to the skillet. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Stir in the honey, apple juice (or chicken stock or water if using) and soy sauce, making sure to scrape all the bits off the bottom of the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened.
- Final Steps. Add chops back to the skillet and spoon the sauce over the top. Continue heating, basting with the sauce frequently, until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F. To crisp up the edges of the chops, place under the broiler for 1 to 3 minutes.
- Serve and Enjoy. Allow the pork chops to rest. Spoon extra sauce over the top of the chops, garnish with parsley and serve.
The Honey Garlic Pork Chops are best served fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To freeze, place in a freezer safe container or ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in microwave at 50% power until heated through. Texture will change.
The honey garlic sauce can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Variations To Try
- Spice. For those who enjoy a kick of spice, adding a pinch of crushed red pepper or cayenne can add some added flavor and heat to the dish.
- Herbs. Mix in fresh or dried thyme or rosemary for an added herbal note.
- Citrus. For a citrusy twist, grate some orange or lemon zest into the sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! I’m always down for adding more flavor. You’ll need to adjust the cooking time slightly as bone-in chops will take a bit longer to cook.
Pork chops are considered done when their internal temperature reaches 145°F. Using a meat thermometer ensures you get the perfect doneness every time.
White wine and chicken stock are delicious in this recipe but water can be used in a pinch.
Trish’s Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to pat your pork chops dry before adding the seasoning. This will ensure a nice sear and guarantees that lovely golden brown color.
- Use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor. Use a garlic press for quick and easy minced garlic.
- Get your skillet nice and hot before adding the chops. A quick sear will seal in the juices.
- Allow time for your pork to rest after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy pork chop.
- I love parsley as a great pop of color for garnish but thinly sliced green onion or even sesame seeds would be lovely.
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Honey Garlic Pork Chops
- 1 to 1½ pounds boneless center cut pork chops about ½ inch to ¾ inch thick
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- ½ teaspoon ground sage
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ⅓ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons apple juice chicken stock, white wine or water can also be used
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- parsley fresh, minced
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel. Combine salt, pepper and sage in a small bowl and then sprinkle evenly on both sides of the pork chops. Gently rub the seasoning into the chops.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pork chops and cook on both sides until golden brown on both sides, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Pork chops internal temperature should be between 130°F and 135°F. (The chops will be cooked a more later).
- Remove the chops to a cutting board or plate and cover with foil.
- Add butter and remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring continuously, or until fragrant.
- Stir in the honey, apple juice (or chicken stock or water if using) and soy sauce, making sure to scrape all the bits off the bottom of the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened.
- Add the pork chops back to the skillet and spoon the sauce over the chops. Continue heating, basting with the sauce frequently, until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F.
- To crisp up the edges of the chops, place under the broiler for 1 to 3 minutes.
- Allow the pork chops to rest for at least 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and spoon extra sauce over the top of the chops – it's amazing! Enjoy!