I am SO happy to have my friend Bet from Bet on Dinner with us again today! She is just the best. Bet always shares the yummiest and easiest recipes. If you haven’t seen her 21-Day Fix Meal Plan – you MUST click HERE. Such an absolutely doable, delicious way to get healthy fast. Plus, Bet is a friend of mine from high school and I just love her heart and the way she sees things. Today’s recipe is one of our family’s favorites! I know you will love it AND my friend, Bet!
Who could use a quick, weeknight dinner? Without a fancy list of ingredients? With a make-ahead option that lets you put dinner on the table 20 minutes after you walk in the door? **waves both hands wildly** These honey garlic glazed pork chops check all these wonderful boxes. Plus, this sweet, gorgeous, saucy glaze – it honestly makes my mouth water to look at it!
Since the last time I shared a post on Happy Home Fairy, I had my third daughter and somehow she’s now a super active, determined 8-month-old who likes to play in our dog’s water bowl, chew on used forks scavenged from the dishwasher, and eat the feathers that are coming out of our couch. (Dear couch: please stop shedding feathers.) She’s the most amazing gift to our family – practically a celebrity to her big sisters – but she definitely makes it hard(er) to get dinner on the table! I’ve been embracing simple, quick meals and these pork chops are perfect.
So: mix together honey, lemon juice, minced garlic, and soy sauce for the glaze. I love that it’s only 4 ingredients – and ones that I usually have on hand! The glaze is sweet, but not too sweet – the lemon juice and garlic give it plenty of zip, and the soy sauce adds that salty richness. You can also make the glaze ahead of time (the night before/in the morning/at nap time) to help streamline the cooking process.
The key to developing great flavor is browning the meat, so don’t even touch the pork chops for the first couple of minutes they’re in the pan! Once they’re seared on both sides, turn the heat down and pour in the glaze. Scrape the browned bits on the bottom of the skillet while the sauce bubbles and smells amazing. Simmer the pork chops until they’re cooked through, then give the glaze a couple of extra minutes to thicken if it needs it. I have lots of notes in the recipe about how to tell when the chops and glaze are done, but the sauciness of this dish makes it very forgiving even if things get a little overcooked (because, say, you’re fishing feathers out of a baby’s mouth. For example.)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juïce (about 1 lemon)
- 2-3 cloves garlïc, mïnced (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 4 boneless pork chops (3/4-1″ thïck)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2-3 Tablespoons olïve oïl
- To make the glass, whïsk the honey, lemon juïce, mïnced garlïc, and soy sauce together ïn a bowl, or shake ït up ïn a jar. (Thïs step can be done ahead of tïme and stored ïn the frïdge untïl you’re ready to cook the pork chops.)
- Heat 2-3 Tablespoons olïve oïl ïn a large (12″) skïllet over medïum to medïum-hïgh heat, untïl the oïl shïmmers.
- Season the pork chops on both sïdes wïth salt and pepper. Carefully add them to the skïllet and let them brown (3-4 mïnutes).
- When they’re nïcely browned on the fïrst sïde, flïp them over and sear the second sïde, 3 mïnutes.
- Reduce the heat to medïum-low and add the glaze. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bïts on the bottom of the skïllet and stïr them ïnto the glaze.
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