Saturday, March 5, 2011

the BEST Pork Chops you'll ever have!

When I first began eating according to the Paleo Diet, I hadn't looked at a recipe in years. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to cook (and bake, I'm experimenting with Paleo baking as we speak! posts to follow), I just didn't have the time. I left my apartment early, worked hard, went to the gym, took care of the dog, and by the time I realized I was starving, I'd grab whatever I could QUICKLY! I was living on sandwiches, vegetables with hummus, and pre-made meals.

Eating paleo opened my life back up to cooking, and not only cooking, but ENJOYING the time I spent in the kitchen. By only having limited resources, it was a fun and exciting challenge to see what I could come up with: the most delicious meal with the least amount of ingredients. I played this game most of January... but one trip to the grocery store I was overcome with a craving for pork chops: So that's what I brought home! I was so excited: Pork Chops and Applesauce!!! But how do I make pork chops! I ran over to my folder of recipes (I'm the type that copies down/prints out every recipe that looks even remotely "interesting", but then just let them sit in my recipe folder...)--- there it was! My favorite pork chops... and now I'm sharing it with you. Here is it: my recipe for Paleo Pork Chops!

Paleo Pork Chops


2 Organic/Grass fed Pork Chops
2 tbsp fresh rosemary- chopped
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 lemon- zested
2 garlic cloves- minced
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix all the marinade ingredients together and coat the pork chops in oven safe dish.
Cover and refrigerate--- at least 2 hours to overnight
To Cook:
Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking to allow to return to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 450degreesF and grill on medium high
Sear chops on grill on each side until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes)
Once seared, remove from grill and place back in marinade dish
Put dish in oven to cook, about 15-20 minutes.
Let rest 2-3 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute in the meat.


  1. Made these tonight for my family. Served them with applesauce and a big green salad. Yum yum!!! Thank you for sharing such a simple and delicious recipe. I think these are indeed my new favorite pork chops.

  2. Made these yesterday after my family had asked me never to make pork chops again :)
    They were a big hit. Thank you Margaret

  3. Do i add juice of lemon or just zest?

  4. im excited to try this, however there is a risk of cross contamination by using the raw meat marinated to cook it again. Just a suggestion to either make twice the marinade, half it before using, and use new stuff to bake in. Looking forward to tasting it though.

    1. But the fact that you are cooking the marinade seems to me like it would kill the possible harmful bacteria in the marinade. I am a FREAK when it comes to undercooking pork...and this wouldn't even make me blink :)

  5. Just made this as described. Amazing. Enough said.