A Delicious Twist: Pineapple Pork Chops Made Easy

Easy pineapple pork chops bring together the flavors of juicy and tender pork chops with the sweet and sour tang of pineapple, onion, and garlic, complemented by a touch of honey for an extra hint of sweetness. This delightful pork skillet dish is the perfect choice for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal.

Easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet.

A Crowd-Pleasing Favorite

Pork chops are always a hit with my family, offering juicy and tender meat coated in a delectable sweet and sour sauce that everyone loves. What sets these easy pork chop skillet dinners apart is their pairing with the delightful sweetness of pineapple. It’s a combination that my kids adore!

This recipe is a breeze to make, with just 5 minutes of preparation and 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time. If you’re searching for quick and easy meal ideas, this one should definitely make it onto your list! It’s perfect for those busy evenings when you want something delicious without spending hours in the kitchen.

Variety Is the Spice of Life

In my house, we love to rotate between different pork chop recipes. Alongside these mouthwatering Easy Pineapple Pork Chops, we enjoy indulging in dishes like BBQ Baked Pork Chops, Maple Bourbon Pork Chops, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, or even these tantalizing Hawaiian Grilled Pork Chops. It’s an exciting lineup that adds a touch of variety and keeps things interesting!

Easy pineapple pork chops ingredients.

A Shopping List for Success

Wondering what ingredients you need to create these delightful pineapple pork chops? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pork: Opt for 4 medium-sized boneless pork chops, although bone-in chops work just as well.
  • Oil: I recommend using olive oil for its flavorful profile, but any other light-flavored oil can be substituted.
  • Butter: Adding a teaspoon of butter to the cooking process enhances the final sauce’s taste. I prefer using unsalted butter to control the saltiness, but any butter will do.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic is always best for its superior flavor, but garlic paste can be used as a substitute.
  • Onion: For a robust onion flavor, I suggest using white or yellow onions. Red onions work too, providing a milder taste, and shallots are an option as well.
  • Pineapple: Fresh pineapple, cut into cubes, is the star of this dish. If needed, canned pineapple can be used as a quick substitute.
  • Honey: Sweeten the sauce with honey, or you can substitute it with maple syrup for an unrefined sugar option.
  • Seasoning: Don’t forget to season the chops generously with salt and black pepper for a flavor-packed dish.
  • Garnish: Finish the dish by garnishing the pineapple pork chops with freshly chopped cilantro. Flat-leaf parsley can be used as an alternative.
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Easy pineapple pork chops on a white plate.

Cooking Made Effortless

Preparing these easy pineapple pork chops in a skillet is a breeze. Here’s how you do it:

1. Cook the Chops: Begin by seasoning the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Place the pork chops in the skillet and cook one side for 4-5 minutes until they turn golden. Push the chops to one side of the skillet, creating space to flip and cook the other side.

Easy pineapple pork chops seared.

2. Add the Pineapple: Create a sweet and sour sauce by adding butter, garlic, onion, and pineapple to the empty space in the skillet. Stir regularly and cook for approximately 3 minutes until everything is well combined.

Easy pineapple pork chops seared in skillet.

3. Finish the Dish: Reduce the heat to medium, and add honey to the skillet. Stir it into the pineapple sauce and remove the skillet from heat. Let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

4. Serve the Pineapple Pork: Plate the pork and pineapple sauce alongside a side of rice. For that final touch, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Easy pineapple pork chops with sauce.

Recipe Hints & Tips

Here are a few helpful hints and tips to elevate your pineapple pork chop experience:

  • Storing Pineapple Pork Chops: After cooking, let the pork cool down and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing Pork Chops: Allow the cooked pork chops to cool down, then place them in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. To enjoy them, defrost in the refrigerator, and then gently reheat in a pan over medium heat until warmed through.
  • Temperature Matters: Overcooking pork chops can result in dry and tough meat. Cook the chops until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F, which ensures juicy and tender results. Remember to let the chops rest for 5 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute, enhancing tenderness and moisture.
  • Versatility: While this recipe calls for pork chops, feel free to experiment with pork tenderloin or even chicken thighs and breasts. The sauce’s flavors work well with various proteins.
  • Veggie Pairings: Add extra vegetables to the sauce to enhance the dish’s nutritional value and flavor. Bell peppers, broccoli, or carrots can all be excellent additions.
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Easy pineapple pork chops with pineapple.

The Pink Debate

One question that often arises is whether pork chops can be slightly pink. The answer is a resounding yes! When cooking pork chops, the internal temperature should reach 145°F in the thickest part, resulting in a slight pinkness. This indicates that the chops are juicy and perfectly safe to eat. Overcooking them until they turn gray will lead to tough and dry meat.

Perfect Pairings

Looking for delicious side dishes to serve with your pineapple pork chops? Here are some great options:

  • Steamed Rice: It’s a classic choice that complements pork chops perfectly. Alternatively, you can try my flavorful Cilantro Lime Rice.
  • Spicy Potatoes: For those craving a little spice, indulge in my Spicy Lebanese Potatoes or some Paprika Roasted Potatoes.
  • Salads: Salads always make a lovely accompaniment to pork chops. Consider options like Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing, or the refreshing Everyday Italian Salad.
  • Vegetable Sides: Add more veggies to your meal with options like Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Turmeric Cauliflower, or some Simple Roasted Broccoli.

Easy pineapple pork chops up close in skillet.

Expand Your Culinary Horizons

If you’re eager to explore more tantalizing pork recipes, give these options a try:

  • Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
  • Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Ribs
  • Cast Iron Pork Tenderloin
  • Oven-Baked Pork Chops
  • Air Fryer Pork Taquitos
  • Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Easy pineapple pork chops with logo.

So why not give these easy pineapple pork chops a go? They bring together the perfect balance of flavors and are sure to become a family favorite. Don’t forget to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes and inspired cooking ideas!

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