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Honey Garlic Pork Chops

April 14, 2019 (Last Updated: August 10, 2023) by Chris Collins

These Honey Garlic Pork Chops couldn’t be any more delicious if they tried. Quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients!

Quick dinners don’t come more delicious than this. Perfectly fried pork chops bathed in a sticky honey garlic glaze? UGH, grab a fork and follow me…

overhead shot of Pork Chops in a frying pan coated in a honey garlic sauce

How to prepare Pork Chops

Bone in

For this recipe you’ll want bone in pork chops. Bone in pork chops are great because they tend to end up more tender than boneless pork chops. Having the bone in also ensures the chops cook more evenly, as the bone heats up it then cooks the meat attached to it.

Room temp

It’s important to get the pork out the fridge at least 15mins before needed, just to bring them to room temp. Frying meat straight from the fridge, especially pork, will cause it to seize up and become chewy. And you and me both know, there’s literally nothing worse than chewy pork chops ☹️

Pat Dry

It’s important to remove as much moisture as you can from the outside of the pork chops. Excess moisture will prevent the meat from browning properly. Simply use paper towels to pat them dry.

From there, it’s just a case of liberally seasoning them with salt and pepper, then drizzle with oil. No other seasoning needed – promise 😉

closeup shot of pork chops in skillet garnished with garlic and rosemary

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Whilst you could bake the chops, pan frying will offer a far better texture and flavour. You get the direct heat of the pan which caramelizes the pork so beautifully. It also gives you opportunity to baste the chops, which we’ll get to in just a sec.

Whilst the honey garlic sauce is beyond delicious, it’s not going to mask poorly cooked pork chops, so here’s a few tips on getting soft and juicy chops.

How to get juicy Pan Fried Pork Chops

  1. High heat – Bring your pan to a scorching hot heat to get a nice sear on the outside. Whilst you can fry them at a low/medium temp, you’ll miss out on a huge amount of flavour and they won’t be as moist.
  2. Butter – Once you flip the chops, baste them in herbs, garlic and butter to keep them nice and juicy.
  3. Let them rest! – After you’ve seared both sides on high heat and seared the fat, let them rest for at least 5 mins. This will not only give the chops time to continue cooking through the centre, but will allow them to soak back any juices trying to escape.

Okay, pork chops are good to go. Let’s talk sauce!

How to make Honey Garlic Pork Chops - 4 step by step photos

Honey Garlic Sauce

There’s something about the combination of honey and garlic which makes me weak at the knees. There’s just a few other ingredients that really complete this sauce:

Honey Garlic Sauce Ingredients

  • Honey – Ensure it’s runny honey or it’ll clump up in the pan.
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic, 2 cloves to infuse the butter then another 2 to make the sauce.
  • Butter – this will be leftover from basting the pork chops AND infused with rosemary/thyme (& extra garlic).
  • Soy Sauce – will give gorgeous depth to the sauce.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – balances out the sweetness of the honey and adds a hint of apple, which coincidentally pairs perfectly with pork.

Once you’ve removed the pork from the pan, add the garlic straight in and get started with the sauce. It doesn’t take long for the sauce to thicken at all, so just be vigilant.

Top Tip – Ensure you turn down the heat and allow the pan to cool a little before adding the garlic, otherwise it’ll burn and go bitter.

tongs holding pork chops on pan to render fat

Can you use chicken instead?

Yup, chicken goes perfectly with honey garlic sauce. Check out my Honey Garlic Chicken!

What to serve with Honey Garlic Pork Chops?

Potatoes: Mustard Mash | Roasted Baby Potatoes | Goose Fat Roast Potatoes | Oven Baked Chips.

Veg: Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower | Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots | Garlic Green Beans.

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these honey garlic pork chops shall we?!

One Honey Garlic Pork Chop served on a plate with mash and green beans

How to make Honey Garlic Pork Chops (Full Recipe and Video)

closeup shot of pork chops in skillet garnished with garlic and rosemary

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

These Honey Garlic Pork Chops couldn't be any more delicious if they tried. Quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients!
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories per serving: 739kcal
Cost per serving: £4 / $5

Equipment:

  • Large Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Spoon (for basting)
  • Chopping Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Wooden Spoon

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2x 9oz/250g bone-in Pork Chops, brought close to room temp (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 large cloves of Garlic (2 lightly crushed with skins on, 2 minced)
  • 1/4 cup / 80g Honey
  • 1.5 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Light/All Purpose Soy Sauce
  • 1 sprig of Rosemary
  • 1 sprig of Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Instructions:

  • If the strip of fat on the pork is fairly thick then consider making diagonal slits all the way down. This will prevent the chops from curling up in the pan. Pat the chops dry with paper towels and generously sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Rub the seasoning into the meat.
  • Place a cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottom pan over high heat. Once smoking hot, drizzle in a dash of oil and place in the pork chops. Leave to fry for 3-5mins, or until deep golden/lightly charred (you should start to see blood/moisture just starting to rise to the top side). Flip and continue frying for another 2mins until they begin to pick up colour on the other side.
  • Drop butter, thyme, rosemary and 2 garlic cloves into the pan. Baste the chops for another 1-2mins. Place the garlic & herbs on one of the chops, then place the other chop on top so the strips of fat align. Flip and sear the fat to render down the fat for 1-2mins (should be deep golden/caramelized). Remove chops from the pan & rest to one side. Important to rest so the pork retains its juices.
  • Turn the heat down to a low-medium and remove any large bits of char. When the pan has cooled down add the garlic. Fry until it just begins to take on colour then pour in the honey, soy sauce and vinegar.
  • Stir and simmer until the sauce thickens (should coat the back of a spoon), then add the chops and baste in the sauce. Serve up and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Room Temp - Really important to get your pork chops out of the fridge at least 15mins before needed. Frying meat straight from the fridge causes it to seize up and got chewy.
b) Cooked Pork/Timings - Timings will depend on the thickness of the pork. It's recommended to get to a safe temp of 145F/63C with the juices running clear. Keep in mind it'll continue cooking slightly as it rests.
c) Chicken - Perfect to sub in chicken, head over to my Honey Garlic Chicken to check that out.
d) Serve - To serve I usually go for Mustard Mash and Garlic Green Beans (just because I'm a garlic fiend). Check out my sides for more inspo! 
e) Calories - based on the whole recipe divided by two without sides.

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 739 Calories from Fat 319
% Daily Value*
Fat 35.44g55%
Saturated Fat 13.62g68%
Trans Fat 0.268g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.714g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.788g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 459mg19%
Potassium 954mg27%
Carbohydrates 37.59g13%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 34.96g39%
Protein 65.67g131%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    K Parsons
    March 6, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely lovely recipe. Fast, easy and delicious! I didnt have apple cider vinegar on hand so used Rice Wine vinegar and turned out wonderfully. Thank you! Looking forward to trying other recipes from your blog

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 8, 2023 at 10:36 am

      So great to hear this went down well! Thanks so much for popping back for a review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    October 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This is AMAZING!!! I mean, lick the plate wonderful. And it came together so easily!!! Made it with mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and sautéed mushrooms. Will be making it again soon for sure!!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 19, 2022 at 2:57 pm

      That’s so great to hear, Jennifer! Thanks so much for the review 🙂 C.

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    Barbara
    December 17, 2021 at 6:54 am

    5 stars
    This was fantastic! Had a lot of sauce left when done so I strained it and served it on the side. Peeps loved it on the pork and roasted potatoes! Thanks for the thorough instructions!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 17, 2021 at 11:13 am

      So happy to hear this went down well, Barbara 🙂

  • Reply
    Denise
    April 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    5 stars
    I’m drooling looking at the photos! This sounds so tasty, and the honey garlic glaze sounds out of this world good.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 18, 2019 at 9:40 am

      It’s so so yummy (if I do say so myself )

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    April 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    5 stars
    Pork chops are such a tasty meal, delicious when served with veggies. The honey glazing sounds amazing and a perfect finish.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 18, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Helen 🙂

  • Reply
    Marie-Charlotte Chatelain
    April 17, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    5 stars
    Pork – oh my I have not had too much luck with frying pork chops! They often end up so dry and somewhat lacking flavor! By reading the instructions I feel this might be my new goto! ! The pan sauce looks mouthwatering !!!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 18, 2019 at 9:39 am

      You should totally give it a go! 🙂

  • Reply
    Gloria
    April 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    5 stars
    Honey garlic is such a classic flavour, especially for pork. I know my family would love these for dinner any night of the week. I can’t wait to get outside and start grilling. These would be fantastic.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 18, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Yes! So fantastic on the grill!

  • Reply
    Rosa
    April 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this looks so flavourful! My husband loves honey garlic wings so I bet he’d love this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 18, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Oh yum! I Never thought of honey garlic wing but I’m definitely trying that now!

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