Date Night Dinners/ Pork

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

April 14, 2019

These Honey Garlic Pork Chops couldn’t be more delicious if they tried. Quick to make with minimal ingredients, these truly are the perfect date night dinner!

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…

Pork Chops in a frying pan coated in a honey garlic sauce

Perfect Pork Chops

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

How to get juicy Pan Fried Pork Chops

  1. Room temp – Make sure you bring your chops to room temp before you fry them. If you fry them straight out the fridge they’ll seize up and go tough.
  2. 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.
  3. Butter – Once you flip the chops, baste them in herbs, garlic and butter to keep them nice and juicy.
  4. 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!

Honey Garlic Pork Chops in frying pan with rosemary, garlic and thyme on top

Honey Garlic Sauce

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

Honey Garlic Sauce Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • 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.

How to make Honey Garlic Pork Chops

  1. Bring pork chops to room temp and liberally coat with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Fry on high heat until charred and golden.
  3. Flip over and baste with butter, herbs and garlic. Sear fat then remove and rest.
  4. Turn down heat to a low-medium and make honey garlic sauce. Add chops back to the pan and coat with the sauce.

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

And that’s it! It’s really that easy.

Can you use chicken instead?

Yup, chicken goes perfectly with honey garlic sauce. I recommend using bone in skin on chicken thighs. Prep as you would the pork chops and fry skin side down until crispy, then flip and fry until just cooked through the centre. Remove from pan and make the sauce starting with the butter.

What to serve with Honey Garlic Pork Chops?

I usually go with a creamy mash and green beans, but you can really follow your heart and serve with whatever you fancy!

Hey, whilst you’re here, why not check out my other date night dinners?

Dinner recipes for two

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

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

Honey Garlic Pork Chops in frying pan with rosemary, garlic and thyme on top

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

These Honey Garlic Pork Chops couldn't be more delicious if they tried. Quick to make with minimal ingredients, these truly are the perfect date night dinner!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 739kcal

Ingredients

  • 2x 8oz/250g Pork Chops (bone in)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (2 lightly crushed with skins on, 2 minced)
  • 1/4 cup / 70g Honey
  • 1.5 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 sprig of Rosemary
  • 1 sprig of Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Bring your pork chops to room temp then liberally coat with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Place a frying pan over high heat, wait a couple minutes for it to get nice and hot then lay your pork chops down. Fry for 3-5mins or until charred, then flip over.
  • Drop in your butter, thyme, rosemary and 2 garlic cloves. Baste the chops for another 3-5mins, or until the second side is charred & the juices are running clear. Flip and sear the fat until golden, then remove & rest to one side.
  • Turn heat down to a low-medium, & when the pan has cooled down add your minced garlic. Make sure it’s not still scorching hot or the garlic will burn & go bitter.
  • Fry until the garlic just begins to catch colour, then pour in your honey, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar. Simmer until you can coat the back of a spoon, stirring regularly. Add pork chops back in (just to coat in the sauce) then serve. Your chops should just be cooked through after resting, but if they need a little extra then add to the sauce for a few minutes until hot through the centre.

Quick 1 min demo!

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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10 Comments

  • 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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