These roast pork chops with peaches are an easy, no-fuss, sheet pan meal of seasoned, roasted pork chops, peach wedges, and red onion, all topped with pomegranate molasses. A weeknight winner that belongs in your dinner rotation.
This easy, no-fuss meal of roasted pork chops with peaches and red onion, all drizzled with pomegranate molasses belongs on your dinner rotation as long as stone fruit is in season. Because summer is meant to be spent outside and not in the kitchen. And since this quick and simple meal is on the table in 35 minutes, and clean-up is a breeze, that’s exactly where you can spend it.–Angie Zoobkoff
Roast Pork Chops with Peaches
- 2 (12-ounce) bone-in pork* or veal chops (about 1 1/2 inches | 4 cm thick)
- 1 medium (about 10 oz) red onion sliced 1/2 inch (6 mm) thick and separated into individual rings
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more as needed
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more as needed
- 2 medium (about 12 oz) peaches or nectarines pitted and cut into thick wedges
- Pomegranate molasses for serving (optional)
- Chopped fresh basil for serving
- Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C). Adjust the oven rack to the upper position. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, toss the chops and onions with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil as well as the salt and pepper.
- Arrange the pork chops and onions on the baking sheet, keeping the pork chops on one side and the onions on the other and and leaving space for adding the peaches later. Roast for 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the peaches with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with a generous pinch each salt and pepper.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Set the oven to broil.
- Flip the chops and add the peaches to the cleared space on the baking sheet.
- Slide the baking sheet back in the oven and roast until everything is lightly charred and the chops are just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes.
☞TESTER TIP: If your chops are thinner than 1 1/2 inches, pull them from the broiler when they are cooked through, and then return the baking sheet to the broiler to finish the onions and peaches.
- Divvy the chops, onions, and peaches among plates, drizzle with pomegranate molasses, if desired, and sprinkle with chopped basil.
*How do I keep my pork chops from drying out?Pork chops are a pretty lean cut of meat. Because of that, you might find that they easily get tough and dry. The biggest secret to keeping them juicy is not overcooking them. The old belief that pork needs to be thoroughly and deeply cooked has lost traction in recent years, and you can now feel safe serving pork that’s been cooked less aggressively. A meat thermometer is a perfect way to tell–the thickest part of the chop should read 145°F. You can pull them out of the oven just before they reach that temp because they’ll continue to cook for a few minutes and you won’t be at risk of dried out, leathery pork.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This recipe was fast (32 minutes start to finish!), easy, delicious, special, and stress-free.
Prep and cleanup couldn't have been easier (I highly recommend lining your baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil). I scaled the recipe up by 1 1/2 times to perfectly serve 3 of us and this fit perfectly on a half sheet baking pan.
I bought 3/4-inch-thick veal loin center-cut chops because they’re far more affordable than the 1 1/2-inch-thick veal rib chops that my butcher also offered. I roasted for 10 minutes at 475°F. Not wanting too much char, after adding the peaches I started my broil phase on the middle oven rack on the low broiler setting for 3 minutes, then moved the baking sheet to the upper oven rack on high broiler setting for 2 minutes—perfect. The meat (despite being thinner than the thickness called for in the recipe) was a perfect doneness--just a hair over medium-rare but less than medium.
The richness of the veal paired well with the hint of tartness from the peaches and the sweetness of the pomegranate molasses. The salt in the dish (I recommend you be generous with it) along with the charred onions prevented the sweetness from overpowering the meat and kept everything well balanced.
This dish won me compliments and appreciation. (Please don’t tell my family how easy it actually was!)
This one pan roast pork with peaches was nearly effortless. The only real work involved was slicing the onion and the peaches. The meal was complete in under 30 minutes.
Roasting my mediocre, off-season peaches also transformed them into oozing deliciousness that paired perfectly with the pork and the charred onions. I served this with plain couscous and took the leftover pork, peaches, and onions all mixed together with the couscous for lunch the following day and liked it just as much.
Don't be afraid to drizzle the pomegranate molasses—it really helps tie everything together.
Originally published July 21, 2019