Pork chops with strawberry balsamic sauce are a perfect pairing. Juicy and flavorful, just a handful of ingredients come together to make an uncomplicated but irresistible dinner. Balsamic strawberries are a sweet and savory counterpoint to a seared chop.
The arrival of fresh strawberries signals the start of summer, the time to visit pick-your-own farms and farmers’ markets to stock up on plump, ripe berries. Add to that a couple of pork chops and you have the makings of a simple but satisfying supper.–Cynthia Graubart
Pork Chops with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce
For the pork chops
- 4 (8-ounce) boneless or bone-in pork chops about 1 inch (25 mm) thick
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
For the sauce
- 3 cups (1 pound) fresh strawberries* hulled and roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
- Freshly ground black pepper
Cook the pork chops
- Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork chops in a single layer and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the chops and continue cooking until the second side is browned and the pork is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145°F (63°C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 6 minutes more. Arrange the chops on a platter and cover to keep warm.
☞TESTER TIP: Keep a close eye on your pork chops as the cook time will vary depending on their thickness.
Make the sauce
- Return the skillet to medium heat and add the strawberries, vinegar, and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the strawberries begin to give off liquid, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Taste and season well with pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture has thickened, 3 to 4 minutes more. Pour the strawberry sauce over the chops and serve warm.
*What's a quick way to hull strawberries?You can just take a paring knife and lop off the green bits but...where's the fun in that? We've got a few suggestions if you want to try something new. A grapefruit spoon works like a charm to dig out the unwanted foliage. The pointed end of a veggie peeler works just as well. You can always rely on the old trick of using a straw, especially if you have little helpers. Just push a straw up through the bottom of the berry, until it pops through the green end.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Another great example of how pork and fruit are meant to be together. Strawberries are in season right now, so I just had to try these pork chops with strawberry balsamic sauce, and they were delicious! Be sure to have your sauce ingredients ready to go, because this comes together in a flash. I served this with the warm goat cheese salad and it was truly a perfect meal. Really quick, but fancy enough to serve to guests. I used boneless pork and would highly recommend this for quick, even cooking.
If you'd like a quick & easy weeknight meal, these pork chops with strawberry balsamic sauce are for you. The sauce over the chops is delicious. I can imagine the sweet and savory sauce over many food items, including but not limited to grilled chicken and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s yummy.
The pork was okay. As I am not a pork lover, it’s a challenge for me to make it tender. This recipe didn’t really yield better results for me. My husband loves pork so his opinion was much better. He said I cooked it well and didn’t go over the line. It was still pink and juicy. The sauce made the dish!
Originally published June 29, 2021