Pork Chops with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

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.

Four pork chops with strawberry balsamic sauce on top arranged on a white oval platter with serving utensils and a bowl of strawberry sauce on the side.

Adapted from Cynthia Graubart | Strawberry Love | Storey Publishing, 2021

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

Four pork chops with strawberry balsamic sauce on top arranged on a white oval platter with serving utensils and a bowl of strawberry sauce on the side.
Pork chops are ideal for a weeknight supper, and this savory-­sweet strawberry sauce turns a plain Jane chop into the belle of the ball.
Cynthia Graubart

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
Entree
American
4 servings
447 kcal
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Ingredients 

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

Directions
 

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.
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Notes

*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. 

Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 447kcal (22%)Carbohydrates: 15g (5%)Protein: 50g (100%)Fat: 20g (31%)Saturated Fat: 6g (38%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 152mg (51%)Sodium: 116mg (5%)Potassium: 1039mg (30%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 11g (12%)Vitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 64mg (78%)Calcium: 41mg (4%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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

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