Cumin and Lime Grilled Pork Chops
These grilled pork chops are really quick and easy and have a nice sweet and spicy flavor. While you can certainly use your gas or charcoal grill, I found that a stovetop grill pan was a quicker solution for me. Just prepare your marinade ahead of time, and you'll have a fast solution for a light and healthy dinner when you get home from work for the day.
- 2-4 butterflied pork chops, trimmed of excess fat
- 1/4 cup of ponzu sauce (citrus-seasoned soy sauce)
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
- 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
Marinate your trimmed pork chops in the refrigerator for about 2-4 hours. Reserve marinade liquid for later use.
Spray your grill pan with non-stick spray and heat over medium-high heat. Once the pan gets plenty hot, cook the pork chops for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
If you'd like to make a quick pan sauce, take your reserved marinade and add it to a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let it reduce slightly for about 5 minutes.
You'll know your pork is done when it's still slightly firm but yields to light pressure. Remove the pork chops to serving plates. Drizzle with pan sauce and serve.
Note: These pork chops are great served over brown jasmine rice. In keeping with the citrusy flavor, I added a splash of orange juice to the brown rice just before it finished cooking. Snow peas and a crispy Asian cabbage slaw also go nicely with the pork.
Makes 4 servings