You don’t have to worry about dry and bland pork with this recipe for Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops. All it takes is 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to get this delicious meal on the table!
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Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.
Pork chops have a reputation of being dry and a bit bland, mainly because they are a lean cut of meat, and we all know that fat equals flavor! They’re also quick to cook which can mean that it can be easy to overcook them, making them tough and chewy.
However, pork chops do not have to be that way, and with one bite of these (boneless) maple-balsamic pork chops, you won’t believe all the incredible flavor. Pair the chops with our Roasted Brussel Sprouts to keep the meal relatively low carb. Or add some creamy mashed potatoes as an additional side dish.
This recipe uses just five ingredients and takes 20 minutes, so, if you want a quick and easy weeknight meal, this one is a keeper!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
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- Boneless Pork Chops – in the UK these are called pork loin steaks.
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Pure Maple Syrup – buy the good, 100% stuff, anything less is just made up of flavorings and corn syrup.
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More Recipes Using Balsamic Vinegar
One of the hero ingredients in this recipe is balsamic vinegar, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Roasted Artichoke Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Steak +Vegetable Roll-Ups
- Strawberry Caprese Skewers Appetizer for Valentine’s Day
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How Do I Make Maple-Balsamic Pork Chops?
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- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 (4 oz/100g) boneless pork chops
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2½ Tbsp real maple syrup
- Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season pork chops on each side with salt and pepper, to taste, and add to the pre-heated skillet. Brown pork chops on each side, approximately 3 minutes per side. Remove pork chops from the pan and set them aside on a rimmed dish.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to the hot skillet and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook the mixture until it is reduced to about one-third of its original volume. When ready, the glaze will become thick and syrupy. (Do not overcook or the mixture will become hard and sticky).
- Return the pork chops to the skillet along with the juices that collected on the plate. Stir liquid to blend juices into the syrup and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Transfer chops to a serving platter or individual serving plate and drizzle with pan sauce. Serve immediately with Roasted Brussels Sprouts or your choice of sides.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 30g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the main dish, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal!
- Appetizer: Whipped Feta & Watermelon Bites
- Side Dish: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
- Beverage: Bourbon Apple Cider Maple Fizz Cocktail
- Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!