Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe: Delicious, Quick and Easy

Nigella is a professional cook who has written extensively about recipes and health benefits associated with food.

honey mustard pork chops

honey mustard pork chops


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 4 pork chops
  • pinch salt and black pepper

Place Silver Foil on Grill Pan

Make your grill pan easier to keep clean, as well as hotter, by adding a layer of silver kitchen foil to the base of the pan.

This not only reflects the heat allowing for quicker cooking time, it allows the pan to stay clean.

There are few kitchen jobs more annoying than cleaning ovens or grills of burnt on meat juices and spills.

Simply replace the foil after use to keep your grill pan shining and spotless.


  1. Place the olive oil, honey, mustard, thyme, orange zest and juice in bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the pork chops to the bowl and scoop the marinade over them make sure all of the chops get a covering. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Cover bowl with clingfilm, and set in the fridge for an hour. This allows the flavors to permeate the meat.
  4. Preheat the grill on its highest setting. Remove the bowl from the fridge, take out the pork chops and shake off excess marinade. Place on the grill pan.
  5. Place the grill pan under the heat and grill for 4–5 minutes each side until meat is cooked through.
  6. While the meat is grilling, put the remaining marinade into a pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2–3 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and check seasoning, adding more salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Serve each pork chop as a single portion. Drizzle a little of the marinade over each one. Serve with baby new potatoes and green beans.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 10 min

10 min

1 hour 20 min

Serves 4 people 1 pork chop each.

Although I have put in a total cooking time of 1 hour and 10 minutes, most of that time is when the pork chops are marinating in the sauce.

This is actually a very quick dish to make, so long as you remember to prepare the marinade beforehand.

It is even better if left overnight as that gives the flavors longer to pervade the meat.

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Can't Find Fresh Thyme?

That was my problem. When I went shopping for the ingredients, I found I could buy parsley, sage, rosemary and a host of other herbs, but no thyme.

So I used dried thyme instead, and feel that following the instructions above did not give enough time for the dried thyme to permeate as there was very little, if any, flavor from it.

It might be a good idea to make the sauce the night before if using dried thyme.

My Review of the Honey Mustard Pork Chops

I found this recipe in a magazine called Easy Food, which is attractive from its title. You know the recipes there are going to be easy to follow.

I love trying out new things, and this was a new recipe to me.

Pork chops are extremely economical to buy, but can be boring when grilled and served with the usual gravy.

The sauce that accompanies this dish is tangy and sweet all at the same time, thanks to the heady mix of orange and honey.

I forgot to buy a fresh jar of honey, and the old jar had mainly crystallized. It made no difference of course, because the marinade is melted and cooked at the end, before serving. This allows the honey to disperse back into its liquid state.

When serving, really only add a drizzle of the sauce to the meat, because while it complements the pork chops perfectly, on its own it is a bit of a disappointment.

Your guests will not want to mop up the remaining sauce with the potatoes, like they would with gravy.

The taste of the honey mustard sauce is largely overshadowed by the tangy orange zest. Perhaps using a little less might have been better.

Taken on a fork with a bite of the meat, the sauce was wonderful and really added to the pork taste.

I left the table feeling I could have eaten more. One pork chop is not a lot, but better for the figure and there was sufficient food in the serving.

If you want to have two, and are feeding several people, simply adjust the ingredients to suit.

honey mustard pork chops with baby new potatoes and green beans

honey mustard pork chops with baby new potatoes and green beans

Oven Bake Instead of Grill

An alternative way to cook honey mustard pork chops is to bake in the oven.

After reaching step 3 in the instructions above, pre-heat oven to 180°C/350ºF/gas mark 4.

Place the baby new potatoes and vegetables alongside the pork chops in the roasting tin, and cover the whole lot with the marinade.

Roast for 10 minutes uncovered until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

© 2013 Nigella Cook


Nigella Cook (author) from UK on July 14, 2013:

What a wonderful surprise to come back after a few days away and find out this hub has been awarded HOTD! Thanks for all your comments and for taking the time to read it.

@Eddie, horseradish is a powerful flavor in itself. I am trying to imagine how it would taste. I suppose you would get an idea by adding a little to the plate after serving. That way, if its overpowering, you would know without ruining the dish.

CZCZCZ from Oregon on July 09, 2013:

That top picture looks amazing. I will give this a recipe a try sometime in the future. I love a tasty pork chop and enjoy trying out new flavors.

Kayla Swanson from Wyoming on July 09, 2013:

Looks delicious, may have to try it sometime!

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on July 09, 2013:

Looks and sounds divine. Thanks for sharing. Voted and shared.

Robyn D Bera from California on July 09, 2013:

Sounds delicious. I will try this soon. Congrats!

LQWILLIams on July 09, 2013:

It looks and sounds sooooo good. Congrats on HOTD. I will be trying this recipe. Thanks.

Hezekiah from Japan on July 09, 2013:

The picture looks delicious and I guess it tastes so too. Nice one.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 09, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! This looks absolutely scrumptious and not so complicated. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 09, 2013:

I've never had honey mustard pork chops before, but I'm intrigued now, as I love honey mustard. I love that there are options here for both the grill and the oven. Congrats on getting HOTD!

RTalloni on July 09, 2013:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award and thanks for the grilled chops & veggies recipe (yum!) with the alternative instructions for quickly baking in the oven!

Bercton from United Kingdom on July 09, 2013:

Well presented hub. Congrats on hub of the day!

Keely Deuschle from Florida on July 09, 2013:

Great recipe! Congratulations on Hub of the Day!!

Liz Rayen from California on July 09, 2013:

I love pork chops and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them. This recipe looks very enticing and I am definitely bookmarking this recipe for my book. Thank you for sharing it with us Nigella Cook! Voted up and shared!---Lisa♥

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on July 09, 2013:

Looks delicious. A great yet simple recipe. Nice hub!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on July 09, 2013:

This sounds delicious. I cannot wait to try it here at home. We are always trying out new dishes and looking for new recipes. Mostly, I wanted to know what made this recipe a Hub of the Day. Not only did I get some great information, but I found a great new recipe in the process. Congratulations!

Brenda from Springfield, MO on July 09, 2013:

This looks Yummy. I love pork chops and will have to try this soon. Voted up.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on July 09, 2013:

This looks delicious. If only I still ate pork. But I will certainly tell my husband to take a gander at this recipe.

Kalpana Iyer from India on July 09, 2013:

Yummm! This looks amazing.

moonlake from America on July 09, 2013:

Delicious looking. Thanks for sharing recipe I will have to make it one for hubby he would love it. Voted up and congrats on HOTD.

Nancy Owens from USA on July 09, 2013:

Congratulations on having this hub chosen as Hub of the Day! Looks delicious. :)

JR Krishna from India on July 09, 2013:

Looks very delicious

Thanks for sharing the recipe

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on July 09, 2013:

This sound delicious. I love these ingredients and I love pork chops.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 09, 2013:

Looks delicious and great for dinner for large family , love the photo taken, instructions well written, voted up and congratulations for being selected

Eddie Dagstanyan from California on July 09, 2013:

I would never have thought of using mustard to marinade meat... interesting idea. The honey and orange do sound like they'll go well together. Yet, I'm tempted to add a bit of creamy horseradish to the mix, particularly for the remaining sauce that is to be drizzled over the chops. Having tasted it as is, do you think it would compliment the dish?

Nigella Cook (author) from UK on June 27, 2013:

Thanks very much :) I think we all love new ideas and this is certainly one of them for me. I thoroughly enjoyed them and hope you do too.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on June 26, 2013:

Honey, lemon and mustard -- sounds like a winner combination. Thanks for sharing a new idea to cook a porkchop -- that picture of your pork chop looks tempting. Up and useful. :)

Nigella Cook (author) from UK on June 23, 2013:

Please do and let me know how you get on. It makes for a really interesting taste which complements the pork perfectly. Not something I would eat every day, but on occasions this is really nice, especially with the boiled new potatoes and fresh green beans. Thanks for liking my photos too :)

Ceres Schwarz on June 23, 2013:

Interesting recipe. I like pork chops and this honey mustard pork chops recipe looks really good. The images of the pork chops look amazing and really make the food look delicious and tasty. Now I want to try some.

Nigella Cook (author) from UK on June 22, 2013:

I'm sure you will love it! Post back with your results, if you get the chance :)

Xeng from Philippines on June 22, 2013:

Looks really delish. Will have to try this one real soon. I've been quite busy with work recently but since it's a quick recipe, i just might make it soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

Nigella Cook (author) from UK on June 22, 2013:

Me too. I loved this one and thought it worth sharing, but tonight I am trying yet another new pork chop recipe, so will post it if it is nice. That's the thing with recipes, you never know how good or otherwise they really are until you try them. Some have the most revolting ingredients, yet when you cook them they turn out delicious, so there are always surprises waiting round the corner. Hope you like this one as much as I did!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 22, 2013:

Sounds delicious. I'm always looking for new ways to make pork chops and I'll try your recipe soon.

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