Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe - Delicious, Quick and Easy

Updated on June 23, 2013
honey mustard pork chops
honey mustard pork chops | Source

Ingredients

  • 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 that 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.

Instructions

  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.
4.2 stars from 12 ratings of Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 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.

Nutritional Values per Portion

 
 
Fat
7.9g
Sat. Fat
2.2g
Protein
23.3g
Sodium
0.1g
Carbs
11.5g
Sugar
8.8g
Fibre
1.1g
Energy
211kcal

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 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 | Source

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.

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      • Nigella Cook profile imageAUTHOR

        Nigella Cook 

        5 years ago from UK

        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.

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        CZCZCZ 

        5 years ago from Oregon

        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.

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        Kayla Swanson 

        5 years ago from Wyoming

        Looks delicious, may have to try it sometime!

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        Lucy Jones 

        5 years ago from Scandinavia

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

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        Robyn D Bera 

        5 years ago from California

        Sounds delicious. I will try this soon. Congrats!

      • LQWILLIams profile image

        LQWILLIams 

        5 years ago

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

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        Hezekiah 

        5 years ago from Japan

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

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        rose-the planner 

        5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        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

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        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!

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        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!

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        Bercton 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Well presented hub. Congrats on hub of the day!

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        Keely Deuschle 

        5 years ago from Florida

        Great recipe! Congratulations on Hub of the Day!!

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        Elizabeth Rayen 

        5 years ago from California

        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♥

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        IslandBites 

        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

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

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        Victoria Van Ness 

        5 years ago from Fountain, CO

        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!

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        Brenda 

        5 years ago from Springfield, MO

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

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        Stephanie Bradberry 

        5 years ago from New Jersey

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

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        Kalpana Iyer 

        5 years ago from India

        Yummm! This looks amazing.

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        moonlake 

        5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Nancy Owens 

        5 years ago from USA

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

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        JR Krishna 

        5 years ago from India

        Looks very delicious

        Thanks for sharing the recipe

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        Carolee Samuda 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

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

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        peachy 

        5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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        Eddie Dagstanyan 

        5 years ago from California

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Nigella Cook 

        5 years ago from UK

        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.

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        FullOfLoveSites 

        5 years ago from United States

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Nigella Cook 

        5 years ago from UK

        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 :)

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        Ceres Schwarz 

        5 years ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Nigella Cook 

        5 years ago from UK

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

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        Xeng 

        5 years ago from Philippines

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Nigella Cook 

        5 years ago from UK

        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!

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        Susan Zutautas 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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