These lemon pepper pork chops are tender bone-in cuts of pork and are flavored with a zesty, citrusy marinade. They are easily cooked on an indoor grill pan or on your outdoor BBQ grill.
Why this recipe is just so good...
- The secret to juicy pork chops is to either brine or marinate them. We are using an easy, zesty marinade with olive oil, lemon and lots of spices so the chops are guaranteed to be tender and flavorful
- The chops are easily cooked indoors or out. A stovetop grill pan works just as well as your outdoor BBQ grill. Both will give a terrific sear to the chops and seal in the juices.
- Pork chops are much healthier than many people realize. The cut of meat used is this recipe is actually fairly lean but still delicious. Pork is a great choice for low carb and keto recipes.
- For the juiciest chops, make sure to buy bone-on, center cut rib pork chops, approximately ¾"-1" thick. Bone on pork chops take only a few minutes longer to cook than boneless, but the extra flavor is worth it!
- The lemon pepper marinade is key for these flavorful chops. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, sugar/sugar substitute, vinegar, soy sauce and the lemon pepper seasoning. The pork chops should marinate for at least 2 hours.
How to make Lemon Pepper Pork Chops
- Combine olive oil, lemon juice, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, lemon pepper and garlic. Pour over pork chops in a large bowl or in a zipper storage bag. Put in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Spray some non stick baking spray on a large grill pan. Heat over medium flame. Remove pork from marinade. Place chops in pan or on grill and let cook for at least 3 minutes until it gets a good sear. Using tongs, flip over to sear on the other side.
- Turn down flame to low-medium heat and continue to cook pork chops, about 5-10 minutes longer, until meat thermometer registers at least 145°F. This article gives more information on safe temperatures for pork.
- Let pork chops rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. The meat will continue to cook as it rests.
You can easily make your own version of lemon pepper. Mix 1 teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon lemon zest.
The best way to get tender and moist pork chops is start with always buying pork chops on the bone. The bone helps the meat from overcooking.
The lemon and the vinegar in the marinade will help break down the protein in the meat and that tenderizes the pork chops.
And most importantly, don't overcook them! Using a meat thermometer and testing the pork chops earlier rather than later. Take the chops off the grill when it registers 145°F. It may be slightly pink, but it will continue to cook as it rests.
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Tender pork chops are infused with a lemon pepper marinade. Searing them quickly seals in the juices and they are easily cooked on your indoor grill pan or outdoor BBQ grill.
- 4 bone-in pork chops, about ¾"-1" thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute *
- ¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon pepper**
- Combine all ingredients for the marinade and mix well.
- Place pork chops in a large bowl or plastic zipper bag and pour marinade over chops.
- Place in refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Use some non stick spray on a large grill pan. Preheat the pan or grill over medium heat.
- Remove pork chops from marinade and place on grill. Don't move them and let chops cook for about 3 minutes to get a good sear on them.
- Flip the chops and sear on the other side.
- Lower temperature to low-medium heat and continue cooking until meat thermometer registers 145°.***
- Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
* You can use sugar substitute if you prefer to keep the marinade sugar free.
** Make your own lemon pepper seasoning by combining: 1 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and lemon zest, ½ teaspoon onion powder and salt.
***Remove pork chops from grill when a meat thermometer registers 145°F. They will continue to cook a bit while they rest before serving. Pork is safe to eat when it reaches this temperature.
You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Lemon Pepper Pork Chops