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lemon pepper pork chops on white platter and string beans in white bowl

Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

  • Author: Deb
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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 3/4"-1" thick
  • Marinade 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute *
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon pepper**


  1. Combine all ingredients for the marinade and mix well.
  2. Place pork chops in a large bowl or plastic zipper bag and pour marinade over chops.
  3. Place in refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Use some non stick spray on a large grill pan.  Preheat the pan or grill over medium heat.
  5. 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.  
  6. Flip the chops and sear on the other side.
  7. Lower temperature to low-medium heat and continue cooking until meat thermometer registers 145°.***
  8. 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,  1/2 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