These Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops can be ready, from prep to finish, in 30 minutes or less! Infused with pungent garlic and fresh herbs, and topped with easy, herbaceous gremolata, these chops are fast to prepare, but packed full of flavor!
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How was your Easter?
I hope it was wonderful, and you ate entirely too much food… and drank way too many festive cocktails (as if that could ever be a thing).
And, I hope you aren’t feeling those pesky post-holiday blues today! Ick.
Anyways, let’s quickly chat about REAL life, shall we? Mostly because I kind of feel like I might be losing my mind, and I’m hoping you can make me feel NORMAL again. (<– Although to be honest, I’m not sure I EVER knew what that felt like.)
Question – have you ever been so stressed out that you feel like your brain is hemorrhaging BASIC information?
Well, that is me at this current moment in time.
And, by basic I mean, common words, proper grammar, how to form a sentence… basically, command of the English language.
Simple arithmetic, the day of the week, the ABC’s…
Shoot, I’m even having a hard time remembering account passwords and the year I was born.
BUT, to be fair, I DO conveniently like to forget that last tidbit of information from time to time. 😇
Wait. What was I saying?!
Oh yeah. STRESS.
It’s pretty fair to say right now that I am NOT smarter than a fifth grader.
Oh, and DON’T even get me started on meal planning and making dinner EVERY night of the week when I’m stressed.
Ugh, THAT becomes the bane of my existence.
Well, that is where Smithfield All Natural Bone-In Pork Chops come into play.
They are simple, yet scrumptious.
Easy, yet elegant.
Fast, yet flavorful.
Their price tag won’t break the bank, AND preparing them won’t boggle your mind.
PLUS, they have NO added steroids, hormones, or artificial junk.
Basically, Smithfield’s commitment to quality and their naturally tender pork chops are saving my sanity, one delicious dinner at a time.
You should get in your car, run to Walmart, pick up some Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork and save your sanity too.
Right after you read the rest of this post of course. 😉
Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops
Otherwise known as palatial pork chops.
BONE-IN because I want ALL the flava.
Juicy, savory, succulent pork chops infused with pungent garlic, fresh herbs and smoke from the grill; then generously topped with bright, herbaceous, zesty gremolata.
Like I said, these chops have ALL THE FLAVA!
And, on top of these pork chops being downright deeeelish, they are also a BREEZE to throw together. I’m talking 30 minutes or less, from prep to finish, type of breeze.
High five to easy, elegant eats! ✋
Fast to prepare, and jam packed with flavor, these pork-tastic chops ARE the answer to the dreaded question, “honey, what’s for dinner?”
*In case any of you are wondering what side I served these chops with, I’m sharing the recipe on Thursday! So make sure you come back and pay me a visit. Mmmmm’kay?
How to prepare Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops step by step:
First, you will make the marinade for the pork chops by blitzing together some fresh herbs with garlic in a food processor. When everything is roughly chopped, slowly stream in a few tablespoons of oil while the motor is running. Let the processor do its thing until the mixture is smooth.
Transfer the pork chops to a shallow baking dish and pour the marinade on top, turning the chops to coat.
Let the pork chops hang out in the marinade while you prepare the super simple gremolata.
In a small bowl mix together minced garlic, coarsely chopped parsley and the zest of a lemon. Stir in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
When the chops are done marinating, preheat your grill, or grill pan. Remove the pork chops from the marinade and season them generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill them to your desired doneness and let them rest for a few minutes.
Top ‘em with the gremolata and serve.
Winner winner, Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops dinner. (<– Because this “other white meat” doesn’t get enough love)
Notes, Tips & Tricks for Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops recipe:
- The garlic and herb marinade should be thick, and almost paste like. You can marinate the pork chops for as little as 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours. For the most flavor, I recommend letting your pork chops marinate at least 4 hours, just make sure you turn the pork chops occasionally to evenly distribute the marinade. If you are marinating the chops for over 30 minutes, you will need to refrigerate them. Be sure you remove the pork chops from the fridge 30 minutes BEFORE grilling so they can come to room temperature.
- Make sure you use a pastry brush or spoon to remove, and discard, the excess marinade before grilling to prevent burning.
- The grill time in the recipe below is approximate. It will depend on the thickness of your pork chops, and your desired level of doneness. I recommend using an instant read thermometer if you aren’t sure. If you like your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (followed by a 3 minute rest). If you like your pork a little more well-done, cook it to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Fast and flavorful, these Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops NEED to be a part of your spring and summer dinner rotation. So fire up the grill, friends!
Until Thursday friends, cheers – to gettin’ yo’ grill on.
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How to make Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops recipe👇
Gremolata Garlic & Herb Pork Chops
- Pork Chops:
- 4 Bone-in Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Chops (each about 8 oz. & 1’’ thick)
- 5 TBS Olive Oil
- 4 cloves Garlic peeled
- 2 Scallions trimmed and roughly chopped
- ¼ Cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley roughly chopped & lightly packed
- 2 TBS Fresh Thyme Leaves
- Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper , to taste
- 2 clove Garlic minced
- 1 Cup Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley coarsely chopped
- 1 small Lemon zested
- Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Make the Marinade for the Pork Chops: In the bowl of a food processor combine the garlic, scallions, parsley, thyme, lemon zest, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Process until roughly chopped, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary. With the motor running, stream in the oil and continue to process until mixture is smooth.
- Marinate the Pork Chops*: Transfer the pork chops to shallow baking dish or Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the chops turning to coat. Cover and let the chops marinate at room temperature, turning at occasionally, for at least 30 minutes. Or, transfer the chops to the refrigerator and let marinate for up to 4 hours, turning occasionally. If refrigerating, make sure you let the pork chops come to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
- Meanwhile, Make the Gremolata: In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the gremolata. Set aside until ready to use.
- Cook the Pork Chops: Preheat an outdoor grill OR an indoor grill pan to medium-high (Between 350-375F). Remove the pork chops from the marinade and use a brush, or spoon, to remove excess marinade and discard*. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place the pork chops directly on the grill and cook, turning once, for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium, or until desired doneness is achieved*. Remove from grill and let rest 3 minutes.
- To Serve: Transfer pork chops to plates and top generously with gremolata. Enjoy!
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
Looking good here my dear! Catching up on my favorite bloggers yumminess while on vaca is only happening because everyone went to sleep early on me! The gremolata is perfect with this one. Hope things have lightened up since our last phone call. Cheers!
I am sorry. I hit a breaking point right before the weekend of my triathlon. We lost a dear friend, we bought a house, my youngest caught a nasty cold, and I was about to go into a rainy triathlon in 38F degree weather. Feeling better these days, and wow, does it feel quite different. I hope the air clears for you soon.
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
Pork and I have never been friends, but…but…you are giving me hope that I can do it with your gorgeous recipe! Hang in there with all the busy-ness – I feel ya!
[email protected] says
First, these pork chops sound amazing! So fresh with that topping!!!
Second, lemme know if you need anything!!! I feel like finally things are calming down here with all the construction (last contractor finishing up!! yay!) and it’s transferred to you with all the craziness!
I could just eat gremolata with a spoon! There was one restaurant that served it with bread, and it was so fantastic but I think people, including us, ate too much of it and they ended up closing! But boy it was such a great combo. On pork chops – yes indeedy!
We haven’t had pork chops in ages… never once this year. Your pictures make me crave them, I should put some chops on my shopping list. And about remembering passwords, I have a two-page long list full of them, the only ones I know by heart are my email and the Amazon account.
David @ Spiced says
Now this is what I call one awesome weeknight dinner! Not only do those pork chops sound amazing, but I’m loving the gremolata on top. (Plus, gremolata is just fun to say…it sounds so fancy!) I hear ya about these busy days, too. I swear each day is faster than the last! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe, my friend! #client
Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl says
These pork chops look perfectly cooked!
Shashi at Savory Spin says
Oh my goodness – lady, it’s like you are regurgitating my thoughts here today – Oh wait – let me rephrase –
you are regurgitating those thoughts I forgot I was thinking! This question “have you ever been so stressed out that you feel like your brain is hemorrhaging BASIC information?” is me currently – as for passwords I had to write them down, as for my age – I have to count forwards any time anyone asks me what it is – bugger! I have two more weeks of juggling classes and work and helping my daughter with college stuff!
Now that Lent is over and am back on a meat diet – Smithfield is currently hanging out in my fridge too so I cannot wait to try this out! I’ve never made my own Gremolata – such a quick and tasty addition to SF already juicy and flavorful pork chops! Happy Tuesday to ya – whatever has you stressed, hope it passes and you find peace again soon, my friend.
[email protected] says
the marinade sounds so flavorful, I should try it with some veggies 🙂
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
Mmmmm….these pork chops look so good! I love the fresh herbs and lemon! Btw….I’ve heard eating more protein helps with short term memory! Better get a double helping! 🙂
Hi Chey – these look amazing. Loving the fresh herbs. And suddenly I must have Smithfield pork for dinner. Seriously, it looks SO GOOD with that fresh gremolata! I hope you had an awesome Easter, did you? I missed having my family all together for Easter with my big guy still away at college, but he’ll be home in May. Still waiting on our house to sell, and there have been a few LARGE disappointments along the way, but hoping and praying the right buyer will come along soon. Hope all is well there my friend. XO
Ben Maclain says
Oh, I know what are you talking about Chey. I feel this way every now and then. Especially by the end of a day. And always on Mondays. Totally loosing the ability to speak/wright/think coherently. But our Easter weekend was quite lovely and filled with some delicious food. And what a coincidence! Just a couple days ago I made one dish with a gremolata. These pork chops, garlicky and herbaceous look succulent and highly delicious – well done!
Sorry you’re feeling stressed, Cheyanne! Hang in there, buddy…
And these pork chops, hello gorgeous!! I love how refreshing gremolata plays off the richness of pork chops – just makes the whole dish sing. Yummy yum yum…
Have a wonderful week!
Cheyanne, this meal looks restaurant worthy…much like all the food you make! I love pork chops and haven’t made them in way too long. I’m pinning this to add to my meal plan soon — the men in my house will go crazy over these!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
I am 110% guilty of not giving pork chops enough love lately. It’s because my mom made them for us as kids ALL THE TIME and allllways cooked them too much and so I always think that all pork chops are dry and sad. Thank you for showing me that they aren’t!! I love how succulent and just amazing the chops look and how fresh everything is. You really knocked it out of the park with this recipe!!
heather (delicious not gorgeous) says
hi, yes, definitely too stressed. i’m perpetually worried i’m going to forget about something (and have reminders alllllllll over my google calendar), and it’s been happening. forgot to put up my parking permit, and got a $70 ticket (appealed it, thank goodness). attempted to drop off a shirt for a friend 3 times before remembering to actually bring the shirt. anyways. this sounds delicious, and i’d be perfectly fine with just eating the gremolata with some bread (;
I stopped eating “the pork” years ago. But gosh darn-it if you aren’t tempting me to get off the non-pork wagon and sink my teeth into these delicious looking pork chops. Why do you always do this to me, Cheyanne??? My Easter was nice and quiet. I’m turning into one of those anti-social people around the holidays and I just can’t get enough. I always feel a lot of pressure during big holidays, and after my recent breakup, I would like to dodge as many questions as I can. I stayed in my house, ordered take out and finished the last season of Nashville, Best Easter Ever 🙂
Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cotted says
When I get stressed I can’t count in order, silly I know 🙂 . These pork chops are making me salavate and those grilled char marks, yum! Love all the flavors going on here, pork chops are an under appreciated meat and once grilled there’s no other way to cook ’em. Take care.
Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper says
Ha!!! Remembering passwords is my nemesis…I’ve forgotten them and had to change them so many times that now when I have to change them, I’m out of options because I’ve gone through all the ones I have in my back pocket! And definitely indulged in food and cocktails kind of all weekend…we like to stretch out the holidays so that there’s more than enough reason to continue entertaining 😉 Have a great week!!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Hiya!! Hope your Easter was awesome!! Mine was pretty chillaxed. 🙂 Of course, I ate ALL the food (and then some). And obviously dreamed about all the Easter & Spring-inspired goodies you’ve been sharing. Brain-leaking info: YES. And more YES’s. Currently, I am stressed to the max, and I can’t even recall the names of basic objects. Lol. Does that make you feel better at all? Like, I’ll ask Erik, “Can you grab me that mug??” And OF COURSE, I actually meant, “Erik, Can you grab me the iPad?” Well, duh, right? Lolol. So I’m here for ya, bestie!! Always ready to make you feel better by being worse. Bahahaha. Hope your stress levels go down soon. And obvs with amazing meals like this, why wouldn’t they? 🙂 xoxox
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I’m with you on the stress. Sometime my job stresses me out so much I don’t even know my own name! I would love some of these yummy chops to take my mind off of things less happy. Take some time to do something for yourself and RELAX a bit, girlfriend! XOXO
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
I LOVE how easy these are! When I’ve got a lot going on, meal planning definitely slips way down the list. Definitely going to tuck this recipe into my back pocket!!
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
Stress is the WORST! I’ve never been able to put into words quite what it does to me, but I think you nailed it with your brain “hemorrhaging basic information.” Sooooo after eating my weight in good food over the weekend I never thought I’d be hungry again but I love a good gremolata; apparently my lack of hunger has disappeared. I hope you had a fab Easter and that you can take some time to destress this week, Chey!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods says
Silly me! I never commented on these amazing pork chops! I guess my stress hasn’t gone away after all. Anywho.. love me some bone-in pork chops! And gremolata is totally my jam. Can’t wait to try this one!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods says
I definitely ate way too much food over the weekend… and indulged in a few too many cocktails. It’s definitely a thing, but I won’t go into the super fun details as to why 😉 Anyway, I totally hear you on being stressed and not being able to form a sentence, meal plan, cook a meal, etc. That was me all last week! Heck, I edited and typed up a blog post and never posted! So far this week is looking up for me… but it’s only Monday! I hope your stress lessens ASAP, Cheyanne!
[email protected] says
Yep, at the risk of sounding like a parrot, I agree with Dawn and Jennifer! Maybe Mai Tais in the backyard with a good book and a comfy chair? Have I told you that pork chops are one of my faves!? Add the gremolata and that’s a meal fit for a queen! Happy week, my sweet! XO
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says
I hate being stressed, so I can sympathize and I agree with Dawn. It’s usually my clue that I need to step back from everything for a bit to clear my mind. We do have to eat though, so I”m loving this easy and delicious pork. My husband could eat pork chops every night, so I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy them. Putting this on the menu 🙂
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
Stress sucks big time! Sometimes you just need to take a step back and take a breath, ya know? As for forgetting things, it happens to all of us, I think. How many times have I went into the pantry and forgot what I went in there for – too many to count for sure!! Pork is something that I don’t eat a lot of, but I do enjoy it and if I were to pick some up, it would definitely be bone in. You are right – so much flavour…or, er, flava 😉 That gremolata sounds delicious and packs quite the punch in the yummy department! Pinned! Cheers to a happy week 🙂 XO
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Try being my age, and then let’s discuss what you remember from minute to minute Chey! UGH! It’s terrible! I will remember to grab the coupon at the bottom of your post and run to the market for these pork chops though. Tom grew up eating pork chops and he has quickly converted me over the years. These sound absolutely delicious too. I love the marinade and that gremolata! Can’t wait to try. Have a great week!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Stress is the worst, isn’t it? I’m a worrier by nature, so my stress levels are usually pretty high at any given moment. I’m trying to be more present in the moment and not worry so much, but it’s hard! But, one thing I try not to stress about too much is dinner, especially when it’s a beauty like this. What a fun way to jazz up pork chops, Cheyanne! My husband LOOOOVES pork and is always wanting more of it, so I will definitely have to make these. Garlic anything is a winner in my book, especially when paired with meat. And now that the weather is finally warming up, we can grill these too! Pinning this beauty! Hope your week is off to a good start, friend!
Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says
I so hear you on massive stress causing you to forget the basics… I feel like that often!! But these pork chops are divine and you know I love how fast and easy they are! Total weeknight dinner winner! Pinning so I can make these soon – especially on one of THOSE weeks 😉 Hope you have a good one my friend! XO
[email protected]'s Recipes says
I don’t do meal planning either :-)) Your pork chops look perfectly cooked and so delicious and inviting with zesty gremolata. Have a wonderful week ahead, Chey.