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Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Sweet Teriyaki Sauce

Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Sweet Teriyaki Sauce are a perfect dinner recipe for any day of the week. So tender, juicy, and flavorful, these quick and easy pork chops will really jazz up your plate with a restaurant-quality meal. Recipe from The Complete 5-Ingredient Cookbook, page 173.
Course:Main Course
Keywords:boneless pork chops, dinner recipes, pan seared pork chops, pan seared pork chops recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories389 kcal
Cost $ 2.50 per person


  • cast iron skillet
  • oven
  • broiler


  • 4 boneless pork chops, center-cut at room temperature
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Before you even start cooking these pan-seared pork chops, make sure chops are at room temp (leave them out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes to up to 60 minutes before cooking) and also to pat them dry before seasoning.
  • "Preheat the broiler. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot, about 5 minutes. Pour in 2 tablespoons of oil, then sear the pork chops for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown. Transfer to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Pour in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the honey, teriyaki sauce, and lemon juice.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high. Let the sauce cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly. Add the pork chops back into the pan and baste them with the sauce. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the edges of the pork are slightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes."

Recipe Notes

To make this meal LOW CARB, use sugar-free honey. To make it GLUTEN-FREE, use a GF teriyaki sauce. 
Ingredients and Substitutions
  • Boneless pork chops, at room temperature – although I used boneless pork chops, you can replace them with bone-in pork chops which will take less time to cook. But whatever your choice is, make sure the chops ate at room temp so they will cook evenly.
  • Salt (basic ingredient)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (basic ingredient)
  • Olive oil (basic ingredient) – you may use any other oil or ghee if you’d like to.
  • Garlic (basic ingredient) – if you prefer, substitute chopped onion for garlic.
  • Honey–real maple syrup makes a great swap.
  • Teriyaki sauce– if you don’t have in your pantry, use soy sauce. They are not the same, but it will do! To make this dish gluten-free,use a gluten-free sauce.
  • Lemon juice (basic ingredient) –you may use lime juice or even red wine vinegar instead.
A basic ingredient can be defined as essential for any cooking – or are ingredients most recipes rely on. This is why it doesn’t enter in the count of the 5 ingredients such as salt and pepper (seasonings), garlic (basic flavoring), oil (fat), and lemon juice (acid).
Moreover, most people have them at home – or at least a suitable substitute.
How to Know When the Pork Chops are Done
You should feel resistance when you press on the pork chops with your finger, but they should not feel hard. The very best way to know pork is ready is to test the internal temperature to be sure it is at least 145 degrees F, however, the chops will continue to cook even after removing them from the pan. Because of this, you may want to consider them done at 135-140 degrees F as they will keep cooking during the final broiling step and even as they rest before serving.
How to Store Leftovers
Fridge: Store leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: Leftover pork chops can be frozen for up to 3 months. For best results, freeze the pork chops in airtight containers or zip top freezer bags. It’s one of those easy freezer meals as one of those easy 5-ingredient or less recipes
Reheating Pork Chops
The very best way to reheat pork chops is in the oven in a covered pan with extra moisture to prevent them from drying out. Here are the steps:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of water or chicken broth to an oven-safe baking dish or pan.
3. Place the pork chops in the baking dish and cover with foil.
4. Reheat the pork chops in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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