These pan-seared Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze are quick and flavorful. It’s a meat dish that’s both sweet and sour, and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. It tastes great with just about any vegetables as a side. The pork meat is so tender and juicy, no marinating process is required. It’s the perfect meat dish that’s versatile enough for a weeknight supper or a hosted holiday with guests.
A large cast iron skillet is recommended to cook this Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze on the stove, You can place 2 pork chops at the same time but be sure they don’t touch each other. Always cook each side slowly on a low heat. Cooking time will depend on thickness of chops, on average it will take about 4-5 minutes on each side. Keep in mind that whether you’re cooking boneless or bone-in pork chops and with any cooking methods (grilling, roasting, pan-frying, sautéing, broiling), the Internal temperature must reach 145F.
I seasoned the pork chops with generous amount of salt, pepper and thyme, and cooked them in canola oil with 1 tablespoon butter. Then I seared the pork chops in a skillet over medium-low heat for about 4 minutes on each side over low-medium heat (until a nice brown and pink color on the inside (again make sure of the 145F temp). To make the delicious sweet and sour red wine pomegranate glaze I used a dry red bottle of pinot noir wine that I purchased from Grocery Outlet. You may also use other reds like Merlot, Côtes du Rhône Cabernet or Chianti for this recipe.
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Pork Chops with Red Wine Pomegranate Glaze:
- 2 pork chops
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (add more according to your liking)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or about 1 sprig fresh thyme)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup 100% pure pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
- 1/4 cup dry red wine (Merlot, Côtes du Rhône Cabernet or Chianti )
- 1/4 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon 100% pure honey
- 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- black pepper
- salt to taste
Season the pork chops with black pepper and salt.
Heat canola oil/vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until smoking.
Place the seasoned pork chops in skillet and cook for about 1 minute before turning.
Add butter and thyme to skillet. Continue cooking and basting for about 1 minute before turning. Repeat this process every 1 minute until pork chops are golden brown and well crusted. (Total sear time about 4-5 minutes on each side).
Remove the pork chops from the heat and let to stand for at least 3 minutes at room temperature before serving. Serve with red wine pomegranate glaze.
In a medium sauce pan, add the pomegranate juice, dry red wine, chicken broth, garlic, thyme, honey and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Turn the heat to low and add the butter. Keep stirring until it melts, then season with salt/pepper to taste.