Drool-Worthy Grilling: the Juicy Lemon Basil Pork Chops Ever

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Laura Lynch

These Grilled Lemon Basil Pork Chops are a refreshing and aromatic twist on your standard pork chop recipe. The zesty lemon and fresh basil create a bright, vibrant flavor profile that pairs wonderfully with the rich, juicy pork.

Lemon basil pork chop
grilled lemon basil pork chops

This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a summer barbecue, bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to your table.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Pork chops – Bone-in pork chops
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Equipment Needed

Helpful Tips

  • To infuse the pork chops with the citrusy and herbal notes, marinate them in a mixture of lemon juice, zest, and fresh basil for at least 30 minutes. This not only tenderizes the meat but also ensures every bite is bursting with flavor.
  • Pork chops can easily become dry if overcooked. Aim for an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for perfectly juicy chops. Let them rest for a few minutes after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Fresh basil leaves make a huge difference in this recipe, providing a fragrant and slightly peppery taste that dried basil can’t match. Add some fresh chopped basil on top of the chops just before serving to enhance the flavor and add a pop of color.

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Lemon basil pork chop

Grilled Lemon Basil Pork Chops

These Grilled Lemon Basil Pork Chops are a refreshing and aromatic twist on your standard pork chop recipe. The zesty lemon and fresh basil create a bright, vibrant flavor profile that pairs wonderfully with the rich, juicy pork.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 2 medium lemons juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup (6 g) fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper to create the marinade.
  • Place the pork chops in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade over them, ensuring that the chops are evenly coated. Cover or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to infuse the meat.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the pork chops from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Pat the chops dry with paper towels.
  • Season the pork chops with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the pork chops on the preheated grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F (60°C) on a meat thermometer.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the grill and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with additional fresh basil and lemon wedges, if desired.

Notes

  • To infuse the pork chops with the citrusy and herbal notes, marinate them in a mixture of lemon juice, zest, and fresh basil for at least 30 minutes. This not only tenderizes the meat but also ensures every bite is bursting with flavor.
  • Pork chops can easily become dry if overcooked. Aim for an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for perfectly juicy chops. Let them rest for a few minutes after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Fresh basil leaves make a huge difference in this recipe, providing a fragrant and slightly peppery taste that dried basil can’t match. Add some fresh chopped basil on top of the chops just before serving to enhance the flavor and add a pop of color.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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