Marinated Pork Chops With Rosemary and Garlic

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Marinated Pork Chops With Rosemary and Garlic – These perfectly juicy marinated pork chops with loads of rosemary and garlic are mind-blowingly good! Unlock next-level deliciousness by topping them with a heavenly sweet and spicy mango salsa. 😇

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: pork chops are the most underrated cut of meat out there! They’re lean, affordable, and, with the right cooking technique, insanely delicious. Plus, they cook quickly, making them an excellent protein for a weeknight meal. 

Get ready to harness the power of spices, herbs, and even fruit to make a meal with some serious flavor. Marinated pork chops with rosemary and garlic are ideal for your weekly meal rotation, especially when mango season arrives. 🥭

Cutting into an extra juicy marinated pork chop topped with mango salsa

How to Perfectly Cook Marinated Pork Chops

Pork chops are excellent, as long as you don’t overcook them! Remember that you want the chops to reach an internal temp of 145℉ (65℃). A meat thermometer will measure the temperature if you aren’t yet a pro at eyeing doneness. Remove the chops from the pan as soon as they’ve cooked through. 

Another key to perfect pork chops? Let them rest for about 10 minutes before slicing them. That allows the juices to distribute evenly throughout the meat and gives you an extra juicy chop.😅

Recipe Ingredients

  1. Pork Chops – Bone-in pork chops of your preferred thickness will work fine here. Just give them a little extra time in the pan if you love the super thick variety. 
  2. Pork Chop Marinade Ingredients – Fresh minced rosemary and garlic are the power players here (obvs), but you’ll also need smoked paprika, cayenne powder, soy sauce, white pepper, a little oil, and some S&P to round out the marinade. 
  3. Mango Salsa – For this delightful salsa, round up some mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeno, lime, oil, salt, and pepper. 😋

How to Marinate Pork Chops With Rosemary and Garlic

Marinate and grill while making the salsa
  • Marinade – Blend the rosemary, garlic, paprika, cayenne, and soy sauce in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle.
  • Marinate – Lightly salt the pork chops, then pour the garlic rosemary marinade over them. Cover them and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until you’re ready to cook. (Photos 1-2)
  • Mango Salsa – In a medium bowl, mix the mango, jalapenos, avocado, onions, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. (Photo 3)
  • Cook – Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan until hot. Cook the pork chops, flipping once, until they’ve browned and cooked to the desired doneness. Or grill them on high heat for 3-5 minutes on each side, depending on their thickness. In any case, the chops are ready when the internal temperature reaches 145℉ (65℃). (Photo 4)
  • Rest – Let the chops rest for about 10 minutes before topping them with the mango salsa and serving. Enjoy!
Serving up a freshly grilled marinated pork chop with mango salsa

Recipe Variations

  1. Customize the marinade. You can add any fresh or dried spices or herbs you love and leave out anything that doesn’t float your boat. Lemon and garlic are amazing.
  2. Smoked or grilled pork chops. You could also cook these pork chops on the grill or in a smoker. Both ways taste amazing. 🤤
  3. Swap out the salsa. If you aren’t feeling the salsa, swap it out for herb-loaded chimichurri instead. Or serve these marinated pork chops naked. It’s totally up to you! 

Tips and Tricks

  1. To get a lovely sear, always preheat your skillet before you put the chops in the pan.
  2. Thirty minutes will do for marinating these chops, but for a flavor boost (and possibly a little time savings) try marinating them overnight. 
  3. To avoid undercooking or overcooking the meat, use a meat thermometer. It’s the easiest way to get perfectly juicy pork chops every time. 

Make-Ahead Instructions

You can marinate the pork chops and make the salsa the night before you plan to serve this dish. Store them both in the fridge in separate airtight containers. The next day, remove them from the fridge, cook the pork chops, and serve. 

Serving and Storage Instructions 

Refrigerate leftover pork chops and salsa separately in airtight containers for 3-5 days. To reheat the pork chops, pop them in the microwave or air fryer. You could also reheat them back in the skillet or in your oven. Just keep the temperature fairly low and remove them as soon as they are heated through to avoid drying them out. 

Enjoying a super juicy marinated pork chop with a side of mango salsa

What Goes With Marinated Pork Chops With Rosemary and Garlic

Marinated pork chops topped with mango salsa go beautifully with coconut jasmine rice, some air fryer plantains, and a cool glass of sorrel drink. Finish off this tropical-themed meal with a mango fool for dessert. 

More Poppin’ Pork Chop Recipes to Try

  1. Breaded Pork Chops
  2. Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops
  3. Fried Pork Chops
  4. Stuffed Pork Chops
  5. Oven Baked Pork Chops

Originally published in April 2014 and updated with fresh new photos

Marinated Pork Chops With Rosemary and Garlic

These perfectly juicy marinated pork chops with loads of rosemary and garlic are mind-blowingly good! Unlock next-level deliciousness by topping them with a heavenly sweet and spicy mango salsa.


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