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Sauteed Pork Chops with Garlic Spinach

My family enjoys cooking easy and delicious meals. This pork chop recipe is also inexpensive, which makes cooking easier for everyone. Keep an eye on the spinach—it cooks fast! —Joe Valerio, Whitinsville, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium lemon
  • GARLIC SPINACH:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper; add to skillet. Saute until a thermometer reads 145°, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a serving platter; squeeze juice from lemon over chops. Tent with foil; let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.
  • For garlic spinach, heat oil over medium-high heat in same skillet. Add garlic; cook until it just begins to brown, about 45 seconds. Add spinach; cook and stir just until wilted, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; add lemon juice. Transfer to serving platter. Remove foil from pork; serve spinach with chops.
Nutrition Facts
1 pork chop with 1/2 cup spinach: 310 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • AvidcookGAtoCA
    Jan 7, 2021

    My husband and I love pork, so I'm always looking for new ways to serve it. This is a quick and easy dish that works on the busiest of days. I have made as written and also with a pork tenderloin sliced into medallions in place of pork chops. We actually prefer it with a preseasoned pork tenderloin or a plain pork tenderloin. Yum!

  • lshaw
    Nov 17, 2017

    Sometimes simple and straightforward is best, which could describe this recipe. Juicy, flavorful, and nutritious. No techniques to learn. DO start cooking your potatoes ahead of time. As was presented on page 19 in TOH April/May 2017 issue, I served this dish with the "Lemon & Garlic New Potatoes" so our plates looked exactly like the photograph. Great choice. I made both dishes as was written. After getting to the table, I did put another sprinkle of parmesan cheese on my potatoes; husband did not. I thought the amount of lemon juice was ok for all 3 offerings but it could be reduced for those who like less.

  • lshaw
    Nov 3, 2017

    Sometimes simple and straightforward is best, which could describe this recipe. Juicy, flavorful, and nutritious. No techniques to learn. DO start cooking your potatoes ahead of time. As was presented on page 19 in the TOH April/May 2017 issue, I served this dish with the "Lemon & Garlic New Potatoes" so our plates looked exactly like the photograph. Great choice. I made both dishes as was written. After getting to the table, I did put another sprinkle of parmesan cheese on my potatoes; husband did not. I thought the amount of lemon juice was ok for all 3 offerings but it could be reduced for those who like less.

  • annrms
    Apr 11, 2017

    We greatly enjoyed this recipe. The chops were simply seasoned relying on the lemon juice to give them a special "pop" of flavor. The spinach was easy to make (doubled the recipe amounts) and the garlic & lemon juice flavors went very well with the pork. Served it with TOH Mushroom Rice Medley. Will definitely make this again.