Thanks for dropping in to grab my Easy Three Ingredient Pork Chop Marinade.
This simple marinade for pork chops is one of those recipes that tastes good and uses handy ingredients from your kitchen. It's easy to prepare in 30 minutes and perfect for a weekday meal. We all have those crazy days/evenings when we only have a few minutes to make something to eat for our families.
I'm using what I consider the 'forgotten meat.' I'm so tired of chicken on the grill. And who can afford to eat steak every night? I enjoy making and serving grilled pork chops to add variety to our menu. Quick and easy, and you can grill it like a steak. If you are looking for a super quick marinade for chicken, go ahead and use this easy three ingredient chicken marinade. And for either dish, this recipe for oven roasted broccoli is amazing!
Pork can be excellent and lean, and perfectly portioned when you buy it sliced!
So, let me share my everyday easy three-ingredient pork chop marinade. This recipe is used with thin cut pork chops.
Why I like this recipe
- This easy pork chop marinade has three ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to put together! Ingredients are pantry staples.
- It's quick! Marinade a minimum of 20 minutes so meat absorb marinade flavors. Grilling thin pork chops takes 10 minutes. Don't you love 30 minute meals?
- This adds variety to your meals. Pork seems to be forgotten and we eat a lot of chicken!
- Pork chops are a white meat and are low fat (as long as you cut the visible fat off).
- Grilling a meal using this simple pork chop marinade is faster than picking up take out. It's healthier too!!
- Pork chops are often on sale and the marinade ingredients are inexpensive. It's a cheap fast meal that offers variety in your meal planning. Does it get any better??
- Fresh Pork Chops (bone-in or boneless pork chops work)
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- Juice of two limes
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- salt and pepper (optional)
I like using a pan or bowl to marinate meat in. Make sure to turn it a few times. Of course, you can put it in freezer bags too.
Easy substitutions and variations
- Use lemon juice from one lemon if you forgot to buy the limes!
- If you don't have fresh garlic, substitute the type of garlic you have. Check the label to use the correct amount.
- Low salt soy sauce is great if you are watching your salt intake!
Add soy sauce, chopped garlic, and squeezed lime juice to the marinating container.
Marinade pork chops for at least 20 minutes. Ideally, it should be 2 hours (in the fridge), but I rarely have time to do that.
Grill on medium-high heat. If you love your pork medium rare, cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees tested by a thermometer (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your chops a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Honestly, you don't need to overcook pork. I know we used to, but you don't have to anymore!! It's so much more juicy and flavorful if not overcooked.
Observe carefully. Since these pork chops are thin and lean, they will cook fast. So, what do you think of my grill marks? Do you always try for perfect grill marks too? I can't help myself : ).
Seriously, you have to try having pork chops more often!
Add a veggie side (or a fun pasta salad bar if you are grilling for a crowd) and some baby potatoes, and you have a fantastic but quick and easy meal.
It's not. Its fast and flavorful. And the goal is to get dinner on the table quickly. Because we all have those days!
Of course! Use whatever high heat oil you normally use to pan fry.
Yes they are. The closer you marinade to 2 hours, the better. If you overcook them, they may not be as tender.
Easy pork chop marinade with three ingredients.
- 4 small pork chops thin cut (4 oz) so they marinade and cook quickly
- 2 medium limes lime juice
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic finely sliced or chopped
- Place lime juice, soy sauce and prepared garlic in a bowl or pan.
- Add thin cut pork chops to marinade
- Turn occasionally. Marinade for at least 20 minutes, up to 2 hours (refrigerated)
- Grill on medium high heat to preferred doneness.
(initially published Aug. 4, 2016)