Savory Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots

Savory Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots

Savory Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots


These savory pork chops are perfect for either a weeknight or a special occasion, and will deliver flavors and convenience in just 15-20 minutes. They will make a wonderful addition to your recipe repertoire and wow your guests. Wear your favorite apron, and let’s get cooking!

Serves: 4
Level of difficulty: Easy to intermediate


4 bone-in pork loin chops 1/2 inch cut (1.1/2 lbs.)

2 teaspoons fennel seeds, coarsely ground*

1 teaspoon coriander 

Salt to taste 

1-2 tablespoons olive oil 

1/2 cup Rice vinegar (red wine will work as a substitute) 

1 medium shallot, finely sliced 

a squeeze of lemon juice 

Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish 


1. Season the pork chops on both sides with fennel, coriander, and salt.

2. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pork, and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Flip, and cook for 3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches a minimum of 145 degrees F. Remove and set aside on a platter. 

3. Add shallots to skillet and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with vinegar. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir well. 

4. Smother shallots over the pork chops. Sprinkle lemon juice. Garnish with parsley. 

Serve with a side of rice, potatoes, pasta, quinoa, or a carb of your choice. 

To keep it figure-friendly, serve it with a healthy salad or veggies. 

* Use a mortar and pestle to crush the fennel seeds. If you don’t have one, place the seeds in a small zip-lock bag, and lightly smash them with a mallet. 

I hope you will try this recipe and provide me with some feedback.  

Wine pairing suggestions: a slightly chilled medium-bodied red, Soave, Gavi, Sauvignon Blanc or a sparkling wine.

Happy Cooking & Sipping!

Gina Martino Zarcadoolas, aka Foodiewinelover
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