July 07 2018

Coconut Tamari Pork Chops

By Worker Bee
6 Comments

A quick marinade also makes a delicious, lip-smacking sauce for these juicy pan-seared pork chops. Tamari, lime juice, coconut aminos and coconut milk blend into a sweet/salty marinade that’s simply amazing with pork. Simmer the same marinade into a sauce, and you’ll be licking your plate clean.

If you can, use bone-in pork chops every time. They’re so much juicier and less likely to turn into flavorless rubber. Although if anything could give more flavor to a boneless pork chop, this marinade and sauce combination is it.

Servings: 2

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 one-inch-thick (2.5 cm) bone-in pork chops
  • ¼ cup tamari (60 ml)
  • ¼ cup lime juice (60 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (30 ml)
  • ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk (plus more to thin out the sauce as it cooks – keep the open can handy) (120 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons PRIMAL KITCHEN® Avocado Oil (30 ml)
  • Fresh cilantro or mint, for garnish

Instructions

In a bowl, whisk together tamari, lime juice, coconut aminos and coconut milk.

Use a fork to poke holes all over the pork chops. Put the pork chops in a sealable plastic bag and pour half the marinade over the pork chops. Set aside the remaining marinade in a bowl. Marinate the pork chops at least 10 minutes, and up to a few hours.

Heat avocado oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Take pork chops out of their marinade and add the chops to the hot skillet (without the marinade). Cook 3 minutes, until nicely browned on one side (keep an eye on the pork chops, as the marinade will make them brown quickly).

Flip the chops, and cook 3 minutes more.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the reserved marinade that was set aside in a bowl.

Bring to a simmer and cover the skillet.

Simmer very gently for 8 to 10 minutes, until the pork chops are done and the sauce is thick. Lift the lid to flip the chops and check on the sauce every 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken and become syrup-like, and it can easily burn to the pan. Whenever the sauce starts getting too thin and looks like it is sticking to the pan, drizzle in a tablespoon or two of coconut milk and swirl it around the pan. Adding coconut milk also keeps the sauce from getting too salty.

Serve with fresh cilantro or mint.

  • 274 calories
  • 10 grams carbohydrate
  • 23 grams fat
  • 9 grams protein

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  1. I find it hard to believe that this recipe has 10g of carbs and only 9g of protein. Is that a typo, perhaps?

    1. I can believe the carbs, if not more, between the coconut milk and the aminos – both of which are fairly moderate in carbs. However, I 100% agree about protein. 100g of pork chop has 24 grams of protein. Avg chop is over 200 grams.

      1. Sorry, I realize my initial post was slightly unclear. I was not questioning the carbs (that seems correct to me), only using that as a benchmark agains the protein. In other words, I meant “How can this recipe have more carbs than protein?”

  2. This is perfect! I was searching for the past hour trying to find something new for the family and this recipe just is perfect. Tonight my family will have a blast at dinner. Thank you so much 🙂

    Amy
    Virginia