Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce

Turmeric Pork

Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce is a spicy (but not overly hot), sweet, tangy dish. It has complex flavor but very simple preparation. The sauce is also really versatile and likely to taste just as good over chicken, beef, or seafood. This is the type of recipe you’ll make again and again.

Turmeric lends its deep yellow color and the earthy, peppery flavor often tasted in curries. It also adds a slew of potential health benefits to your meal, such as anti-inflammatory properties and anti-arthritic benefits. Coconut milk, lime, cilantro and jalapeño are the other major flavors, coming together in a bold and plate-licking good sauce.

Pour the sauce over cauliflower rice, top it with a pork chop and then sauté or steam some veggies for a side. Dinner is served!

Serves: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes



  • 1 can (13.5 ounce) coconut milk (400 ml)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (found in the Asian section of grocery stores) (15 ml)
  • 1 small jalapeno, roughly chopped (optional)
  • A handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, plus more to season pork (5 ml)
  • 4 boneless pork cutlets or thin pork cops (1/2 inch thick or less) (13 mm)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (15 ml)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Salt, for seasoning
  • Butter, to flavor cauliflower rice


Combine the coconut milk, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, jalapeno (optional),1 teaspoon turmeric, and the cilantro in a blender. Blend the mixture into a smooth sauce.

Step 1

If the pork isn’t thin enough (1/2 inch thick or less) use a meat mallet to flatten the pork. Or, slice thicker pork chops in half to turn them into two thinner chops.

Lightly season the pork with salt and turmeric.

In a wide skillet heat the coconut oil. When the oil is hot add the shallot and saute for 30 seconds. Add the pork.

Cook the pork only 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned.

Step 2

Transfer the pork to a plate.

Add the coconut sauce to the skillet. Use a spoon to scrape up any tasty bits of meat stuck to the pan as the sauce comes to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.

While the sauce is boiling, make the cauliflower rice. Trim and roughly chop the cauliflower.

Step 4

Process in a food processor until the cauliflower has the texture of rice (the cauliflower can also be grated by hand with a box grater).

Step 5

Cauliflower rice can be cooked in a microwave for 3 to 5 minutes until soft or sautéed in a pan with several tablespoons of oil for 5 to 10 minutes until soft. Season with salt and butter.

Add the pork and any accumulated meat juice back to the skillet with the sauce. Simmer just long enough to heat the pork back up.

Serve the sauce and pork over the cauliflower rice. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro.

Turmeric Pork

For more turmeric-infused meal inspiration, consider these recipes in your rotation:

Turmeric Eggs

Turmeric and Ginger Fish

Turmeric and Kale Soup with Ground Lamb

Creamy Turmeric Tea

Don’t forget to pick up a canister of Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel in Golden Turmeric.

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  1. holy cow that looks good!

    didn’t know that you could make cauliflower look like rice.. that’s pretty amazing.

  2. YUM! Question, though: Is there a way to get the printable recipe without all of the pictures and such? I am hitting ‘print post’ which gives me so many more pages than necessary. Thanks!

    1. cut and paste the text into a separate document?

      There’s probably an easier way, but computers are not my thing, so that’s what i tend to do.

    2. Hit the little printer icon under the post, before the comments, and next to the little bubble that says how many comments there are. It will open just the recipe w/ pics in a new window to print.

      1. Doing what you suggested still prints out five sheets of paper for the recipe. It’s a bit wasteful. There should be a printable version without all the pics.

  3. I will be trying this one! I did cauliflower rice a week or so ago with a chicken curry, grated it on a box grater. Hubby didn’t even know until I told him (after he had eaten it!),that it wasn’t regular rice.

    1. What is your recipe for your curry chicken?? Would you care to share?

  4. Cauliflower rice has become a staple for me! Whenever I make a stir-fry or curry dish, I just throw the raw cauliflower bits in and they cook to just the right texture. Yum!

  5. Perfect timing – I just added a package of pork chops to my monthly free range chicken order . . .

  6. I knew there was a reason why I bought cauliflower and pork cutlets last night! Tonight’s dinner is sorted out – thanks Mark!

  7. You should try making cauliflower rice& choking in clarified butter. Now that is really delicious 🙂

      1. hahaha when I read that I was like “choking it??” Darn those auto-corrects! 😛

  8. Cauliflower, yes! Makes a great Asian-style fried rice and is terrific mashed with garlic and the fat of your choice. Also great roasted with curry or paprika or the spice mix of your choice. I used to think I hated cauliflower – then I went primal and learned how to cook it. Now it is practically my favorite food.

    1. Do you know where I can find the study? (Sorry that is lazy I could just search Pubmed) but if you know a quick link that’d be great 🙂

  9. I’m wondering if “pork cop” is a accidental-on-purpose typo 🙂

  10. I made this last night but substituted ostrich steaks for the pork chops. It was delicious! Had to cook the ostrich a little longer since they were thicker than pork chops. The sauce was fantastic. My wife went back for seconds, something she never does. No leftovers for lunch today.

  11. I made this tonight for the wife and I. We both enjoyed it. Thought of adding some red curry paste but held off and made it according to the Marks recipe. Wife needed a break from the spice lol …..


  12. Made this for dinner tonight. Simply outstanding, a go-to sauce from now on.

  13. Terrific! Made it for dinner and me and wifey were literally licking our plates for the sauce and bits after the meal ! Great one Mark ! Any estimated calorific content ? Thanks 🙂

  14. Awesome! The flavours sound great!

    Any ideas for a substitute for the cauliflower? I’m finding a lot of Paleo recipes have cauliflower as it seems to be quite versatile but I hate the stuff so much!

    Maybe I just have to learn to love the stuff :S

    1. Just made this tonight and it was delicious – reminded me of a thai curry recipe I used to make. It definitely needs something to mop up the sauce – try mashed carrots or broccoli.

  15. I made this last night and WOW! It was FANTASTIC! It had some serious umami. I found myself holding back from licking the sauce off the plate. I think it’s the fish sauce plus the pan sautéing. Those of you who like spicy, it could definitely stand up to more jalapenos. HIGHLY recommended!

  16. I made this for one friend Saturday night and it was such a hit…made it for another Sunday night (pre Downton Abbey finale dinner). Both times with chicken. Make sure the meat is a half inch like the recipe says… didn’t pound the chicken breasts the second night and had to cook the sauce too long and it lost some of its flavor.

    Will make this recipe over and over… love the cauliflower rice too!

  17. I made this last night and it was really good! Even the non-primal DH liked it. I would say the cauliflower rice is mandatory since it soaks up the sauce so nicely. mmmmm Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Best recipe ever! I had to restrain myself from eating all 4 servings

  19. First recipe I’ve made from your site and it was fantastic! Even my super picky 6 y.o. Daughter loved it. Thanks!! Now off to search for more recipes to try

  20. My husband and I have been on and off paleo for a couple of years now… We feel better when we do it, but comfort food and restaurant food always get me.

    I made this tonight, but did the cauliflower as faux-mashed potatoe instead of rice, with a side of asparagus. best comfort food meal ever. My husband loves it because normally I dislike sauce and/or gravy, but this sauce is awesome.

    Thanks so much for a recipe that will come in handy when I feel like falling off the wagon.

  21. I made this last night an it was wonderful…porkchops stayed juicey and the color was awesome. My husband who does not eat cauliflower ate a healthy serving of “rice”. LOL

  22. I made this today in my crockpot. I put all the ingredients for the pork & sauce in the crock with a sliced spring onion from this morning’s farmer’s market, then cooked it on low for 5 hours. I served mine over Brussels sprouts sautéed with onion in lard. What a wonderful meal. Thanks, Mark.

  23. I made this dish tonight and it turned out very tasty. I used lamb chop instead of pork and the sauce worked just fine. I also loved the cauliflower rice and we will be making that more 🙂
    Thanks for creating great recipes.

  24. Anyone have anything else besides Cauliflower rice? Besides different kinds of cauliflower? It makes my stomach hurt and gassy and it’s honestly really vial and smells bad to eat. Am I just being a wimp?

    1. I love cauliflower rice, can’t say it smells bad at all. Perhaps yours was an old one? Try making noodles out of courgettes?

    2. I absolutely love cauliflower but it does not love me back. I have the same experience Gassy, painful tummy afterwards. although I could eat plates and plates of the stuff it just doesn’t do well in my body. Any tricks for degassing it?

    3. this looks really good!

      but i also hate cauliflower (& broccoli or any plants that resembles broccoli.)

      i’ll just use potato or sweet potato or regular white rice for the extra sauce.


      1. Yowza just tried this with green onion, galangal root and lemon w/zest because that is what I had on hand. Outrageously yum!!

  25. Just had this for dinner tonight with baked and steamed veges…. wonderful flavoured sauce !!!

  26. I tried this recipe and my husband and I did not care one bit for the the sauce or cauliflower “rice”. This recipe gets two thumbs DOWN.