This Grilled Pork Chop Marinade magically transforms ordinary chops into a tender,  juicy and flavorful entree!

This Easy Pork Chop Recipe just requires an overnight marinade to infuse sweet, salty, and citrus flavors into every bite. The process of osmosis draws deliciousness into every molecule.

A partially sliced pork chop on a white plate with baby broccoli spears.

Why You Must Make

  • It’s incredible what a terrific marinade can do for a cut of meat. These marinated pork chops were extremely tender and juicy. Just sensational.
  • The combination of soy and honey acts like a brine, drawing in both flavor and moisture. Think back to your high school science classes and osmosis.
  • This is an easy way to take ordinary pork chops and make them a gourmet entree!

That’s what happened to these chops as they soaked in their flavorful bath overnight. And the lemon juice tenderized the pork making them easy to slice with a table knife. This dish has just usurped all other pork chop recipes in my repertoire. You MUST try it.

Overhead view of a white ceramic tray with 3 marinated pork chops.

Ingredient Notes:

Each ingredient plays a part in flavoring this easy pork chop recipe. Many may already be in your kitchen.

  • Garlic and Green Onions – these aromatics provide a sharp onion-like flavor
  • Olive Oil – provides moisture
  • Lemon Juice – brings acid which tenderizes
  • Soy Sauce – provides sodium which encourages the infusion of the marinade into the pork
  • Honey – brings sweetness to balance the other flavors

Our sons drop by on Sunday nights for dinner, and both of them and Bill gave this grilled pork chop recipe their enthusiastic endorsement. And I did, too. Shake up your pork chop routine by marinating and tossing these chops on the grill. Plus, check out this Best Pork Marinade that you can use on chops and tenderloins.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Marinade?

A marinade is a seasoned liquid that adds flavor and often tenderizes foods like meat, fish, and vegetables.

What Does a Marinade Do to Pork?

The acid in the marinade tenderizes the pork as well as infuses flavor into the meat.

How Long Can You Marinate Pork?

You will get some good flavor marinating pork for just 30 minutes, but to get the tastiest results, marinate the pork for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Marinating for too long can make the meat mushy due to the acid breaking down the meat fibers.

Serving Suggestions:

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Overhead view of a plate of a sliced pork chop, broccoli and a red handled fork

Soy, Honey and Lemon Marinated Pork Chops

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Tender, juicy, flavorful marinated and grilled chops.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3-5 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 thick, bone-in pork chops

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except pork chops in a gallon zip-top bag or glass/Pyrex dish. Seal and agitate to mix.
  2. Add pork chops and allow to marinate in the refrigerator overnight, flipping once or twice if able.
  3. Remove chops from marinade and grill to desired doneness.

Notes

Total time does not include marinating time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 chop

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 1849mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 43g

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Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #22: Don’t skip meals. You tend to get over-hungry (ravishing in my case) when you don’t eat for a long period. When you finally do eat a meal, you are more likely to overeat, consuming more calories than you would have if you’d eaten two separate meals. So don’t skip breakfast (or lunch or dinner).