Pineapple Pork Chops – One Pan [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 7 reviews

Main Dishes One Pan Pork Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Last updated on June 10th, 2022 at 02:54 pm

Pineapple pork chops are a quick and easy one-pan meal, flavored with garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, and loaded with juicy pineapple tidbits. Rubbed with garlic, onion, and smoked paprika and then cooked in pineapple juice, these tender pork chops are exquisite. 

Are you looking for another pork chop recipe? Try our Grilled Pork Chops made with apple cider vinegar and lemon or these savory Mushroom Pork Chops made with heavy whipping cream and mushrooms. 

Pineapple pork chops are a fast and easy meal that you can make in under 30 minutes, but they taste like you spent hours preparing them.

The acid in the pineapple juice makes the meat juicy making this one of our favorite pork chop recipes. Making grilled pineapple on the side or to place on top of the pork chops is even better. In fact, if you grill the pineapple first, you can call them grilled pineapple pork chops.

Another delicious way to make a great pork chop dinner is with this spinach dip stuffed pork chop recipe. Or try these instant pot apple cider pork chops for the most tender chops you have ever had.

Whether you want to serve these over rice, noodles, potatoes, or just by themselves, any of these pork chop recipes are delicious. For a larger meal, try our mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin with brown sugar and grilled pineapple. 

Ingredients needed:

These are the main things you need for this pineapple pork chops recipe. For exact measurements and details, scroll down to our recipe card below.

  • Boneless pork chops
  • Cooking oil: We used extra virgin olive oil.
  • Can of unsweetened pineapple tidbits: Both the fruit and the juice.
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar: Light or dark brown sugar will both work in this pineapple pork chops recipe.
  • Soy sauce: We used gluten-free soy sauce.
  • Garlic cloves: Finely minced.
  • Cilantro: Minced, for serving.

For the rub:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

How to make pineapple pork chops recipe?

  1. Prepare: First, mix all the rub ingredients together and rub it into the meat on each side.
  2. Sear: Next, heat up the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until it is sizzling. Add the pork chops and sear them on one side for four to five minutes or until they are golden brown.
  3. Mix: While the pork chops are cooking, mix the pineapple juice, tidbits, maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic in a medium bowl.
  4. Cook: After flipping them, cover the pork chops with the pineapple juice mixture and continue to cook them for about 10 minutes. They are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. By then, the pineapple juice should have reduced and thickened.
  5. Serve: Finally, serve your pineapple pork chops with pineapple sauce and a sprinkle of cilantro on top.

Baked pineapple pork chops:

  1. Preheat: First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and grease a baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Rub: Meanwhile, make the rub ingredients and rub them into both sides of each pork chop.
  3. Sear: Then, heat up the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until it is hot, and sear them for four minutes per side.
  4. Mix: Meanwhile, mix the pineapple juice, tidbits, maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic in a medium bowl.
  5. Bake: Lastly, add the pork chops to the prepared baking dish and pour the pineapple juice mixture on top of it. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F.
  6. Serve: Finally, serve these delicious pineapple pork chops with pineapple sauce and a little cilantro over the top.

 

Recipe variations:

  • No soy sauce: Instead of soy sauce you can use coconut aminos.
  • Another oil: We used olive oil, but you can use whatever cooking oil you want.
  • No syrup: Feel free to use honey instead of maple syrup to sweeten your pineapple pork chops. 
  • Slices: You could also use pineapple slices or pineapple chunks instead of tidbits. 
  • Grill them: Grilled pineapple slices are even tastier on top of these to make grilled pineapple pork chops.
  • Dijon mustard: Add Dijon mustard to your pineapple sauce to give your dinner a tangy flavor.
  • Chicken broth: Add chicken broth to give your pineapple pork chops even more flavor. 

How to serve:

Pineapple pork chops are delicious and easy to make in minutes. Boneless pork chops make this even easier as you can cook pork chops faster that way. 

  • Put some fresh pineapple on top when serving.
  • Drizzle some of our homemade orange sauce on top for even more flavor. 
  • These tasty pineapple pork chops go great with mashed potatoes. 
  • Use leftovers for this pineapple casserole recipe.
  • Another perfect side dish for these pineapple pork chops is baked beans. 
  • You could also use leftovers in this sweet and sour pork recipe.
  • Serve with chopped red onions on top for even more flavor.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this in the instant pot?

Yes, these pork chops are easy to make in the instant pot. Rub the seasoning on them and then sear each side using the saute setting on your pot.

Then, pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir them up before cooking them on high pressure for 10 to 15 minutes. 

How do I make grilled pineapple?

You can do this on the barbecue grill, in the air fryer, or on the stove. Just mix honey, butter, and salt in a small bowl and coat each pineapple ring before placing them on the grill. Making grilled pineapple on the barbecue grill takes about five minutes with a grill temperature of 350 degrees F.

Making grilled pineapple in the air fryer only takes about two minutes. 

Does pineapple juice tenderize pork chops?

Yes, the acid in the pineapple juice is one way that it tenderizes any meat. But it also has an enzyme in it called bromelain that softens the muscle fibers.

The bromelain mixes with the protein to break down the fibers, softening the meat perfectly. 

How can I make these more flavorful?

If you find that the pork chops are losing their flavor from too much juice or the saturated fat in the pork, you can also marinate them overnight. Just mix the pineapple juice ingredients in a large bowl with the pork chops and store them covered overnight. 

How to store leftovers:

  • Store: You can store your leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Freeze: If you cannot finish them in a few days, freeze them for up to three months. 
  • Thaw: Remember to move them to the fridge to thaw overnight before serving.
  • Reheat: To reheat, put them in the microwave for one minute or reheat them in a saucepan on the stovetop. 

More pork chop recipes:

 

Cooking tips:

  • If the sauce is too thick, add some water or chicken broth.
  • For easier pineapple sauce, just use pineapple preserves or jam. 
  • No garlic cloves? Just use garlic powder in the marinade instead. 
  • Grilled pineapple is easy to make on the grill, in the air fryer, or in the oven. Either way, it makes a nice side dish or topping for these tender pork chops. 
  • Make a simple marinade of just pineapple juice and garlic powder to soak your pork chops overnight for extra flavor. 
boneless pineapple pork chops

One Pan Pineapple Pork Chops

Pineapple pork chops are a quick and easy one-pan meal, flavored with garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, and loaded with juicy pineapple tidbits.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Rub:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Other ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or olive oil)
  • 14 ounce can of unsweetened pineapple tidbits (juice and fruit)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Chopped cilantro (to serve)

Instructions

  • Pat dry the meat.
  • Mix rub ingredients and season the pork chops on both sides really well.
  • Place a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and once hot add the pork chops and sear for 4-5 minutes, or until golden on one side.
  • Meanwhile in a large bowl mix pineapple tidbits, maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic.
  • Flip the chops to the other side, then pour the pineapple mixture into the pan. Continue to cook the meat until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and the sauce has reduced and thickened a bit, about 10-12 minutes. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit of water.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 862mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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Tammy

Pork chops are not my favorite thing to cook because they get so tough. But this recipe looks really good and would make them tender.

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Gervin Khan

Wow! This recipe looks incredibly delicious and yummy. The texture of the sauce makes it enticing and tempting. I'll definitely make this at home.

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Katie C

I'm not the biggest fan of mixing fruit with my meat, but I actually love a pork/pineapple combination. I can't wait to try this recipe

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Anosa Malanga

Been searching for some recipes that I can try out over the coming days. Glad I came over to this post. Thanks for sharing your recipes and tips about it!

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Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Such a perfect meal! Everyone in our house would love this!

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Sandra

Oh, I really love how tasty and flavorful this is!! Amazing!

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Juliane

Thisis really flavorful! My mom's been telling me to do this again with her and I won't hesitate!

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