This is the perfect recipe for a super quick weeknight dinner. In less than 20 minutes those Pork Chops with Sweet Sour Sauce are on the table.

Succulent and tender, the sugar sprinkled over the chops, allows for a nice caramelization to take place.

The vinegar gives the bite that it needs yet does not overpower the dish. The garlic is as tender as it can be absolutely wonderful.

Perfection in the balance of flavors.

Roasted carrots, potatoes or couscous are great side dishes with the pork chops.

This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetit!

Pork Chops with Sweet Sour Sauce

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Pork Chops with Sweet Sour Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 bone-in pork chops 2 1" thick bone in pork chops
  • salt salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • .25 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 rosemary springs 3 rosemary springs
  • 1 tablespoon capers 1 tablespoon drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Season the pork chops with salt and ½ teaspoon sugar. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high. Cook chops, without touching them, until well browned underneath, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook the other side for another minute, slightly browned. Transfer to a plate (they will not be cooked), reduce the heat.
  • Pour the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil into the same skillet and add the shallot and garlic. Cook stirring often until softened and just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add the vinegar and remaining tablespoon of sugar to the skillet. Cook until the vinegar is nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. 
  • Add rosemary, capers and ½ cup water to the skillet. Season with salt. Reduce the heat as needed to maintain a very low simmer. Add butter and swirl pan continuously until the sauce becomes smooth and emulsified. 
  • Return the pork chops to the skillet arranging darker side up. Simmer gently in sauce until the chops are cooked about 3-5 minutes.
  • Transfer pork chops to plate and spoon sauce over it.


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 565mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Giangi's Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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