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Harissa Pork Chops | Oven Roasted & Fast

Harissa pork chops may not be a classic dish but it tastes stunning and takes less than half an hour to cook making it a mid week hero!

Portrait image of harissa glazed roast pork chops served on a grey plate with tabbouleh salad

Simple Roast Pork Chops with a Glaze.

There are many folk queueing up to tell you that there is only one best way to cook anything. Well, I’m not that sort of cook, the answer to the best way to cook pork chops is YES!

I have a host of pork chop recipes here on Krumpli. Everything from Brined Pork Chops, through to Pork Chops cooked in the Instant Pot and of course a couple of roast pork chop recipes.

This one falls into the latter category and it has a jaw dropping harissa based glaze.

There are vast swathes of the world that do not eat pork for cultural or religious resaons.

As a result some flavour combinations, like pork in a curry, that are stunning are rarely seen.

Harissa pork chops is one of those combinations, it has Tunisian and Moroccan influences.

Perfectly cooked juicy chops combined with the fragrant flavours and heat from harissa paste is glorious.

Add a little honey, dried mint and sumac and you have a wonderful flavour sensation!

Portrait overhead image of harissa glazed roast pork chops served on a grey plate with tabbouleh salad

Choosing The Pork Chops.

When I talk to people about pork chops one of the reasons many state for not buying them is that they are often dry.

This can often be the case when they are roasted in the oven.

This is often because people are roasting teenie tiny thin pork chops!

It does not matter if I am cooking my sweet and sour pork chops or my fig and pork chop tray bake I use thick cut pork chops.

You need something around 2-3cm (1″) thick, they will weigh around 300g with the bone in.

Yes that is a lot of meat, yes it is a treat!

Portrait close up image of harissa glazed roast pork chops served with tabbouleh salad

Alternative Cooking & Serving Suggestions.

If you have an Air Fryer I have a treat for you, these pork chops cook really well in one!

Maybe even a little bit better than the oven, although the washing up is a little bit of a chore.

Cook them from around 10-12 minutes at 200°C of 400°F. Follow through with testing with a meat thermometer and resting and you are sorted!

As for sides, I like to serve this with a tabbouleh salad, which is a gloriously herby bulgur wheat salad.

But it would be great along side recipes like my roasted vegetable couscous or even with my vegetable tagine.

If you wanted to go lighter then this chickpea salad would work a treat.

Harissa Roast Pork Chops Recipe
Yield: 2 Servings

Harissa Roast Pork Chops Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These simple roast harissa pork chops pack a massive pinch of flavour thanks to harissa pasta and a few other store cupboard ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 Thick Cut Pork Chops
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Harissa Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Mint
  • Sumac to Taste
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

  1. Mix together the honey, harissa paste, olive oil, and dried mint.
  2. Season the pork chops generously with salt.
  3. Massage the harissa mix into the pork chops.
  4. Place the pork chops on a baking sheet and cook at 200°C (400°F) in a fan assisted oven or 220°C (450°F) in a regular oven for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Test that the pork has reached your desired level of "done" with a meat thermometer. I remove mine a 58-59°C (135°F).
  6. Rest for 5 minutes, the temperature should then reach 63°C (145°F).
  7. Sprinkle with sumac before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 531mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 41g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Christie

Monday 13th of August 2018

I just got some harissa! I'm definitely trying this pork. It looks amazing.

Brian Jones

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Enjoy :)

Lisa

Monday 13th of August 2018

Whoa! These roasted pork chops look so mouthwatering good. Giving it a try for dinner.

Brian Jones

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Thanks Lisa

Kelly Anthony

Monday 13th of August 2018

Loving how colorful and flavorful this recipe looks. Adding it to my list of things to cook.

Brian Jones

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Thanks Kelly, have fun.

Danielle

Monday 13th of August 2018

I'm not sure why, but I've never cooked with harissa before. These sound delicious, I totally need to try it out!

Brian Jones

Thursday 16th of August 2018

You really must give it a try, it has the most wonderful flavour!

Danielle

Monday 13th of August 2018

I love anything with harissa and this looks like a great way to use it.

Brian Jones

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Thanks Danielle