Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple


Never grilled pineapple? Get ready to be wowed. It caramelizes beautifully for a deeper flavor. Plus it's a totally tasty match with a grilled pork chop, cilantro and a little heat from serranos.

Grilled Pork Chops with Chile & Pineapple
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup pineapple juice

  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 pound boneless thin-cut pork chops, trimmed

  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Combine cilantro, pineapple juice, serrano (or jalapeño), honey, lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a blender; puree until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup for serving. Transfer the remaining mixture to a medium bowl and add pork chops. Turn to coat and let marinate for 5 minutes.

  3. Brush pineapple and onion slices with oil. Remove the pork from the marinade and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a chop registers 145 degrees F, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill the pineapple and onions, flipping once, until lightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  4. Serve the pork, pineapple and onions drizzled with the reserved sauce. Serve with more cilantro and lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
8g Fat
42g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. pork, 1 1/2 cups pineapple & onion
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 31g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Vitamin A 292IU 6%
Vitamin C 116mg 129%
Folate 56mcg 14%
Sodium 667mg 29%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 60mg 14%
Potassium 720mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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