5-Ingredient Orange Glazed Pork Chops

 Orange Glazed Pork Chops are the best
These juicy, 5-Ingredient Orange Glazed Pork Chops are the perfect addition to your weekday or weekend menu. Dinner will be on the table before you know it.

It's no secret I'm always looking for a solution to the classic family dinner dilemma – making a dish my kids will enjoy and one my husband and I will also love eating. I gravitate towards recipes I can adapt for my one picky eater and the palates of the rest of the family. It can be really challenging, as many of you know. I often pick a favorite flavor and use it as a starting point to create something healthy, with a taste everyone will enjoy eating.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops the juice
My kids have always loved orange sauce with pork. It’s the perfect flavor combination and it makes these boneless pork chops stand out. The orange glaze has a simple, straightforward taste with a little bit of depth. It only takes a modest amount of sauce to make this meal stand out. And who doesn't love using fresh orange juice in their cooking?

Orange Glazed Pork Chops before cooking
As you all know, making a juicy pork chop can be a challenge. If you’re like me, you’ve had your share of tough, dried out, chewy versions. However, when pork chops are cooked right, they’re one of the most perfectly tender and flavorful main courses. There are a few things you can do to guarantee tasty pork chops every time you cook.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops are such a great dinner

Orange Glazed Pork Chops for dinner

Tips for Tender, Tasty and Juicy Pork Chops:

  • Seasoning ~ Left alone, pork chops are bland and flavorless; seasoning generously with salt and pepper before cooking brings out the meat’s natural flavors.
  • Timing ~ remove pork chops from the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking. Cold pork chops placed in a hot pan can create uneven cooking, resulting in meat that is overcooked on the outside and under cooked on the inside.
  • Temperature ~ Most important!! Pork needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145° F (in the thickest part of the meat) to avoid any chance of foodborne illness. After this temperature, the chop will become increasingly leathery and tough. Use an instant read thermometer (this one is my favorite) to test the doneness of the meat.
  • Rest ~ Allow the meat to rest a few minutes before diving in to eat. This allows the fiber of the meat to relax, giving you a juicier chop.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops you are going to love
This is one delicious chop. The family is going to love this recipe.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops for dinner are an easy weeknight meal

Orange Glazed Pork Chops for the win
Enjoy this fabulous meal.

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5-Ingredient Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for NoblePig.com | Serves: 4


  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless pork chops, 3/4" thick
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice, strained to remove pulp
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard


  • Remove pork chops from the refrigerator and season generously with salt and pepper. Let them sit out for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Set aside.
  • Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown pork chops for about 4 minutes per side and check temperature with an instant read thermometer.
  • Once the internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat reaches 140° F, remove from the pan onto a plate. Cover loosely with foil. The meat will continue to cook while resting and get to the necessary 145° F for consumption.
  • Pour out any excess oil from the pan, but do not wipe it clean. Place pan back on medium-high heat and deglaze the pan with the orange juice mixture, scraping up any browned bits. Let boil, while stirring constantly, about 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Pour a little bit of glaze over each pork chop and serve immediately.

More Orange Flavored Pork Chop Recipes You Might Enjoy:
Orange Molasses Pork Chops
Tandoori-Orange Spiced Pork Chops
Baked Pork Chops Topped with Maple Orange Glaze
Skillet Pork Chops With Orange Garlic Sauce
Orange Soy Marinated Pork Chops

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10 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. Such a great idea to start by picking a flavor that appeals to all the (picky) eaters! These look fabulous, and you’re so right about pork chops being so good when done right — looks like you scored big! Yum!

  2. I love porkchops…and these look so delicious

  3. I love this glaze! That sounds so amazing, I am definitly going to have to give this recipe a try!

  4. Krista 4

    I love 5 ingredient recipes that look this amazing!!

  5. I can see where this will please the entire family. I just love pork and citrus together. Great family meal!

  6. These sound really good – I’m always looking for new ways to eat pork!

  7. That glaze!! It looks amazing and sounds delicious! Loving the citrus flavor that you added :)

  8. Looks delicious!!!

  9. Sandie Gallagher 9

    I have to try this..I bought a package of the thick chops from Costco and I agree..if you are not careful..they are tasteless and dry. !..and..the link for your “favorite” Instant Read Thermometer ” does not work.. can you tell me what one it is ?

  10. Rosanne 11

    Can orange juice concentrate be used instead?

    • Cathy 12

      I have never tried that. I guess it would just have more of an orange flavor, but it could be over-powering. I would just dilute the concentrate as if you were making orange juice and then use required amount.


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