Recipe courtesy of Gabriela Rodiles

Skillet Pork Chops with Rhubarb Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Every summer I look forward to cooking with the rhubarb that grows like wild where my family lives in Minnesota. We usually bake it into a dessert crumble, but I love this super-citrusy, savory use of it in a sauce for quick pan-seared pork chops.



  1. Combine the shallot, ginger, orange zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, brown sugar, vinegar, paprika, crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the rhubarb and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb breaks down and the sauce thickens, 8 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, score 1/2-inch-deep slits with a paring knife 1 inch apart around the fatty side of the pork chops.  Season both sides of the pork chops with 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of black pepper.  
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil the very hot and shimmering, carefully add the pork chops. Sear the chops until golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook the other side until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the chops near but not touching bone reads 140 degrees F, 1 to 2 minutes. 
  4. Serve the pork chops topped with the rhubarb sauce and mint.