Cast-Iron Pork Chops with Nectarine Pico de Gallo

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch thick, lightly pounded to like sizes

Seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil, for drizzling 

Sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped

2 to 3 nectarines, chopped 

1/4 to 1/2 red onion, finely diced 

1 red Fresno chile, diced 

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1/2 green jalapeno, diced 

Pinch sugar

Garlic chives, chopped 


  1. Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with some seafood seasoning, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with some fresh thyme. Let hang out to absorb flavors.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the nectarines, onions, Fresno chiles, lemon zest and juice, jalapenos, sugar and some garlic chives. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside
  4. Place the chops in the skillet and brown on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes total. Transfer the chops to a half baking sheet and place in the oven to finish cooking, 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly pink in the middle.
  5. Serve the chops with the pico de gallo.