Paleo Apple Dijon Pork Chops
If pork chops and applesauce are a match made in heaven, these paleo apple Dijon pork chops are a trifecta of heavenly bliss. Whip them up after work – they’re super quick.
How to Pick Your Pork Chops
Your finished product can only be as good as your ingredients. Set yourself up for success by picking the perfect chops.
Rib chops are a good option. One of the most common cuts you’ll find in the grocery store, these chops offer a bit more fat. That’ll keep your meat moist and flavorful.
Thick pork chops are your friend. A lot of pork these days is bred to be lean, which can present a cooking challenge. A thicker cut is more forgiving and not as easy to overcook.
Make sure the packaging is intact and devoid of any leaks, holes or tears. You should not see liquid at the bottom of the tray.
Cooking Your Pork Chops to Perfection
You’ll sauté your chops in coconut oil for this recipe. You need to be really attentive and resist the temptation to cook them for too long.
If you’ve got a meat thermometer you want to cook the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. If you’re eyeballing it, the inside of the meat should be only slightly pink, and the juices should run clear.
- Combine the applesauce and Dijon mustard in a small bowl, and set aside.
- For extra flavor, season the pork chops on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper before cooking.
- Heat the coconut oil on high heat in a frying pan. Cook the pork chops so that the fat on the sides are rendered/cooked first. Using tongs for this makes it a lot easier.
- Cook each side of the pork chops for around 3-4 minutes until they’re golden.
- For medium rare (this is also the minimum recommended internal temperature for cooking pork), the internal temperature of the pork chops should be 145 F (63 C).
- Make sure the pork chops are cooked to your liking (cut up a piece and check if you’re unsure or don’t have a meat thermometer).
- Serve with the apple Dijon sauce.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 450
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 35 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 34 g