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Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze (Video)

If you like balsamic vinegar you’ll swoon over these tasty Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze, and this delicious recipe is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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It’s been four days since I arrived home from Thailand, and I wish I could report that my bronchitis was gone and I was on the mend, but unfortunately I’m still feeling crummy and have a hacking cough. I’m glad I was anticipating jet-lag and worked on a few recipes to update the photos before I went on the trip, so today I am able to share these greatly improved pictures of these delicious Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze I first made back in 2006! This is one of those recipes that are so tasty and easy, that you’ll make it over and over if you like these ingredients.

The recipe was adapted from Gourmet magazine, which isn’t even published any more, and when I posted this I confessed that even though I read the magazine for years I hardly ever made anything from it. Most of the recipes from Gourmet always seemed just a bit too fussy for me, but this one from March 2006 was completely a keeper.

I left out the shallots, which I thought most people wouldn’t have and I couldn’t resist seasoning the pork chops with a bit of Pork Chop Seasoning, but if you don’t have that, I’m sure this would be great without it. I did use a small amount of sugar like the original recipe called for, but the amount of sugar per serving is still minimal even with the small amount of sugar that’s in balsamic vinegar, because you’re only eating the small amount of sauce that sticks to the meat.If you need to limit sugar more strictly in your diet or want the lowest possible carbs, I’m guessing this would still taste great without the tiny bit of added sugar or you could use another sweetener of your choice, and I bet you could get away with a little less balsamic vinegar as well, although that change might not produce the beautifully glazed pork chops you see above.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze found on KalynsKitchen.com

Trim pork chops and season with Pork Chop Seasoning (if using), salt, and pepper. Heat olive oil (preferably in a cast-iron pan) and brown pork chops well on both sides.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze found on KalynsKitchen.com

Mix vinegar and sugar (or other sweetener of your choice), add to pan, and simmer until slightly thickened. Then add pork chops and cook over medium-low heat until pork chops are cooked through and glazed with sauce.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, and wait for compliments! This would be delicious with Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion.

More Tasty Dinners with Pork:
Slow Cooker Pork Recipes ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch
Roast Pork Loin Filet with Fig Sauce ~ Bellyfull
Low-Carb Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Maple Dijon Pork Chops ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen

Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze
(Makes four servings, adapted from Gourmet Magazine.)

Ingredients:
4 center cut pork chops, fat trimmed
1 tsp. Vege-sal or slightly less than 1 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. Penzeys Pork Chop Seasoning (optional, contains salt, hickory smoke, garlic, onion, white pepper, and ginger)
1 T olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. sugar, Stevia in the Raw Granulated, or Splenda

Instructions:
Trim fat from pork chops. Season chops on both sides with Vege-sal or salt, pepper, and Pork Chop Seasoning (if using).

Heat pan 1 minute, add olive oil, heat one minute more, then add pork chops and cook over medium high heat until well browned on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Remove pork chops to plate, lower heat slightly, and add vinegar and sugar and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Put pork chops back into pan with any liquid which has collected on plate, and cook over medium-low heat for about 4 minutes, turning several times to glaze pork chops with sauce. Serve hot, with sauce poured over.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even with the small amount of sugar I used and the sugar in the balsamic vinegar, I’d still consider this a low-carb recipe and suitable for the South Beach Diet because you’re only eating the small amount of the balsamic glaze that sticks to the meat. If you’d like to reduce carbs/sugar, use an approved sweetener, and possibly even use a bit less balsamic vinegar.

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48 comments on “Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze (Video)”

  1. to make this recipe for one person what changes would you make

  2. This recipe sounded interesting and just finished eating….”Delicious” doesn’t even begin to describe the wonderful flavor!  Thank you Kalyn

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  5. Oh, how I love anything with balsamic. Looks amazing!

  6. Can these pork chops be done in a slow cooker??

    • I don't know how that would work. The slow cooker will create more liquid which would water down the glaze. The recipe is so quick, it doesn't seem like a slow cooker would be that beneficial to me, but let me know what you think if you try it.

  7. Kalyn, I made this dish tonight and the pork chops were so delicious! The glaze was fantastic! I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

  8. I'm licking my chops just looking at these chops. The glaze looks so flavorful and so gorgeous. I've gotta try these soon!

  9. Made this tonight!!! Thank you it was very quick and very delicious!! 🙂

  10. Peggy, so glad I am inspiring you to cook. This is one of the many posts I still want to make and take new photos, but I still remember how tasty it was!

  11. Kalyn-

    Thank you for being my go-to blog for lastminute recipe ideas. In the cab on the way home, I googled your site, found this recipe, stopped at the store and got the chops, and served it along with some roasted potatoes and veggies.

    I used homemade Erbe Toscana as the spice since I did not have the one you used – it tasted great!

    I had been so tempted to order in… Thanks for making it easy to cook at home!

    Peggy

  12. Made this for dinner tonight. So easy and oh so good! It looks beautiful on the plate, too!

  13. Janelle, thanks! So nice of you to let me know.

  14. Just made this for dinner and it was amazing! My husband and I love your recipes!

  15. Dana, good luck with the diet. I know it will work if you stick with it, and reading the book is the best place to start. Hope the blog is helpful too.

  16. Went to the doctor this morning and got a little concerned over some new lbs. That being said, the books are in the mail and I just made these for dinner. They are delicious! I have hope that South Beach will work with items like this on the menu. Thanks for an amazing site.

  17. Thanks, Kalyn, for sharing this recipe. -Tien 🙂

  18. Bex, glad you liked the recipe. Hang in there, it will get easier and in a few weeks you can have whole wheat bread!

  19. My fiance and I recently went on the South Beach diet to try to lose weight and get fit. We were stuck in a rut of eating out way too much (and eating badly) because we are both grad students (well, I graduated in May and now teach 6 writing classes at the university here). With just over three months to go until our wedding, I was tired of whining about losing weight and decided to do something about it. We tried this recipe tonight with some roasted green beans (the recipe with shrimp–we just left that part out). It was amazing. Thank you sooo much for all your recipes! This is the best diet I've ever been on (even though I love bread and miss it terribly…I'm only on day 2). Thanks again!

  20. Hi Kalyn, I made this last night (and I’m the same person who made the Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms two nights ago – I’m a little balsamic crazy these days!!) It was super yummy and I even enjoyed some leftovers today (and I hardly ever enjoy leftover meat because reheating makes it dry, but adding the glaze made it so juicy and sweet!)

    I went ahead and included the shallots since I had them on hand. I also used the smallest bit of sugar even though I’m on phase 1, because of what you said about vinegar reducing the G.I. of other foods. (Plus, I reasoned with myself that my calcium supplements have sugar, and so do all the cough drops I’ve been popping these last couple weeks due to a nagging cold!) Anyway – thank you SO much for this great recipe.

  21. Jason, glad you liked it! Don’t want any college students starving, that’s for sure!

  22. OMG… I’m a starving college student, and I just had the best meal I’ve had in weeks. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  23. Amy, thanks for taking time to let me know how much you liked them!

  24. These are absolutely fabulous — serve them to company and get ready for the compliments. I did not have the Penzey’s so I just used some garlic powder and pepper. My whole family loved them.

  25. Jenni, how fun. I’m so happy to hear it was a hit, even with the kids.

  26. Yummy! I had planned to try your “Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano” but it came to dinner time and I had forgotten to marinade it! So I searched the site to see what we could make and found this recipe.

    The whole family (including 3-,6-, and 9-year olds!) LOVED it! They even talked about it the next morning!

    Thanks!

  27. Anonymous, your version of the pork chop seasoning sounds fantastic. Glad to hear you liked the recipe.

  28. Thank you. I really enjoyed this recipe! I didn’t have the seasoning blend you talked about, so I made up something of my own that I thought might be similar, and I thought it turned out wonderfully:

    ~1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger; 1tsp each of kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, smoked paprika, dried garlic and dried onion granules.

    I salt and peppered each side of the pork chops and rubbed in about 1/2 to 1/4 tsp of this blend on each side of the pork chop and then cooked it as you specified. It turned into a wonderful balsalmic-ginger glaze. It was so… delicious and surprisingly easy!!! Definitely a recipe to keep!

  29. Thanks Alison, and stick with it on South Beach; it’s not that bad at all.

  30. I’ve avoided South Beach because I have always been the girl who gets lost in the grocery store, and cooking isnt exactly my thing. I’ve been on it for a week and have been making your recipes every night, and they have all been so easy to follow and absolutely delicious!

    I’m making these tonight- Thanks for all the great ideas!

  31. I wanted to say that I had some leftovers yesterday after my husband ate some. (He enjoyed!)I’m eating the leftovers today for lunch and I have to say I love it as leftovers too. It’s not as strong tasting but still REALLY good. Husband said this would be perfect with a ton of fresh crisp veggies.

  32. If I was making this and didn’t have the Pork Chop Seasoning (which is fantastic, and Penzeys isn’t paying me to advertise for them in case anyone is wondering!) I would use whichever of the spices listed that you have on hand.

  33. Made this today without the Penzeys. It was good but felt like it was missing something. Next time I’ll have to try the pork spice. 🙂

  34. I made these last night. One word: YUMMMMEEEE. I guess that’s a word.

  35. That’s an extremely useful recipe. I LOVE balsamic vinegar. I could drink it I love it so much. That is a great recipe for Costco pork (we do the same in my house–buy bulk and freeze!).

  36. Kalyn, I love to glaze all things meat with balsamic vinegar. And your post reminds me, that I haven’t done it in quite some time, so the shopping list for the weekend is set 😉 Thanks for the little reminder!

  37. Yum, Kalyn those pork chops look picture perfect! My mouth is watering just thinking about how good they must have been.

    Excellent!!

  38. They look really good, I often get por chops so I will have to remember this for when the week of veggie eating is over 🙂

  39. Oh I love pork chops with balsamic vinegar and your photo is just so tempting!

    And quilting … I wish I had time to quilt nowadays. I used to help my mum and we produced some masterpieces. The last time I made a quilt it was for my niece, which apparently she still clings to even though she’s “all grown up” now. Sigh.

  40. Oh boy!! That looks wonderful, can feel the Homer Simpson drool starting. And thank goddness for Penzeys.

  41. Kalyn, that pork chop looks incredible, way more exciting than the boring chops my mom made for us as a kid, and I’ll put balsamic on just about anything, but never thought to put them on pork choppers.
    Thanks for the great idea!

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