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    Pork Chop Marinade

    This easy Pork Chop Marinade is the BEST!

    Bursting with fresh and herby flavors, it’s the perfect marinade, no matter how you’re cooking your chops.

    Our Mediterranean inspired marinade makes good use of fresh herbs to infuse your pork chops with so much flavor that you’ll want to marinate everything in it!

    Bring on the flavors with this easy Pork Chop Marinade, brimming with bright and fresh Mediterranean inspired flavors!

    If you really want to add flavor to your meat, it’s hard to beat a good marinade.

    From sweet and umami Teriyaki Marinade, to the garlicky Mojo Marinade, to our bold and spicy Jerk Marinade, there are so many flavors to choose from.

    This pork chop marinade is bright and summery, with plenty of herbs and a squeeze of lemon for freshness.

    Pork Chop Marinade Ingredients

    • Olive oil – To help keep the meat moist.
    • Lemons – For some tang, as well as to tenderize the meat.
    • Garlic – Plenty of it.
    • Fresh herbs – Oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary. If lacking any fresh herbs, substitute 1 teaspoon of dried for every 1 tablespoon of fresh.
    • Salt – The most important ingredient.
    • Pepper – Salt’s longtime companion.

    Easy Pork Chop Marinade Recipe

    To make this marinade, it’s a simple matter of chopping the fresh herbs and garlic, then whisking everything together. Easy, huh?

    Bring on the flavors with this easy Pork Chop Marinade, brimming with bright and fresh Mediterranean inspired flavors!

    How to Marinate Pork Chops

    Marinating meat adds great flavor, as well as helps tenderize the meat.

    One method is to place the meat in a ziploc bag, then pour in the marinade. Squeeze out as much air as possible, seal the bag, then lay flat on a plate. You can also marinate them in a shallow dish covered in cling wrap.

    We recommend marinating at least one hour. Typically, we will marinate the meat in the morning, then cook it in the evening, or you could even marinate overnight.

    If marinating for more than one hour, keep the pork chops in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking to allow them to come to room temperature.

    marinating pork chops

    Cooking Marinated Pork Chops

    After your pork chops have absorbed the rich, herby flavors of the marinade, it’s time to cook them to perfection.

    Whichever method you choose, use the following directions and cook till the internal temperature measures 135ºF with an instant read thermometer (the temperature will continue to rise while they rest).

    • Cast Iron Skillet: We have a whole post dedicated to Skillet Pork Chops. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and flip them about every one minute, till fully cooked.
    • Grill: Heat grill over medium high heat. Grill 5 minutes, flip, then cook till done.
    • Oven: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Heat a cast iron skillet on stove top on medium high heat. Once hot, sear the pork chops for 2 minutes. Flip the chops, then transfer to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Check out out Baked Pork Chops recipe for more details.
    • Air Fryer: Preheat air fryer to 400ºF. Cook pork chops 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.

    Remember, cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the chops, as well as if they are boneless or bone-in.

    After cooking, transfer the pork chops to a plate, cover loosely with foil, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

    pork chops in a cast iron skillet

    What to Serve with Marinated Pork Chops

    The flavor imparted by the marinade is Mediterranean inspired, but not overpowering enough that these pork chops can’t go with just about anything.

    For some veggie sides, think roasted Asparagus or Broccoli, Grilled Zucchini, Creamed Spinach, Green Beans Almondine, or Southern Squash Casserole.

    Some good starchy options are Cheese Grits, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, or Saffron Rice or Dirty Rice.

    If you want a great salad pairing, try Caesar, Greek Salad, Wedge Salad, Tabbouleh or Balela Salad.

    Bring on the flavors with this easy Pork Chop Marinade, brimming with bright and fresh Mediterranean inspired flavors!

    Once you try our easy Pork Chop Marinade, you’ll never go with that bottled stuff again. Fresh is always best!

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    Pork Chop Marinade, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    bowl of pork chop marinade atop the Gypsy Plate

    Try these other flavor enhancers:
    Shawarma Seasoning
    Greek Chicken Marinade
    Vindaloo Paste
    Creole Seasoning
    Carne Asada Marinade
    Peri Peri Sauce
    Harissa Paste
    Chili Oil

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    Pork Chop Marinade

    Yield: about 1 cup
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    Bring on the flavors with this easy Pork Chop Marinade, brimming with bright and fresh Mediterranean inspired flavors!


    • ½ cup olive oil
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper


    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Marinate pork chops for at least 1 hour.

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