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Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops. Simple seared or grilled chops with a savoury, sweet and sour sauce that compliments the pork beautifully.

Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops on a white serving platter with herb garnish

Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

These blueberry balsamic pork chops are one of our family favourite recipes for a quick weekday supper. Nothing beats good old wild Newfoundland blueberries in this recipe.

Mine come courtesy of my father in law, Len, who more than makes up for my lack of enthusiasm for berry picking with a steady supply to my freezer.

Blueberries Picked on Signal Hill

Blueberries Picked on Signal Hill

Though many people have written that they were skeptical about blueberries and pork, I’d used them successfully in the past in a gorgeous recipe for Blueberry Plum Chutney.

Many fresh pork chops or cutlets with parsley

Boneless Centre Cut Pork Chops are great for this recipe.

That went particularly deliciously with pork chops so I had no worries at all about developing a more sweet and sour version of a pan sauce for this versatile meat. Most of those same skeptics became quick converts after trying this easy 30 minute meal.

stock photo of frozen blueberries in a white bowl.

Frozen blueberries are also perfectly fine to use in this recipe and likely more economical.

2017 update: This recipe has continued to be one of our most popular pork chop recipes since first posting it back in 2008. It has become a fan favourite and a regular meal on meal plans of our followers.

 

For another very popular pork chop idea, check out our Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops.

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Originally published Feb 2008.
Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops on a white serving platter with herb garnish
Yield: 4 servings

Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops - simple seared or grilled chops with an easy to prepare, sweet and sour pan sauce that compliments the pork beautifully.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless center loin pork chops
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • ½ cup white wine or chicken stock
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 ounce water

Instructions

  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Pan fry the pork chops in the olive oil and garlic until completely cooked about 4-5 minutes per side. (or grill them on a gas or charcoal grill) Hold the pork chops in a warm oven.
  3. Add the blueberries, balsamic vinegar, wine (or stock), thyme, nutmeg and brown sugar and honey. Simmer to reduce the volume of the sauce by half. Add the lemon juice and butter and simmer for an additional minute or so until the sauce slightly thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste and spoon the sauce over the cooked pork chops.
  4. If your blueberries are particularly juicy and especially when using frozen berries, you can thicken the sauce slightly if necessary by adding a slurry at the end made by dissolving together 1 tsp corn starch and 1 ounce cold water.
  5. When using grilled pork chops instead of pan-fried just begin the sauce by lightly sauteing the garlic, then add the other ingredients as directed.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 372Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 58mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 12g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Sallyjojo

Monday 21st of June 2021

This was so simple and so delicious. I had way more sauce than the 2 of us needed, tomorrow will be serving the rest of the sauce with grilled chicken, rice and roasted asparagus. I think I could drink the sauce!! :)

Patricia Durachta

Friday 12th of March 2021

My family loved these pork chops. They turned out perfet and were so juicy and tender and the blueberry balsamic sauce was delicious (I used the white wine instead of stock). I will be making them again.

Odette

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Hi Barry, This recipe is da bomb. Thank-you for sharing your culinary delights. Kindest regards, A friendly neighbourhood Newfoundlander who loves to cook; residing in Nova Scotia.

Tracy D

Friday 15th of May 2020

Blueberries were on sale this week-and I had pork chops defrosting-so Google brought me here. Thank goodness it’s perfect. I added fresh ground black pepper to sauce st the end! I’m so close to drinking the last of the sauce!

Kelly

Thursday 18th of June 2015

This sauce was absolutely delicious! I made salad and parsnip "fries" along side and the sauce was super yummy with those as well! Oh, and I want to eat the sauce for dessert too.

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