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Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey

Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey. A delicious idea for glazed grilled pork chops that reuses the marinade to make a delicious glaze.

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey

Originally published August, 2008. 

Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey. Grilled pork chops are a summertime dinner staple at our house. It seems to be one of the things our family enjoys most from the back yard grill.

The same recipes can get boring quickly, as I’m sure you’ll agree. So, we are always trying to find new ways to make grilled pork chops more interesting and delicious.

Many fresh pork chops or cutlets with parsley

Boneless Centre Cut Pork Chops are my favourite for this recipe.

This idea to turn the marinade into a sticky and tart citrus glaze worked particularly well.

It really plays to my frugal nature. we all know I hate to throw anything out.

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey

Re-purposing the marinade into a glaze makes me very happy, especially when the result is this delicious. Try it and you’ll want to add it to your summer meal rotation too. 

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try this recipe with seasonal citrus like tangerine or try using lemon instead..


These are also great broiled at any time of year. We serve them mostly with steamed rice and make extra sauce to serve over it. Simply delicious!

A great side dish to go with this recipe is a simple Cranberry Kale Salad.

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Cranberry Kale Salad

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Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey close up photo of grilled and glazed chops on a white platter
Yield: 6 servings.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops with Cardamom and Honey

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An outstanding recipe for grilled pork chops where the marinade also does double duty by being turned into a delicious honey citrus glaze.


  • 6 center loin pork chops
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped orange zest
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  1. Mix together the orange juice, zest, garlic, cardamom salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of the honey to make a marinade.
  2. Pour over the pork chops and marinate for 30-60 minutes but no longer. Remove the chops from the marinade.
  3. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and add the remaining honey. Simmer slowly to reduce the volume of the marinade by about half until it begins to thicken slightly and resemble a glaze.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Grill the pork chops over medium high heat until almost completely cooked, turning once. In the final few minutes of grilling brush the chops with the prepared glaze several times, turning the chops and brushing on additional glaze several times.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 100mgSodium 270mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 34g

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Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I love this recipe! May I ask why you say not to marinade for longer than an hour? I'm just wondering if it is unsafe or if you don't like how it tastes....I'm big into making ahead and cooking once I am available! Thanks!

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Safety is not an issue. All meats should be refrigerated while marinating, of course. Basically because the citric acid in the orange juice can start to draw out the natural juices from the meat and if they are marinated too long can lose moisture. This is particularly true of chicken and fish but pork and beef can take longer marinading time.

catering Fort Lauderdale

Friday 29th of June 2012

Another way to prepare pork meat, thank you! I am certain that your family or guests will appreciate it if you prepare this meal for them.

Le Chef Secret

Saturday 23rd of August 2008

Sorry for the missing honey and thanks for the catch! The correction is now made. I'll put the primavera recipe on my to-do list. ;)


Saturday 23rd of August 2008

Am I missing something or did you forget to list honey as an ingredient and tell how much total to use? I echo the interest in the pasta recipe. I am going to try the pork recipe using however much honey makes a nice glaze...


Tuesday 19th of August 2008

Glad to see new recipes Charles. Have you posted the recipe for the pasta shown here? If not, please do so it looks awesome. Thanks so much!!

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