Herbed Lemon Pork

Herbed Lemon Pork Chops are juicy and full of flavor. Made in the skillet in under 30 minutes, they are quick and easy for a weeknight meal.

Herbed Lemon Pork

Do you recall eating pork chops as a kid, the same way – all the time? It’s so easy to fall into a rut, especially when you love a recipe.

Change up your pork chop recipe with this simple and quick weeknight dinner idea.

In under 30 minutes you’ll have a main dish that the whole family loves.

These seared pork chops have a light lemon garlic sauce that will leave you reaching for seconds.

Since it’s not a heavy cream-based sauce, these lemon garlic pork chops won’t have all the calories to come with it.

This light flavourful sauce using simple ingredients, does not skimp on taste. It’s one of those healthy recipes that you love to collect because it has lots of flavor.

This is the best pork recipe for busy nights. Yet for another taste, you must try our Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Chops.

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Ingredients Required

Pork Tenderloin: you can use bone-in pork chops, bone-in pork loin chops, thick center cut pork chops or boneless pork chops.

Fresh Garlic: garlic cloves give that flavor. You can use garlic powder if you need to, yet fresh gives the best results

Chicken Broth: chicken stock allows the pork to be juicy and tender, and prevents drying out. Also provides flavor.

Olive Oil: for cooking, you can also use vegetable oil, avocado oil or spray.

Seasonings: Salt and black pepper to keep it simple.

Lemon: lemon juice and lemon zest give that acidic taste.

Fresh Parsley: the final touch of flavor and color.

Recipe Instructions

As always, the full printable recipe for this easy pork chop recipe is at the end of the post.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the 1 tbsp olive oil.

Season pork chops with salt and pepper generously on each side.

Place into skillet, and cook over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes without moving them while they cook.

Turn them over and cook another 2-3 minutes. There is a total cook time of less than 15 minutes.

The pork chops will have a nice crust and be golden brown yet tender on the inside.

At this time pork should reach 145 degrees F. using a meat thermometer (or instant-read thermometer). This is the internal temperature pork should be, to be consumed.

I like to go by temperature and not look, as some pork will look pinker than others despite being cooked or not.

Remove from the stovetop, and place pork chops onto a large plate.

Place the skillet back on the burner, add ½ tbsp olive oil and heat over medium heat.

Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring. Remove from heat.

Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley. Stir until combined.

Spoon sauce over the top, and enjoy these best pork chops ever!

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What to Serve with Lemon Pork Chops

Serve these delicious pork chops with extra lemon slices and parsley. It’s a simple meal yet the presentation makes it restaurant quality.

There are so many pork chop side dishes, from pasta to potatoes, carbs and salads. Yet here are some side dishes that we love to make with this easy recipe.


Place pork chop leftovers in an airtight contianer or cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

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How to Reheat Pork Chops:

Reheating causes food to dry out, especially pork chops or thinner chops. The sauce or broth for this recipe prevents this, so this recipe reheats beautifully.

If using the microwave, I like to cover lemon pepper pork chops with a damp paper towel during reheating, and I haven’t experience dry pork chops.

Whether freshly made or reheated to enjoy the next day, always have juicy pork chops – and especially moist and tender pork chops.

More Pork Recipes:

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Herbed Lemon Pork

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Herbed Lemon Pork is a quick and easy recipe with few ingredients that is made in the skillet, and the taste is outstanding.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil + ½ tbsp
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 8 medallions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced {both set aside}
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • salt
  • ground black pepper


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the 1 tbsp olive oil. Season pork medallions with salt and pepper generously on each side. Place into skillet, and cook over medium high heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side {pork should reach 145 degrees F}.
  2. Remove from skillet and let rest on a large plate.
  3. Place the skillet back on the burner, add ½ tbsp olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring. Remove from heat.
  4. Add lemon zest and juice, and parsley; stir until combined.
  5. Serve pork medallions and spoon sauce over the top.
  6. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 25g

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Created by Tammi Roy

Tammi Roy is the founder of My Organized Chaos, a Canadian food and lifestyle blog. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is the mom of three beautiful teenage girls. Tammi’s passions are her family, creating and sharing delicious recipes, travelling and photography. Learn more about Tammi.


  1. Oh my gosh this looks absolutely delicious! i was actually just telling my hubby yesterday that I wanted to start doing some pork dishes because we never have it. this will be great to try out 🙂

  2. I swear I can smell this through my computer screen. It looks so yummy, thank you for sharing the recipe!

  3. This looks really yummy!! I am always looking for a new way to do pork so must try!! Thanks 🙂

  4. I love lemon with chicken and find it brings the flavour out, but I have never tried lemon with pork before, guess I’m going to have to give it a try!!

  5. This looks amazing! I have never used lemon with pork so I am very excited to try this. The presentation on this is beautiful as well.

  6. Your pictures are beautiful.
    I’ve never tried lemon with pork, I usually do apples, but yours looks lovely. I’ll have to expand my pork horizons.

  7. I LOVE using lemon when cooking with meat…..just makes the flavor perfect!

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  8. I have to admit that I don’t use the skillet much for cooking either. This recipe looks and sounds really good so I am going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  9. This recipe sounds like one I would love. Simple and fresh. Thank you for sharing. Your photos BTW are always drool worthy, I find myself licking my lips. (at least I am not licking the computer screen)

  10. I was in love at first sight.This is so delicious looking that I am making it soon.The picture says it all because it looks like food from heaven.Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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