Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon and Onions

Grilled Pork Chops and Onions, Courtesy:
Grilled Pork Chops and Onions, Courtesy:

Don’t shy away from pork – it’s a great change of pace from chicken and beef, and it’s great cooked on the grill.  Invest in an accurate grill thermometer, so you can be sure to cook pork to the correct internal temperature of at least 145F.

4 lemons, halved crosswise
3 medium red onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
2 large Vidalia onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 pork chops (6 oz. each, 1 1/2 inches thick), trimmed
All-purpose flour, for dusting


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Grill lemons, cut sides down, until marked, 5 minutes.
  3. Brush onions with oil, and grill, flipping once, until soft, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Grill rosemary until fragrant, 20 seconds.
  5. Remove rosemary leaves from sprigs, and toss with juice from 2 grilled lemons, onions, oil, salt, and pepper.

  6. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, and coat with flour, shaking off excess.

  7. Grill chops on the hottest part of the grill, flipping once, until marked, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

  8. Move chops to edge of grill, and cover. Cook, flipping once, until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees for medium, about 2 minutes per side.

  9. Transfer chops to a plate.

  10. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes.

  11. Serve with remaining lemons and onion mixture.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Orange or grapefruit will also work well with pork.
  • Be sure to rotate the pork chops on the grill, so that you get those cook criss-cross marks.

Yield: 4 servings

Source:, Martha Stewart Living, August, 2007



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