Dinner, Food, Pork, Recipes

Dad’s Pork Chops

Is it really only Tuesday?  I have crammed so much into the last two days that my body is screaming FRIDAY but my jam packed calendar is telling me otherwise.  Look forward to a post that I’ll put up tomorrow with more details about my book – including an actual release date!  Yes, I’m teasing you a bit but hopefully that means you will check in with me tomorrow for all the juicy details.

Now let’s talk pork chops.  John made a meal last night that was so impressive that I had to share his recipe with you all.  I did not help that much except for to make a few small suggestions in order to keep the house from burning down.  Why do men like to cook everything on high??   Sorry babe, I couldn’t help it.  : )  Here’s John’s recipe proving once again that what you have on hand is usually all you need to make a delicious meal without a lot of time spent in the kitchen.

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Dad's Pork Chops

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sarah Fragoso


  • 4 pork chops 1/4-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried french thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Season pork chops lightly with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine mustard, mustard powder, French thyme, and garlic; mix well and spread evenly over both sides of the chops. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the chops and brown for 2 minutes per side. Transfer your skillet to the oven and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until no longer pink and cooked through. Serve over sauteed baby spinach.



Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Lacey says:

    We’re trying to eat more pork…perfect timing John and Sarah!! YAY PORK!!

  2. Adrienne says:

    It’s whats for dinner tomorrow! Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. Dave says:

    what’s the greens? just some kind of spinach or something? have you got a section on here just for sides because i usually just steam some vegies & that’s about it.

    1. End of the recipe says “Serve over sauted baby spinach.” There is a veggie section if you hover your mouse over the FOOD label in the nav bar and then click on VEGETABLES. However since most of these dishes have a vegetable accompaniment their prep is listed with the main courses.

      1. Kate says:

        Hi Sarah. My family is new to paleo and really new to cooking meals everyday. Before paleo we would walk right by baby spinach let alone saute it. Can you tell me what you cook the spinach in? It looks yummy and I want to try it. I did look through the veggie section and found dishes with spinach in them. We have made the Easy shrimp and it was fantastic. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes.

        1. Sarah says:

          Hi Kate! I just saute it in a little bit of coconut oil! We also eat it for breakfast almost everyday and I’ll quickly saute it in a little bit of bacon grease or grass fed butter and sometimes add some asparagus or onions and bell peppers as well. When you saute spinach it only takes a minute, stir it constantly in the hot oil or butter just until it’s wilted and then pull it off the flame. Good luck!! It’s also great with a little squeeze of lemon on it!

          1. Tracey says:

            Thanks Sarah!

          2. Yvette says:

            Spinach for breakfast? Really? Anything else?

          3. Sarah says:

            We eat the spinach with poached eggs, scrambled eggs, sausage, or whatever other protein we have handy! Always with some protein. : )

  4. That looks amazing! Next time I buy pork I am going to try this recipe!

  5. I haven’t eaten pork in years but I’ve been wanting to try it again! Thank you for the recipe, it sounds amazing!

  6. Tracey says:

    How do you saute your spinach? Would love that recipe:) Looks like little pieces of bell pepper??

    1. Sarah says:

      I like to get the frozen roasted bell peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s or just use my own diced bell peppers and onions and saute those in some coconut oil until tender and then I’ll add a few big handfuls of baby spinach and cook until the leaves are just wilted. Sprinkle with just a little sea salt and black pepper.

  7. Steven says:

    We cook everything on HIGH…. because deep down we really miss fire…. 🙁

    1. Sarah says:

      LOL!! I love it Steven!! : )

  8. lalabomba says:

    going to try this tonight! good thing I was planning on making pork chops and I already had some thawing out :p

  9. Nicole says:

    I’m am sooo stoked about this website!!! I have not been able to 100% commit to making paleo our way of life! I have 2 kids and I love how you make family friendly “paleo” meals for the entire family. I am going to try the sun dried tomato chicken tonight with the side of brussel sprouts and bacon and spaghetti squash!! So excited and love your practical approach to paleo eating. I cannot wait until your book comes out. What do you typically eat for breakfast if your tired of eggs?

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Nicole! We eat sausage hash, leftovers from dinner, BLT’s without the bread, just wrapped in lettuce with avocado. Sausage sauted with apples is good, the skies the limit, it can be whatever you want it to be as long as it’s meat, veggies, and some protein! : )

      1. juliana says:

        that chicken is amazing! you won’t be sorry. I added some klamata olives to it and artichoke hearts. so good! and a real easy onem when you need quick

  10. Leslie says:

    Hi Sarah! I am new to Paleo and new to your blog, I see that you have a book (that I intend to buy!), but I’m curious about what all it entails. Is it going to be all of these awesome recipes , so more of a cookbook, or will it be more of a reference book? Thanks for all of your work on the blog, the podcasts, etc. it’s much appreciated! 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Leslie,
      Check out this link for a detailed description of my book. : )

  11. debbie seward says:

    Making it now and smells amazing the kids are goin’ nuts and I am waitin’ for the man to come home to the cave!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hope it turned out yummy for you!!

      1. Debbie S says:

        they were licking the plates LOLOL

        1. Sarah says:


  12. I just made these for dinner! Yummm!! Very good recipe! Thank you!

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Bree, thank you!!

  13. haha… I just LOLed at your comment “why do men cook everything on high”… my husband does the same! Why is that?! No patience, perhaps ; ) Looks delicious… I have 4 pork chops in my fridge right now, lucky me!

    1. Sarah says:

      Good luck with the pork chops and if your husband is cooking, keep an eye on the heat! : )

  14. Tim Martin says:

    Was good! Meat and mustard. Hell yes.

    I thought some white wine would do well here, so on my last batch I put some in during the pan fry phase. Haven’t gotten around to eating them yet (I cook for several meals).

    I’ve heard wine can be used for deglazing, but would it be appropriate at that stage too?

    1. Sarah says:

      We considered adding some white wine but did not have any on hand, I think it would work well! Did you try it?

  15. Jen H says:

    I’m making this tonight!! I can’t wait!! My hudband just started eating this way so I’m going to join in and try it!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Jen, I hope you both enjoyed the pork chops!!

  16. Jenny says:

    I cant have dijon mustard can I use the mustard spice instead??

    1. Sarah says:

      For sure!! I think that would be just fine, just mix in some olive oil or coconut oil to make a paste!

    2. Sarah says:

      Or you can use just regular yellow mustard if that’s ok for you to have!

  17. Nancy says:

    Hi Sarah, recovering long-time vegetarian here. Made your pork chops (the first pork I’ve had in 20 years!)… and had a tiny problem. When I put the chops in the coconut oil, the mustard stuck more to the pan than the meat! In the end, I had a slightly-mustard flavored pork chop, with a TON of mustard burned, solid, onto the pan – yikes.

    Did I do something wrong? Any hints on how to do better next time?


    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Nancy! You want to make sure that the pan is nice and hot before you put the meat in, that way you will quickly sear the meat and the sauce will stick to the meat and not your pan! : ) Best of luck to you!

  18. Nancy says:

    🙂 Ah, got it! Thanks Sarah – I’ll try again in the next few days!

  19. Marlene says:

    I’ve been on Paleo for two months now, I’ve been enjoying it very much. Especially since I’ve found your website with all the recipes. Thank you for making Paleo delicious! I do have one question… Being a novice, I somehow was under the impression that dijon mustard or mustard of any kind was a no-no to Paleo eating. I guess I classified it under mayo & ketchup. And what about honey? that seems to be a controversial ingredient. Can you clarify those two ingredients, what is your take?
    I did make Dad’s Pork Chops with every ingredient and loved it. But your Apple Muffins weren’t sweet enough, I made two batches-one without honey and one with honey.

    1. Sarah says:

      Here’s my take on mustard, I’m all for it as long as it’s gluten free! Some paleo folks might not be ok with mustard because it has vinegar in it and our hunter/gatherer ancestors probably did not have vinegar but I am way more of the approach of hey, vinegar really will not hurt you and unless you are having a reaction to vinegar or feel yucky after you eat it, then a little bit of mustard or vinegar for that matter now and then is a great compliment to tasty paleo meals! Honey on the other hand is sugar and again, if you are using a touch of honey now and then and are still looking, feeling, and performing like you want to then it’s up to you if you want to eat it or not. I personally rarely eat honey or any kind of sugar for that matter but now and then you’ll see a tablespoon or less in a couple of my recipes but that’s about it! Hope that helps!

  20. Dixie says:

    Holy Cow!! John is cooking…I love it 🙂 I’m so impressed and I can’t wait to try those pork chops, they look amazing! Gotta show this to mom 🙂 See….. if John can cook Paleo, anyone can right? 🙂

  21. Abby says:

    I just made this and it was yummy! All 3 of boys cleaned their plates. I also added some chopped up butternut squash to my spinach! Thanks for such a great approach to Paleo!!!

  22. Shari says:

    How do you curb the sugar cravings?

  23. Summer Johnson says:

    Our family has gone ‘Paleo’ and we love it….what we, ummm…ahem…me doesn’t like is pork, but my daughter found this recipe and made it last week…and WOW.JUST.WOW!!….it is amazing.

    Thank you

  24. KB says:

    My family is very mad after eating this meal……b/c I didn’t make enough!!! All 3 kids (6, 3 and 11 mos) gobbled it up!! Hubby loved it too! Thanks for another fantastic recipe!

    ps…I am anxiously waiting to eat the leftovers for breakfast 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      John will be so happy to know that you all loved it!!

  25. Shannah says:

    Ugh, can I just say thank you so much for this blog. Your book is on order and should arrive today, but I hadn’t even thought to see if you had a blog. I got online to search for “paleo meatloaf” and there you were.

    I am about 3 months into the Paleo deal and I am starting to struggle a bit with finding recipes for the whole family. Haven’t completely won over the DH or 5 year old, but I’m convinced if I can broaden my kitchen repertoire enough, I’ll have a much easier task.

    Paleo meatloaf is tonight and “Dad’s Pork Chops” will be later this week.

    Mooches grassius!


    1. Sarah says:

      You are so very welcome and I’m glad you found my blog! : )

  26. Keria says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration, I love to evolve recipes and make them my own so I hope you don’t mind that I took this recipe as inspiration for some very awesome pork ribs for honey mustard sauteed veggies. I am loving your site so much I can look at your recipes and find one that match most of what I have in my refrigerator at any given time and poof there is a meal. 🙂 Thank you for keep up with your site.

  27. Sara Ross Towne says:

    Tried this last night – my husband and I LOVED it! 🙂 Paleo got us in amazing shape before our wedding in April and we’re loving sticking with it! Your recipes help a ton so we don’t get bored! Thanks!!

  28. Alex says:

    Doesn’t coconut oil smoke at a relatively low temperature? Won’t it oxidize when you throw it in a 425 F oven?

    1. Coconut Oil is on the higher end of the chart. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_point

  29. Sharon Carter says:

    My grandson is allergic to tree nuts (at least for now, he’s 2) and I frequently cook for him. I love all the recipes like meatloaf that use almond meal because they are so tasty and moist. Is there a viable substitute for the almond meal that maintains the great flavor? If not, I suppose I can cook a mini loaf for him using ugh! breadcrumbs.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I have made the meatloaf without almond meal and it’s still tasty or you can always use a little bit of coconut flour or sub with flax seed meal.

  30. julie says:

    Wow, that was amazing! Made the pork chops with sauteed spinach, and my 3 yr old stole most of it from my plate!

  31. Trying this out tonight with a slight change: The pork chops I had on hand are incredibly thick, and acctually kind of a pain to cook, so I sliced them into smaller peices and make the mustard-spice combo into a bit of a marinade. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  32. these were so yummy. thanks, sarah!

  33. Ok a picture is worth a thousands 100 words I’m cooking these tonight!

  34. Karen says:

    Hey Sarah!
    I’m making these pork chops for dinner tonight and serving them with the “Good Greens” recipe you posted a few days ago. I actually made the Good Greens, as a side to Roasted Chicken, the other evening. I had some left overs and thought they would go great with the pork chops.

    Thank you so much for all the recipes, it really makes this lifestyle change much easier!


  35. So – these were ABSOLUTELY amazing… if I had known this was what I was missing out on I would have stuck with paleo a while ago!!! Thanks!

  36. Meagan says:

    This was sooo good and soooo easy! My 5 year old LOVED it and wants it every night 🙂 Your recipes, your book, your website have helped me become a better cook and really try new things! Every recipe I’ve made has been amazing.

  37. Claudette says:

    I made these today and they are fabulous!! I wanted to say that the picture made me try them!

  38. Hello Sarah,
    Most of our CrossFit Chico community members have your book. I try to post a Simple Protein recipe every week on FB or our web site so I will definitely subscribe and pass on your information to everyone, giving you kudos of course. In fact, we are in a Paleo/Zone challenge right now. Thanks for the creativity.

  39. I was hesitant to make this but it actually turned out really good! Next time though I’m going to listen to you and not put the heat on the stove on high 🙂

  40. Amanda says:

    Made this on a whim tonight with some leftover porkchops and it was DELICIOUS. Thank you so much!

  41. Amber Edwards says:

    Made these tonight and couldn’t believe how easy it was to throw together. Dinner was ready in 15 minutes and the best part: everyone went back for seconds — which NEVER happens. Thank you!

    1. Sarah says:

      So awesome! So glad you liked the recipe, (although of course all the credit goes to John!)

  42. Janet Doyle says:

    I made these pork chops tonight. Absolutely delicious! I served them with sauerkraut. Just cooked the sauerkraut separately in bacon and then served with celery and sliced peppers separately. I also add turmeric to everything. Just sprinkle it on.

  43. Lauren says:

    I honestly think this is the best basic porkchop recipe I have ever had. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Love this recipe, so glad you enjoyed it!

  44. Michael says:

    Oh, I’m definitely trying this tonight. Can’t wait to impress my aunt & uncle!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hope they were impressed! And I hope you enjoyed them 🙂

  45. Leigh says:

    Wanted to let you know how much I love this recipe – it has become my go-to pork chop recipe! Yum!

  46. My son literally would not stop eating this until we ran out of pork chops- he’s 2! I did have to swap out the thyme for basil because our thyme has disappeared but the flavor didn’t suffer for it. Amazing! Thank you for this recipe I see repeats of it in our future!

    1. Awesome Kim, thank you!!

  47. Debbie Roop says:


    I am new to the Paleo way of eating, and found your website! I just happen to have pork chops in the frig. This is tonight’s recipe/experiment!



  48. Tania says:

    My husband and I love this recipe, and many others on your site too! Your page has become a staple in my kitchen. Thank you!

  49. Megan says:

    I tried this recipe when I was on a 30 day paleo cleanse and even though I no longer eat strictly paleo, this is my go to recipe every single time I make pork chops. I have been using it for a few years now! Everyone I make them for loves them too. Thank you!

    1. So glad you enjoy these, thank you Megan!

  50. Fiona says:

    These are really delicious! Thank you 🙂

  51. Alicia says:

    I made these tonight and most of my mustard sauce stuck to the pan instead of the chops when I seared them. What did I do wrong?

    They where still delicious…even with less sauce.

    1. It could have been that your pan wasn’t hot enough when you first put the chops in the pan? However, I’m really glad they were still delicious!! 😉

  52. donna says:

    I herd someone talking about your easy shrimp dish recipe can you please share it thank you

  53. Heather Gaillot says:

    Made these last night – I don’t normally like pork chops too much – but these were great! I added in some herbs de provence along with the thyme and served with Zenbelly’s cauli mash. Delish! Thanks so much!

  54. Aileen says:

    Wow! These pork chops were awesome! Thanks for the recpie

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