Easy Pork Chop recipes: Pork Chops with Red Wine

The finished pork chops are covered in the red wine marinade and much of the flavor will have soaked into the meat.
The finished pork chops are covered in the red wine marinade and much of the flavor will have soaked into the meat.
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Pork in Red Wine

Pork is one of the most underused meats. With its mild flavor it is ideal to be used in recipes that marinade the meat adding a lot of flavor in the process. This recipe uses red wine which add both a slight sweetness, but also infuses a slight savory flavor with the addition of the herbs and spices.

The recipe can be used on any cut of Pork, but should be used with Pork Chops or other tender cuts of pork. Pork Chops in Red Wine is an easy, flavorful and healthy recipe.

Item
Notes
Preparation Time:
10 Minutes
Marinating Time:
1/2 - 24 hours
Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cost:
$7-$10
Servings:
4-5

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Chosing the right Pork Chops

While you can use any cut of pork such as a tenderloin in this recipe, the recipe is designed to be use for pork chops or pork cutlets; the marinating process tenderizes the meat so even sirloin chops come out tender.

The recipe is versatile and can be used for any type of pork chop; I've chosen the boneless cutlet as it is very tender and really draws in the red wine flavor, but you can use any of the chops below:

Pork Chops

There are several cuts of pork that can be called pork chop. You can grill, broil, bake and pan fry all of them. Generally, the thicker the pork chop the more juicier the chop will be. The different types of chop are:

  • Pork loin chops- they tend to have a t-bone on one side; they are cut from the rear end of the loin and are similar to t-bone steaks or porter house stakes. The chop is a mix of loin meat and tenderloin and each has a different texture and taste. They are great grilled.

  • Pork rib chops - these are pork chops cut off the rib roast. They are very lean and usually about 3/4 inch thick. Often they come boneless. The are great stuffed and baked

  • Pork sirloin chops - these chops come from the back of the loin and generally are a little tougher than regular pork chops - they are ideal for braising recipes and when cooked for a while become nice and tender.

  • Pork Cutlets - these are lean steaks but similar to sirloin chops - they are not really true chops as they tend to be boneless - they make a nice tender alternative to the chop. They are far more tender than the regular chop and are great braised.

  • Pork Blade Chops (or pork loin blade chops) - these chops are from the blade roast. As they are a little fatter and tougher than other chops they are a good choice for a marinade - the marinade will tenderise them, especially if left overnight.

Pork Tenderloin

The tenderloin is a narrow muscle just under the loin and close to the last rib - it is very tender and has a mild flavor. You can use this recipe with the tenderloin and grill it quickly, but I find that it's better to roast the tenderloin after marinating for 24 hours.

If you want to use a tenderloin with this recipe I suggest you cut the tenderloin into 1 inch medallions and follow the cooking method as if you were cooking chops.

Facts about Pork

  • Pork is high in vitamin B1 and contains B2, B6, B12 and Niacin.
  • Pork is high in Iron – the body absorbs pork very easily and therefore is a great source of iron for women and teenagers.
  • Pork is a source of zinc and selenium
  • Pork should be cooked to 160°F
  • Pork is high in protein (20%)

Boneless Pork Cutlets
Boneless Pork Cutlets

The ingredients to this superb dish are relatively simple. I would suggest you try to get fresh herbs if you can, but shop bought ones are good and do provide a lot of flavor to the final meal.

If you are not fond of the red wine flavor you can replace with Hard Apple Cider, Ale or Guinness - each give a different and unique flavor that enhance the mild flavors of the pork.

The ingredients I use are:

Pork Cutlets or Chops

(4-5 cutlets or chops)

You can replace chicken or turkey if you want, but I find that the marinade and the cooking process make the pork cutlets really tender and moist, blending the flavors well with the subtlety of the pork. You want to get 4 or five cutlets between quarter and half inch thick - try and ensure they are all the same thickness so they are all done at the same time. I note that the first time I use this recipe on thick Pork Chops - it was just as good.

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Salt and Pepper

(1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper)

This is one of the most important elements of any meal, and to be honest you could actually leave out the rest of the herbs and simply add the salt and pepper. I prefer to grind my own fresh pepper and use sea-salt. The freshness of the pepper really enhances the flavors and the coarseness of the sea-salt adds a little texture but a whole lot of flavor. You'll need about 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. You can leave out the salt and add to taste if you want, but I find that adding a small amount of salt to the marinade really makes a difference.

Herbs

(1/2-1 tsp total)

If possible you should use fresh herbs. I love to add rosemary, thyme and some oregano for this recipe; a little marjoram and basil can also be combined to add subtle flavors. However,if you are unable to use fresh herbs then dried herbs can be used. I would used a variety of shop bought herbs. Crushed oregano always adds a nice flavor to any white meat; Italian herbs are a staple for most meals in my household.

In the recipe card below you will see that I suggest using Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar, however I have found getting the right blend is often difficult and therefore I suggest using Grill Mates® Smokehouse Maple Seasoning.

It is a great ingredient that will really makes this recipe so good! The combination of herbs in this blend is great, but it's that Maple flavor that really enhances the pork. When combined with the red wine it adds a great tanginess that is evident in every bite. This can replace the maple syrup and brown sugar that should be used for this recipe.


Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon

Garlic

(1 clove, or 1 tsp of powder)

I've separated Garlic from the main herbs as it's not an essential element to the recipe and is already included in the Smokehouse Maple mix above.

However, fresh or powdered garlic on top of that contained already will step this up a notch and enhance the flavor even more. Garlic is one of those herbs that really enhances pork.

Red Wine

(1-2 cups)

I've experimented with many different wines in this recipe; white wines don't really work, but most red wines work well. My particular favorites are Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. When I first started making this recipe I used the cheapest red wine I could find and the results were good!

However, this weekend I was happily enjoying a Francis Coppolo cabernet sauvingnon and had some left, so I decided to add it to my recipe. I was amazed at the difference a quality wine can make to the meal - the flavor of the pork was definitely more bold and fruity with the addition of a decent wine.

(See recipe cards below for recipe using all fresh herbs).

Marinade
Marinade

The key to the pork chop in red wine recipe is the marinade. It's very simple - pour the wine over the chops, sprinkle the herbs, salt and pepper, cover and let sit for at least half an hour. Ideally you want to let the pork chops marinate for at least two hours so that they soak up some of the red wine and herbs. After about an hour I'd stir the chops around to ensure even-ness.

This recipe is still good if you only manage to marinade for half an hour. I marinaded in a glass bowl - you want there to be at least a cup of liquid left after the marinade process so you can add more wine once you are ready to cook if you need to.

Place all contents including marinade in frying pan
Place all contents including marinade in frying pan

Pork Chops can be cooked in a variety of ways. They can be broiled, pan-broiled, grilled, fried, oven roasted and braised - each method has its own merits. The exception is the sirloin chop that should always be braised.

For this pork chop recipe I will be pan frying the chop; rather than use oil I will be frying the chop in the marinade - this will allow the marinade to reduce down and coat the chop.


Starting on high to get the liquid hot, reduce the heat to between low and medium. The liquid should be slightly simmering, but at this point you don't want it to boil away.

Keeping the temperature fairly low will cook the pork slower and allow some of the flavors to soak into the meat. After about 5 mins turn over the pork and stir the liquid.

Increase temperature to slowly reduce the liquid.
Increase temperature to slowly reduce the liquid.

Raise the temperature to medium and begin to reduce the liquid - keep turning the chops so that the pork is coated in the red wine marinade slowly. Your aim is to get the internal temperature to about 160oF - at this temperature it'll probably take about fifteen minutes depending on the thickness of the pork.

If you don't have a thermometer handy - cut the thickest pork chop so you are able to look at the color of the meat. It will be pink for most of the process - as it slowly fades keep on checking frequently - the pork is done just as the last tinge of pink disappears - if you cook it any longer it will be overdone.

Note: you can add more red wine, and perhaps a little cream to the pan to make a very nice sauce.

Pork Cutlet in Wine; french cut green beans; baked potato.
Pork Cutlet in Wine; french cut green beans; baked potato.

I generally like to serve pork chops with the following:

  • Baked Potato- heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, prick a large potato with a fork all over and bake for at least one and a half hours - the potato should be very crispy. Add sour cream, butter and grated cheddar cheese with a sprinkle of parsley on top.
  • Twice Baked Potato- similar to the above, but rebaked after being stuffed. (See recipe card below).
  • Green beans - fresh green beans are best - cook them on medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes - they should still have a 'snap' when they are cooked.

Some healthy alternatives:

  • Roasted Vegetables- (see recipe card below) - roasted vegetable are a great and healthy addition to this recipe.
  • Poached Pears - (see recipe card below) - a healthy replacement for potato.

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(from USDA)

Pork top loin chops, Strip loin chops

Nutrient
Unit
Broiled (100g)
Broiled (85g)
Lean Broiled (100g)
Lean Broiled (85g)
 
Water
g
63.07
53.61
65.11
55.34
 
Energy
kcal
195
165
173
147
 
Calories from fat
kcal
81
69
55
47
 
Protein
g
26.69
22.68
27.58
23.44
 
Total lipid (fat)
g
9.23
7.84
6.08
5.17
 
Ash
g
1.00
0.85
1.03
0.88
 
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
0
0
0
0
 
Fiber, total dietary
g
0
0
0
0
 
Sugars, total
g
0
0
0
0
 
Calcium, Ca
mg
7
6
5
5
 
Iron, Fe
mg
0.63
0.54
0.63
0.54
 
Sodium, Na
mg
44
38
45
38
 
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
0
0
0
0
 
Vitamin A
IU
0
0
0
0
 
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
3.196
2.716
2.077
1.765
 
Fatty acids, total trans
g
0.084
0.071
0.052
0.044
 
Cholesterol
mg
73
62
72
61
 
Magnesium, Mg
mg
26
22
27
23
 
Phosphorus, P
mg
231
196
237
201
 
Potassium, K
mg
358
304
367
312
 
Zinc, Zn
mg
2.09
1.78
2.15
1.83
 
Selenium, Se
mcg
43.7
37.1
45.3
38.5
 
Thiamin
mg
0.638
0.542
0.658
0.559
 
Riboflavin
mg
0.191
0.162
0.195
0.166
 
Niacin
mg
8.234
6.998
8.513
7.236
 
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.681
0.579
0.693
0.589
 
Vitamin B6
mg
0.698
0.593
0.722
0.614
 
Vitamin B12
mcg
0.59
0.50
0.56
0.47
 

Centercut pork loin, Rib chops, Rib cut chops

Nutrient
Unit
Broiled (100g)
Broiled (85g)
Lean Broiled (100g)
Lean Broiled (85g)
Water
g
61.67
52.42
65.14
55.37
Energy
kcal
222
189
186
158
Calories from fat
kcal
118
100
75
64
Protein
g
24.42
20.76
25.79
21.92
Total lipid (fat)
g
13.03
11.07
8.36
7.10
Ash
g
0.97
0.83
1.02
0.87
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
0
0
0
0
Fiber, total dietary
g
0
0
0
0
Sugars, total
g
0
0
0
0
Calcium, Ca
mg
28
24
26
22
Iron, Fe
mg
0.68
0.58
0.68
0.58
Sodium, Na
mg
55
46
57
48
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
0
0
0
0
Vitamin A
IU
0
0
0
0
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
4.486
3.813
2.816
2.393
Fatty acids, total trans
g
0.121
0.102
0.068
0.058
Cholesterol
mg
67
57
66
56
Magnesium, Mg
mg
24
20
25
21
Phosphorus, P
mg
209
178
218
185
Potassium, K
mg
329
279
343
292
Zinc, Zn
mg
2.15
1.82
2.25
1.91
Selenium, Se
mcg
42.8
36.4
45.4
38.6
Thiamin
mg
0.541
0.460
0.569
0.483
Riboflavin
mg
0.210
0.179
0.219
0.186
Niacin
mg
7.479
6.357
7.855
6.677
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.631
0.537
0.647
0.550
Vitamin B6
mg
0.637
0.542
0.675
0.574
Vitamin B12
mcg
0.58
0.49
0.52
0.44
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Centercut pork loin chops, Centercut pork chops, Center loin chops

 
 
Broiled (100g)
 
Lean Broiled (100g)
 
 
 
100g
85g
100g
85g
Water
g
62.28
52.94
65.01
55.26
Energy
kcal
209
178
180
153
Calories from fat
kcal
100
85
66
56
Protein
g
25.62
21.78
26.76
22.75
Total lipid (fat)
g
11.04
9.38
7.29
6.20
Ash
g
1.01
0.86
1.05
0.89
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
0
0
0
0
Fiber, total dietary
g
0
0
0
0
Sugars, total
g
0
0
0
0
Calcium, Ca
mg
24
20
23
19
Iron, Fe
mg
0.79
0.67
0.80
0.68
Sodium, Na
mg
54
46
56
48
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
0
0
0
0
Vitamin A
IU
0
0
0
0
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
3.509
2.983
2.156
1.833
Fatty acids, total trans
g
0.106
0.090
0.065
0.055
Cholesterol
mg
84
71
84
72
Magnesium, Mg
mg
25
22
26
22
Phosphorus, P
mg
220
187
228
193
Potassium, K
mg
344
293
356
303
Zinc, Zn
mg
2.14
1.82
2.22
1.89
Selenium, Se
mcg
43.6
37.1
45.7
38.8
Thiamin
mg
0.599
0.509
0.624
0.530
Riboflavin
mg
0.234
0.199
0.243
0.206
Niacin
mg
8.149
6.926
8.485
7.212
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.657
0.559
0.671
0.570
Vitamin B6
mg
0.669
0.568
0.700
0.595
Vitamin B12
mcg
0.58
0.50
0.54
0.46
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Wow. I love me some pork and this is awesome. Hat tip, possibly next week we'll have a new feature that I think you'll really like. Especially the way you can use it on Hubs like this. I really like the prep time:)


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nanospeck 4 years ago

Excellent hub! I never knew pork had any health benefits at all. Votes Up!


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hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

Simey, I love how you put this Hub together. You have some great information on selecting the right type of Pork cuts which is extremely useful, and some wonderful cooking techniques to use to prepare your meat. Love this! Keep the awesome Hubs coming!


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Simey.

I must first congratulate you on a magnificent and well put together hub, that has everything from information to directions.

You should win the hub of the day or at least hub of the month with this one.

By the way I've book marked this and will be shopping this afternoon for the ingredients.

Take care and have a great weekend.

LOL Ghaelach


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

An extremely complete recipe. I normally like to mariate the meat in the same red wine that I will be drinking with it. I kind of like pinot noir with pork but any good red wine will do.


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American_Choices 4 years ago from USA

Simeyc,

There is a meat store in Lake Geneva that uses Bourbon for a marinade and it is like eating candy. I wanted to do something myself and now I have the recipe. Thank you very much!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Great hub of information. I am printing this one to share with a winery that likes to serve food at their wine tasting events.


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

This is an awesome, easily to follow recipe hub! I'm going to bookmark this and try to make it next week. Well done!


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

Yum! Sounds fantastic! And very informative hub.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I've never had pork chops with red wine before.


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

Roasted pork meat = bliss. (voted up)


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

My my that is a very " meaty" hub ( to coin a phrase) chock full of great pork info. I love pork in all its incarnations and love the idea of buying a shole tenderloin and cutting off pork medallians. I love pork with sage and apples, and always lots of garlic, particularly in the winter--omygosh I'm getting hungry. I'm going to stop now. Bookmarking this and voting up across the board


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SimeyC 4 years ago from NJ, USA Author

All - thanks for all the kind comments! I tried this on the weekend with Madeira wine - doesn't quite work as well as with the Copola wine, but was still very good!!!

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