Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano
posted by Kalyn Denny on August 7, 2018
These delicious Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano can marinate all day while you’re at work! Then grill, make a salad, and dinner is ready. Check out Grilling Recipes for more interesting Grilling ideas like this one.
I pulled some pork chops out of the freezer and decided to use them for Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano so I could take better photos and entice you to try these grilled pork chops that I first made over ten years ago! And these pork chops were just as delicious as I remembered them, and even though I struggled a bit with the new photos the pork chops were devoured by all! These tasty pork chops are low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet friendly and if you choose the right ingredients they can easily be gluten-free or Paleo.
I’ve shared a few recipes for grilled pork chops through the years, including one that a Lake Powell client used to call the best pork chops in the world, and this recipe is is another winner for pork cooked on the grill; I loved how the touch of cumin and oregano in the marinade worked with the flavor of the grilled pork. I used thick bone-in pork chops from Costco, and when I opened the package they weren’t even all the same cut of pork chops, which didn’t make for great photography results but didn’t stop us from enjoying them. I think using a marinade is a great way to keep the meat moist when you’re grilling pork chops, and these pork chops were juicy and delicious, definitely a tasty idea for a summer dinner!
But what if you don’t have an outdoor grill? Pork chops like this can easily be cooked on a stovetop grill pan or a George Foreman Grill with great results. And when you use one of those methods, you can make juicy pork chops any time of year; enjoy!
I don’t mind grilled pork chops with a little fat on the edges, but I trim thicker pieces of fat; take your choice on how much trimming you prefer. Then mix together the soy sauce (gluten-free if needed), fresh lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, dried oregano, Chipotle Chile powder, onion powder, and garlic powder to make the flavorful marinade. Put pork chops in a large Ziploc bag, pour marinade over, seal bag, and marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours (or longer won’t hurt if you want to marinate all day while you’re at work.
When it’s time to cook, spray the grill with non-stick spray or olive oil and then preheat the grill to medium-high heat while you drain the pork chops and let them come to room temperature. (George Foreman Grills or stovetop grill pans only need to be preheated for a few minutes.) If you want criss-cross grill marks lay the pork chops at an angle across the grill grates. When you can lift the edge of one pork chop and see good grill marks (about 3-4 minutes) rotate the pork chops so they’re going the opposite way and cook about 3-4 minutes more. Check grill marks again and when you’re happy with them, turn pork chops over and cook about 3-5 minutes more on the second side, or until pork is cooked though. Start checking after 3 minutes; I recommend using an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer to check that pork has reached the safe temperature of 145F/63C that’s recommended for grilled pork but if you don’t have a meat thermometer, pork should feel firm but not hard to the touch when it’s done.
Let pork chops rest for 3-5 minutes when you take them off the grill and then serve hot and enjoy!
Make it a Meal: Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano would be delicious with something like Spicy Mexican Slaw or Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs for a low-carb meal.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano
These delicious Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano can marinate all day while you’re at work!
- 4 thick bone-in or boneless pork chops (1 inch thick)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (I used Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce; for Paleo use Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce.)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice.)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. ground cumin (or a little less if you’re not a big cumin fan)
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano (I used Mexican Oregano. but if you don’t have that regular dried oregano will be fine.)
- pinch of Chipotle chile powder (or use a dash of hot sauce)
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder (or use 1-2 tsp. grated fresh onion)
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or use 1-2 tsp. freshly minced garlic)
- Trim visible fat from pork chops as much as desired. For thick boneless pork chops I would pound with meat mallet (or anything heavy) until pork chops are about 3/4 inch thick. Bone-in pork chops won’t need that.
- Combine soy sauce (gluten-free if needed), fresh lime juice, olive oil, ground cumin, dried oregano, Chipotle chile powder, onion powder, and garlic powder to make the marinade.
- Put pork chops in a heavy Ziploc bag or plastic dish with a lid, then pour marinade over. Let pork chops marinate 4-6 hours in the refrigerator. (They can be marinated all day while you’re at work too.)
- When you’re ready to cook, take pork chops out of the refrigerator, drain off the marinade, and let them come to room temperature while you preheat the grill. For an outdoor gas or charcoal grill, spray grill grates with non-stick spray or olive oil; then preheat the grill to medium-high before you start to cook. (You can only hold your hand there for a few seconds at that heat.)
- If you’re using a stove-top grill pan or a George Foreman Grill, heat just for a few minutes and then brush or spray with non-stick spray or olive oil.
- To get criss-cross grill marks, lay the pork chops at an angle across the grill grates for 3-4 minutes, then lift up the edge to check the grill marks and rotate pork chops the opposite way and cook 3-4 minutes more.
- When you have good criss-cross marks, turn pork chops over and cook about 3-5 minutes on the other side. Start to check pork after about 3 minutes, I highly recommend using an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer to check that pork has reached the safe temperature of 145F/63C that’s recommended for grilled pork but if you don’t have a meat thermometer, pork should feel firm but not hard to the touch when it’s done. Remember that the George Foreman grill cooks both sides at once, so grilling time is about half as long for that kind of grilling device. Grilled meats continue to cook for a few minutes when you take them off the grill, so don’t overcook.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
This recipe created by Kalyn.
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Pork Chops with Soy Sauce, Cumin, Lime, and Oregano are a perfect main dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any low-carb eating plan, including Keto. If you use Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce or sub Coconut Aminos for the soy sauce, this recipe can easily be gluten-free or Paleo.
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