Spiced Pork Chops with Garlic and Lime

The ever present fear when cooking pork chops is that they will be dry, tough, and lack flavor. There are a lot of tricks, tips, and ideas to help counteract this problem. The following quick rub/marinade was an easy way for us to both lock in flavor and juiciness of the chop. The best part is you probably have all the ingredients in the pantry all ready! I highly recommend cooking the chop on cast iron to really create a full sear on the bottom to lock in flavor and juice.

Garlic and Lime Pork Chop Rub


  • 4 (6 oz each) lean boneless pork chops
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed (I did a few more- they were small and I love garlic)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Lime, seated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh pepper


  1. Combine spices, garlic, lime zest, salt and pepper in a bowl. Use juice of lime to make a paste.
  2. Rub the chops down- massage them well- and let sit for at least 20 minutes, up to overnight.
  3. Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Sear the chops about 5-7 minutes per side (depending on thickness). You are looking for an internal temp of 145 degrees.

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