Spiced Pork Chops with Buttery Peas, Radishes, and Mint

Melissa Clark's spiced pork chops get their flavor from a spice blend; it's the perfect shortcut to rich flavor without fuss.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings

With its combination of peas, radishes, and mint, this dish encapsulates the flavors of spring. The pork chops are bathed in a sizzling spice butter and nestled among vegetables, which soak up the rich juices. Excerpted from her latest book, Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals, this recipe showcases Melissa Clark’s philosophy of ease and enjoyment in the kitchen, and that means that you should swap in whatever vegetables you prefer when making these pork chops. She suggests broccoli, spinach, and new potatoes as options.


  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 2 teaspoons aromatic spice blend (such as baharat) or garam masala

  • 1/4 teaspooon black pepper, plus more to taste

  • 4 (1 1/4-inch-thick) bone-in, center-cut pork chops (about 12 ounces each)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 large (1 1/2-ounce) shallot, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 2 cups fresh or unthawed frozen English peas (from 1 [10-ounce] package)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes (about 4 ounces)

  • 1/4 cup water

  • Cooked couscous (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, or additional mint

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)

  • Flaky sea salt


  1.  Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together garlic, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, spice blend, and black pepper. Rub mixture all over pork chops; let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high in a large ovenproof skillet. Add pork chops, and sear, undisturbed, until dark golden brown on bottoms, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip pork chops, and sear, undisturbed, until dark golden brown on other side, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer pork chops to a plate.

  3. Reduce heat under skillet to medium, and add remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Stir in shallot, and cook until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add peas, radishes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and additional pepper to taste, stirring to coat with skillet juices. Stir in 1/4 cup water, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of skillet using a wooden spoon.

  4. Nestle pork chops in pea mixture in skillet; and transfer to preheated oven. Roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of pork chops registers 135°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let rest 10 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise to 140°F.)

  5. Serve pork chops with couscous, if using. Sprinkle evenly with herbs and lemon zest, and garnish with flaky sea salt.

Spiced Pork Chops with Buttery Peas, Radishes, and Mint

Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Suggested Pairing

Spicy, Rhône-style red: 2020 Leviathan California Red

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