April 25, 2024

Pecan Meal Seasoned Pork Chops

Indulge in the culinary delight of our Pecan Meal Seasoned Pork Chops, where each bite promises a perfect harmony of flavors and textures.

  • SERVES: 4
  • 4 pork chops
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup salt (for brine)
  • Ice cubes (optional, for cooling the brine)
  • 4 tablespoons pecan oil
  • Additional salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage
  • 1 sliced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • 2 cups of Pecan Meal (for coating)
  • Assorted Vegetables for the side


  • In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Generously add ¼ cup of salt to the water and stir until dissolved.

  • Remove the pot from the heat and let the water cool to room temperature. To speed up the cooling process, you can add ice cubes.

  • Once the brine has cooled, place the pork chops in a large bowl or container. Pour the brine over the pork chops, ensuring they are completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. This brining process helps to make the pork chops more moist and flavorful.

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or lightly greasing it. You can also use a baking rack.

  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat them dry with paper towels.

  • In a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of pecan oil with a pinch of salt, ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of chopped sage, sliced garlic, 1 tablespoon of chopped thyme and 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (if using). Rub this mixture all over the pork chops.

  • Place the pecan meal in a shallow dish. Dredge each pork chop in the pecan meal, pressing lightly to ensure the coating sticks. For a thicker crust, you can dip the chops into the pecan meal, pat off excess, and then dip again 2 more times.

  • Arrange the coated pork chops on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes at 350F, or until the pork chops are cooked through and the pecan meal coating is golden and crisp.

  • Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring the chops are juicy and tender.

  • Serve the pecan meal seasoned pork chops hot, with your choice of sides. They pair wonderfully with roasted vegetables or a fresh salad.