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Cajun Pork Chops with Lemon Garlic Zucchini

by Christina Cherrier – Sep 9, 2020
Cajun Pork Chops with Lemon Garlic Zucchini
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Cajun Pork Chops with Sauteed Zucchini – These tender and juicy pan-seared cajun pork chops are full-flavored with crispy edges. This easy pork dinner is cooked using only one pan and a handful of easy to find ingredients. Gluten-free, low carb, and keto-friendly – You will love the flavors of this delicious dinner. Enjoy!

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Directions

1. To make the Cajun pork chops: Combine Cajun seasoning in a small bowl and season the pork chops generously on both sides (and on the edge too!).

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork chops for 3 – 4 minutes on each side (or more, depending on the thickness of your pork chops) until the edges are crispy and browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside in a plate to rest, tented with foil.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and add butter to the skillet (if the pan is too dirty with burnt bits, just rinse and wipe dry). Sauté the chopped garlic until fragrant – about 30 seconds, while scraping up any browned bits from the skillet.

4. Add the diced zucchini to the same pan and season with pepper, and red chili pepper flakes (if using), add a bit of oil if necessary. Saute zucchini and garlic for 2-3 minutes over medium-low, then add chicken stock and lemon juice. Cook zucchini with the sauce for 2-3 minutes, stirring from time to time until the sauce has reduced a bit, and zucchini are tender.

5. Push zucchini on the side and add the pork chops back to the pan and reheat quickly. Divide sauteed zucchini and the sauce into plates and add the cooked Cajun pork chops. Serve the Cajun pork chops and sauteed zucchini garnished with lemon slices, and fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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Tips for the Cajun Pork Chops Recipe

This pork chops recipe with zucchini is a complete meal that is perfect for any weeknight dinner. Here are a few tips to make this pork chops recipe unforgettable:

  • Generally, store-bought Cajun spice blends contain salt. Keep that in mind when seasoning, so you don’t over-salt your pork chops. Plus, we use chicken stock to make the zucchini so this should be enough for the complete dish.
  • Take the pork chops out of your refrigerator about 15 minutes before you plan to start cooking. The meat will cook more evenly throughout when you bring it at room temperature.
  • Rest the meat after cooking pork chops: A quick rest period of five minutes allows the juices to flow back through the meat and make it more tender. You can cover the pork chops with a shallow plate or loosely tent with foil.

How to make your own Cajun seasoning

Cajun seasoning is very easy to make and you can keep it forever in your spice rack to add flavor to your meat, poultry, and even seafood. Here’s the ingredients list and proportions to make your own Cajun spice mix:

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, add more if you like heat
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, optional

Are the Cajun pork chops spicy?

Yes, keep in mind that Cajun seasoning is spicy. Don’ t use the 3 whole tablespoons if you are sensitive to spicy food. Or mix the Cajun seasoning 50/50 with mild paprika for full flavor with half the spice. I like things spicy. 🙂

What temperature to cook pork chops

It is recommended to cook pork chops to an internal temperature of 145ºF minimum (63ºC) (click the link to read the USDA recommendations for cooking pork). You can cook at a higher temperature if you like. Note that pork meat can still be pink even when it has reached the minimum recommended internal temperature.

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