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Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney

Photo: Ava Brackett; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
Indian spices play up the sour kick from the plum skins, and both are fantastic with pork's natural sweetness.


  • 1 pound small firm-ripe red-purple plums such as Santa Rosa, halved and pitted
  • 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds*
  • About 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 pork loin rib chops (also called center-cut chops; 1 1/4 lbs. total)
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 457
  • caloriesfromfat 56 %
  • protein 29 g
  • fat 29 g
  • satfat 7.5 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • sodium 828 mg
  • cholesterol 82 mg

How to Make It

  1. Chop half the plums. Put halved and chopped plums, the chile, and green onions in a deep medium bowl; set aside. Microwave vinegar and 2 tbsp. sugar until steaming, about 30 seconds, then stir until sugar dissolves. Put ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed coriander, and 1 tsp. each salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add ginger mixture and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds start to pop, 15 to 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir until cumin seeds are a shade darker, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vinegar-sugar mixture. Stir into plum mixture and let chutney stand at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Combine remaining 1 tsp. each salt and pepper, the ground coriander, and lemon zest in a bowl. About 20 minutes before serving, rub pork chops with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, then with coriander mixture. Taste chutney and add more sugar if you like.

  4. Grill meat covered, turning over once, until barely pink in center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Stir cilantro into chutney. Set pork chops on plates and spoon chutney and juices on top.

  5. *Crush seeds with a mortar and pestle, or seal in a plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin.