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Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops and Cilantro Lime Rice

Originally, this was just a recipe post about Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops.  I had a great story to tell y’all about my fantastic new cast iron skillet my dad just bought me.  That will have to wait because all I can think about right now is this rice.  The cilantro lime rice turned out to be the shining star of this entire meal.  Rice is a staple in my house, both growing up and now.  I can’t tell you why I’ve never made cilantro lime rice before, but I can tell you that I may never eat plain rice again.  The sugar in the sauce gives it just a hint of sweetness and personally, I don’t think you can add too much cilantro.  I could go on and on about the rice, but really, you should just try it yourself and let me know what you think.

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops

Author/Source:

Katie @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless pork chops
  • 12 ounces pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1-2 medium jalapenos, de-seeded and diced (I like things hot so I did two but kid friendly would be one)
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • 4 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 0.5 teaspoon cumin
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a gallon freezer bag and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes (the longer, the  better).  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Remove pork chops and pineapples from marinade and place into skillet, turning to make sure both sides brown.  Add marinade to skillet in small amounts to keep pork moist.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until pork chops are cooked through.  Serve with cilantro lime rice (see recipe below).

Freezing Directions:

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a gallon freezer bag, label and freeze.  To serve: thaw in fridge.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Remove pork chops and pineapples from marinade and place into skillet, turning to make sure both sides brown.  Add marinade to skillet in small amounts to keep pork moist.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until pork chops are cooked through.  Serve with cilantro lime rice (see recipe below)

Cilantro Lime Rice

Author/Source:

Katie @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice #1
  • 15 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice #2
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Over medium high heat, combine rice, butter, garlic, lime juice #1, chicken broth, and water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then cover and cook for 12-15 minutes until rice is tender.  While rice is cooking, stir together lime juice #2, sugar, and cilantro in a small bowl.  Remove rice from heat once done cooking and stir in cilantro mix.  Fluff with a fork.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare as above and allow to cool.  Place in a freezer bag, label, and freeze.  To serve: thaw in fridge.  Reheat in microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.

Servings: 4

 

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

 

10 Responses to “Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops and Cilantro Lime Rice”

  1. Mila says:

    What is lime juice #1 and lime juice #2?

  2. Diana Glover says:

    Your Cilantro Lime Rice sounds great! How do you think it would work with brown rice?

  3. Dancerlindzi says:

    Could you use a rice cooker for the rice? If so you would add all of the same ingredients before starting?

    • katie says:

      Yes, I think you could use a rice cooker for the rice. Add the ingredients that are listed for cooking but leave out the sugar and cilantro as directed in the original recipe until the end. Let me know how it turns out!

      • Dancerlindzi says:

        I tried cooking this rice on the stovetop & burnt it. Then i tried in my rice cooker & almost burnt it as well. I was not having very good luck. But i salvaged it & it was great. I think leftovers tasted better then the day of. I really need a new rice cooker. Thanks for a great recipe! I am really enjoying my dinners from here.

  4. Kim says:

    This recipe was amazing! I loved it!

  5. Gina Wunderlich says:

    I made this for my family last night including my 2 year old (minus the jalepenos), and they said it was the best pork chop they had ever had!! The rice was a nice compliment to the pork chop, and everyone was happy for sure – I will definitely be making this again.

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