We’ve put together a list of what vegetables goes well with pork chops. Pork chops are lean and flavorful but not too overpowering that it would be difficult to pair them with different kinds of sides. Enjoy this guide and we hope that it is useful to you.
Pork chops are a popular pork meat cut. They’re tasty, lean, and very easy to prepare. Pork chops are an easy weeknight meal to prep but to make it perfectly delicious comes the notable part.
Just like a good steak, pork chops need tender loving care and it doesn’t need much for it to taste great. You can simply sear your pork chops in olive oil or butter then finish it off in the oven to your preferred doneness.
Pork chops don’t taste too strong so it’s perfect to pair them with any kind of side dish. With side dishes meant for pork chops, the sky is your limit with creativity. It can taste oriental or western, depending on your mood.
We’ve put together a list of vegetables that you can easily turn into a very delicious side to go with pork chops.
Broccoli tastes herbaceous and earthy. This good-looking vegetable is versatile and can be served in different ways most especially if you’re having it with pork chops. Broccoli looks like a tiny tree and you can trim it down into florets. Broccoli’s natural flavor is so tasty that it’s good enough to simply blanch and serve. However, our favorite way of preparing broccoli with pork chops is roasting it in miso and light soy sauce and baking it. This type of broccoli dish is perfect with grilled pork chops. The Asian-forward flavor creates a different kind of pork chops palate.
2. Green Beans
Green beans are another adaptable vegetable to work with. It’s mild in flavor, vegetal, and slightly sweet. Its flavor allows it to be easily paired with any kind of flavor and protein. It can adapt to different flavor blends but what we love most about it is its texture. The crunch that green beans have creates an enjoyable mixture of textures together with pork chops. We love pairing green beans with slow-roasted pork chops.
Potatoes are the most versatile kind of side dish ingredient throughout the world. It’s not just a starchy vegetable but it’s everyone’s favorite starchy vegetable. There’s so much you can do with potatoes. You can boil them, mash them, puree them, roast them, grill them, fry them, and many more. Potatoes can easily adapt to different flavors and that’s why it’s such a good vegetable side dish to serve with any kind of pork chops. Our favorite version of potatoes that go well with pork chops are roasted potatoes. The slightly charred outer layer of the potatoes adds to the flavor of the pork.
Carrots are sweet and earthy. They’re usually added to most stews and other dishes to add flavor. However, carrots could perfectly stand alone and serve as a delicious and able side dish alongside pork chops. Carrots that have been pureed are actually very delicious with mashed potatoes. The combination of pureed carrots and mashed potatoes creates a not only colorful side dish but a naturally sweet and tasty one. This goes very well with seared pork chops.
Squash is a very common vegetable most especially in the winter season. Thanksgiving dinner is all about squash and pumpkin. It’s a good thing that there’s so much you can do with these starchy vegetables. We love our squash oven roasted in garlic and butter. The soft, almost mashed-like texture melts in your mouth with every bite of pork chop.
Onion is a great flavor enhancer with so many dishes. However, in this listing, we’re exploring how raw onion can elevate your pork chops meal with potato salad. We love the presence of minced fresh onion in the salad because it creates a strong and slightly astringent flavor profile in the meal.
Another versatile vegetable is asparagus. Asparagus can be paired with anything and everything. It comes in different kinds and colors. The most expensive kind of asparagus is the white kind. In places you cannot get fresh white asparagus, you can usually find them bottled already. The bottled white asparagus is slightly acidic and perfect with pork chops and apples. The added acidity creates a balance between the apples and pork chops.
Zucchini is a delicious and slightly bitter vegetable. Contrary to how most people perceive bitter vegetables, zucchini’s bitterness is actually quite enjoyable. We love grilling zucchini with a hint of saffron. This subtle flavor goes so well with pork chops.
Corn is another starchy vegetable that makes a perfect side just like potatoes. We love shredding our corn and turning it into a Mexican corn salad side with cheese and lime to go with our grilled pork chops.
10. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes aren’t as popular as potatoes. However, roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect match for seared buttered pork chops. All of these nutty, naturally sweet flavors go so well together. We love the natural sweetness from the sweet potatoes because it compliments the flavor of the lean pork chops.