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Pork Chops and Pears with Spicy Mustard Greens

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Juicy pork chops are topped with pears in an orange-sage sauce and served with spicy mustard greens for a healthy one-pan dinner.

Pork chops and pears
Pork Chops and Pears with Mustard Greens

Boneless pork chops cook on the stove with sweet D’Anjou pears in a fresh orange juice and sage sauce. The sauteed mustard greens with garlic and crushed red pepper are a nice alternative to spinach with their bold, bright taste. The pears’ sweetness balances out the greens’ spiciness, but feel free to reduce the red pepper if you’d like a milder meal. For more savory pear recipes, try this Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Almonds and Stuffed Chicken with Prosciutto, Pears, and Brie.

pears in pan drippings

If you prefer to use other greens, spinach or chard can be used here instead.

How to Cook Pork Chops on the Stove

To ensure even cooking, don’t cook the pork chops straight from the fridge. Pull them out about 20-30 minutes before and season the chops with salt and pepper for juicy meat with heightened flavor.

Boneless center cut pork chops cook pretty quickly, so make sure to watch as they get close to finishing. To test for doneness, hold the chop with tongs for stability and insert an instant-read thermometer into the side of the chop through to the center. The temperature should register 145°F.


  • Swap out mustard greens for baby spinach or kale.
  • If you aren’t a fan of heat, reduce the crushed red pepper to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • For more piquant flavor, sprinkle the greens with a little vinegar before serving. Malt, apple cider, or balsamic vinegar are all good choices.

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Pork Chops and Pears with Spicy Mustard Greens

4.25 from 8 votes
Juicy pork chops are topped with pears in an orange-sage sauce and served with spicy mustard greens for a healthy dinner.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
pork chops and pears
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 pork chopand 1/3 cup greens


  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 4 boneless center cut pork chops, trimmed of excess fat, 6-ounce, about 3/4-inch thick each
  • 1 pound mustard greens, or spinach, chard, etc
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 medium firm D’Anjou pears, cut into 16 wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 medium fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced


  • Season the pork chops with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Cut the stems from the greens and discard. Fill a large bowl with water and fully plunge the leaves and agitate gently.  Lift the greens from the water and place in a colander. 
  • Empty the water from the bowl and repeat to ensure ensure that all sand is washed from the greens. Do not shake away the excess water.
  • Cut the greens crosswise into wide ribbons (about 2 1/2 inches).
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium, add garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add greens and crushed red pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted and the excess moisture is evaporated and the greens are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and keep warm.
  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add pork chops and cook until the bottom is side is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • Flip chops and reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until done (145°F), about 6 more minutes. 
  • Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  • Reduce pan heat to medium-low and add pears in a single layer.
  • Cook until golden, turning once, about 2 minutes per side. add orange juice, 3 tablespoons water and sage.
  • Stir to loosen the any browned bits from the pan bottom. Add pork chops and any accumulated juices from the plate back to the pan and let cook for 1 minute before removing from the heat.
  • Serve pork chops topped with pears and pan juices and alongside the greens.

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Serving: 1 pork chopand 1/3 cup greens, Calories: 372 kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.5 g, Protein: 39 g, Fat: 17.5 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 171 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 9 g