14 Pork Recipes for Christmas You Can Serve with Classic Sides

Try one of these roasts, loins, or chops for Christmas dinner this year.

Roasted Pork and Duck with Lentils
Photo: Andy Lyons

This holiday season, gather friends and family for an elegant pork dinner. Our collection of rich and tender pork roast and pork tenderloin recipes will be the star of your Christmas meal, thanks to an array of delicious seasonal rubs and glazes. Each pork recipe pairs well with your favorite holiday sides and can be prepared in a pan, the oven, or even your slow cooker!

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Stuffed Pork Loin

Stuffed Pork Loin
Jason Donnelly

Choose from two types of succulent stuffings—spinach and apricot or cherry and wild rice—to fill your holiday pork roast. Homemade pan gravy keeps the lean meat moist and full of traditional flavor.

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Roasted Pork and Duck with Lentils

Roasted Pork and Duck with Lentils
Andy Lyons

Medallions of skillet-crisped pork and duck breast are the guaranteed highlight of your special occasion. Gourmet ingredients like black lentils, shiitake mushrooms, and pancetta round out the luxurious pork dinner.

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Pork, Portobello, and Mashed Roots Shepherd's Pie

Pork, Portobello, and Mashed Roots Shepherd's Pie
Karla Conrad

Keep Christmas dinner casual with this twist on a comforting cold-weather classic. Mashed root vegetables, including parsnips, carrots, potatoes, and rutabaga, soak up the rich gravy of seasoned ground pork and portobello mushrooms in this updated shepherd's pie.

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Air-Fryer Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts

Air-Fryer Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts
Greg DuPree

For crowd-pleasing pork chops, turn to your air fryer! Cooking pork chops in your air fryer keeps them succulent and juicy. Finish the Christmas pork dinner with Brussels sprouts and a tangy mustard sauce.

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Flash-Braised Pork Chops with Apples and Cream

skillet of Flash-Braised Pork Chops with Apples and Cream
Blaine Moats

If you need a quick Christmas dinner idea, this is the recipe for you. In one pan, cook bone-in pork chops until golden. Add firm apples, shallots, apple cider, and cream to create a rich topping. In just 35 minutes, dinner is done!

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Ginger Pork Chops With Curried Walnuts

Ginger Pork Chops With Curried Walnuts

Crunchy curried walnuts add flavor and texture to this pork chop recipe. As one reviewer raves, "One of the best recipes I have made in many months." Finish the dish with a pan sauce made with ginger, honey, and soy sauce.

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Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley

Garlic Pork with Kale and Walnut Barley
Karla Conrad

Prep a moist and flavorful Christmas pork tenderloin in just 20 minutes with minced garlic and a few pantry spices. Complete the easy yet elegant holiday main dish with a hearty side of kale, barley, bacon, and walnuts.

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Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce

Braised Pork Sandwiches with Berry-Basil Sauce
Blaine Moats

Prepare a fuss-free holiday feast with these sweet and savory slow cooker sandwiches. A bubbly berry-balsamic blend provides finger-licking flavor to pork roast, which is piled high onto ciabatta bread.

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Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Cranberries

Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin Carrots Chickpeas Cranberries
Andy Lyons

Sometimes simplicity is best, and this easy roasted pork requires just salt, pepper, and a quick sear before baking to perfection. The standout holiday dinner recipe also features comforting root vegetables and tart cranberries.

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Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Italian Pork Sweet Potatoes
Blaine Moats

No knives required for this peppery pork recipe! The lean meat simmers low and slow with sweet potatoes in an aromatic Italian broth for fork-tender pork that melts in your mouth.

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Spiced Pork Rib Roast with Seasonal Vegetables

Spiced Pork Rib Roast with Seasonal Vegetables
Con Poulos

A homemade spice rub is the key to infusing this Christmas pork roast with bold flavor. A warm blend of coriander, cumin, thyme, and cinnamon pairs perfectly with juicy roast pork and fresh green beans. Don't skip the finishing pan sauce.

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Honey-Glazed Pork Roast

Honey-Glazed Pork Roast
Andy Lyons

Give your pork dinner rich, complex flavor with a smoked paprika rub and tangy honey-lime glaze. A rainbow of sweet peppers finishes this top-rated pork roast recipe.

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Cochito Chiapaneco

Cochito Chiapaneco (Chipas-Style Pork Roast)
Blaine Moats

Prep this spicy pork shoulder recipe the night before you plan to serve it. An ancho-chile marinade infuses the meat with flavors of chiles, oregano, allspice, and black pepper. Serve the roast with pickled onions and a sprinkle of fresh oregano leaves.

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Italian Pork Roast

Italian Pork Roast
Blaine Moats

This Italian pork roast is one of our go-to Christmas dinner recipes. As the pork cooks, it's infused with the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and red wine. Serve with pasta, potatoes, or polenta for a truly delicious dinner. As one BHG home cook shared, "Delicious, and easy. Plenty of leftovers!".

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