Caramelized Pork with Melon


Take your everyday pork chop up a notch by pairing with melon, cabbage, and green onions.

Caramelized Pork with Melon
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
22 mins


  • 1 small cantaloupe

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 3 tablespoon hoisin sauce

  • 4 center-cut pork chops, 1/2 inch thick

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

  • Shredded Napa cabbage (optional)


  1. Remove rind and seed from cantaloupe; chop. Place 2 cups chopped melon in a food processor or blender; add orange juice and process or blend until smooth. Transfer 1/2 cup of the pureed melon to a small mixing bowl; add hoisin sauce. Strain remaining puree and reserve the juice, discarding solids.

  2. Sprinkle pork lightly with salt and pepper; brush generously with the hoisin mixture. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet. Add chops to skillet; cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until well browned and only a trace of pink remains (160°F).

  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining chopped melon, strained juice, and green onions. Remove chops from skillet; add remaining hoisin mixture to skillet. Cook and stir until heated through. Spoon onto serving plates. Top each with a chop. Add melon mixture to skillet to warm slightly; serve over chops. If desired, serve with shredded Napa cabbage.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 452mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 969mg 21%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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