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Pork Chops Marinated in Spicy Yogurt Sauce

My last post was a spicy yogurt marinated salmon/trout which was awesome!   The problem was I had leftover marinade, like a lot since I made only one serving of the trout that night.  I don’t like to waste so I thought I would try it on some pork chops that I had bought for later in the week.  I slathered a bunch on both sides of two chops, I had bone in medium thickness and let them let them marinade for a day and a half, I think you could marinade them for as little as 1 hour but 6 would be better and there is nothing like 24 hours.

For convenience I will repost the marinade here:


  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp.  clove
  • ¼ tsp.  paprika
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ cup plan or Greek yogurt

Mix all ingredients together, if feeling adventurous use whole coriander and cardamom seeds, toast for a few minutes in a dry pan over medium heat then grind in spice grinder or with a pastel and mortar.  Make a day in advance.

yogurt marinated pork chops

As for the chops, you can use whatever you have on hand, just cover them will with the marinade.

I almost baked them in a baking pan at 400° F. but I decided the grill was a better option for such a nice day.

yogurt marinated pork chops on the grill

So prep grill for indirect and direct heat (put coals to one side or only have the gas on one side) Once hot sear the chops over direct heat and get some nice looking grill marks on there, 2 minutes, flip and sear for 2 more minutes.  After they have been seared move them to indirect heat side, close grill cover and cook till done, 5 – 10 minutes depending on thickness, flip about half way.

I served with asparagus and a baked potato, but rice or naan with mixed veggies would be great too.  Oh oh oh, if making naan, try grilling the dough until done!  You might have to spray the grates with some non-stick spray.  I will be trying this soon.

Cook’s notes:  Try on chicken, pork tenderloin or other types of fish.  Adjust spices for a verities of flavors, for a kick add some powdered cayenne pepper to it (or other hot peppers especially powdered Indian peppers).

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