Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Corn Relish

This is a quick and moderately healthy weeknight dinner. It’s packed with lots of flavor and could easily be modified for fish, chicken, and/or even beef.  The relish would even be great on burgers or in tacos.  We served it with couscous and black beans which both complimented the flavors perfectly. I love paprika by the way – which is a totally unimportant public service announcement. Love it. This awesome recipe is only slightly adapted from Cooking Light.

Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Corn Relish


  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-2 ears fresh corn, cleaned and cut-off the cob
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 center-cut pork loin chops (approx. 4 ounce/each)
    or any cut and/or meat you like…
  • white wine to de-glaze pan, optional*


Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Corn Relish

 Set meat out to start coming to room-temperature.  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add red onion, corn, and ginger, saute for about 2-3 minutes or until tender.  Add red bell pepper and both dried herbs: thyme and coriander; cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and then salt & pepper to taste; Spoon relish into serving dish and set aside until ready to serve.

Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Corn Relish

Combine 1 tsp salt & pepper, 1 Tablespoon smoked sweet paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder in a small dish (Tip: If you like more caramelization add some sugar). Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel and rub both sides evenly with rub mixture.  Heat a Tablespoon of oil (or cooking spray) in the relish pan and cook chops for about 4 minutes per side or until done (will vary on the thickness.) Serve chops with relish and the sides of your choosing or in even in tacos!

Smoked Paprika Pork Chops with Corn Relish

*Optional the last minute of cooking add about 1/2 cup of white wine – it will steam up and give the bottom of your pork chops a nice glaze while de-glazing your pan.  I like to use the liquid as a sauce over the whole dish.

Here’s to quick fix meals during the work week,


**Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light

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