Grilled grapefruit wedges make a tangy accompaniment for pork chops. The actual preparation time and cooking time are negligible, but you must allow enough time for marinating. Serve the chops with sticky rice to complement the fresh Asian flavours.
Grapefruit Grilled Pork Chops
Be sure to grease your grill before adding the meat and grapefruit wedges. You can also spray or brush the grapefruit wedges with cooking spray or oil before grilling.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Marinade Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
2 pink grapefruits, scrubbed
30 ml (2 tbsp) sodium-reduced soy sauce
15 ml (1 tbsp) liquid honey
15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, finely grated or rasped
5 ml (1 tsp) finely grated or rasped fresh ginger
2 ml (1/2 tsp) ground coriander
4 boneless pork loin chops
Pinch freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
Using a rasp or fine grater, remove 1 ml (1/4 tsp) of the grapefruit rind and place in a shallow dish that is large enough to hold the pork chops. Cut grapefruit in half and squeeze out the juice to get 45 ml (3 tbsp) of grapefruit juice and add to dish. Cut remaining grapefruits into thick wedges and set aside.
Whisk soy sauce, honey, chopped cilantro, garlic, ginger and coriander into grapefruit juice. Add pork chops and turn to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
Remove chops from marinade and sprinkle with pepper. Place pork chops on a greased grill, indoor grill or grill pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Turn over and grill for about 5 minutes or until a hint of pink remains. Meanwhile, add grapefruit wedges to grill for about 5 minutes, turning once, or until golden and tender.
(Alternatively, pan-fry pork chops in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, turning once, for about 12 minutes. Add grapefruit wedges for the last 5 minutes. Or place pork chops on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and roast in a 200 C (425 F) oven for about 12 minutes or until hint of pink remains. Add grapefruit wedges for the last 5 minutes to warm them through.)
Serve grapefruit wedges with pork chops and sprinkle with cilantro leaves, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Florida Department of Citrus.