Pork Chops with Rhubarb Compote

Pork Chops in a cast iron skillet with rosemary and rhubarb compot

It’s a joke in our house that my family hasn’t eaten a hot meal since I started this blog more than 10 years ago. Take these pork chops with rhubarb compote. The dish started out as just another family dinner, but then I decided to pull together a compote with the rhubarb I’d picked up at the market. I cooked down the bracingly tangy stalks with ginger and honey until they were tender, rosy-hued, and so good that I felt the recipe must be shared. Which requires photos. This set in motion the mad scramble of pulling out props, hauling them outside to catch the last of the daylight, while everyone waited on the sidelines with a look on their faces that said, “here we go again.”

Pork chops in a cast iron skillet with rhubarb compote and rosemary

A Tasty Way with Pork Chops

By the time I was done, the chops were closer to room temperature than “hot off the grill”. Regardless, nobody complained, both because they’re used to it and because all that juicy pork and rhubarb was enough to distract them from the fact that their mother interferes with them ever eating warm food.

Nutritious, Too

Besides being tasty and fairly simple to assemble, this dish is nourishing. Boneless pork chops are on the leaner end of the spectrum and of course pack in plenty of protein. And that rhubarb, with its captivating flavor adds fiber, vitamin C, and calcium, along with cancer-fighting polyphenols.

A Word About Rhubarb

And while those fat red stalks may be somewhat mysterious to the uninitiated, rhubarb is no more complicated to cook with than a stalk of celery. One little side note is that the leaves of the plant are poisonous, something you need not be concerned about if you are buying it in a market. What you should worry about is the fact that rhubarb season is fleeting. So go get some and make this. It’s delicious with pork chops, but also terrific with pork loin or grilled chicken.

What to Serve on the Side

When it comes to side dishes to accompany pork chops, I’m partial to sautéed greens. This simple Kale with Lemon and Garlic is a perfect example and you can cook it while the pork chops rest. You could also follow the instructions for roasting potatoes featured in this recipe, which are crispy and delicious.

Pork chops in a cast iron skillet with rhubarb and rosemary

For other pork recipes, you might like:

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Figs

Easy Pork Chops with Maple Mustard Sauce

Pork Tenderloin Lettuce Wraps with Ginger Lime Dressing

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa

Slow Cooker Pork Tinga Tacos

Honey Hoisin Pork Tenderloin from Marcia Smart

Mojo-Marinated Pork Kebabs from Simply Recipes

Pork Chops with Ginger Rhubarb Compote

This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight supper, but you can get fancy with it by brining the chops overnight or giving them at least an hour in a favorite marinade before grilling. The chops are excellent with a side of sauteed garlicky greens.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 425 kcal
Author Katie Morford


For the pork chops

  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless pork chops that are about 6 ounces each
  • 4 small fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)
  • Olive oil for grilling or cooking the chops

For the compote:

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 4 large stalks rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch crosswise slices
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt


  1. Pull the pork chops out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and season both sides generously with salt and pepper.

  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high and saute the onion until tender and translucent. Add the garlic and saute another minute or so. Turn the heat to low, add the rhubarb, orange juice, and ginger, and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally until the rhubarb goes tender without completely losing its shape. Add the honey and a generous pinch of salt. Stir. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Remove from heat.

  3. Prepare your grill so it's at a medium-high heat or set a heavy skillet over medium-high. Brush the grill/skillet with oil and lay down the chops. Cook to your desired doneness (I figure about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium). 

  4. Remove from heat and rest for at least 5 minutes.

  5. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve with rhubarb compote on the side.


05.06.2013 at5:17 AM #


This sounds like a fantastic way to use rhubarb! Can’t wait to try it!

05.06.2013 at8:20 AM #

Pam H

Looks great! And my kids can relate to the situation, albeit whenever we go out to a restaurant, no matter how humble, as a family. No one can touch a plate until their dad has taken his shots!

05.06.2013 at8:20 AM #

Katie Morford

Too funny. Even my kids’ friends know the program around here. Everyone is a pretty good sport about it.

05.07.2013 at4:51 PM #

aida mollenkamp

I love rhubarb compote with pork chops — hot or cold it’s still delish!

05.07.2013 at4:51 PM #

Katie Morford

I know…I’ve got a few more stalks in the fridge that I’m going to stew with strawberries for yogurt in the morning!

05.08.2013 at10:10 AM #

Lisa | With Style and Grace

This sounds absolutely delicious! Perfect weekend meal for the family.

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