Balsamic pork with olives

Balsamic pork with olives

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(59 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
The perfect way to end a busy day, just 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat41g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 2 handfuls green olives, pitted and halved
  • large handful basil, chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Mix the oil with vinegar, mustard and garlic. Score the meat on both sides, season, then put into a dish. Pour over the balsamic mixture and leave to marinate for 5 mins.

  2. Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Lift the pork from the marinade, scraping off any garlic, then cook for 4 mins on each side. Remove the meat and keep warm. Pour the marinade into the pan with the olives, cook for 2 mins, then stir in the basil. Pour any juices from the pork into the pan, drizzle the sauce over the pork and serve with pasta.

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3rd May, 2020
This was lovely I sealed the chops but I then put them in the oven for 20 mins as they were quite thick , seemed to work well
3rd Feb, 2016
Delicious...used pork fillet (cooked for 3-4 mins each side, med-high, the put pan in oven 180 degrees for 15 mins, then rested for 3-5 mins). Whilst meat resting, I added marinade back into pan with a little double cream and served with champ and greens. I'll definitely make again.
15th Dec, 2015
This is a family favourite with mashed potato and broccoli. I love the flavours of the balsamic, basil and olives.
13th Dec, 2014
Nice way to do pork chops (even without the basil). Served with mushroom-filled puff pastry and sweet corn.
8th Jun, 2014
This was really disappointing. Maybe it was down to the pork I used but I found this tasteless and it really caught on the BBQ.
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oliver house
15th Dec, 2013
Very juicy piece of meat uhm we'll definitely make it again. Uh the only problem is that four minutes per side is definitely too much if your pan is truly very hot. I'd go for just 3 minutes per side in the future. We omitted the basil but it wasn't really a problem, very tasty indeed.
8th Oct, 2013
Amazing flavours and well worth cooking. I served it with garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes instead of the pasta with gridled courgettes.
4th Apr, 2013
Really tasty midweek family meal - I served it with olive oil mash & garlicky green beans and all 5 plates were cleared. Will definitely be a family favourite from now on.
2nd Apr, 2013
Gorgeous recipe, I have made this several times now. My family and my Mother and Father in law love it. I occasionally miss out the basil and olives and it's still lovely. A winner in our house!
7th Jan, 2013
This is a really tasty quick recipe. We don't have a griddle pan so cooked it in a non stick frying pan, however this did not detract from the taste as all the sauce stuck to the steaks. I would certainly cook this again and it was easy enough for my "can't cook/won't cook" husband to have a go on his own.


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