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Grilled Pork Chop Caprese

June 5, 2024

Dinner couldn’t be easier, or fresher, than this beautiful pork chop caprese. All you need is a simple seasoning and less than ten minutes on the grill for this fabulous summer recipe.


grilled pork chop caprese with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, basil and a balsamic glaze

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Grilled Pork Chops Topped With Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes

When it comes to quick and easy summer dinners, this grilled pork chop caprese is as easy as they come! Our recipe for grilled pork chops topped with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes is a quick and beautiful crowd-pleaser. Juicy grilled pork chops are just a few minutes away, and they’re SO easy to pull together. For even more fresh mozz and tomato inspiration be sure to check out our Caprese Salad, Caprese Sandwich, Chicken Caprese or Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad. For more pork recipe ideas, check out our round up of the Best Pork Chop Recipes.

pork chops, tomato slices, balsamic glaze, basil, fresh mozzarella salt and pepper in prep bowls to make pork caprese

Ingredients For the Perfect Pork Chops

A quick seasoning is all they’ll need before hitting the grill. For this caprese-inspired grilled pork recipe, we season the boneless pork chops with a simple spice blend. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this dish!

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Fresh basil leaves
pork chops seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar and basil being cooked on a grill pan
grilled pork chops topped with fresh mozzarella slices

How to Grill Boneless Pork Chops

For the best pork chops ever, have a light hand with the seasonings, pay close attention and make sure you’ve got an instant-read thermometer!

  1. Make a quick seasoning rub. Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar and dried basil.

  2. Prep the pork chops! Drizzle them with olive oil and season them generously all over with the seasoning mix.

  3. Grill the pork chops! Lay them down on a hot grill and cook for about three minutes per side. Right when you flip the pork, top each chop with a slice of mozzarella.

  4. Check for doneness! More than the amount of time the pork chops spend on the grill, pay attention to the internal temperature of the pork chop. Use an instant-read thermometer and keep an eye on that temp! We’ve got more on exactly what internal temp you’re watching for in the next paragraph.

  5. To serve, top each pork chop with slices of tomato, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and dig in!

grilled pork chops topped with mozzarella and tomato slices on a platter
grilled pork chops topped with mozzarella, tomato slices, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze on a platter

How to Store Leftovers + Tips

  • Cooked pork chops will be good in the fridge for 3-4 days. Once pork chops have cooled to room temperature, they can also be sealed in an airtight container and frozen for up to three months. We don’t recommend freezing the tomatoes or mozzarella, because it adversely changes their texture.

  • The recommended internal temperature of cooked pork is 145°F. If you pull the pork right when you see that temp, you should have delicious, juicy pork chops. Cooking pork chops on the grill takes almost no time at all! Just 3-4 minutes per side until you see an internal temperature of 145°F.

  • How do you keep pork chops moist after grilling? We’d suggest eating them right away if you can, and as long as you haven’t overcooked them, they should stay moist and juicy. This grilled pork caprese recipe is especially moist, thanks to the tomato and mozzarella topping.

  • These would also be great with a spoonful of Homemade Basil Pesto on top or Pesto Potato Salad on the side.

  • Should you sear pork chops before grilling? Nope! Let your grill do all the work. No need to prep the pork chops before they hit the grill.

grilled pork chops topped with mozzarella, tomato slices, basil and balsamic glaze on a platter
grilled pork chops topped with mozzarella, tomato slices, basil and balsamic glaze on a platter

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Grilled Pork Chop Caprese

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 322


  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 (1-inch thick) boneless pork chops (about 2¼ pounds total)
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze, store-bought or homemade
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves, thinly sliced or roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the grill (or a grill pan) on medium-high heat.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, and basil until fully combined.

  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the pork chops and sprinkle with the seasoning blend on both sides.

  4. Place the pork on the grill or grill pan and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the chops and top with the mozzarella slices, then cover the grill (or pan) and cook 3 to 4 minutes more, or until the cheese begins to melt and the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer the pork to a plate to rest.

  5. Top each chop with the tomato, then season with the salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and garnish with the basil to serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories322
  • Protein31 g
  • Carbohydrates6 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol87 mg
  • sodium532 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Grilled Pork Chop Caprese

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Christa

    Can I use bone-in pork chops for this recipe?

    Yes! Enjoy.

  • Carlos

    In my attempt to cut back a bit on sugar intake, is brown sugar necessary? If so, what is its purpose other than to add sweetness?

    Feel free to leave it out, hope you enjoy Carlos!

  • Leigh

    Do you have any recommendations for what to serve with the Pork Chop Caprese?

    A green salad of some kind would be lovely with these pork chops! You might check out our salad recipe round up for ideas! It can be found here:

  • Sarah

    These pork chops are delicious. I was hesitant but so glad I grilled them up.

    YAY! Thanks Sarah, happy it surprised you!

  • Anna

    This was amazing. Not a big pork fan but husband does like it. We omitted the brown sugar and was just so good! Will make again!!

    Thanks Anna! So happy you loved it!

  • Jenn

    This was so simple to take a plain pork chop and make it a star dish!

    Thanks Jenn!