Dairy Farmers of Canada

Chili Lime Pork Chops with Cilantro Cream

This recipe is taken from the 2012 Milk Calendar. Turn simple pork chops into something special with a zesty cream sauce and the fresh punch of cilantro and lime all over a bed of rice. You’ll get rave reviews from your guests - guaranteed!

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 15 min - 20 min
Yields 4 servings
chili lime pork chops with cilantro cream


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) grated lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 4 (about 1-inch/2.5 cm) boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter divided
  • 1 onion halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 10% half-and-half cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pepper
  • Lime wedges
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Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

In a small bowl, combine chili powder, lime zest and salt; set half aside. Rub remaining chili powder mixture over both sides of pork chops.

In a skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; sear pork chops for 1 to 2 min per side or until browned; transfer chops to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in oven for about 12 min or until just a hint of pink remains inside.

Meanwhile, return skillet to medium-low heat and melt remaining butter, swirling to coat. Sauté onion for about 5 min or until softened and starting to brown; add remaining chili powder mixture and sauté for 1 min. Whisk flour into cream and gradually pour into pan, stirring. Simmer, stirring, for about 3 min or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice and season to taste with pepper. Spoon sauce over rice onto serving plates and top with pork chops; garnish with lime wedges to squeeze over top.


If you prefer bone-in pork chops, you may need to sear the chops in two batches to avoid crowding the pan which will prevent browning.

If your pork chops are thinner than 1 inch (2.5 cm) check for doneness after 8 min in the oven.

Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (1 to 2 mL) chipotle powder with chili powder or 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced chipotle in adobo sauce and 1 thinly sliced apple with onion; add 1 tbsp (15 mL) tequila with lime juice.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 363 Calories
Protein: 44 g
Carbohydrate: 8 g
Fat: 17 g
Fibre: 1.3 g
Sodium: 369 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 8 % / 88 mg
Niacin: 68 %
Selenium: 131 %
Thiamin: 103 %
Vitamin B6: 85 %