Cumin & Black Pepper Crusted Pork Chops

Juicy baked pork chops crusted with smoky cumin & black pepper, and topped with a cilantro & all spice herb butter. A quick meal perfect for weeknight dinners.

I’ve been obsessed with cumin lately. I use it on practically everything. The infatuation started when I began working for JÙS by Julie and had their salads. The dressing, which is a simple combination of lemon, oil, salt pepper & cumin, made the vegetables sing (even the beets, which I’m not normally a fan of)! How could cumin be such a super hero?

Naturally, being the Midwest-born carnivore I am, I started imagining all the meats I could marinade with cumin, and definitely got the meat sweats trying all of them out. The one I found to work best with the spice was pork. I was looking for recipe inspo and came across this one in the New York Times, which I riffed on by upping the amount of cumin and adding a cilantro all spice herb butter. I couldn’t believe how quickly it came together, and those chops were juiiicccccy AF. Anyone who’s cooked a few pork chops in their day knows that within minutes they can become drier than Norm MacDonald’s humor.

Speaking of humor, BF and I have been watching a TON of Impractical Jokers on truTV. My brother introduced me to it a few months ago, and I am hooked. Have you seen the show? It’s four life-long friends who’ve done improv comedy together for ages that team up to do hidden-camera practical jokes across NYC. I gut-bust laugh every time I watch it. Word of advice, though? Don’t eat these chops while watching it. BF & I decided to TV/couch this meal, and I definitely almost choked. Had I died, it would have been worth it–that’s how I’d like to go out: Eating good food and laughing my ass off.

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Cumin & Black Pepper Crusted Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 pork chop

Juicy baked pork chops crusted with smoky cumin & black pepper, and topped with a cilantro & allspice herb butter. A quick meal perfect for weeknight dinner.


    For the Chops:
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons coarse mustard
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • For the Herb Butter:
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Season the the chops with the salt, then use a brush or your hand to rub the mustard onto of both sides of each chop. Lightly massage and cake on the pepper, then cumin to both sides of each pork chop.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Place the chops in the skillet and brown 2 minutes on each side. Put the skillet into the oven and bake for about 12 minutes, until the chops are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the softened butter, all spice and cilantro. Place in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up.
  4. When the chops are done, divide onto four plates while still hot and spoon a dollop of butter over each one.


This recipe is a slightly different riff on Molly O'Neil's pork chop recipe in the New York Times.



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  1. Alyssa // Runway Chef | 10th May 16

    These sound amazing and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate seasonings that don’t get as much use in my kitchen (aka cumin). Also, definitely need to check out that show…it sounds hysterical!

    • youmustlovefood | 11th May 16

      Thanks so much! I’ve realized how versatile cumin actually is. And it’s like instant flavor for a meal. I used to pretty much just use it in taco meat, but now…oh the possibilities!

  2. Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn | 13th May 16

    Ohh yum! The flavor combo sounds delectably drool-worthy 😀 I love cumin as well! Fun fact: I was working an event in Brooklyn and the guys from Impractical Jokers showed up to film an episode. I’m not exactly sure what joke they were working on, but it was cool to see them in person!

  3. Justine @ Born and Bred in Brooklyn | 13th May 16

    I’m not sure if my last comment posted, so I’ll try again! This looks deliciously drool-worthy! I’m also a fan of cumin, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried it on a pork chop, so this is new, for sure. Awesome recipe! Fun fact: a few months ago I was working an event in Brooklyn and the guys from Impractical Jokers came in to film an episode! I got a photo with Murr. They’re hilarious ^_^

    • youmustlovefood | 15th May 16

      Both of your comments came through! Thanks so much! If you haven’t tried the cumin on chops, then definitely do. It’s like insta-flavor. And I’m SO jealous that you got to see the guys from Impractical Jokers, especially Murr. Murr & Joe are my favorites. Joe is so shameless in getting a laugh. LOL