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Maple-Turmeric Pork Chops with Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Maple-Turmeric Pork Chops with Pickled Carrots and Daikon
Maple-Turmeric Pork Chops with Pickled Carrots and DaikonNathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
30 mins
Prep Time:
30 mins

Chef notes

This filling dish mixes savory pork with bright, fresh pickles. The pickles can be made up to 3 days ahead.


  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt (not Greek-style)
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 (1/2-pound) bone-in pork chops (about 1 1/2 inches thick)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 ounces carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 large daikon, trimmed and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil



Combine the yogurt, turmeric, garlic, and 1/4 cup of the maple syrup in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Sprinkle the pork with the pepper and 2 teaspoons of the salt. Place the pork chops in the bag with the marinade; seal and turn to coat. Chill, turning occasionally, at least 8 hours or overnight.


Place the carrots and daikon in a medium bowl. Combine the vinegar, 1 cup water, ginger, mustard seeds, and remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1½ teaspoons salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. Pour the mixture over the carrots and daikon in the bowl. Cool to room temperature; cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. 


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the pork from the marinade; discard the marinade. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet  over medium-high. Add the pork chops; cook until deep golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn the pork chops, and transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 140°F, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven; let stand 10 minutes. Serve with the pickled daikon and carrots.

Reprinted with permission from 100% Real: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh by Sam Talbot.