Dukkah Crusted Pork Chops

Dukkah Crusted Pork with Roasted Apples and Arugula

  • Author: WifeyChef
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes (up to 35 minutes)
  • Total Time: 45 minutes (up to 50 minutes)
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


With a nutty, flavor-packed crust, this Dukkah Crusted Pork with Balsamic Drizzle is a star all on its own. But once paired alongside this lemony, Roasted Apple & Arugula salad (studded with blue cheese & walnuts), watch out! This meal is clean-eating meets lively-flavor at its very finest!



for the dukkah-crusted pork:

  • (4) thick boneless, center-cut pork chops
  • 3/4 cup Dukkah, + 6 cloves garlic (minced), + 2 small lemons, (zested), combined into a shallow bowl and mixed well. NOTE: Use/combine the lemon zest ONLY here, not the actual lemon itself. Tip: Set both of the remaining (whole/zested) lemons aside for later use.
  • 1/3 cup Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Balsamic Glaze/Drizzle for serving

for the roasted apple and arugula salad:

  • 3 medium gala apples, cored and sliced into wedges
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Chopped walnuts, to taste
  • Blue cheese, to taste
  • (2) whole, zested lemons (leftover and set aside from earlier), for serving. Cut into wedges before serving.
  • Salt & Pepper, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet lined with foil, toss sliced gala apples with honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, & salt/pepper to taste.
  3. Lightly spray another baking sheet (lined with foil) for the pork chops.
  4. Divide the flour, eggs, and dukkah mixture into 3 separate bowls (1 bowl for each ingredient)
  5. Dip each pork chop into the flour mixture, evenly coating both sides. Next, repeat process into the egg mixture. Lastly, repeat process into the dukkah mixture. Once dipped 3 ways, place each pork chop onto baking sheet.
  6. Place apples into oven (on their own oven rack). Set timer for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout.
  7. Place pork in oven (on an oven rack separate from the apples). Set timer for 20-30 minutes, depending on thickness of pork chops. Ensure that pork comes to an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees. Remove from oven once desired temp is achieved (or almost). Let pork chops sit 5-7 minutes before serving (they will continue to raise a few degrees internally).
  8. While dukkah pork chops rest, combine arugula in large bowl with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, a good hearty squeeze of lemon juice, a handful of chopped walnuts, a sprinkle of blue cheese, and sea salt/fresh-cracked pepper to taste. Top salad with roasted apples.
  9. Drizzle a small, pretty bed of balsamic glaze onto a clean plate, and then place dukkah crusted pork on top. Serve with the roasted apple and arugula salad on the side. ENJOY!!!

  • Method: Oven