Cuban Spiced Pork Chops

This is the perfect recipe for those who love the flavors of a classic Cuban pork roast but are cooking in small quantities. Typical of Cuban fare, these are full of tropical flavors but not spicy. The garlic and lime pair beautifully in a fragrant marinade. Though you can marinade as briefly as an hour, for best results let the pork soak up to 6-8 hours. (Don't marinade overnight as the citrus cooks the pork over longer periods).


  • 2 (5 ounce) lean boneless pork chops
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil (optional)


Trim excess fat from pork chops. Use a knife to cut shallow cross-hatch marks over both surfaces of the chops.

Mix all remaining ingredients together in a resealable bag or non-reactive container. Add the chops and place in the refrigerator. Marinate at least an hour. Grill or broil 8-10 minutes, turning once half way.