Food Recipes Sesame-Coated Pork With Apricot Sauce Be the first to rate & review! Coat juicy pork in sesame seeds for an easy weeknight dinner that's also stunning. By Nicole Hopper Published on May 13, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Greg DuPree Hands On Time: 35 mins Total Time: 35 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts Jump to recipe This is a weeknight dinner for the books. Use sesame seeds as an upgrade to breadcrumbs for crunch and a nutty flavor. The umami-rich apricot sauce and gingery spinach add a delicious fusion twist to your plate. Round things out with fluffy rice. Or, for a lighter take, serve the pork with sliced cucumbers spritzed with rice vinegar and a drizzle of sesame oil. Tip: Opt for pork chops no thicker than 1/2 inch to guarantee quick cooking and perfectly golden (not burned) sesame seeds. Ingredients 1 cup short-grain white rice ½ cup dried apricots (3 1/2 oz.), finely chopped ¼ cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 4 boneless pork loin chops (about 1/2 in. thick) (4-oz. each) ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided ½ cup sesame seeds (black and/or toasted white sesame seeds) 2 ½ tablespoons canola oil, divided 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (from a 1-in. piece) 20 ounce fresh spinach Directions Cook rice according to package directions. Place apricots in a small saucepan with 3/4 cup water, tamari, and honey. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Pat pork chops dry and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Working with 1 pork chop at a time, dredge in sesame seeds, pressing firmly to adhere. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium until shimmering. Add pork; cook until seeds are golden and pork is cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a towel-lined plate. Wipe skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add spinach in batches; cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve rice with pork chops and spinach. Spoon sauce over pork. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 618 Calories 22g Fat 69g Carbs 40g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 618 % Daily Value * Total Fat 22g 28% Cholesterol 64mg 21% Sodium 1155mg 50% Total Carbohydrate 69g 25% Dietary Fiber 8g 29% Total Sugars 18g Protein 40g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.