Pork Chops with Gastrique

Don’t be intimidated by the name. Gastrique is a traditional French sauce, similar to a hot and sour sauce. It makes a super simple, versatile addition to pork dishes (think: pork chops, pork tenderloin, and even schnitzel…). It’s also great with chicken.


  • 1/2 c vinegar (red wine, champagne, balsamic etc)
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 1/2 c fresh or frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries, cherries and mango all work well)
  • optional – 1/2 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped


Combine ingredients and simmer uncovered for 20 min, stirring occasionally. It will thicken after it cools. You can use an immersion blender and chinois for a smoother, more refined version. I usually keep it simple and rustic, because it takes less time.

Serve it with a simple grilled pork chop or sliced pork tenderloin seasoned with salt and pepper.

Play around and get creative. Some of my favorite combos include:

  • balsamic vinegar/cherries with pork chops
  • red wine vinegar/raspberries with pork tenderloin
  • white wine vinegar/blueberries/jalapeno with pork tenderloin
  • champagne vinegar/mango/jalapeno with chicken paillard

About Dr. Maren

Christine Maren D.O., IFMCP is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. She is best know for her work in thyroid, gut and reproductive/ preconception health. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Read more

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