Parmesan Pork, Brazilian Steakhouse Style

Recently the wife and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. (I know, I know, I’ll make the joke for you: I don’t know how she puts up with me, either.) There are a million reasons why I love this woman, but none more than this:

Wife: “I made dinner reservations for our anniversary. It’s supposed to be a really nice place.”
Me: “Oh yeah, where?”
Wife: “A Brazilian steakhouse. All you can eat steak and chicken, brought to your plate.”

See what I mean? It was magical. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Lamb. Ribeye. Chicken. And then, there was Parmesan Pork Loin. I capitalize this to prove a point. It was amazing. My poor wife can’t have gluten, and therefore had to miss out on the goodness that was this pork due to something in the sauce. So a few days later, after she would find me talking in my sleep about this pork, she recreated it based on a few recipes floating around the internet.

Today, I deliver the results to you. Guys (and girls), it’s rare that I find something I like more than beef. But this does the trick. Make it soon!

Parmesan Pork, Brazilian Steakhouse Style

Serves 4
Prep time 4 hours
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 4 hours, 25 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Formal Party
Region South American
Website Plain Chicken
These flavorful and juicy pork chops are reminiscent of the pork loin served at many Brazilian steakhouses, including Fogo de Chao. These cook quickly and taste great.


  • 1lb pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning (make your own by combining cumin, paprika, onion and garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • 2/3 cups white wine (dry, not sweet (sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, chardonnay, or just use chicken broth!))
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)


Step 1
Combine fajita seasoning, lemon pepper and wine.
Step 2
Pour over pork tenderloin and let marinate 4 hours or overnight.
Step 3
Preheat oven to 400.
Step 4
Grill or saute pork chops to brown, then place in oven-safe baking dish.
Step 5
Top all the chops with parmesan cheese.
Step 6
Bake about 15-18 minutes (depending on the thickness of your pork. [That's what she said.]
Step 7
Let rest a few minutes before serving, as this will allow the juices to redistribute.
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  3. Aaron Packnick says:

    Another smash hit! Date night = success!

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