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Skillet Fried Pork Chops

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Cooking skillet-fried pork chops can seem daunting, but it’s simple with the right approach. With just a few ingredients and a trusty skillet, you can make tender and juicy pork chops that are perfect for a weeknight dinner.

The key is to season your chops well and use a mix of oil and butter for cooking. The combination of flavors will give your pork chops a delicious crust while keeping the inside moist. Whether you choose a honey garlic herb butter or a simple salt and pepper mix, pan-frying pork chops is a quick and easy method that produces amazing results.

Using a cast iron skillet helps to get a great sear on the pork chops, ensuring a crispy exterior and a juicy interior. With detailed steps and tips, you’ll learn how to cook pork chops like a pro, making them a go-to meal for any night of the week.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Pork Chops


  • 4 boneless or bone-in pork chops



  • Substitute: Chicken breasts or thighs can work, though the cooking time may vary.


Seasonings


  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning



  • Substitute: Use a mix of dried basil, oregano, and thyme.



  • 2 teaspoons sea salt



  • Substitute: Kosher salt or table salt.



  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



  • Substitute: White pepper for a milder taste.


Flour Coating


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour



  • Substitute: Whole wheat flour or almond flour for a low-carb option.



  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder



  • Substitute: Fresh minced garlic or garlic salt (reduce the added salt if using garlic salt).



  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper for heat


Cooking Oil


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil



  • Substitute: Olive oil, canola oil, or avocado oil.


Optional Ingredients for Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons butter



  • Substitute: Margarine or a dairy-free alternative.



  • 1 cup chicken broth



  • Substitute: Vegetable broth or beef broth.


Optional Herbs

  • Fresh parsley
  • Substitute: Fresh cilantro or thyme.

Using fresh ingredients often makes a difference in taste. Don’t be afraid to experiment with what you have at home!

Instructions

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick-cut pork chops
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Fresh thyme sprigs

Step-by-Step:


  1. Prepare the Pork Chops:
    Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.



  2. Heat the Pan:
    Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan.



  3. Start Cooking:
    Place the pork chops in the hot skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until they develop a golden-brown crust.



  4. Flip and Cook:
    Flip the chops every minute, cooking for 8-10 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 135°F.



  5. Add Flavor:
    Remove the skillet from heat. Add butter, garlic, and thyme. Spoon the melted butter over the pork chops.



  6. Rest and Serve:
    Let the pork chops rest for 5 minutes. This helps them become juicy and tender.


Enjoy your tasty skillet fried pork chops!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Seasoning: Use a mix of simple spices like salt, pepper, and garlic powder. For extra flavor, try steak or Italian seasoning.
  • Hot Skillet: Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the pork chops. This helps to sear the meat and lock in the juices.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Fry in batches if necessary so each chop gets proper heat and space.
  • Use Tongs: Use tongs to flip the pork chops. This helps to keep the breading intact and ensures even cooking.

Storing

  • Refrigeration: Store cooked pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze pork chops for up to 2 months. Wrap each chop in plastic wrap and then place them in a zip-top bag to prevent freezer burn.

Reheating

  • Oven: Reheat in an oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes until they are warm all the way through.
  • Microwave: Use the microwave at low power and heat in short bursts to avoid drying out the meat. Cover them with a damp paper towel to keep moisture.

Pro Tip

  • Resting: Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes after frying before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the meat more tender and flavorful.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Mix up your skillet-fried pork chops with these tasty ideas:

  • Herb-Crusted: Add a mix of dried rosemary, thyme, and sage to your seasoning.
  • Garlic Parmesan: Combine grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Spicy Kick: Use chili powder and cayenne pepper for a spicier version.

Switch up the cut:

  • Bone-in: Adds more flavor and keeps the meat juicy.
  • Boneless: Cooks faster and offers a leaner option.

Serving Suggestions

Pair your pork chops with these sides for a complete meal:

  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and comforting.
  • Roasted Veggies: A healthy and colorful option.
  • Coleslaw: Adds a cool, crunchy contrast.

For a flavorful sauce, try:

  • Apple Sauce: The classic pairing.
  • Gravy: Rich and savory.
  • Mustard Sauce: Tangy and delicious.

Enjoy your skillet-fried pork chops hot, and make sure to let them rest for a few minutes after cooking to keep them juicy.