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Cajun Pork Chops

Quick and easy pan-fried Cajun pork chops are tender and juicy, with plenty of zesty kick!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword cajun pork chops, creole pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 306kcal
Author Blair Lonergan



  • Place flour in a shallow dish.
  • Pat pork chops dry and season with Cajun or Creole seasoning, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne on both sides.
    Seasoning pork chops with Cajun seasoning.
  • Dredge the pork chops in flour, shaking off the excess.
    Dredging pork chops in flour.
  • Melt butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chops to the hot skillet and cook until browned on both sides and a meat thermometer registers 140°F – 145°F (about 7-10 minutes per side). Smaller bone-in pork chops will cook in 5-6 minutes per side, so just keep an eye on your chops and use the thermometer to know when they’re done. The internal temperature of the pork chops will continue to rise after you remove them from the pan. Depending on the size of your pan (and pork chops), you might need to cook the pork chops in batches of two. Just make sure that you don’t overcrowd your pan by trying to squeeze too many chops in at once!
    Pan frying pork chops in a cast iron skillet.
  • Transfer pork chops to a plate, tent with foil, and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve chops with cheese grits and slaw, if desired. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.
    Overhead image of a plate of Cajun pork chops sliced and served with grits.


  • Cajun seasoning and Creole seasoning blends typically have quite a bit of salt in them, so wait to add any extra salt to your chops until the very end (after you've tasted them). If you're sensitive to sodium, I recommend using a salt-free seasoning blend and adding kosher salt to taste.
  • Use thick, bone-in pork chops to keep the meat moist and tender. Pan fried thin pork chops or boneless pork chops tend to get dry or tough if slightly overcooked in a skillet.
  • Pat the chops dry with a paper towel before dredging in the flour mixture and frying. This helps them brown nicely.
  • Depending on the size of your skillet and how many pork chops you’re preparing, you may need to fry the chops in batches so that you don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • The total cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your pork chops. Use a meat thermometer to know exactly when your pork chops are perfectly cooked. You’re looking for an internal temperature of 140°F – 145°F.
  • Let the meat rest for at least 5-10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute in the meat, keeping the pork chops nice and juicy!
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs for a bright, fresh finishing touch.


Serving: 1(12 ounce) pork chop | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg