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Pan Fried Pork Chops

Simple is best! These crisp and golden brown Pan Fried Pork Chops come together with about 5 minutes of prep for an easy weeknight dinner that your family will love!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pork chop recipe, fried pork chops, pan cooked pork chops, pan fried pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 - 4 servings
Calories 475kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 - 4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops (about 1 – 1 ¼ - inch thick, about 12 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as Lawry's brand)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley or sage

Instructions

  • Place flour in a shallow dish.
  • Pat pork chops dry and season liberally with seasoned salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the pork chops in flour, shaking off the excess.
  • 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.
  • Transfer pork chops to a plate, tent with foil, and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Note: 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!

Notes

  • Thick-cut boneless pork chops will also work in this recipe.
  • Season the meat with your favorite herbs and spices. Other good options include cayenne pepper, a BBQ rub, all-purpose house seasoning, or rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, and chives.
  • Make pan fried pork chops with apples by frying thinly sliced apples in the same skillet while the pork chops rest. Just add extra butter to the pan and sprinkle sugar over the apples. Sauté until the apples are tender. These Southern Fried Apples would be great with the chops, too!
  • Prepare pan fried pork chops with onions by frying thinly sliced onion in the same skillet while the pork chops rest. Just add extra butter to the pan and sauté the onion over low heat until soft and brown.
  • 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.
  • 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 will help to keep the pork chops nice and juicy!
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or other fresh herbs for a bright, fresh finishing touch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(12 ounce) pork chop | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 50.1g | Fat: 26.3g | Saturated Fat: 10.4g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 1978mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1.7g