Best Pork Chops

I have to admit…I’m usually not that big a fan of pork chops.

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Nothing against them personally — I just typically find them to be too dry, under-seasoned, tough or bland.  Guess it’s more in the preparation than the actual chop.

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, I do love my Rye-Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple-Thyme Pan Sauce recipe and there are a few restaurants we like where I will actually order the pork chops because of how well they are cooked, though this is rare.

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

When I cook my pork chops, I have a few requirements: (1) must be thick pork chops, (2) must be pan-fried (3) must be bone-in and (4) must be flavorful. Simple and reasonable requirements, right?

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

People, I kid you not: these are the best pork chops ever.  You read right.  Best.  Ever.

We just had them and I can’t stop thinking about how good they were.  Perfectly juicy with a crunchy, flavorful coating.  The right amount of salt with a hint of garlic and some mild heat.  So.  Good.  Enjoy them with some Garlic Parmesan Green Beans and you have yourself a very tasty meal.

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I think thick-cut chops are the only way to go, especially if they will be pan-fried, because you more easily ensure the chops will be juicy and succulent.

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This recipe has revolutionized my beliefs in pork chops.  I now look forward to our next pork chop dinner (home-cooked, of course) because  I know I have a delicious and easy way to prepare them.  I now believe in the pork chop.  Hallelujah!  (Sorry, got a bit carried away there.  You’ll understand soon enough.)

Best Pork Chops recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Please try these.  I hope to make a believer out of you.

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Best Pork Chops
 
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These are the best pork chops. Ever. Hence the name.
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Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 center-cut, thick cut, bone-in pork chops
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to coat chops
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to coat chops
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Pat chops dry and generously coat with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Combine flour, corn starch, kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish.
  3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in large skillet until hot. Add butter and let melt completely (this will help with browning the chops).
  4. Dredge chops, individually, into seasoned flour mixture to entirely coat and then shake off excess. Add chops to hot pan, careful not to overcrowd. Cook 4-5 minutes per side or until nicely golden brown. Test the chop by poking with a fork to make sure the juices run clear. Be careful not to overcook the chops, as this will make them dry and chewy.
  5. Drain on plate lined with paper towels. Serve immediately.

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Comments

  1. says

    Ok, i am going to attempt this tonight, though my husband isn’t a big fan of pork…my 5 yr daughter is a picky meat eater…i am looking for them to enjoy this. Thanks

  2. leslie says

    Made these tonight for dinner. I’m with you – pork isn’t usually my first choice, but hubby likes it so I make it occasionally. This was a simple and delicious recipe. Added to the rotation for sure! Thanks :-)

  3. Amanda says

    This looks amazing and I’m excited to try it! But I cook for a picky eater, and I’m curious if the cayenne pepper in the recipe makes these spicy or has a strong bite to it?

    • says

      Hi Amanda! The cayenne definitely gives the pork chops a bit of heat, but it’s quite mild and not strong or spicy. You can always make the seasoning, split it in half and add half the cayenne to one and none to the other for preparing it just to be safe. Best of luck!

  4. Zyna says

    I made these tonight! And they were a hit, even with my picky 4 year old. They are a definite keeper. Yum! And thank you so much for such a fabulous recipe.

  5. Annette says

    Oh my! My faith in pork chops is restored! These were very tasty, and not all that intimidating to a rank amateur. Thanks so much!

  6. Samantha says

    I’ve been meaning to come back and let you know how awesome those pork chops are. I originally bought pork chops just to try this recipe and its definitely the one I’ll continue to use. Thank you very much for an amazing recipe!

  7. says

    I hope you don’t mind if I post a link to this recipe on my blog. I tried this recipe last night and was blown away. Please let me know if you want me to remove the link.
    Thank you for the great new recipe to add to my dinner list. :D

  8. Robin says

    I made these tonight for my husband and son and they liked them..they thought they had a good taste and were juicy.
    Thanks for posting.

  9. Tara says

    Made these tonight. They were delicious!! My husband said it was one of his favorite dinners I’ve made EVER, and I love to cook. I served it with mashed butternut squash and sautéed asparagus with onion, mushroom, garlic and Parmesan. It was really, really yummy :)

  10. Amy says

    These sound delicious! I am planning to cook them tonight along with your mashed sweet potatoes and garlic green beans. Any suggestions for an easy dessert to pair with this meal?

  11. says

    A sweet pea. A fantastic recipe with all the right seasonings. May i add one thing, if you brine the chops first in water and kosher salt, they will be beyond juicy and tender. Brining is an amazing way to add juice and flavor to meats. Your chops are to die for!!!

  12. Angelica says

    I just love how your recipe ingredients are things I have handy. I think I will make an entire meal with only your recipes to celebrate Savannah’s impending arrival!!! Congrats!!

  13. emily says

    I think this is by far the best thing I have ever eaten in my life. It was like a party in my mouth. You. Are. Amazing.

  14. tequestamom says

    Lacy, I love your web page. I was taught to make pork chops this way by my father. They always come out juicy and tender. I prefer to use thick rib chops if I can find them. I also use boneless sirloin pork steaks with flour,egg wash and panko. I just discovered a lemon pepper panko that is to die for. So much lemon flavor. It’s made by progresso. Anyway, now that I starving for pork chops……
    Thanks for your great recipes.

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