Skillet Pork Chops – 30 Minutes Only!

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 6 reviews

Skillet Pork Chops are pan-seared to perfection and then drenched in a sweet and savory sauce! Enjoy this comfort food at home with this easy recipe!

This protein-rich dish is a nice complementary dish to fiber-rich ones like the Overnight Salad, Southwest Salad, or Homemade Coleslaw!

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Easy Skillet Pork Chops Recipe

Skillet Pork Chops are juicy and delicious, just perfect for a quick lunch or dinner! So simple, yet the outcome is a homestyle dish that your family will surely love.

You will be amazed at how a lean piece of meat can still be juicy and flavorful with this easy recipe. Everything is balanced and the flavors enhance the pan-seared meat.

I love the tomatoes and apple cider vinegar in this. They work wonderfully with the maple syrup and sugar.  And the rosemary and fresh parsley give it a feel of freshness.

With only a few ingredients required, this recipe is ideal when you are in a hurry. Besides, you will be using only one skillet for this dish. Even the clean-up after cooking it is easy!

What is the best pork cut to use?

This recipe is ideal for thick cuts like pork chops, tenderloin, or steak, either bone-in or not. Bone-in ones are usually juicier because fats are surrounding the bone.

But with this recipe, it does not matter since any thick lean meat will still be juicy with the sauce.

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How to make Skillet Pork Chops

  • Prepare the meat: Before cooking, season the meat with salt. Then, heat some oil on the skillet. Once hot enough, pan-sear the slices, waiting for each side to caramelize for about 2 to 3 minutes. Sear all sides, especially the fatty portion if there is any.
  • Cook further: Lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook further. Check for doneness starting at the 5th-minute mark.
  • Cook the tomatoes: Once done, remove the cooked meat and set aside. Then, quickly toast the tomatoes in the same pan.
  • Make the sauce: Using the same pan, add in the sauce ingredients except for the butter. Add in a few rosemary leaves. Using a wooden spoon, deglaze the pan. Then, stir in the butter.
  • Combine: Put the meat back into the pan, with or without slicing, then baste with the sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs, then serve.

How can you tell if Pork Chops are done?

The thermometer must read about 145 degrees Fahrenheit for food safety. Stick the thermometer to the thickest part to measure properly. Or, slice and check if the juices are already clear, not pink.

Photo of seared boneless pork chop.

Why are my Pork Chops tough?

It is a sign that you have overcooked them. Hence, make it a point to check for doneness now and then. Investing in a thermometer is a big help with this since you do not want to undercook them, too.

How do you tenderize pork chops?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Using a mallet: Break up the tissues through physical force.
  2. Marinating: Using a marinade that has mildly acidic components like yogurt can help breakdown the tissues.
  3. Brining: This can also help but be cautious not to brine for too long or it will be too salty.

How to make Pork Chops in the Instant Pot?

Using the Instant Pot is great for thick cuts. Check out our Instant Pot recipe in this link.

Picture of sliced juicy pork chops with roasted tomatoes and rosemary.

How to grill them?

Grilling is another way to enjoy them. Here is the link for the recipe for grilled pork chops.

What to serve with:

How to store leftovers:

  • Refrigerate: Put them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
  • Freeze: Place leftovers inside freezer bags and freeze for 3 to 4 months.
  • Reheat: To reheat, simply thaw and reheat on the stovetop until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photo of pan seared pork chops with tomatoes and rosemary.

Recipe Tips:

  • Make sure that the meat is at room temperature to ensure uniform cooking.
  • When buying meat, choose the thick ones since these do not dry out quickly.
  • Remember that when checking the temperature with a thermometer, measure it from the side and not from the top to obtain a more accurate result.
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5 from 6 reviews

Skillet Pork Chops

Skillet Pork Chops are pan-seared to perfection and then drenched in a sweet and savory sauce! Enjoy this comfort food at home with this easy recipe!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients

Sauce:

Instructions

Prepare the Pork Chops:

Make the Sauce:

Nutrition information

Calories: 419 Carbohydrates: 7 Protein: 30 Fat: 29 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 90 Sodium: 444 Potassium: 618 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 621 Vitamin C: 6 Calcium: 16 Iron: 1
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cait

these look super awesome my friend- ill have to make some of them soon

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Amber Myers

It's been a while since I've made pork chops. I will have to try these out. I love tomatoes.

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melissa chapman

I have never made pork chops before but yours look so good, lean and juicy. I am sure this will be a great recipe everyone will make during our isolation

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Tasheena

I love that this recipe is a 30 minute meal. Looking forward to making this recipe for my family.

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Marysa

I'm not familiar with cooking pork chops. This sounds like a good recipe to try.

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Heather

Yum. I just bought boneless pork chops. I can't wait to try this recipe!

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Beth

This looks like a great recipe for pork chops.

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Rena

These look delicious! I often make skillet pork chops but yours look tasty! Will be trying these pronto!

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Lynndee

I can't wait to try this. The chops look so delicious. They'd be good with rice, for sure. Yum!

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

I love that this is made in a skillet for a quick dinner. 30 minutes meals are definitely my favorite. This sounds delicious!!

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Kathy

It's been a while since I've had pork chops. I love them too. I definitely will be giving this recipe a try. It looks so good.

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Kita Bryant

These chops look so delicious. I would really love to try these out for dinner.

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Bohemian Babushka

Haven't made pork chops in ages, they come out dry or tough. Gracias for the tips and the recipe, maybe time to try again.

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Lizzie Lau

Wow the photos from your skillet pork chops recipe are super appealing. My mouth was literally watering as I was reading your post.

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rika

These pork chops look fantastic! My kids love pork, they are going to love this recipe.

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Swathi

That skillet Pork chops. Looks so juicy and perfect for everyday dinner.

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