pan seared pork chop on a white plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops

By Rachel Tiemeyer
August 30, 2021

With only 5 ingredients and in about 20 minutes, you can make easy pan seared pork chops with a perfectly seasoned crust and juicy interior.

pan seared pork chop on a white plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli

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Historically, I’ve never been a big fan of pork chops. That’s because they always turned out dry, overcooked, and bland when I first began experimenting with them as a young cook. Since that time, I’ve learned a few things and applied that know-how to this DELICIOUS pork chop recipe:

1) The USDA lowered the safe doneness temperature for pork several years ago…meaning we don’t all have to cook our pork until it’s a piece of cardboard anymore! Cooking to this lower doneness temp is a game changer. Read more below.

2) The right seasoning mixture is important, since pork runs lean and bland on its own. The rub for this recipe is spot on and only requires a few pantry ingredients.

3) The pan seared method works wonders on this piece of meat–creating a crust on the outside while keeping the inside moist. Plus, it cooks the pork chops quickly on nights when you don’t have much time.

The Pork Chop Seasoning

What do I need to make these easy pan seared pork chops, you ask? Just 5 ingredients!!

ingredients for pan seared pork chops
  1. Whole wheat flour – I like to use the white whole wheat variety because it’s finer yet still retains a lot of good nutrition. If you’re gluten-free, you can substitute gluten-free all purpose flour.
  2. Garlic salt
  3. Ground black pepper
  4. Salt – Yep, salt again. It helps transform this bland cut of meat.
  5. 1 to 1 1/2 inch pork chops – Look at the butcher counter for thicker chops like these. Or, if you use thinner ones, be sure to cut back on the cook time.

1 Minute Video: How to Make Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops

pork chops cooking in a cast iron pan

Pork Chop Done Temp

Like I mentioned, the USDA lowered the minimum internal temp at which most pork is officially safe to eat. All pork chops, steaks, and roasts must reach at least 145°F internally and then rest at least 3 minutes to be safe to eat. (Their recommendation used to be 160°F and that’s why we all thought pork chops were so dry!) Use a meat thermometer to make sure you get it right and don’t accidentally overcook your pork chops. Keep in mind that your pork may still have a little pink color to it in the middle even when it’s safe to eat!

Sides for Pork Chops

Pork chops, especially a simple savory recipe like this one, go well with sides like these:

Mashed Potatoes

You can make these in the Instant Pot in no time. Serve the pork gravy (see Cooking Notes in the recipe) over the mashed potatoes. Or, try our simple Baby Boiled Potatoes instead.

Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Toss with some oil, salt, and pepper and throw in the oven while you pan fry the chops. Delicious!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples

Try these homemade cooked apples or warm up store-bought applesauce to serve on the side.

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon make for the perfect crock pot snack!

5 Ingredient Mac and Cheese

This stovetop Mac is super easy to make, made with all “real food” ingredients, and a creamy, comforting side with pork chops.

whole wheat mac and cheese in bowls on white plates with steamed broccoli on the side

Can You Freeze Pork Chops?

Yes! Like most of the meals on Thriving Home, we give you freezing instructions. Not just any freezing instructions, but we offer well-tested ones that keep your food tasting like fresh. Here’s how to freeze Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops:

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1 and 2 of the recipe. Place the pork chops in a single layer in a gallon-sized freezer bag or a freezer container (like our favorite one here). (Divide layers with parchment paper, if needed.) Seal tightly and freeze flat.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely using one of these safe methods. Follow Steps 3-4 of the recipe.

seasoned pork chops in a freezer container

I’m excited for you to try this pork chop recipe that’s become a staple in my home. My family requests a pan gravy on top each time, too. Check out the cooking notes in the recipe to learn how to make one in just a few minutes at the end. Enjoy!

pan seared pork chop on a white plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli
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pan seared pork chops in a cast iron pan

Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops

  • Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With only 5 ingredients and in 20 minutes, you can make pan seared pork chops with a perfectly seasoned crust and juicy interior.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (For gluten free, sub gluten-free all purpose flour.)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)

  • 6 (1 – 1 1/2 inch thick) boneless pork chops


Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, garlic salt, and pepper.
  2. Open the pork chops package. Working over the packaging, season each side of the pork chops with the rub and press it in to help it stick. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. In a large skillet (preferably nonstick or cast iron), heat oil over medium-high heat. Place pork chops in the pan and sear each side for 60-90 seconds*. Be careful, as the oil may splatter. Use a lid if necessary. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 6-8 minutes (for 1 inch) and 10-12 minutes (for 1 1⁄2 inch), flipping halfway through until the internal temperature reads 145°F. (Note: For thinner pork chops, this cook time will be even less. It’s important to have a meat thermometer handy so you don’t over cook your chops.)
  4. Let pork chops rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

*You may need to work in batches or use two pans to fit them all.

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1 and 2. Place the pork chops in a single layer in a gallon-sized freezer bag or container. Seal tightly and freeze flat.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely using one of these safe methods. Follow Steps 3-4.


Notes

HOW TO MAKE PORK GRAVY: Use the pan drippings at the end to create gravy to drizzle over the top. Basic recipe: Add 2 tablespoons each of butter and flour to the pan and whisk for about 1 minute over medium heat. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth, turn heat up to medium high, and whisk until it’s smooth. Simmer and whisk until it’s the consistency of gravy, adding more broth as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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