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pan seared pork chops in a cast iron pan

Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops

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

Yield: 6 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutes


  • 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
  • 12 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
  • 6 (1 – 1 1/2 inch thick) boneless pork chops

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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.


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.

© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Stove Top