Pork chops are an American classic. And this easy pan-fried pork chops recipe makes it simple to serve juicy, delicious chops in just a few minutes. Savory and sizzling, from the pan to your plate.
When it comes to dinner, there’s “easy” and there’s “EASY.” This recipe is the latter. You could say this pork chop recipe is the signature meal for this website. It represents everything I try to provide: recipes that are simple to make, budget-friendly, and delicious.
Ever find yourself in the kitchen at 4 o’clock with no idea what you’re making for dinner? A quick run to the supermarket for a pack of pork chops, and you’re in business! Grab a box of rice pilaf and a salad, and it’ll look like you had this planned all along.
I love to cook, and I’m not afraid to challenge myself in the kitchen. But sometimes it’s just nice to have an easy win at dinnertime. And these juicy pork chops are definitely a win. Fresh, lean cuts of meat with seasonings you already have at home. What could be easier?
Make ahead and freeze pork chops are also extremely versatile. They go great with rice pilaf and steamed asparagus, or with butter noodles and a side of applesauce.
INGREDIENTS – WHAT YOU NEED
All you need is boneless pork chops, Montreal steak seasoning, seasoned salt, and onion powder.
HOW TO MAKE EASY PAN FRIED PORK CHOPS
1. Mix seasonings together and sprinkle over both sides of pork chops.
MAKE IT NOW
Pan fry or heat on a greased griddle with a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of canola oil over medium-high heat.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side and check (with a meat thermometer) to get an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
After cooking, let rest for 3 minutes and serve. I like to serve it with applesauce!
MAKE IT A FREEZER MEAL
1. Do not cook! Place seasoned pork chops into a gallon-sized freezer bag, squeezing out the air before sealing the bag. Freeze.
2. When it’s time to cook the pork chops, thaw completely in the fridge for 12-24 hours or overnight. Cook as directed above.
HOW TO MAKE EASY PAN FRIED PORK CHOPS?
All it takes are the three S’s… Season, Sizzle, and Serve. Prep work is minimal, which makes this recipe easy to master. The #1 challenge when making juicy pork chops is overcooking them, so you’ve got to keep an eye on your pan. The cooking time is short, but it requires your full and undivided attention. Resist the temptation to check your phone while cooking!
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU COOK EASY PAN FRIED PORK CHOPS?
This recipe calls for 3 minutes on each side, but what you really want is an internal temperature of 145 degrees (F). A good meat thermometer will provide an accurate reading. Be sure to take the temperature from the thickest part of each pork chop.
THICK OR THIN PORK CHOPS?
Both are wonderful. It’s just a matter of preference. Keep in mind that thin pork chops cook much quicker, so be extra diligent in monitoring the stove.
CAN PORK CHOPS HAVE COLOR ON THE INSIDE?
Pork chops are tastier and juicier when there’s a little bit of pink in the middle. You may be tempted to cook until the color is all gone – this would be a mistake.
CAN YOU MAKE PORK CHOPS IN AN AIR FRYER?
You can find lots of recipes for air fryer pork chops, but that’s a completely different process and experience. I’m partial to the pan fried version which gives me more control over the color, cooking times and finish. Your eyes and nose are a very important part of cooking!
PRO TIPS/RECIPE NOTES
When cooking, turn off the heat a few degrees early. The meat temperature will continue to rise while your pork chops are resting. If you stop cooking at 145, the temperature might hit 150 or higher before your pork chops begin to cool down. Instead, turn off the stove when the meat temperature is 140, and watch it rise to 145.
Plan your side dishes in advance. Remember that the pork chops are done in 5-6 minutes, and most side dishes take much longer to prepare. Have the sides finished and patiently waiting for the chops.
Instead of regular butter in the pan, try using flavored butter to add some extra tastiness to this pork chops recipe. Groceries stores often carry several flavored and herbed butters. Or try making your own with this recipe.
Pork chops are naturally lean, which makes them healthier. But the lack of fat makes them susceptible to drying out. Brining your pork chops helps keep them juicy while cooking. Here’s a simple but delicious brine recipe I think you’ll like.
You can make this same recipe with bone-in pork chops. They require a little more cutting on your plate, but the meat will have a richer flavor. Plus, the slightly higher fat content of bone-in pork chops can make for a juicier chop.
WHAT OTHER RECIPES CAN YOU MAKE WITH PORK?
- Make this delicious Bacon-Wrapped Kahlua Pork
- Prepare this Caribbean Pork Roast Freezer Meal
- Create these Pulled Pork Sliders
- Make this yummy Orange Spiced Pork Freezer Meal
- Serve this Instant Pot Pork Chili Verde
The next time you prepare Make Ahead and Freeze Pork Chops, I would love to see them! Snap a picture and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #happymoneysaver and tagging me @happymoneysaver!
Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops
- 6-8 boneless pork chops
Pork Chop seasoning:
- 2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning I buy this at Costco
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Mix seasonings together and sprinkle over both sides of pork chops.
- Pan fry or heat on a greased griddle with a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of canola oil over medium-high heat.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side and check (with a meat thermometer) to get an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
- After cooking, let rest for 3 minutes and serve. We like to serve it with applesauce!
MAKE IT A FREEZER MEAL
- Do not cook! Place seasoned pork chops-into a gallon sized freezer bag, squeezing out the air before sealing the bag. Freeze.
- When it’s time to cook the pork chops, thaw completely in the fridge for 12-24 hours or overnight. Cook as directed above.