Rest, we all need it. It’s an important part of our lives and is also a very important to making pan seared boneless pork chops. Allow me to explain…
Boneless pork chops are a delicious and often inexpensive meat that is perfect to make any night of the week. But we often hear people saying it’s difficult to make or doesn’t turn out tender enough. Almost always the reason for tough pork chops is that they’re cooked too long. But the key to making delicious, perfectly cooked, tender and juicy pork chops is to let them rest!
Tips for the Perfect Skillet Pork Chops
You’ll want to start with a hot pan and some hot oil and butter. Placing olive oil and butter in a pan and placing it over medium heat for about 5 minutes before adding the pork chops is the first very important step. The next important step is to leave the pork chops alone while they’re searing! Resist the urge to check them every 30 seconds – you don’t need to.
In fact, place them in the pan and set a timer for 3 minutes and don’t touch! After 3 minutes you can take a peek underneath and if they’re golden brown, flip ’em over. If they need another minute or two (tops!), leave them be for that time. Then flip them over and do the same thing. Now here’s the most important part – after the searing of both sides, place the pork chops on a plate and wrap with aluminum foil and let them rest for at least 5 minutes. They will actually continue to cook.
What Exactly Are Pork Chops?
Pork chops come from the tenderloin, which runs from the hip to the shoulder across the gut of an animal facing north – west. If you’re familiar with this meat cut and want your chops as strong and flavorful as it naturally is, the best way to prepare any pork chop is by using dry rub (combined with salt) to season it a few minutes before cooking it on high heat while similar cuts like lamb or beef are better when cooked on lower temperatures for longer durations and in liquid like Bovril.
What is a Boneless Pork Chop?
Boneless pork chops are essentially a trimmed down version of the rib-cut pork chop, but they still have the same meat. These cuts do also have cut marks and tend to be neater in appearance, but without the bone, they’re healthier for you because you can enjoy all of the juicy flavor without needing to eat around any bone.
- 4 pork chops, boneless
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until pan is very hot, about 4-5 minutes.
- Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Slowly add pork chops to hot pan and let sear for 3-5 minutes. Don't touch them!
- Flip pork chops and do the exact same thing.
- Carefully remove pork chops from heat, place on a plate and cover with aluminum foil for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Pan-Fried Pork Chop FAQs
Why Are Pork Chops Often Dry?
Pork chops are the leanest cuts of meat available. Because of this, they tend to have a shorter cooking time than other cuts of pork — over baking or frying can cause them to dry out and quickly become tough and chewy.
At What Temperature Should I Cook Pork Chops?
Grilled meats that are slightly pink in the center should be marked at 145 degrees Farenheit to avoid overcooking and losing valuable juices.
What Vegetables Go Well With Pork Chops?
What Vegetables Go Well with Pork Chops? When cooking a pork chop meal, you want to ensure that you match it up with some delicious side dishes. Here are some of the best vegetable options paired with pork chops. Broccoli – This is a very versatile vegetable and goes great with pork chops. Green beans – Also versatile, green beans can be eaten boiled or raw and combines well with many dishes including pork chops. Carrots – You can make “carrot fries” by slicing carrots into “fries” similar to the way one would cut potatoes for french fries. Squash – With easy-to-peel skin, squash will add flavor and texture to any meat such as pork chops when properly cooked. Asparagus – Cooked and prepared correctly, asparagus pairs perfectly with meat protein sources such as pork chops!
What Seasoning Goes Well with Pork Chops?
Cumin, garlic, paprika, and chili powder are all excellent spices or flavorings to use when seasoning a pork chop. Sage, rosemary, cayenne pepper, thyme, and coriander are also perfectly suited for a pork dish if you’re feeling like switching things up. Brown sugar and clove are equally sweet ingredients that complement the savory flavors of the meat well.