Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frying Pork Chops

Don't read any further if you don't eat meat because this post is about frying meat, in particular, pork chops.  We never buy pork chops or steak in the winter, we only BBQ them in the summer.   I used to cook pork chops in the oven, but didn't really care for that method so no more of that! I remember back when I first started cooking, the only way to make pork chops was Shake n Bake, that used to be a grocery staple!!!


  I can't remember the last time I ever had pork in a frying pan,  but I do remember them to be burnt to a crisp and dry as a bone, no wonder I wasn't anxious to cook them that way.  But, since I discovered this method, I'll be buying pork chops again, they're the best, done this way!!

We've fried pork chops twice now and both times they were so flavorful and moist, we have to admit, we liked them better than the BBQ ones.  

I left the chops on the counter for about half an hour, if your meat is too cold the outside will overcook while the inside comes to the right temperature, doing this will ensure a nice crust and a tender center.   Wash the chops, dry with paper towel and then sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, or whatever you prefer.    Add about 1 tbsp of oil to your frying pan, get it good and hot, cook the chops for about 3 minutes or so at that temperature, then turn the heat down to medium, cook them for a further 3 minutes on each side.  Another hint to use during cooking is to stand up your chops, use your tongs for that, the fat on the edge will be brown and crispy.  When your thermometer reaches 145, they're done , don't cook them longer, they'll be dry!  Wait for 10 minutes (if you can't wait, they'll still be good, we waited about 5 minutes the first time, the next time we didn't wait at all) before you cut into your meat, the juices will not be all over your plate or cutting board but contained in the meat and so delicious!!

This seems pretty basic, but it was just like a new wonderful recipe to us!!  Do you fry pork chops?


  1. I do!! I save my bacon fat in a mug in the fridge and use a little of that instead of oil. Not good for you but tastes so good!


  2. Oh yum!! I fry them in our cast iron skillet once in awhile. The browned fat on the edge is the best!

  3. Yummy!
    I do have a silly question though, if thry sit
    for 10 minutes don't they get cooled before serving?

    M : )

  4. They look yummy Jill! I made these 2 nights ago. Not the healthiest way to cook, but a little canoli oil isn't that bad, and they taste just great. Sometimes it is too miserable outside for the grill, though we do grill in winter a lot. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing, Jill. I will try your recipe. Frying anything makes me nervous, but your chops look delicious! Linda@ Wetcreek Blog

  6. I love fried pork chops! I bread them and then quick fry them for about 2 minutes on each side in some margarine. Then I put them in a casserole, cover with tin foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Best of both worlds - breaded and juicy. I take all the pan drippings and make homemade gravy.

  7. I made a pork tenderloin about a month ago. I had to preheat the oven to about 500 degrees F. and baked it for about 10 minutes, turned it over and baked it for about 8-10 minutes more. (I had already put a rub of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, basil and thyme on it.) I let it sit for about 5 minutes before carving. It was very juicy. This is the first time I had ever made a tenderloin. Pork has surprised me. Beef is so expensive that I can't justify buying it, so pork and chicken have become our go-to meats for dinner.

  8. They sound delicious. There is nothing like a good pork chop. I'm going to pick up one this afternoon when I shop.