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How to Cook Pork Chops, 3 Ways

Three easy and delicious ways to prepare and enjoy pork chops.

 
Pork chops are a delicious, economical and protein-rich choice for just about any meal.  Marinated, breaded, or cooked with a simple seasoning, its flavors are just as numerous as its methods of preparation. Pork chops are also a delicious option for every season—from summer cookouts to dinner for any night of the week, chops are a great way to go!

Pork chops can be purchased either as bone-in or as loin chops, which are boneless.  Pork loin chops tend to be leaner and—with no-bone—require less cook time.  Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly for each method of preparation.

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1 Method #1: Grilled

Grilling is a wonderfully flavorful and relatively quick method for preparing pork chops.  Especially during the summer months, firing up your gas or charcoal grill means dinner will be on the table in a matter of minutes.

When grilling pork chops, you can marinate them beforehand, or simply put them on the grill with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.  Throw the chops on a preheated grill that has been set to medium-low.
 

On average, pork chops are cut to about 1” thickness.  When grilling pork chops, cook for approximately 4-6 minutes per side.  If you have a thicker chop, increase the grilling time, conversely, for a thinner chop, reduce the cook time.
 

Remove pork chops from grill, and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
 

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Grill temperatures vary. To ensure fully cooked pork chops, use a meat thermometer. Meat is safe to consume when reaching an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees.
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2 Method #2: Oven-Baked

Oven-baking pork chops is a simple and easy way to prepare pork chops.  Cook times are a little longer than grilling, however, it’s a great way to go when cooking outdoors is not an option.

Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees.  Using a sheet pan fitted with a rack, you’ll be able to bake your pork chops without having to flip them during the baking process.  If desired, coat the chops with seasoned bread crumbs or panko crumbs. 
 

Using a rack directly under the pan allows for the pork chops to be raised slightly, letting the heat circulate all around the chop.  It also eliminates a soggy breading on the bottom of the chop.  Bake the pork chops for 20-25 minutes.  (For a thicker chop, increase cook time.)
 

When removing from the oven, let pork rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
 

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If you prefer to avoid breading, try a marinade or seasoning blend on baked pork chops. This is a great way to tailor pork to your flavor preference.

3 Method #3: Pan-Fried

Frying pork chops in a skillet is one of the simplest, most traditional and flavorful ways to prepare pork.  Frying will give you a crisp, golden outer crust that is amazing for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Start by preheating your skillet over medium-high heat with enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  While the skillet is heating, add flour, salt and pepper to a dish and lightly coat the chops in the flour mixture.
 

Lower the chops into the hot oil.  Cover the skillet with a lid and fry the pork chops for about 5-7 minutes per side.
 

When the chops are done cooking, transfer them from the skillet to a rack or plate with paper towels to remove excess grease.  Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
 

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A cast-iron skillet is the ideal tool for pan-frying pork chops. A well-seasoned cast-iron pan will help create a wonderfully golden crust on the outside of the chop.

About Kitchen Is My Playground

Tracey is the creator of the popular blog The Kitchen Is My Playground, which she founded in 2011. Her goal is to share recipes with other home cooks looking to create flavorful (and somewhat adventurous) food for their families and friends. Connect with her on PinterestFacebookTwitter or Google+.