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How To Fry Pork Chops In a Cast Iron Skillet

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I love the crispiness of fried foods! Juicy pork chops rank right at the top! Nothing beats cast-iron skillet pork chops that are made in a cast iron pan.

Fried pork chops are a family favorite for us! Half of my family likes boneless chops and the other likes bone in chops.

The best part is that I can make either with a just a handful of ingredients. An easy weeknight dinner is where it’s at these days!

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This recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes and is great for a date night. This is a great recipe to win over your favorite people!

I have used rib chops as well but the perfect pork chops start with your seasoning! If you find yourself trying to find a simple dinner to make on busy weeknights, pan-fried pork chops should be your go to for an easy meal.

Simple and Quick Enough To Be One Of Your Regular Weeknight Dinners

The first side I reach for with thicker pork chops are green beans. Fried chops are great with bean soup, potatoes and onions, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes or even mac and cheese!

Who am I kidding, everything is great with mac and cheese!

I tend to leave my thick pork chops for grilling but you can sear thick chops as well. All of this depends on the thickness of your pork chops. The cooking process is essentially the same as frying, you just aren’t using flour or as much oil.

If you’re going to cook the thick pork chops, and you decide to cook them on the stove top, make sure you get a good sear by placing the pork chops in a hot pan. Cook the chops for 2-3 minutes using medium heat on each side depending on the thickness and finish them off in a hot oven.

I typically stay away from the fresh herbs when I am frying pork chops with oil. However if you are pan searing, fresh herbs tend to be a great addition.

You can use a dry rub on fried pork chops or loin chops that you are pan searing. Either way, the extra flavor is a game changer.

Simple Ingredients

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The thing that I love about this meal for a weeknight dinner is that you are using simple ingredients. When you head to the grocery store, just pick up the chops of your choice and you should have everything else in your pantry.

Hardware

Hot cast iron skillet or frying pan

Paper towel

Tongs

Towel

Airtight container in case you have leftovers

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour (you can use all purpose if that is all you have)
  • 1 tbl kosher salt
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tbl seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 6 to 8 pork chops (boneless or bone-in chops)
  • 1 1/2 cups of canola or vegetable oil (do not use olive oil or avocado oil)

Here Is What You Do

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  • Season pork chops. This is the first step.
  • For this pork chop recipe, season your meat with all of the spices and salt. You do not have to use all of the salt!
  • Dredge the seasoned chops in the flour and make sure the cuts of pork chops are fully covered with flour. The easiest way to do this is to put the flour in a paper or plastic bag and shake away!
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  • Place pork chops in a single layer on a cookie sheet to give the seasoned pork chops some resting time while they are covered in flour
  • Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. The hot oil should be around 375°F. Don’t let the oil burn or get too hot. Do not go higher than medium high heat!
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  • Gently place pork chop into heated oil and fry on both sides until cooked through. The chops should cook 1-2 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the chops.

Boneless Or Bone-In

  • Bone-in pork chops can take a little longer to cook. It’s ok to fry your cast iron skillet pork chops a little longer. You will still get tender pork chops that are golden brown.
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  • The pork chops should reach an internal temperature of 165°F. We want clear juice. We do not want pink anything!
  • The center of a pork chop should not be pink! The best way to be certain of the internal temperature of your cast iron pork chops is to use a meat thermometer or an instant-read thermometer.
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  • I do not use either, I look at the color fried coating and the color of the juices. You should be good based on the cooking time and juice tip that I shared.
  • If you find that your chops still need to cook but you have a perfect golden brown color, put the remaining pork chops in a hot oven to cook the rest of the way.
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Pro Tips

  • Place cooked pork chops on a cookie rack or sheet pan lined with paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
  • Do not to overcrowd the pan. We want a crispy fry! If the pan is crowded, we will not have get that crispy finish!
  • If you choose to fry pork chops, do it in a cast-iron pan!
  • It doesn’t matter if you are using bone and chops or thick boneless pork chops
  • You can use the air fryer to cook the chops
  • For best results, serve immediately. However, I like to eat my chops at room temperature!



How does your family like to eat fried pork chops in a cast iron skillet? I would love to know!

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