For the main dish that satisfies, try this delish Pan Seared Pork Chops recipe.

Pork is more than the ‘other white meat!’ Economical, easy to prepare, and divinely succulent, sear and bake pork chops become an elegant main dish in minutes. Thick cuts of pork chops are baked with sprigs of fresh rosemary and then topped with a pat of butter that just melts right into the meat making it extra juicy and tender.

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Seared Pork Chops

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Sear And Bake Pork Chops

  • This easy recipe for sear and bake pork chops will be on regular rotation all year long because it’s positively foolproof.
  • From the stovetop to an oven finish in one skillet, seared pork chops are an easy main dish that any home cook can conquer.
  • Fresh herbs and real butter are what elevates this recipe to restaurant-worthy status, in plate presentation and flavor.
  • A cast-iron skillet is rustic, but the impressive serving dish and is made for one less dish to wash. Add fresh rosemary as a garnish.

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Pork Chop Ingredients

PORK CHOPS: Choose pork chops that are cut nice and thick, and let the pan-roasting process do all the work once they are seared! Bone-in or boneless chops will work, but bone-in looks more impressive on a plate. Add a few slices of sautéed red or green apples as a colorful and delicious accompaniment.

BUTTER: Melted butter is a perfect sauce for pan-seared pork chops because it’s added at the very end and it soaks right into the meat.

HERBS: Rosemary gives the pork chops a fragrant, almost woody flavor, but fresh sprigs of thyme, oregano, or sprinkle on Herbs de Provence (a dried combination of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano). For a completely different flavor profile, this robust Southwest Seasoning spice blend makes a completely different recipe out of seared pork chops!

How To Cook Bone-in Pork Chops

It doesn’t get much easier than this simple prep method:

  1. Season and sear pork chops, as per the recipe below.
  2. Add rosemary and roast until done.

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What To Serve With Pork Chops

Anything goes with pork, and these recipes keep low-carb lovers on track! Mashed cauliflower with cream cheese, lemon roasted asparagus and parmesan zucchini or a crisp and crunchy salad like this cucumber feta salad would make the perfect combination for a delicious dinner.

Tips for Success!

  • PRO TIP: Preheat cast-iron skillet before adding the meat to the pan so it is instantly seared on the outside, sealing the juices inside!
  • For best results, always use a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking the meat. Insert the thermometer in the thickest part of the chop and it should read 145°F. Let the meat rest before slicing so the juices don’t run out.

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Pan Seared Pork Chops (Bone-In)

Nothing beats a butter-topped, pan seared, bone-in pork chop!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 4 bone-in pork chops 12 to 16 ounce, 2-inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme or dried
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary or dried

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, and herbs.
  • Heat a large oven-safe pan over medium-high heat and add the pork chops to it.
  • Cook the chops for 4-5 minutes on each side. Slice butter and put on top of chops.
  • Place the pan in the oven and cook for 5-6 minutes or until pork reaches 145°F internally.
  • Spoon the herbs and butter over the pork again and serve.

Notes

  • Preheat the cast-iron skillet before adding the chops to quickly sear the outside, and keep the juices inside.
  • Watch the chops closely to avoid over cooking. Use a meat thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the chop and it should read 145°F when done.
  • Allow chops time to rest before serving.
 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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