Pork chops are flavorful, tender, and easy to cook, making them very versatile. See how to cook pork chops in 14 different new ways with recipes perfect for weeknight dinner.
How to pick pork chops
When picking pork, go for pale pink meat with a small amount of marbling and white
fat. The package should preferably be vacuumed, sealed, or tightly wrapped. Make sure there are no holes.
The meat should be frozen or cold, and there shouldn’t be liquid at the bottom of the tray because that could be a sign that the cold chain has been broken.
How to season pork chops
- Herbs: Some herbs enhance pork’s flavor, and I love sage, rosemary, and thyme in roasts. You can see more about cooking with herbs.
- Spices: Spices are a must when cooking pork, and some of my must-haves are garlic and onion powder, black pepper, and sometimes chili pepper.
- Marinades: Mixing acidic liquids like balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar, or lemon juice with herbs and spices in your marinade is a great way to impart flavor to grilled pork chops.
How to cook pork chops
Pork chops can be fried, braised, stewed, or grilled. You can see some recipes below.
When cooking pork make sure that it reaches an internal temperature of 145 ºF (63 ºC) when measured with a meat thermometer.
Pork chop recipes
Whether you go as simple as some salt and black pepper or pick some sophisticated flavor and ingredients, pork chops will be your new favorite protein with all these choices to prepare them.
1. Bone-in pork chops with mango salsa
There's so much to love in these bone-in pork chops with the most fantastic juiciness and picture-perfect grilled marks served with a tropical spicy and sweet mango sauce. What a great way to enjoy these flavorful, tender pork chops. You can save the leftover sauce in the fridge, where it gets even better overnight.
2. Rice with pork chops
This juicy, colorful, flavorful pork chops and rice will amaze you with its combination of vegetables, tropical flavors, and beautiful color. It's a great way to use smoked pork.
3. Fried pork chops
What's not to love about these simple, tasty fried chops? Buy one-inch thickness bone-in pork chops and you can have dinner ready in no time. So grab your cast-iron skillet and let's get this ready.
4. Smoked pork chop and rice stew
A lively garlicky hint and intense flavors in a filling, comforting dish that is inexpensive and easy to make. This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy pork chops, so grab a spoon!
5. Stewed pork chops
Sear some boneless pork chops, throw in some garlic, onion, herbs, and tomato sauce, and have this dish ready in no time. It goes great with a small bowl of rice on the side.
6. Pork chop fried rice
Who doesn't love fried rice, but combined with some fried pork chop pieces, it's a whole new thing.
7. Lemongrass Vietnamese pork chops
Bursting with the taste of lemongrass and garlic, these flavorful charred pork chops can be cooked on the grill or using a pan and the stovetop.
8. Sheet pan brown sugar pork chops
What's not to love about these simple, gently sweet, juicy pork chops that are seasoned with olive oil, paprika, and brown sugar in these amazing oven-baked pork chops?
9. Cast iron pork chops with mushrooms and thyme
Make your family excited for dinner with this hearty dish of juicy pork loin chops cooked with a thyme, red wine, and mushroom sauce. So simple, yet sophisticated.
10. Pan-roasted brined pork chops
What to do with some lovely 1-inch thick sliced pork chops? How about adding a new technique to your repertoire and brining them. They're absolutely worth the time.
11. Frozen pork chops in air fryer
You don't need to waste any time thawing your pork chops, so learn how to make them, and you'll only need some salt and pepper for a dinner nobody will leave untouched.
12. Instant pot pork chops with potatoes
You can have pork chops with some pepper, salt, paprika, and garlic powder. and potatoes ready with no effort with this instant pot recipe.
13. Juicy pork chops with spiced rhubarb chutney
Season with some kosher salt, some black pepper, and some sage leaves, and you already have the recipe for a winner, but add the lovely rhubarb sauce, and it becomes something to behold.
14. Spanish pork chop bake
There is so much I love in these pork chop rolls stuffed with cheese and pimento and with a lovely, crispy golden crust. I am sure you'll love them too.
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By Tia Clara, published Mar 9, 2023 on