Pork Chops make for an ideal, weeknight dinner. They are relatively simple to make and pair well with a variety of side dishes. This recipe for quick, pan-cooked pork chops is just about as easy as it gets and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your panty.
Thick cut, bone-in pork chops work the best for this recipe, as they are most flavorful. The specific cut is up to you, however, as long as they are at least one inch thick.
Equipment you’ll need: meat thermometer, BBQ brush (or a spoon if you don’t have one) and aluminum foil. Meat thermometer: Take your pork’s temperature throughout the cooking to ensure that it does not overcook. The perfect temperature for pork is between 140-150 degrees. Ideally, you will remove the chops from the pan when they are around 135 degrees. Carry-over cooking will then bring them up to temperature. A cast iron pan would be ideal for this recipe but if you don’t have one, any large skillet will do.
Take pork chops out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. This will take anywhere from ½ hour to 45 minutes.
In a small bowl, add salt, pepper and oregano. Stir together.
Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel.
Season both sides generously with the salt mixture.
Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter.
When they are melted and bubbling, add pork chops. Do not crowd them.
Sear for about 3-5 minutes (depending on the chops’ thickness) and then flip. Cook for 3 more minutes. Take the temperature of the pork chops to gauge the doneness.
Brush the honey on each of the pork chops. Flip them over. Brush honey on the other side of the pork chops. Then flip them over again, thus getting both sides nicely seared with the honey. Take the temperature of the pork chops. If they are at 135 or above, remove them to a waiting platter. Cover the platter loosely with aluminum foil.
While sitting on the platter, their temperature should rise to between 140-150 degrees, which is perfect.
Place all of the pork chops on a platter. Baked potatoes and steamed broccoli are easy sides that will complete the meal.
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