Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops

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These pan-seared pork chops are super juicy and loaded with flavor. Rub the pork chops with plenty of homemade seasoning, then cook until caramelized on the edges and perfectly tender.  

pan seared pork chops recipe

Ready in less than 15 minutes, these pork chops recipe requires no marinade, and it’s made with just a few easy-to-find ingredients. 

This pork chops recipe is a family favorite, and we make it super often along with cauliflower mashed potatoes or our favorite salad to create a completely healthy dinner.

Also, if you are a fan of cooking pork chops, you will enjoy our Air Fryer Pork Chops and Creamy Pork Chops.

Make this tonight because you’ll need just one pan and a couple of ingredients!

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When my family asks, “What’s for dinner?” and the answer is pan seared pork chops, everyone is ultra happy as it’s one of our favourite easy dinner meals.

Why Are You Going To Love These Pan-Seared Pork Chops Recipe

  • Pork chops are super juicy and tender.
  • Pan-seared until caramelized on the edges and tender inside.
  • Ready in just 15 minutes.
  • Made with pantry available ingredients

Pan-Seared Pork Chops Ingredients

I love this pork chop recipe because it’s made with only four ingredients that are easy to find and I’m sure you’re going to be making it over and over again. Here is everything you need:

pan seared pork chops ingredients
  • Pork Chops – I recommended choosing bone-in pork chops with some fat on the edges because it’s usually more flavorful and tends to stay juicier. Boneless pork chops are also excellent for pan searing.
  • Olive Oil – you can also use avocado oil to pan-sear these pork chops.
  • Pork Chop Seasoning – I like to make my pork chop seasoning at home, but you can also get it from the store.
  • Thyme – fresh thyme is used to add extra flavor to the meat.
  • Butter – this one is optional but will taste delicious over the pan-seared pork chops.

How To Pan Sear Pork Chops?

Learn how to perfectly pan sear pork chops every time and say goodbye to dry, overcooked pork chops with this simple recipe.

  1. Prepare the pork chops: Remove the pork chops from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. This way, the meat cooks evenly. 
  2. Pat dry the pork chops, then generously season with pork chop seasoning on both sides.
  3. Pan Sear Pork Chops: Place a non-stick pan (a cast-iron one would be ideal) over medium heat and add the olive oil. Sear the pork chops for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until completely cooked and lightly browned.
  4. Let the cooked pork chops rest with foil for about 5 minutes to lock in the juices. 
how to pan sear pork chops recipe

How Long To Sear Pork Chops?

Depending on the thickness of the pork, if you’re cooking it cold or at room temperature, the heat used, you may want to adjust the time. Here are some guidelines: 

  • For 1/2″-thick boneless pork chops: 3-4 minutes per side.
  • For 1″-thick boneless pork chops: 4-5 minutes per side.
  • For 1/4″-thick bone-in pork chops: 3-4 minutes per side.
  • For 1″-thick bone-in pork chops: 4-6 minutes per side

Tips and Variations

  • The secret to keeping the juices inside and forming a golden crust on the outside is to have the pan extremely hot. This means that you will quickly get the desired golden sear on the outside, and the meat will cook perfectly on the inside.
  • Choose thicker pork chops so that the meat won’t dry out quickly.
  • Buy pork chops with a little fat on the edges because the fat around the slice of meat ensures its tenderness.
  • Pork should be removed from the refrigerator at least one hour before frying.
  • Use a cast iron pan for the best golden sear.
  • I recommend using an instant read meat thermometer to make sure the pork chops are perfectly cooked. Usually, pork is safe to eat at 145F and when it reaches 165F is overcooked. So, I highly suggest investing in a meat thermometer for all these delicious recipes.
  • Try not to overcrowd the pan and work in batches if the meat pieces are larger.
  • Use tongs to flip chops on the other side with ease.
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Serving Ideas 

You can serve these delicious pan-seared pork chops alongside:

  • Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes: This creamy buttery side dish pairs perfectly with these pork chops.
  • Roasted Radishes: this is the perfect keto side dish that contains only 2g net carbs!
  • Fried Rice is great as a side dish for pork chops if you are on a keto or gluten-free diet.
  • Air Fryer Asparagus
  • Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

How To Store

  • Fridge: Refrigerate for up to three days in an airtight container.
  • Freezer: Freeze cooked pork chops in an airtight freezer bag for up to two months.

More Pork Recipes

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Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops

5 from 2 votes

Prep time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Yelds 4 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


The pan-seared pork chops are super juicy and loaded with flavor. Rub the pork chops with plenty of homemade seasoning, then cook until caramelized on the edges and perfectly tender.
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  • 4 8- oz Pork chops preferably bone-in
  • 2 tbsp Pork Chop Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil


  • Remove the pork chops from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Meanwhile, make the pork chop seasoning according to this recipe.
  • Pat dry the pork chops using paper towels. Season the pork chops generously with seasoning on both sides.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on the thickness) per side until the internal temperature reaches 140F. Chops continue cooking with the residual heat after removing while resting.
  • Remove from the pan, and allow to rest covered for about 10 minutes.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pan seared pork chops
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    Very delicious and healthy. The recipe is easy to understand. Would love to try more recipes by Ioana.

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