How to Cook Pork Chops

Before learning how to cook pork chops it is wise to learn a little about the large selection which you have to choose from. Pork chops can be purchased in many thicknesses and are cut from different areas of the pig. A pork chop or we might say “chop of pork” a rib or part of the vertebra in the individual serving. This meat is suitable for frying, grilling outside, placing under the broiler and baking in the oven.

How to Cook Pork ChopsHow to Cook Pork Chops

In the market this cut of pork might be labeled simply “pork chops”, center cut pork chops, sirloin cut pork chops, rib chops, blade or should chops and various areas might have other names for specific cuts of chops. When learning how to cook pork chops knowing these different types will help in your cooking. The center cut is comparable to the beef T-bone steak and is more expensive than other cuts. Cuts which have more of the connective tissues included making them a little tough in part like the blade chops are less expensive.


You can purchase pork chops with the bone in or boneless. Again, getting an idea of which you prefer when learning how to cook pork chops will help you in your selection. Although I do like the flavor of good “bone-in” chops, I often choose the boneless cuts. If I am cooking for guests, I always choose the boneless; they are just much easier for people to eat not having to struggle with the bone.


Pork chops come in several thicknesses. When learning how to cook pork chops, it helps to have an idea as to which thickness to use for various recipes. For a simple family meal, ones which are cut one half inch thickness are great and fast to fry. On the other hand, if I am going to stuff the chops I want them to be about 1 ½ inches of thickness. This size gives me room to slice them through the middle so I can add the stuffing. Also when stuffing I always choose the boneless chops.

Pork ChopsDifferent Types and Thickness of Pork Chops

FRIED PORK CHOPS a common way to fix when you know how to cook pork chops

Frying pork chops is the most common way of cooking this cut and is the fastest. By varying the ingredients you use, especially spices, can make them taste differently each time you cook them. The recipe below is a little special when learning how to cook pork chops.


  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (Divided)
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon dill weed
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 or 7 Pork chops
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 Medium onions sliced
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 3 Medium sliced zucchini
  • ½ Teaspoon paprika


Combine flour and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese in a large plastic bag; add salt, dill and pepper.

Place pork chops in the bag and shake to coat; shake off excess flour in the bag and reserve.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; brown chops on both sides.

Reduce heat and place onion on top of chops; add water, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Place zucchini slices over the onion; mix remaining Parmesan with reserved flour.

Sprinkle flour cheese mixture over the zucchini; sprinkle with paprika.

Simmer for 25 minutes or until chops are very tender.


BAKED PORK CHOP RECIPE

This baked recipe makes a great meal-in-one when learning how to cook pork chops.

  • 2 Chopped carrots
  • 1 Small chopped rutabaga
  • 1 Small chopped parsnip
  • 1 Small chopped turnip
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • Water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 Thick pork chops
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 ½ Cups sliced peeled potatoes (Cooked in boiling water 5 minutes and drained)

Place carrots, rutabaga, parsnip, turnip and salt in a medium saucepan.

Cover vegetables with water and bring to a boil; simmer 3 minutes and drain. (RESERVE 1 cup of liquid)

Place drained vegetables in a 2 quart casserole dish.

Heat the oil in a large skillet; add chops and cook 5 minutes on each side.

Remove chops from skillet and set aside; add onion to the skillet and cook until softened.

Spoon onion over the vegetables in the casserole; lay chops on top of vegetables.

Sprinkle top of chops with salt and pepper; pour reserved liquid over top of chops.

Layer potato slices over top of the chops; brush with drippings from the skillet.

NOTE: At this point you could cover and refrigerate overnight or freeze up to 1 month.

Bake in oven at 325F degrees for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until pork and potatoes are tender.


GRILLED PORK CHOP RECIPE

  • 1 ½ Teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ Teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ Teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 4 Boneless loin pork chops (1 inch thick)


Combine thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, lemon pepper and salt; rub on both sides of meat.

Grill chops over medium high heat (350F to 400F degrees) with grill lid down.

Cook 4 to 6 minutes on each side; meat thermometer should read 160F degrees in thickest part.


SPICY PORK CHOPS

Learn how to cook pork chops with lots of flavor.

  • 2 Cups drained canned tomatoes
  • 2 Teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ¼ Cup chopped onion
  • 5 Cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 8 Loin chops cut 1 to 1 ¼ inch thickness

Combine tomatoes, cayenne, onion, garlic, honey, vinegar, oil and sugar in a blender; puree.

Place chops in single layer in baking dish; pour pureed mixture over the chops.

Cover dish and place in refrigerator overnight or up to 2 days turning chops over twice daily.

Remove chops from mixture; grill or broil 7 minutes on each side.

Brush with pureed marinade until done. Serves 8.


STUFFED PORK CHOPS for 6

Stuffed Pork ChopsStuffed Pork Chops with an Apple Stuffing

Learn how to cook pork chops with mushroom stuffing or apple stuffing.

6 PORK LOIN CHOPS (1 ¼ inch thick)

Trim excess fat from chops; sprinkle meat with a little salt and pepper.

Cut pocket in side of each chop; prepare favorite stuffing. 

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Browning Stuffed Pork Chop Before Baking
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MUSHROOM STUFFING

  • 6 Ounces canned chopped mushrooms drained
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Slices Swiss cheese diced
  • 3 Beaten eggs
  • ¾ Cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 Cup water
  • ¾ Cup dry white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water


Combine mushrooms, parsley, onion, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Divide diced cheese among the pockets of the pork chops.

Finishing stuffing pockets with the mushroom mixture; reserve any leftover mix for sauce.

Dip chops in egg and then in bread crumbs; slowly brown chops in skillet with hot oil.

Add 1 cup of water and wine; cover and simmer about 1 hour or until tender.

Place meat on platter and keep warm.

To make SAUCE blend cornstarch with 3 tablespoons cold water; stir into wine mixture in skillet.

Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; stir in any mushroom mixture left.

Serve over chops.

APPLE STUFFING RECIPE

apple stuffing
  • 1 Small finely chopped onion
  • ½ Cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Finely chopped peeled and cored apple
  • 5 Cups cubed day old bread
  • 2 Beaten eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon sage
  • Salt / pepper
  • About ½ cup of chicken broth or milk


Melt butter in skillet; sautee onion and celery until tender.

Combine skillet mixture with bread, apple, eggs, sage, salt and pepper.

Add enough broth or milk to moisten the mixture. (Moist but not too wet)

Stuff mixture into pockets of the six pork chops (See directions above)

Slowly brown chops on both sides in hot oil; place in single layer in baking pan.

Add about 1 cup of water, cover top and bake about 1 hour at 350F degrees or until tender.


ORANGE PORK CHOPS

Orange Pork ChopsOrange Pork Chops

This is how to cook pork chops with a delicious orange sauce.

  • 6 Pork loin chops (Boneless or bone in)
  • ¾ Cup water
  • ½ Teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper/ salt to taste
  • 1-2 Medium oranges
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 Whole cloves


Trim several pieces of fat from sides of pork chops.

Heat fat until lightly browned in a large skillet over medium heat; rub fat over bottom of skillet.

Salt and pepper pork chops; cook over high heat until browned on both sides.

Add salt, pepper, paprika and water to skillet; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat under skillet to low, cover and simmer about 15 minutes turning over one time.

Prepare orange sauce; grate 1 tablespoon orange peel from stem side of orange.

From other end or orange cut 6 thin slices; set aside. (My orange were large so I cut the slices in half).

Combine in saucepan orange peel, juice, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and cloves.

Add ¼ teaspoon salt; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened.

Add orange slices and cover; remove from heat.

Top pork chops with orange sauce to serve.

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