How to cook bone-in pork chops perfectly

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Do you want to know how to cook bone-in pork chops perfectly? Let me show you the tricks that I use to cook bone-in pork chops perfectly because they can get either too dry and overcooked or come out raw if you do not know how to cook them right. These tricks are easy and fast; you can get a perfectly cooked pork chop in less than 10 minutes.

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How to cook bone-in pork chops perfectly on the stove

 Hands down, my favorite way of cooking bone-in pork chops is on the stovetop. It can get a little messy but the result is phenomenal. 

Here are my tips:

  • Make sure the meat is at room temperature. Take the meat out of the fridge and out of its original package 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to cook it. I like to put mine on a baking sheet so it’s easier to manage. Or you can put the meat in the microwave for less than 30 seconds if you don’t have enough time.
  • Make sure the meat is completely thawed. If there’s ice on the meat, it will create water when it’s cooking, and that will cause the meat to harden which results in a longer cooking time. 
  • Pat the meat dry with paper towels or a dish towel to remove any liquids from the meat. 
  • To tenderize the meat, massage after adding the seasoning to absorb the flavors.
  • Make sure your pan is nice and hot before cooking. This step is crucial. It helps lower the cooking time, reduces steam, and makes the meat crispy but not too tough.
  • Cover the pan with a lid to help the meat cook faster and retain the steam and heat. This step is also important. But make sure when you’re lifting the pan’s lid to not pour the condensed steam from the top of the lid back onto the meat as it can splash the oil on you, and it will add water to the pork chops. 
  • Once you put the pan’s lid on, do not open it until the timer goes off because you want to retain the heat for the meat to cook perfectly.
  • For thin bone-in pork chops, cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. For thicker pork chops, 6 – 8 minutes per side. 
  • Add some fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme to the pan, crushed garlic for some extra flavor, and added smokiness. 
  • Let the meat rest after it’s done cooking for a few minutes so the meat can finish cooking. 

How to cook thick bone-in pork chops on the stove

Personally, I prefer thin pork chops. But I’ve cooked thick pork chops before, and this is what I did.

  • Make sure to use lots of seasonings because when the meat is thick it is hard for the steak to absorb all the flavors.
  • Make sure the pan is nice and hot before cooking.
  • Use the proper amount of oil when cooking it.
  • Use medium-high heat at first, then reduce to medium-low. Cook it longer. 6-8 minutes per side.
  • And cover the pan when cooking.
 

How to cook bone-in pork chops on a cast iron skillet

  • The key to getting the perfectly cooked pork chops is to make sure that the cast iron is nice and hot first before adding the olive oil. If you do not heat the cast iron first, then the oil will not get hot quicker, the meat will create water, and it will dry. 
  • The best thing about a cast iron skillet is that it retains its heat well and will cook the meat evenly. 
  • The pork chop caramelizes nicely and fast when you use a cast-iron skillet. 
  • You know that the cast iron is hot when you can see smoke coming up, and if you hover your hand on top of the pan, you can feel the heat. That’s when you’re ready to add the oil and cook the pork chops. 

Cooking method

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How to cook bone-in pork chops on the stove

Do you want to know how to cook bone-in pork chops perfectly? Let me show you how real quick. These pork chops are juicy, tender and, delicious! And they take less than 10 minutes to cook.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Dinner., Entree, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • A cast iron skillet
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Bone-in pork chops
  • 3 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic salt To taste
  • Black pepper To taste
  • Steak/pork seasoning Any of your favorite brands
  • 2 Sprigs Rosemary Optional
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed. Optional

Instructions
 

  • 1- Heat a cast iron pan or a regular pan over medium-high heat. When the pan has heated, add the olive oil and heat for about 20 seconds.
    2- Next, add the pork chops, the rosemary sprigs, and garlic cloves (Optional). Now put the pan's lid on right away, then set the timer on for 4-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat.
    3- When the timer goes off, flip the meat. (If the meat burns too quickly, lower the heat to medium-low heat). Set the timer again for 4-5 minutes. Add a few more minutes if you are still seeing blood leaking out of the bones.
    4- Finally, transfer the cooked pork chops to a plate and allow them to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Then serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure the meat is at room temperature. Take the meat out of the fridge and out of its original package 10-15 minutes before you're ready to cook it. I like to put mine on a baking sheet, so it's easier to manage. Or you can put the meat in the microwave for less than 30 seconds if you don't have enough time.
  • Make sure the meat is completely thawed. If there's ice on the meat, it will create water when it's cooking, and that will cause the meat to harden and causes a longer cooking time. 
  • Pat the meat dry with paper towels or a dish towel to remove any liquids from the meat. 
  • Massage the meat after adding the seasoning to absorb the flavors, and that will tenderize the meat.
  • Make sure your pan is nice and hot before cooking. This step is crucial. It helps lower the cooking time, reduces steam, and makes the meat crispy but not hard.
  •  Cover the pan with a lid to help the meat cook faster and retain the steam and heat. This step is also important. But make sure when you're lifting the pan's lid to not pour the water from it to the meat as it can splash the oil on you, and it will add water to the pork chops. 
  • Once you put the pan's lid on, do not open it until the timer goes off because you want to retain the heat for the meat to cook perfectly.
  • For thin bone-in pork chops, cook for about 3-5 minutes per side. For thicker pork chops, 6-8 minutes per side. 
  • Add some fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme to the pan, crushed garlic for some extra flavor, and added smokiness. 
  • Let the meat rest after it's done cooking for a few minutes so the meat can finish cooking. 
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Equipment that I used to make this recipe

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  • Cast-iron skillet: I love using cast iron pans. They are perfect for searing meat. 
  • Kitchen tongs: It makes it easier to flip the pork chops, but you can also use a fork. 

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Akshita

Good article! Thank you for sharing!

Stine Mari

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Yummy pork chops! Great idea to massage the meat to tenderize it, this is something I tend to forget.

adriana

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Excellent tips, I enjoy pork chops a lot, so this is coming really handy to make them even tastier. Thanks for the tips!

Arica

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This is such a wonderful in-depth tutorial. I never liked pork chops because they’re always so dry, but your method looks like it works great. Thanks for sharing!

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