Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops

This super fast Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe could not have come at a better time. For some reason, I was on a serious chicken kick and didn’t realize it until I couldn’t bear the thought of eating chicken ONE MORE NIGHT! Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken, but eating the same thing every night for dinner can get old. This pork chop recipe is super quick, under 20 minutes!

Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste

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Make sure to chose your sides and have them prepped and ready to go when these chops are. We enjoyed ours with my Truffled Whole Roasted Cauliflower, it was perfect!

Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste

Dinner in under 20 minutes? No problem! Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops to the rescue!Click To Tweet

You only need a few ingredients to make these Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops: 4 bone-in chops, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Begin by cutting 2 small slits about 2 inches apart through the fatty side of each chop. Coat each side of the chops with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp sugar on one side of each chop. Place the chops sugared side down in a 12″ nonstick skillet. Place over medium heat. You should hear sizzling within the first 2 minutes. If you do not, increase the heat slightly. Cook the pork chops for about 6 minutes, flip, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 4 minutes. Temp test your chops to at least 140°F. Turn the heat off, remove the pork chops to a platter and tent with foil. Do not discard the liquid in the skillet. Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes. Return the juice that accumulates in the platter to the skillet and heat over high heat for 30 seconds. Off heat, return the chops to the skillet and rotate to coat each side in the reduced juices. That’s it! Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste

As I mentioned above, these Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops went beautifully with Truffled Whole Roasted Cauliflower. Click the photo for the recipe!

Truffled Whole Roasted Cauliflower-This simple recipe for Truffled Whole Roasted Cauliflower is delicious and creates an impressive side dish in under 40 minutes! The First-Taste

Below you will find some of the equipment I found useful while preparing these Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops. I only recommend items that I actually own and use.

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Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste
Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste
Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops
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Need dinner ready in a hurry? These Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops are ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops! Need dinner ready in a hurry? This Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire! The First-Taste
Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops
Print Recipe
Need dinner ready in a hurry? These Weeknight Skillet Pork Chops are ready in under 20 minutes! So easy, so delish, and great with any side you desire!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Begin by cutting 2 small slits about 2 inches apart through the fatty side of each chop. Coat each side of the chops with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp sugar on one side of each chop.
  2. Place the chops sugared side down in a 12" nonstick skillet. Place over medium heat. You should hear sizzling within the first 2 minutes. If you do not, increase the heat slightly. Cook the pork chops for about 6 minutes, flip, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 4 minutes.
  3. Temp test your chops to at least 140°F. Turn the heat off, remove the pork chops to a platter and tent with foil. Do not discard the liquid in the skillet. Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes. Return the juice that accumulates in the platter to the skillet and heat over high heat for 30 seconds. Off heat, return the chops to the skillet and rotate to coat each side in the reduced juices. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

-Recipe modified from Cook's Illustrated.

Comments 3

  • 140F for internal temperature for pork. Thank you! People – pay attention – this is good information. 160F internal temp for pork is just wrong. Good tip on the slits to keep the chops flat in the pan. Lots of wisdom in this post…

    • Thank you so much, Romain! I’ve always loved learning from Cook’s Illustrated, love all the science and reasoning behind WHY to do things a certain way. And the lessons are easily applied to other recipes. Thanks for visiting!

  • I had no idea I had to slit it to keep it flat! :O I will need to try this out! Those darn buggers always like to curl up on me haha! Yay for sweet glaze on the pork, I love sweet sauces and glazes! 🙂

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