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Skillet Pork Chops

This is the basic method you need to master ANY recipe that calls for pork chops.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time53 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, meat
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1-inch thick pork chops
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Set your raw pork chops out 30 minutes before cooking, dry thoroughly with a paper towel, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Bring your skillet to medium-high heat before adding about 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  • Place the pork chops into the hot skillet. For best results, do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Leave them untouched for 4-5 minutes to create a sear on one side.
  • Flip each chop over and sear the other side for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce the stovetop heat to low and cover the skillet with the tight-fitting lid and allow the chops to cook for 10 minutes untouched or until the meat is fully cooked.
  • After 10 minutes, check each pork chop with a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F . If necessary, turn the heat up to medium and cook for a few more minutes to reach a safe internal temperature.