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Easy Pan-Seared Pork Chops

Learn how to cook perfectly seared pork chops by following our favorite recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Pan-Seared Pork Chops, Pan-Seared Pork Chops, Pork Chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 238kcal


  • Paper towels
  • Skillet (preferably cast-iron but stainless steel will be fine)
  • Meat thermometer (optional but recommended)


  • 4 cuts pork chops
  • Italian herbs for seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • First, dry the pork chops slightly by patting them down with the paper towels and season them on both sides with the italian herbs and the salt and pepper.
  • Place your skillet on the stove over a medium to high heat and allow it to warm up. It might seem like a minor part of the recipe but it is really important not to be impatient with this step as this is what will help you to achieve the beautiful golden brown sear on your meat. Wait until the skillet is practically shimmering with heat and then (and only then) you can add the pork chops to the pan.
  • Completely sear the underside of the pork chops and refrain from moving them or shifting their position once they’ve been placed in the skillet. After about 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the size of the pork chops they may require a few more on both sides) they should be a nice golden brown color on the side that’s face down in the pan so you can flip them over and start to sear the other side.
  • Check if your chops are cooked by piercing them with the meat thermometer until the tip reaches the center and check what temperature it is. Once the meat has reached 135°F you can remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Allow the pork chops to rest for 10 minutes on a plate which will finish off the cooking process at which point the meat should have an internal temperature of around 145℉. Remember though, the size and thickness of the cuts will affect these timings.


Calories: 238kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 499mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg