Pork chops were one of our family favorites when we were little, made exactly the way my Grandma used to make them. These Perfect Fried Pork Chops are full of flavor and one of our favorite easy recipes.
Perfect Fry Pork Chops are comfort food at it’s finest. There’s nothing better than a tender pork chop!
It doesn’t take many ingredients to make this amazing fried pork chop recipe – keep it simple and the seasonings do all the work.
Related Recipe: You’ll also want to try our easy and delicious Baked Teriyaki Pork Chops.
Bone-in vs. Boneless Pork Chops
For this recipe, we start with bone-in pork chops.
You can use boneless pork chops if that is what you prefer, but because we are frying the pork chops, the bone-in chops will be a little more juicy and add extra flavor (they usually have a little more fat on them), which is crucial to cooking a good pork chop!
The bone -in the pork chops will also slow down the cooking process just a little bit, which will help it from overcooking.
Why do you need to pat the pork chop dry?
Before we get started on the ingredients for breading, you will want to pat the pork chop dry. Using a paper towel, gently pat the pork chop and try to get as much of the excess moisture off the chop as possible.
This is KEY to making the breading stick on the pork chop. If you skip this step, you may have a messy breading situation on your hands as you get further into the recipe, so I highly recommend it.
In a separate shallow bowl, mix together all the breading ingredients for your flour mixture: all purpose flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, steak seasoning, and table salt and pepper as desired. This mixture works with fried chicken as well if you need a great recipe!
Dip each pork chop in the seasoning mix, making sure each side is completely covered with the seasoned flour.
Make sure to push the pork chop down into the seasoning to really get a good flour coating – be aggressive! Seasoning is our friend in this recipe.
How to Pan-Fry a Pork Chop
In a large heavy skillet or cast-iron skillet on the stove top, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. If you have a thermometer, you want the oil to be around 325-375 degrees F to be hot enough for frying.
If you don’t have a thermometer, grab a wooden spoon and dip the handle-end into the oil. Oil that is hot enough for frying will bubble around the handle. If it doesn’t bubble, it is not hot enough.
Once the oil is hot enough for frying, add in the butter. When the butter is melted, add in the pork chops.
Depending on the thickness, fry on the first side for 2-3 minutes and then flip them over and fry on the other side for 1-2 minutes for a good sear.
Pork Chop Cooking Tips:
- Be sure to keep your eye on the chops while they are frying. If they are thin cut pork chops, they won’t take as long to cook. If you are worried, you can use a meat thermometer.
- If the pork chops are 1 inch thick, cook them for 2-3 minutes on one side and then 1-2 minutes on the other side.
- If the pork chops are thinner than 1 inch cook them for 2 minutes on one side and 1-2 minutes on the other side. You will know when they are done cooking on when they are golden brown and no pink juices remain.
- When adding your butter, I prefer using salted butter in this recipe. It just goes perfectly with the pork!
Looking for another delicious dinner?! Try our Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy!
Items needed to make this recipe:
- Large Skillet: This skillet is my favorite for recipes like this because it’s super easy to clean (dishwasher safe – because I don’t love washing things by hand. It’s also safe in the oven up to 350 degrees, so it’s perfect for melting cheese or browning the top of anything I am making. You could also use a large frying pan.
- Tongs: This skillet is my favorite for recipes like this because it’s super easy to clean (dishwasher safe – because I don’t love washing things by hand. It’s also safe in the oven up to 350 degrees, so it’s perfect for melting cheese or browning the top of anything I am making. You could also use a large frying pan.
- Splash Screen: Frying food can get a little messy, so if you want you can use a splash guard to contain some of the oil from bubbling out.
Perfect Pork chop side dishes:
- Olive Garden Breadsticks
- 7 Layer Green Salad
- 5 Minute Jello Salad
- Easy Parmesan Knots
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes
Perfect Fried Pork Chops Recipe
- 8 Bone In Pork Chops
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Rinse pork chops and pat dry with paper towels, making sure to remove all excess moisture.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, steak seasoning, and salt to taste.
- Dip each side of the pork chops into the seasoning mixture, then set aside on a plate.
- Heat canola oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and once it is hot (between 325-375 degrees F), add butter to the skillet.
- When the butter is melted, cook pork chops 2 to 3 minutes on the first side; 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.
- Dispose of the excess oil.
- Remove fried pork chop to a plate and repeat with remaining porch chops.
- Store them in an airtight container to eat them as leftovers on busy weeknights.
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