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Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops (with video)!

The best and easiest way to make Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops is with oil, butter, and a few key spices seared in a hot cast iron skillet. In less than 10 minutes your main dish for dinner will be done. Add a side salad and cubed potato for a full meal your family will love.

An overhead image of boneless pork chops in a cast iron skillet.

Got a hungry crew and need to get dinner on the table fast? In just 10 minutes you can whip out beautifully pan seared boneless pork chops. Quickly and easily double or triple the recipe as needed. Read below on how to ensure juicy, tender pork chops every time.

Knowing your pork chops

Pork chops can come in a variety of forms. Knowing the cut you’re looking for, or identifying the cut you have is crucial to a perfectly seared pork chop (or any pork dish).

  • Thin-cut pork chops are those that are cut to 1/2 inch in thickness or less. These are the pork chops you want to sear for a quick meal.
  • Thick-cut pork chops are those that are cut to 1 inch or more in thickness. These pork chops are perfect for stuffing.
  • Loin chops can be cut thick or thin and are typically leaner than your standard center-cut pork chops.
  • Bone-in pork chops are generally thought to be juicier and more flavorful thanks to the bone. Bone-in pork chops are 1 inch or larger thanks to the size of the bone.
An overhead image of baked boneless pork chops on a camping plate with potatoes and salad.

How long to pan fry boneless pork chops

One of the biggest complaints I see people making about pork chops is that they come out dry. This often happens due to cooking them for too long. A 1/2 inch pork chop really only needs to cook 2-3 minutes on each side in a 375F skillet. This is very similar to how you would sear steak. A high-heat skillet is required to get the beautiful brown sear on meat.

A side process shot of raw boneless pork chops being cooked in a cast iron skillet.

How can I tell if the pork chops are done?

The internal temperature of a pork chop should be 145F using an instant-read thermometer. It should feel similar to a steak done to medium-rare. When pressing with your finger, the pork chop should have a bit of a squishy bounce to it, similar to pressing your middle finger to the base of your thumb.

Tips for cooking pork chops in a cast iron skillet

  1. Use a high-fat oil such as bacon grease, canola oil, or olive oil in the skillet along with two Tablespoons of butter. This will help to sear the pork chop while keeping it moist.
  2. Sear a room temperature pork chop. Remove pork chops from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes prior to cooking or grilling.
  3. Season well. Use a dry rub like the one in this recipe or a marinade to add flavor to this lean meat.
  4. Remove from the skillet immediately. Once your pork chops are within a few degrees of 145F, remove them from the skillet and allow them to rest on a cutting board or large platter. Tent with tinfoil and allow to rest for 5 minutes or so. This prevents overcooking while resting and allows the juices to redistribute before cutting.

Kitchen tools you’ll need for seared pork chops:

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Video for how to sear boneless pork chops

How cook boneless pork chops

Step 1: Remove pork chops from their packaging and allow to come to room temperature on a plate for at least 20 minutes. Dab with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

A table top shot of boneless pork chops with oil, butter, and seasonings.

Step 2: Season generously with your blend of spices. Rub all over the sides and ends of your pork chops.

Four boneless pork chops being seasoned on a green camping plate.

Step 3: Preheat your skillet to 400F. Add oil and butter to the skillet as it heats. Your oil and butter will bubble and look as though it’s dancing when it’s ready.

Step 4: Using tongs, add your pork chops to the skillet. Press the top lightly with your tongs to ensure the entire face of the pork chop is touching the skillet. Allow to sear without moving the pork chop for 2-3 minutes. Your skillet will drop in temperature a bit as the pork chop cooks.

A side process shot of four boneless pork chops in a cast iron skillet on the stove.

Step 5: After 3 minutes, flip the pork chops in the order you laid them in the skillet. Press slightly and again allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6: Remove immediately from the skillet when done. Check with an instant-read thermometer into the center, thickest portion of the pork chop. The temperature should be between at least 140F. Cover with tinfoil and the chops will continue to cook slightly as well as redistribute the juices inside as it rests. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Close up image of pan fried boneless pork chops on a fork with potato and salad in the background on a green plate.

What to serve with boneless pork chops

An overhead image of boneless pork chops in a cast iron skillet.
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Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chops

Quick and easy, always juicy, boneless pork chops ready in just 10 minutes! Perfect for a weeknight meal and easy to double or triple for company.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:6 mins
Resting Time:5 mins
Total Time:31 mins

Equipment

  • 12-inch skillet
  • small whisk
  • small mixing bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • tongs
  • instant-read thermometer
  • Plates

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops 1.25 pounds total
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove pork chops from their packaging and allow to come to room temperature on a plate for at least 20 minutes. Dab with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
    A table top shot of boneless pork chops with oil, butter, and seasonings.
  • Add the spices to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Season generously with your blend of spices. Rub all over the sides and ends of your pork chops.
    Four boneless pork chops being seasoned on a green camping plate.
  • Preheat your skillet to 350-400F. Add oil and butter to the skillet as it heats. Your oil and butter will bubble and look as though it’s dancing when it’s ready.
  • Using tongs, add your pork chops to the skillet. Press the top lightly with your tongs to ensure the entire face of the pork chop is touching the skillet. Allow searing without moving the pork chop for 2-3 minutes.
    A side process shot of raw boneless pork chops being cooked in a cast iron skillet.
  • After 3 minutes, flip the pork chops in the order you laid them in the skillet. Press slightly and again allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
    A side process shot of four boneless pork chops in a cast iron skillet on the stove.
  • Remove immediately from the skillet when done. Check with an instant-read thermometer into the center, thickest portion of the pork chop. The temperature should be between at least 140F. Cover with tinfoil and the chops will continue to cook slightly as well as redistribute the juices inside as it rests. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
    An overhead image of baked boneless pork chops on a camping plate with potatoes and salad.

Video

Notes

Prep time is simply letting the pork chops come to room temperature. The actual cooking of pork chops takes mear minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 12 inch skillet, 30 minutes, pork, pork chops, quick and easy, seared
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Katie Chase

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