Pan seared anything is delicious, and these pan seared pork chops are no exception! The marinade makes them incredibly flavorful + adds a little sweetness so they get nice and caramelized in the pan. The marinade also turns into a light pan sauce that is perfect over salad greens, rice or grits. Or anything else you can think of! Oh, and did I mention it only takes 20 minutes to throw together? Um yeah. It’s a winner!
And I also have a confession. This marinade is really a salad dressing! It’s one of my easy homemade salad dressing recipes and it makes this dish incredible. I love making this for lunch and serving it over a mixed salad greens. It’s the perfect light meal.
My family prefers it over something a bit more substantial, like rice or grits, but anyway you eat it is going to be amazing.
I always prefer the thin pork chops, I find they hold marinade flavor better and cook up more evenly without becoming dry. If you do use thicker chops, you’ll want to adjust to a lower cooking temperature and a longer cooking time.
The sauce comes together so easily, all you do is deglaze the pan with the leftover marinade, bring it to a simmer while scraping the pan, and then add a couple tablespoons of butter off the heat.
Adding butter to a sauce off the heat just before serving is called “mounting” the sauce. This technique just ensures that the butter remains emulsified and you also get a beautiful glossy sauce! Plus….butter. I never miss a chance to cook with it 🙂 .
Besides how amazing this pan seared pork chop recipe tastes, the best thing about it is how quick it is to make. 20 minutes tops, for real! You are never to busy for a meal like this. And really, you could probably make it faster. Making the marinade takes the longest amount of time!
Speaking of the marinade, you can make it up well in advance and keep it in the fridge. It’s a great way to meal prep. I even add it to a bag of pork chops and toss them in the freezer. Then the night before I need them I’ll put them in the fridge – it makes dinner that much quicker!
I hope you love this pan seared pork chop recipe as much as I do!
Pan Seared Pork Chops
For the Marinade
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- salt and pepper
For the Chops
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 6-8 thin cut pork chops
- 3 tablespoons butter cold
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, optional
Combine all marinade ingredients in a mason jar and shake until combined.
Place pork chops and marinade in zipper top bag and let marinate 6-24 hours.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until the oil is shimmering.
Add half of the pork chops to the pan, letting the excess marinade drip off into the bag.
Cook until dark and seared, about 3-4 minutes.
Flip, and repeat until the chops are cooked through, the temperature should register about 160 degrees F.
Remove from pan and tent with foil.
Repeat steps 3-7 with the remaining pork chops.
After all the chops are cooked, turn heat to low and pour remaining marinade in the pan.
Bring to a simmer and scrape the bottom of the pan. It should reduce very quickly, if too much of the liquid evaporates out, add a few tablespoons of chicken stock to keep it liquid.
Once the marinade is reduced, turn off the heat and add the cold butter, gently stirring as you add it.
Add chops back into the sauce, basting lightly.
Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
• This marinade is also a salad dressing, see the video and full post here: 4 Easy Homemade Salad Dressings • I use thin cut pork chops. If you are using thicker chops, you will need to cook them on medium low heat for 6-7 minutes per side.
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