Cast Iron pork chops is an easy recipe that results in tender and juicy pork chops with simple ingredients perfect for a busy weeknight meal!
I love cooking with my cast iron skillet, especially when cooking pork chops. Using a cast-iron pan, in my opinion is the best and easiest way to sear pork chops to create a beautiful golden brown coloring that results in tender pork chops. For this recipe it doesn’t matter which kind of pork chops you use, either bone-in pork chops or boneless work well and will still result in a flavorful pork chop.
What I especially love about this recipes is using my homemade pork chop seasoning to create the perfect pork chops every time. My seasoning mix is a blend of aromatic spices and herbs that enhance the flavor of the pan-seared pork chops.
To complete this main dish, some great side dishes are my Air Fryer Green Beans, Air Fryer Broccoli or Air Fryer Asparagus. Looking for more pork chop recipes? Try my Honey Garlic Pork Chops and my Pork Chop Seasoning.
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I am using the cast iron Always pan. I’ve had it for a few months now and it is my favorite pan for searing meats.
Cast Iron Pork Chops Ingredients
- Boneless Pork Chops – I prefer boneless, but bone-in chops would also work in this recipe.
- Oil – I use olive oil when using my cast iron skillet, but vegetable oil or a tablespoon of butter will also work just as well.
- Pork Chop Seasoning– Besides the standard kosher salt & black pepper, my go to spices for this seasoning blend are paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, mustard powder and cayenne pepper.
How to cook pork chops in cast iron skillet
Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Use one tablespoon of olive oil to coat pork chops. Season generously with pork chop dry rub seasoning. Let the seasoned pork chops rest for at least 10-15 minutes before cooking to allow the flavors to meld.
In the hot cast iron skillet add the remaining olive oil. Once oil is hot add the pork to the cast iron pan. It should be hot enough to sear the pork chop. Cook the pork chops for about 4-5 minutes on each side for a quick sear, until they are golden brown. Use an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part to check the internal temperature of the pork chops. They should reach 145°F. For best results, remove the pork chops from the skillet and make sure the pork rests for a few minutes before serving.
How long to cook pork chops in cast iron skillet
Pork chops only need to be cooked for about 4-5 minutes on each side. What you are looking for is a quick sear, turning the color a golden brown for the perfect pan-fried pork chops. I always recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure they are fully cooked. Once your chop reaches 145°F they are safe to enjoy!
- 4 Boneless Pork Chops
- 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Pork Chop Seasoning
- Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.
- Use 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to coat pork chops.
- Season the pork chops generously with pork chop seasoning.
- Let the seasoned pork chops rest for at least 10-15 minutes before cooking to allow the flavors to meld.
- Once the skillet is hot, add the remaining olive oil.
- Once oil is hot add the pork chops to the skillet. It should be hot enough to sear the pork chop.
- Cook the pork chops for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pork chops. They should reach 145°F.
- Remove the pork chops from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
Serving Size:1 pork chop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 39g
Nutrition values are estimates only.