How to cook pork chops

by Gary Smith

It is not hard to find hundreds and hundreds of ways to cook popular meats including chicken, steak, and seafood. Unfortunately, finding how to cook pork chops online does not seem to be as easy. This is probably because of the fact that the other meats are more popular, but it is still important to learn how to cook pork chops properly.

Why learn how to cook pork chops

Pork is a delicious and healthy meat that is too often overshadowed by chicken, turkey, or seafood. Pork chops typically have a bad rep for being fattier than chicken or turkey, however the truth is that there are some cuts of pork that have the same amount, if not less fat than chicken or turkey. Yes, boneless and skinless chicken breast is very low in fat, but so is a nice lean pork chop. Don’t let the myth that chicken is healthier than pork deter you from learning how to cook pork chops. It just is not true.

Another reason to learn how to cook pork chops is because they are usually much less expensive than chick breasts. You can probably pick up the same weight in pork for half as much as you could chicken at a local grocery store.

Frying Pork Chops

Besides baking, frying is probably the most popular way to cook pork. Learning how to fry pork chops will also save you a lot of time as it is much quicker than baking.

Frying pork chops should be done over medium heat. Add a generous amount of olive oil along with your choice of spices, peppers, or herbs. I will usually add a clove or two of garlic, some onion, and salt and pepper. Place your pork chop on the frying pan for about 2 minutes each side. For more information on frying pork, I have more information here.

Baking Pork Chops

I rarely bake pork chops – mainly because it takes a little longer to cook than grilling or frying. I have outlined my favorite way to bake pork chops here, and thought I would share a great video of Gordon Ramsay preparing and baking some pork chops. I’ll admit he has definitely got me beat when it comes to this.

Pork Chops in a Stir Fry

Pork is a popular meat in stir fry and is great served with vegetables over rice or noodles. It is very popular in Asia culture in a variety of stir fry dishes. I have outlined more information on how to stir fry pork in another article, but will touch on it here.

Pork chops used for stir fry should be chopped into one inch pieces and for best results, should be tenderized and marinated before cooking. Be sure to cook the meat before adding your vegetables to be sure no cross contamination occurs. Remember, pork does not need to be well done or over cooked so be prepared for it to cook quickly.

Grilling and Barbecuing Pork Chops

Grilling pork chops is by far my favorite way to cook them. I use a George Forman Grill and would never go back to my barbecue. Although a juicy bbq pork chop is delicious, the ease of grilling them on a george forman is fantastic – plus it always tastes great.

Grilling is another quick way to cook pork chops, and when done properly can even eliminate most of the excess fat.

Tips to remember

It is important to remember a few things when learning how to cook pork chops. No matter what method you choose, never over cook pork chops. So many people assume that pork needs to be well done, but just like beef, it can be enjoyed medium or medium rare as well.

Always wash your hands and all utensils used to handle raw meat, before and after preparing your food. Food poisoning and sickness is no joke. Be safe when handling your food.

Pork is always better marinated! Use your favorite marinade and let your pork chops sit for a few hours before cooking – you will thank yourself that you did.