With a golden-brown crust, these juicy fried pork chops are a must-try comfort food dinner that only takes 15 minutes to make. Served with a quick and creamy gravy made with the leftover pan drippings, don’t be surprised by how quickly they disappear!
Why These Are the Best Fried Pork Chops
These juicy and tender fried pork chops only require 4 simple ingredients, yet the flavor is so complex! Here’s why you’re going to love this recipe:
- Quick and Easy: You’ll be shocked at how quick and easy these juicy pan fried pork chops are to make. All you have to do is season the pork chops, coat them in flour and get to frying! Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes…or 25 minutes if you choose to make the gravy with the pan drippings.
- Affordable: Aside from the pork chops, the other 3 simple ingredients needed to make these pork chops are pantry staples that you probably already have on hand! If you decide to make the gravy with pan drippings, you will also need some broth. We love an easy dinner that also doesn’t hurt our wallet!
- Crisp and Juicy: These fried pork chops are so tender, with a perfectly golden and crispy breading that keeps them super juicy. The herbaceous pork chop spice blend gives the pork a perfect smoky and garlicky flavor.
- Versatile: Pork is such a versatile ingredient, and these tender, smoky chops can be used for anything. We like to smother them in gravy and serve them as a main course, but you can put these fried pork chops in sandwiches, pasta, and so many other meals. The options are endless.
You only need 4 ingredients to make these tender and moist pork chops with a crispy sear. And they’re all affordable ingredients that you might already have around the house. Head to the recipe card at the end of the page for the exact amounts of each ingredient.
- Pork Chops: We recommend ¾-inch thick boneless chops, if they are too thick the pork chops will burn on the outside before the center finishes cooking.
- Pork Chop Seasoning: You can use a store-bought version or whip up our favorite easy homemade pork chop seasoning. You probably already have all the ingredients you need on your spice rack!
- All-Purpose Flour
- Oil: Make sure to use a neutral oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable oil or canola oil.
How to Fry Pork Chops
15 minutes is all it takes to make these juicy and herbaceous, restaurant-quality pork chops with a golden-brown crust. This recipe is so fancy tasting, but so easy to make. Scroll to the recipe card at the end of the article for detailed instructions on how to make pan seared pork chops.
- Season: Coat the meat with the flour and the pork chop seasoning.
- Sear: Heat the oil in a skillet. When it’s hot, add the pork chops for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip. Cook for 3 to 4 additional minutes.
- Serve: Let the meat rest for 5 minutes, then serve hot.
Tips for the Best Fried Breaded Pork Chops
These juicy, smoky, and garlicky breaded pork chops are so delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Here are a few tips to help guarantee success:
- Hot Pan and Oil: It’s really important to fry the pork chops in a hot pan filled with hot oil, or else they won’t develop the crispy, golden crust that makes them so delicious. Before adding the meat, put a little flour into the pan with the oil. If the flour sizzles, the oil is hot enough. If not, keep heating. We also recommend using a heavy cast iron skillet as they retain heat very well.
- Flour Twice: We like to add a little extra flour to the pork chops right before putting them in the oil. That ensures that they get an extra-crispy crust.
- Move The Chops: After a minute or two in the pan, use tongs or a fork to move the pork chops around just a little bit. Don’t pick them up, just push them around a little. This will help to keep the meat/breading from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.
- Have Your Sides Ready: This deep fried pork chops cook really quickly, and you want to eat them while they are still hot. So make sure that you have your side dishes ready to go before you start frying! That way you can serve up dinner as soon as pork chops are done.
- Tenderize: You can also tenderize the pork chops with a meat tenderizer. This will thin them out, make them extra tender, and will also make them cook more quickly.
This is a classic southern style comfort dish, so it’s best served with gravy made with drippings, or with an easy white gravy, and some comforting side dishes. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Vegetables: How about some southern green beans with bacon, some sweet skillet fried corn, a batch of easy roasted broccoli or sautéed zucchini and squash.
- Starchy Side: If you choose to make the gravy, you will definitely want these best mashed potatoes on the side! If you aren’t a mashed potato fan, these fried potatoes and onions or some parmesan garlic rice are another great option.
- Bread: A piece of cornbread is always a good idea, but so is this homemade garlic bread or these cheesy herb crescent rolls. If you aren’t up for making a bread side, a slice of soft white bread is a classic choice too!
- Salad: With a heavier meal, a light and fresh cucumber salad is always a good idea!
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Deep Fried Pork Chops
Like most fried foods, these fried pork chops are best fresh. However, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Our favorite way to reheat these pork chops is in a 400°F air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes, until warmed through and crisp on the edges again. You can also reheat them in the microwave in 30-second bursts until warmed all the way through, but they will not be crispy again.
We do not recommend freezing fried pork chops as they will never be crispy again once frozen and thawed!
More Easy Pork Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pork Chops With Stuffing
- Crockpot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
- One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta
- Slow Cooker Country Style Ribs
- Best Pulled Pork
- Crockpot Cabbage and Sausage
Fried Pork Chops
- In a shallow bowl or plate, mix together the flour and pork seasoning.
- Place a pork chop in the flour mixture and coat all sides. Repeat with remaining chops. Set aside.
- Using a large cast iron skillet, or heavy bottomed skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the oil. It is important to make sure the oil is hot to get a good crust on your pork chops. Drop a little flour into your oil, if it sizzles, it’s ready.
- Once the oil is hot, carefully place the pork chops in the oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Prevent sticking: slightly move the chops with a fork or tongs after about a minute or two.
- Using tongs, carefully flip the pork chops and continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and an instant-read meat thermometer reaches 145°F. You want the pork chops to have a nice deep brown color.
- Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes and then serve immediately! (If making gravy with the pan drippings, make it now while the pork chops rest!)