If you find meal-planning a daunting chore some days, fear no more! These pork chops make a delicious, home-cooked meal, and they can be accompanied by just about any side dishes you like. Throw some potatoes into the oven to roast or bake, or make some rice to go with the chops. A green bean casserole or carrots go well with pork, as do simple steamed peas and broccoli.
The simple pork chops are seared then roasted to perfection in the oven. The chops take just 15 minutes to prepare and cook. A cast iron skillet is the perfect choice for the recipe. If you don't have a cast iron skillet, use another type of oven-safe skillet or transfer the chops to a baking dish to finish.
If you crave a bit more flavor, add about 1/2 cup of sliced onion to the skillet with the chops. Or add a few cups of sliced or quartered Brussels sprouts to the skillet and roast them along with the chops. Brussels sprouts take on naturally sweet flavor when roasted. Apples and pears marry well with pork, too. Add a diced Bosc pear or Golden Delicious apple to the pan if you'd like.
Feel free to change up the seasonings. Besides garlic powder and thyme, herbs and spices that go well with pork include fennel, ginger, rosemary, and parsley. If you like a sauce or gravy with pork chops, consider making a pan gravy or sour cream sauce.
Serve the pork chops with potatoes and a side vegetable for a tasty everyday meal. Bone-in chops offer the most flavor but feel free to use boneless in the recipe. Country-style ribs are another excellent option. If the chops or ribs are quite thick, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
- 4 pork chops (bone-in, loin, about 3/4-inch thickness)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- Optional: garlic powder
- Optional: ground thyme
- Heat the oven to 375 F.
- Place a lightly oiled 12-inch cast iron skillet* over medium-high heat.
- Rub the pork chops with olive oil and then sprinkle all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper. If desired, sprinkle them lightly with a little garlic powder and ground thyme, as desired.
- Sear the chops in the hot skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.
- Transfer the skillet with the pork chops to the oven and roast for about 6 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness.
- The pork chops should register at least 145 F on an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the meat.
*If you don't have a cast iron skillet, sear the chops in a skillet then move to a baking dish (if the skillet is not oven safe to 375 F) to finish roasting.