Pan seared pork chops on a platter.

Pan Seared Pork Chops

Pan seared pork chops with a golden brown crust will have your mouth watering. Take one bite and you're hooked. Only 3 spices used to season. Phenomenal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pork, Pork Chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Author Natalie


  • 4 (1-inch) thick bone-in rib pork chops
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Put your stove fan on to get the air flow going.
  • Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.
  • Combine the salt, pepper, and sugar in a small bowl and generously sprinkle it evenly over the pork chops. Press down with your hand to make sure the seasoning sticks. Don’t forget to season the fat rim because we’re going to fry the chops standing up at some point.
  • To prevent the chops from curling upward during frying, cut through the rind of the pork chop by slicing 2 - 3 even spaced shallow cuts. Don’t cut into the meat, just the rim of the fat.
  • In a frying pan, nonstick or cast iron both work well here, over medium high heat, add oil. Once it starts to ripple, add the chops. Make sure when you add them to the pan you do it gently and lay them away from you. You don’t want the oil splashing you.
  • Let the chops cook for about 4 minutes. Turn the chops over, they should be golden brown. The sugar caramelizes and helps add color to the chops.
  • Add the butter to the skillet. As it melts, tilt the pan and spoon the melted fat on top of the chops, helping them cook and keeping them moist. Cook for about 4 minutes. Now we have to stand those chops up and fry that rind of fat. To do this, stand up the chops using the tongs and then slightly tilt the pan. Hold the chops upright where the fat pools and let it fry. Rotate back and forth to get it all cooked. This should take about a minute. Transfer to platter and spoon a little garlic butter over chops. Let rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve.