Many people consider chicken to be the most adaptable and straightforward type of meat to cook with. And while it’s true that white meat tastes great in many different recipes, I’d argue that you shouldn’t discount pork chops for their adaptability. This meat cut can be enjoyed in so many ways, and never fails to be a crowd pleaser either. So I put together this collection of quick and simple pan-fried pork chop recipes.
Unlike my other recipe articles, you may be familiar with, this deals with three different ways you can have your pork chops. And so if you would like something on the juicy, tender side, we have the Basic Fried Pork Chop right here for you. Want something with a bit more texture, and layers to its meaty goodness? Opt for the Flour Coated Pork Chop! And last but not least, if you can’t resist some crispiness, the Breaded Pork Chop recipe is perfect for you.
But I would say the best choice of the three would definitely be to try all of them at once! Since these are pretty simple to make, it would still be practical to try every type as they can fit any meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
We can begin by running through the components we will need for cooking today.
Ingredients we’ll be working with for Quick and Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops
Well, I think it goes without saying that the first thing we will need to add to the grocery cart is pork chops. Since we will try making three different ways to cook your pork chops, go ahead, and grab 3 pieces for this recipe.
When you use the proper serving sizes for your meals, this meat is actually quite good. That’s because pork chops are rich in zinc, selenium, and plenty of other nutrients that can help the body. In addition to boosting the immune system, zinc is crucial for wound healing. Pork chops also contain a respectable amount of protein, which is excellent for making you feel satiated. Additionally, it’s great for sustaining your energy levels throughout the day.
Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning
To really enhance the flavour of the dish, many savoury recipes like to use a variety of seasonings. But by choosing an all-purpose seasoning, you can actually choose to take a shortcut to the process of figuring out your spices and other ingredients. This Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning can give your pork chops all the flavour depth you could possibly desire. Actually, this works for every variety of pork chop that we’ll be preparing today.
What is a breaded recipe without some egg? Just get 1 piece for this recipe, which we will beat. But remember when you are shopping for this that you should double-check for any cracks or marks. The best kind of egg would be one with a clear shell.
You should also have ¾ cup of all-purpose flour ready for this. We will need flour for the last two types of pork chop recipes, which would of course be the flour-coated one and our breaded pork chop. This is truly necessary as it helps other additional layers like the egg, and in the case of the last kind of pork chop, bread crumbs cling to the meat well. As such, we can prevent the ingredients from sticking to the pan.
Panko bread crumbs
If you enjoy crunchy recipes like this one, this ingredient will undoubtedly come in handy. For this recipe, just 10 tablespoons of Panko bread crumbs are required. I particularly enjoy using this kind of bread crumbs because they are fairly light, which contributes to a satisfying crispiness that is not overly heavy once we start cooking.
But if you have different texture preferences, I’d say that other varieties of bread crumbs would also work. In either case, we need to create a coating that will give the exterior a clean appearance.
Don’t forget to prepare 2 cups of cooking oil as we will be doing quite a bit of frying for this dish. And we will need this generous amount because we are working with coated pork chops. We really want to get that nice crunch for such chops, and so more oil is needed.
All of your ingredients for our pork chops are ready! It’s time to start cooking at last.
Making some Quick and Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops
Step 1: Seasoning and marinate the pork chops
Our first task is to gather the pork chops we have and arrange them flat on a plate. Next, using a pastry brush, begin to coat them with Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning. After that, you can flip the pork pieces over and season the other side as well. Don’t skip any steps; we want the flavour to penetrate the chops completely. Wait only 15 minutes so that this can serve as a marinade.
Step 2: Making the basic fried pork chop
Done with the 15 minutes of letting that flavor kick in? Then it’s time to whip up your basic fried pork chop, which is the easiest to make. We will start by getting approximately ¼ cup of cooking oil. Pour this into your pan, and let this heat up.
Once hot, you can put your marinated pork chop inside. With the heat on medium, just cook this for about 30 seconds. This is just to let the outer area cook quickly, and provide a beautiful brown color. Afterward, take the heat down to low, and keep frying this for 7 minutes.
To continue cooking the pork chop, simply flip it over to the other side. Take the pork chop out of the pan once everything has been perfectly fried, and then allow the extra oil to drip off. Pork chops with excessive oil are undesirable because they are generally less healthy. Set this aside on your plate, but with some paper towel on it as well. This will also assist in eliminating the surplus oil.
Step 3: Cooking the flour-coated pork chop
Time to fry a slightly thicker version of our first pork chop. Grab your marinated pork, and then just dredge this in flour. Cover the entire thing in flour, and then place your pork chop in the bowl with our beaten egg. Also, ensure that this is coated entirely in the egg as this will work like glue for our breading.
The pork chop must then be placed back inside the flour-filled container. This aids in giving our pork chops a nice, thick coating. After that, we can get ready to fry! Fill your pan with 1 12 cups of cooking oil. For coated pork chops, we really need a lot of oil to get them nice and crisp. Once the oil is hot, add the chops that have been dusted with flour, and cook them for 6 minutes over medium heat.
As we did earlier, we should also turn the pork chop over. Repeat the process of frying from the first side. And then you’re done with this pork chop! It would be best to drain any excess oil as well before setting it aside. You should also place this on your plate lined with a paper towel.
Step 4: Preparing the breaded pork chop
Has the best been saved for last? For those who enjoy a satisfying crunch, this breaded pork chop is ideal. We must first coat our marinated pork chop in flour before anything else. After that, get your bowl with the beaten egg and add the pork to it. Now that we have our Panko bread crumbs, it is time to coat the pork chop in them as well. You will need to press the meat against the bread crumbs well just to make sure that they really stick.
We will actually just use the same method of frying as in our previous type of pork chop. Just heat up your oil, and then fry the pork using medium heat. After 6 minutes, we can flip the meat over, and then cook this side for another 6 minutes. Then remove this from your pan, and at this point, you already know the drill. You can put this on the same plate lined with a paper towel with the rest of our pork chops from earlier.
Step 5: Putting it all together!
Just take your plate of choice, and arrange all of your pan-fried pork chops here accordingly. This would be best with a dip that you like. Ketchup works perfectly for me! But these are also quite enjoyable on their own so you can go without a sauce. You can also place some vegetables you like on the side, such as carrots, or perhaps some corn.
But of course, we also can’t forget about some warm white rice to complete the equation. And then that’s it! You have made all three Quick and Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops perfectly. Want more ideas on what to cook? Feel free to scroll through Panlasang Pinoy’s website for clear instructions on recreating your favorite dishes.
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