Savory Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Herb & Spice Blend

Pan-seared pork chops offer a scrumptious and adaptable meal, highlighting the ideal fusion of delicate tenderness and satisfying crunch. These moist slices of pork are prepared with a delightful blend of seasonings and spices before being seared to a beautiful amber hue in a hot pan. The enticing sizzle and irresistible aroma awaken the senses, while the luscious texture and deep flavors provide a gastronomic delight. Complemented by a range of side dishes, from velvety mashed potatoes to tangy apple slaw, pan-seared pork chops remain a cherished favorite for all palates.

Pan-Seared Pork Chops Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops (approximately 1-inch thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir thoroughly to create the seasoning blend.
  2. Gently pat the pork chops dry using paper towels, then season both sides liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Apply the seasoning blend evenly to both sides of each pork chop, pressing firmly to ensure it adheres to the meat.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, carefully place the seasoned pork chops in the pan, avoiding overcrowding.
  5. Sear the pork chops for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until they form a deep golden crust and reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Use a meat thermometer for accurate results.
  6. Transfer the cooked pork chops to a plate and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving, allowing the juices to redistribute and guaranteeing a moist, tender result.

Serve alongside your preferred side dishes, such as creamy mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a tangy apple slaw.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 385
  • Protein: 36g
  • Fat: 25g (Saturated Fat: 6g)
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 390mg

Please be aware that these nutrition facts are approximate and can vary depending on the size of the pork chops and the specific ingredients used.