These pan-fried pork chops are truly magical. They are amazingly tender and juicy with a perfect golden sear. Serving them with a simple honey garlic herb butter takes them over the top!

Complete the meal with some cream cheese mashed potatoes and an arugula salad with Italian dressing. And if you love pork chops, also try our juicy baked pork chops!

Pan Fried Pork Chops with honey garlic herb butter on top.

You'll love these pan-fried pork chops

Get ready to make pan-fried pork chops your new best friend. These chops are JUICY, tender, and have an amazing crisp crust. Armed with only pork chops and a few kitchen-staple ingredients, you can make these mouthwatering, perfectly seared pork chops in minutes.

While we love to make these when we need a quick and easy dinner, we'll also make them when we have more time on our hands. The golden crust, juicy meat, and sweet herb butter make this simple recipe feel like a special occasion.

How to pan-fry pork chops

Cooking beautifully golden pork chops on your stovetop is surprisingly easy. You'll get amazing results with this simple recipe.

  1. Start by drying the chops with paper towels – this is to help create that beautiful crust. Then, season them well with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  2. Drizzle some oil over one side of the pork chops and spread the oil around so it's well-coated. We oil the chops rather than the pan as it's easier to get a golden crust this way.
  3. Now add the chops oiled side down to a hot pan and sear them for 4-5 minutes. Once they're well-browned, flip them over for another few minutes then take them out of the pan to rest.
  4. While your beautiful, seared pork chops are resting, mix the herb butter ingredients together. When it's time for dinner, dollop some of the butter on each pork chop.

The full recipe is in the recipe card below.

The ingredients needed to make Pan Fried Pork Chops

Ingredients you'll need to make seared pork chops

Boneless pork chops – For the best results, buy thick-cut pork chops that are at least 1½ inches thick.

Italian seasoning – Try making your own homemade Italian seasoning – it's made with six pantry-staple spices. Store-bought works great, too!

Salt and pepper – we use sea salt and fresh ground pepper in our recipes. Table salt has a much stronger flavor, so we avoid using that in most cases. If it's all that you have on hand, only use half the amount.

That honey garlic herb butter

These pork chops, with their beautiful golden crust, are delicious straight out of the pan. But if you really want to rock your world, take five minutes and mix some salted butter with garlic, honey, and a little minced parsley.

The flavor is savory and lightly sweet and marries well with the pork chops.

Frequently asked questions: Pan-Fried Pork Chops

How long should I pan-fry pork chops?

Boneless pork chops cook very quickly in a pan. Pork chops that are 1 ½ inches thick and seared in a pan over medium-high heat will take between 7-9 minutes to cook. The pork chops should be 140 degrees Fahrenheit when you take them out of the pan. Let them rest for 10 minutes and the temperature will rise to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the safe cooking temperature for pork

Can I pan fry bone-in pork chops?

Yes! They will simply take a few extra minutes to cook.

What kind of pork chops should I use?

We like to use boneless pork chops that are at least 1 ½ inches thick. While you can use thinner pork chops, it will be hard to get a nice sear without overcooking them.

How long does leftover cooked pork last?

Leftover pork chops will last for 3-4 days in a covered container in your fridge. It's delicious sliced thin and eaten cold with a salad, or reheat it gently before serving it.

Easy sides to complete the meal

Serve these quick and easy pan-fried pork chops with a few deliciously simple sides. They go well with lemon butter orzo, mashed potatoes, or roast potatoes. Then make a big green salad or choose one of these veggie sides:

A plate with a sliced Pan Seared Pork Chop and a salad.
Pan Fried Pork Chops with honey garlic herb butter on top.

Pan Fried Pork Chops

These pan fried pork chops are truly magical. They are amazingly tender and juicy with a perfect golden sear. Serving them with a simple honey garlic herb butter takes them over the top!

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Ingredients

  • 4 thick-cut boneless pork chops
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Garlic Honey Herb Butter

  • 4 tablespoon salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane or very finely minced

Instructions 

  • Heat a medium-sized cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Dry the pork chops with paper towels then season them on both sides with Italian seasoning, sea salt, and pepper.
  • Drizzle half of the oil over one side of the pork chops and use your fingers to spread it around.
  • Add the pork chops to the hot pan oiled side down. Sear the chops for 4-5 minutes, or until a golden crust forms. Rub the remaining oil over the top side of the pork chops then flip them over. Sear them for another 3-4 minutes then remove them from the pan and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  • While they're resting, mix the softened butter with honey, garlic, and parsley. When you're ready to eat, add a dab of butter on top of each pork chop before serving.

Notes

Pork chops need to be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe to eat. We like to take our pork chops out of the pan at 140 degrees as they will rise to above 145 degrees while resting. 
If you check your pork chops using an instant-read meat thermometer and they need a few more minutes to come up to temperature, turn the heat down to medium to prevent the crust from burning. 
Serving: 1 = 1 pork chop + butter, Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 120mg, Sodium: 1328mg, Potassium: 537mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 459IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg
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